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    Hi, Dixieflyer,Chief was one of the gentle souls in the RoF community. I witnessed his calming abilities around the forums on numerous occasions. Yes, he has been and will continue to be missed aro...
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    Sad News

    I have been away from the RoF community for a few years now. I thought to wander over, and was saddened by this. Chief and I had some great talks offline, online in game, and on the old forum. What...
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  • Hotleadcoldfeet

    JG1_Hotlead's official Twitch Stream thread!

    Salute gents! Here is the German livestream from last Thursday: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/458033824Last Thursday was a fun night! Our numbers, while still not up to full strength, were higher th...
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Rise of Flight's Three Free Planes (Part 3)

01 Aug 2019 : 05:49  |  Rise of Flight  |   0
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How to Fly the Spad 13.C1 - Final Installment
Rise of Flight Three Free Planes (Part 3)

This month I complete our series on the three free airplanes that are included with the Free-to-Play (F2P) World War 1 game/simulator, downloadable from 777 Studios/1C Game Studios and Steam.

The final airplane is the French Spad 13.C1, manufactured by Bleriot, Levasseur, Bernard, Kellner, Safca, Borel and Nieuport. The Spad 13's maiden flight was 4 April 1917 and was supplied to the French fighter squadrons in the fall of 1917. The design was similar in appearance to the Spad VII, but was in fact a completely new design. A more powerful Hispano – Suiza V8 8Ba engine, a second cowl mounted machine gun, an auxiliary fuel tank, a camera for reconnaissance flights and a bomb load were added. Viewing the airplane from the front gives the appearance that it has a rotary engine. In fact, a special round radiator was designed for use with the V8 engine.

The Spad’s main purpose was to engage other enemy fighters, but was also used for escorting bombers, aerial mapping and reconnaissance. Although it could carry bombs it was seldom used for bombing ground targets.

The second machine gun increased the plane's firepower and the new engine helped it climb faster than any of its predecessors. With a service ceiling of 6800 meters/22,310 ft., a powerful engine and a stronger air-frame it was exceptionally adept at diving. Pilot’s commented that, “It dives faster than the wind.” It saw action on the French, British, American and Italian fronts.

Specification:
Engine: Hispano – Suiza 8Ba V8 engine, 220 hp

Dimensions:
Height 260 cm 8.5 ft.
Length 625 cm 20.5 ft.
Wing Span 808 cm 26.5 ft.
Wing Surface 20.2 sq. m 217.4 sq. ft.

Weight:
Empty 565 kg 1,245.6 lbs.
Takeoff 820 kg 1,807.8 lbs
Fuel Capacity 113. 5 L 30 Gal. (US)
Oil Capacity 17.0 L 4.5 Gal. (US)

Climb Rate:
1000 m 2 min. 38 sec. 3,281 ft.
2000 m 5 min. 28 sec. 6,562 ft. (1.25 sm.)
3000 m 8 min. 57 sec. 8,842 ft. (1.86 sm.)
4000 m 13 min. 24 sec. 13,123 ft. (2.49 sm.)
5000 m 19 min. 30 sec. 16,404 ft. (3.11 sm.)

Max. Airspeed: (Indicated Air Speed IAS)
sea level 220 kph 137 mph
1000 208 kph 129 mph
2000 195 kph 121 mph
3000 181 kph 112 mph
4000 167 kph 104 mph
5000 153 kph 95 mph

Service Ceiling: 6800 m 22,310 ft.

Endurance: (hr. min.) @ 1000 m
nominal power (combat) 1 hr. 30 min.
minimal power (cruise) 3 hr.

Armaments: (RoF)
2 x 0.303 Vickers machine guns, 400 rounds/barrel
2 x 11.43 mm Vickers machine guns, 200 rounds/barrel (balloon guns)
18.14 kg. 40 lbs. of bombs

Observation notes: The Spad 13 has a very good roll and climb rate, but a reduced turn rate due to its speed. To use this plane as a dog fighter it requires a different technique than the “turn fighters.” To be effective it is necessary to learn how to “boom-n-zoom.”

Homework: View the =IRFC= Requiem Training videos below. Please note the take-off/landing video is from IL2 Sturmovik Flying Circus but, the procedures are still applicable to RoF.

Take-off/Landing - HERE
BnZ dogfight - HERE

Extra Credit: Where is the radiator control located in the cockpit?

See you in the virtual skies.

Rise of Flight's Three Free Airplanes (Part 2)

03 Jul 2019 : 01:18  |  Rise of Flight  |   0
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How to Fly the Albatros D.Va
Rise of Flight’s Three Free Planes (Part 2)

This month I continue with the second in a three part series covering the free planes that come with the Free-to-Play (F2P) RoF website or Steam version World War I simulator/game.

Second up is the Albatros D.Va German fighter, manufactured at the Albatros Werke and Osdeutsche Werke. The Albatros D.Va was a re-engineering of the older Albatros D.III. It had been determined that the D.III had a design flaw that showed up with the lower wings failing in a steep dive. To overcome this problem engineers tried moving the aileron control wires from the lower wing to the upper wing.

Test flights were carried out in the spring of 1917. In addition, the new plane’s changes included: increasing the tail fin surface, lowering the top wing closer to the fuselage, modification of the radiator location, making the fuselage more rounded and improving the Mercedes D.IIIa engine’s high altitude characteristics.

With these modifications the plane was designated: Albatros D.Va and placed into service in May 1917. After deployment, pilots placed little confidence in the improved lower wing structure and continued to refuse to place the plane in steep dives. Again, the engineers moved the aileron wires back to the lower wing and strengthened the wings attachment points.

The Albatros D.Va fought battles in both the Western Front and Palestinian Front. In total, 1650 D.Vs and D.Vas were built.

Specifications:
Engine: Inline 6 cylinder, Mercedes D.IIIa engine

Dimensions:
Height 270 cm 8.9 ft.
Length 733 cm 24.0 ft.
Wing Span 905 cm 29.7 ft.
Wing Surface 21.2 Sq. m 228.2 sq. ft.

Weight:
Empty 680 kg 1,499 lbs.
Takeoff 915 kg 2.017 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 103 L 27.2 gal. (US)
Oil Capacity 9 L 2.38 gal. (US)

Climb Rate:
1000 m 4 min. 23 sec. 3,281 ft.
2000 m 8 min. 46 sec. 6,562 ft. (1.24 sm)
3000 m 14 min. 32 sec. 9,842 ft. (1.86 sm)
4000 m 22 min. 30 sec. 13,123 ft. (2.49 sm)
5000 m 35 min. 55 sec. 16.404 ft. (3.11 sm)

Maximum speed: (IAS: kph)
sea level 170 106 mph
1000 m 162 101 mph @ 3,281 ft.
2000 m 154 96 mph @ 6,562 ft.
3000 m 145 90 mph @ 9,842 ft.
4000 m 135 84 mph @ 13,123 ft.
5000 m 124 77 mph @ 16,404 ft.

Service ceiling: 5600 m 18,372 ft.

Endurance @ 1000 m 3,281 ft.
nominal power (combat) 1 h. 30 min.
minimal power (cruise) 3 h. 10 min.

Armament: cowl mounted 2 x LMB 08/15 Spandau 7.92 mm 500 rounds/barrel.

A few observational notes: The RoF Albatros D.Va is a turn fighter type plane with stable control characteristics along with good speed and climb rate.

For homework view the "Training Films" listed below.

Cockpit familiarization and takeoff procedures HERE
Landing procedures HERE
*Please note that the video IS for a D.Va but it begins:”Landing the Fokker Dr.1.”

These videos were made without the mods turned on so, the altimeter is not mounted in the cockpit and the anemometer (airspeed indicator) is not mounted on the right wing. Please use the on-screen “Simple Gauges.”

Extra credit: Where is the fuel indicator/gauge located?

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