Just a few snaps from inside the Rift on our online sesh yesterday.
We decided to go up in the early Yak-1, with a big red nose to aid recognition (and a good job, too!).
Spent most of the time with me trying to find controls and Red advising on how to keep the thing in the air. Unfortunately, I let the first one overheat…
…and the second one!
Conditions weren’t bad - a bit breezy and a little precipitation on occasion - cloud base around 18-1900m
Boy, this was tempting…
As we headed out towards the coast, Red spotted a Stuka, looking like it was preparing to land. As we flew past, I saw it close by, to my right, and swung around to pull in on its tail. Unfortunately, the move was a little too aggressive and I stalled, going into a pretty wild spin. Just as I thought I’d caught it I ran out of sky…
But this gave me achance to admire the naval hardware off the coast…
Wouldn’t like to be on the business end of this:
Ooh! Where are my depth charges?
After another take-off I was amazed at how we actually managed to find each other again. As Red was low on avgas, he needed to land and refuel, so I followed him round to take some snaps…
Next thing, I heard an excalaimation and it was clear he had touched down a little sooner than anticipated - but at least he was in one piece!
I had been concentrating so much on the happy snaps that I failed to notice the 109 sneak up behind me - in fact, I didn’t even hear his guns! Everything just went up in flames around me, with the inevitable outcome:
Oh well - it’s a training server after all. Although the guy did have a large number of kills to his name, which makes me wonder what he was doing on it
We mounted new steeds and off we went again - however, with only 5 minutes remaining to the end of the mission, we decided to practise our landings.
One went well, and one not so much - guess which way round?!
Yup - just coming over the threshold and my engine seized! Well, I thought the idea was to have max rpm on landing - but seems it needs to be around 2200. Oh well - temp through the roof again and me piloting a glider - but what a glider! Best landing I’ve done in BoS to date!:
(look at the temp gauge in the middle - stuck at FSD and 135°C )
Never mind - plane and pilot in one piece
Excellent, fun session and learned a lot. Kuban is a great map and the CheckSix server ran flawlessly.