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Crappy night in TAW ended on a good note :)
« on: February 26, 2018, 10:28:44 pm »
Crappy night, got shot down in a Pe-2 attacking tanks by LG Padre and his Fw190A3, ditching and getting captured.  Then I jumped in a Yak-1B to try and return the favor, with Bucky trying to get airborne to assist.... I go back to the tanks at 4.5k, weaving and looking everywhere, when all of a sudden he comes out of no where guns blazing.. how can he see me from high every time?... Luckily I'm not critically hit but holed in both wings and leaking like a sieve and still flying.  I make it back to base with him giving chase and turn on him over the field just before he gets a good shot, he misses.  I reverse and chase him away but he has more speed, so I fly back over the field and it's protective AAA for the last couple of minutes of the mission.  He ended up ditching due to lack fuel a few Km from the base (should have kept chasing lol, but my plane was dying).. serves him right lol :).

Then Bucky joins me on the next map, to hit a train with our Pe-2's.. who shows up just before we dive into target, an Fw190A3 of whats his face again.. and he shoots both of us down, although the AAA stole his kill of me as it took my wing off and I died trying to bail.

Took a break, then...  went back and flew a few more missions, hitting tank columns.  The silver lining of the night came when I saw Leno, Mr train killer extraordinaire himself, tops on the bomber list in TAW with something like 400+ ground kills in his current life, enter the mission/map.  I had just hit the tanks with my Pe-2, and noticed there was a friendly train south of Krasnodar... man he's got to go for that.. he can't resist! :) .  So I head for home but then decide to keep my alt and stay south west of the friendly train, which had already been hit by another German.  Then, there he is, leno in his Ju-88 coming in for a level bombing run.  I turn towards him, take a pot shot head on and he tries to rush his bombing pass but his aim is not great, just gets a handful.  Then he rolls over and dives for the deck to the west and home - not so fast!  I chase after him and while his friggin gunners are tearing me up, I focus and fire a few long range bursts and get his right engine smoking.  A couple more passes and I'm hurt more than him, but my base is closer :D...  I head back to base and land OK, and just before I stop and quit, "leno exits" - whaaaaaaaa??????????

But... since I damaged him, and he likely just lost his right engine and was probably needing to ditch soon, he disco'd!  But since he was damaged, it's counted as a death and he lost his spot at the top of the top 5 bomber list.  All hail the king, the ground pounder king is dead! LOL

Ok a little dramatic, but after the crappy TAW sessions, that made my night!

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Re: Crappy night in TAW ended on a good note :)
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 07:42:05 am »
LOL, I looked at the TAW site and Leno must have pulled an all nighter as he’s climbed back up into the top 5 mix again.  Boy it must be nice to have that much time on your hands! :)

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Re: Crappy night in TAW ended on a good note :)
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2018, 09:15:38 am »
Some of the hours these guys put it just blows me away, oh to be 20 something again!  I honestly feel good about the way I fly when I only fly a couple of hours a week compared to guys that fly 20 hours a week..

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Re: Crappy night in TAW ended on a good note :)
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 11:16:55 am »
I go back to the tanks at 4.5k, weaving and looking everywhere, when all of a sudden he comes out of no where guns blazing.. how can he see me from high every time?...


Rel,

I was going to mention, there is a significant difference in spotting when you are up high, this was one of the reasons I have been a big proponent of flying higher, especially in the German aircraft.  For example if you are flying at 3500m and there is a plane below you at 500m it is more difficult to spot compared to if you are at 6.5K and there is a plane below you at 3500m, that plane stands out a lot more.  When folks are lower the distance where there is good visibility for ground textures is pretty far and aircraft can easily disappear in the ground textures.  But if you are at higher altitude and the contact is at medium altitude the ground textures don’t render as sharply and the aircraft you are looking for sticks out against the less detailed textures.  I really started noticing this during the last round of TAW when I was flying escort.  If the planes I was escorting were over 3000m and I was at 5000m to 6500m I could pick them out very easily.  IMO there is a death zone in BOX at 3000m to 5000m where you are easily seen by aircraft at 6000m but they are nearly invisible to you. Of course you can fly lower, which will keep you from getting spotted by guys at altitude but exposes you to the ruthless AAA in TAW.  This makes for a tough choice in BOX and especially in TAW, fly above 3000m to stay (mostly) out of harms way from the AAA but make yourself bounce bait, or fly low and risk getting shredded by the deadly flak, great fun!!

Of course this is with my video settings and rig, results may vary.

MattE

« Last Edit: February 27, 2018, 12:28:15 pm by AKA_MattE »

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Re: Crappy night in TAW ended on a good note :)
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2018, 07:14:09 pm »
Hey MattE, thanks for the perspective, I will have to climb a bit higher when possible to see if I can see this effect more.  I was talking more from frustration than anything, but you bring up a good point with respect to the ground textures not being as sharp from that high, whereby a dot would be much easier to spot than from mid altitude looking down on the deck.

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Re: Crappy night in TAW ended on a good note :)
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2018, 09:25:33 pm »
Yeah, I think you're right, he was probably at 6K+ when he bounced me at 4.5.  I had a similar situation tonight, but I was up at almost 6K and I bounced a 109 at around 3.5 and he was pretty easy to spot (of course the clouds helped).  However, I could tell that the ground was a bit blurry so that effect definitely helps to spot mid-altitude aircraft.  Of course I got booted about 5 minutes after I got the kill, so doesn't count, grrr :(.   I think with my kids, wife and me all on the internet, my ping must have surpassed some threshold TAW has.

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