The Best Wing Commander Battle

Discussion in 'General Wing Commander Chat' started by pygmypiranha, Apr 15, 2002.

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What would the best battle be to either watch in a movie or actually play in a game?

  1. Vukar Tag

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  2. Battle of Earth

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  3. Tarawa's END RUN to Kilrah

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  4. Invasion of the Kilrathi and start of the war

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  1. Bandit LOAF

    Bandit LOAF Long Live the Confederation!

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    That doesn't begin to be true.
     
  2. pygmypiranha

    pygmypiranha Vice Admiral

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    Dang if twenty minutes was it then that is just unthinkable. I know in WWII the Japanese were so strapped for good pilots and planes that they said to heck with the regular training program and went into full gear with the Kamikaze pilot training.
     
  3. junior

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    The reason for the short life expectancy would probably be due to the fact that, iirc, roughly half of all pilots are shot down on their very first mission. If you can survive that, then your chances of survival climb astronomically.
     
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    I promise you, I'm not yanking your chain, I got it out of the 'History of the Great War' in the Adsetts centre at University.
     
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    Oggy Rear Admiral

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    I promise you, I'm not yanking your chain, I got it out of the 'History of the Great War' in the Adsetts centre at University. Part of the reason for the low life expectancy was the fact that the pilots weren't equipped with parachutes and the planes weren't exactly durable. Therefore,
    You get shot down = You (most likely) die
     
  6. pygmypiranha

    pygmypiranha Vice Admiral

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    Yea, the technology back then was pretty ... sad by today's standards. I don't think they even really had parachutes back in WWII.
     
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    The Crew in the B-17, B-25, B-24 had parachutes, so why not a fighter pilot?
     
  8. junior

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    Parachutes are rather bulky, though. I know, for example, that the gunner in the ball turret in the B-17 couldn't have a chute with him in the turret because there was no room. In addition, fighters are so small that you were probably as likely to incapacitate a plane by killing the pilot as you were by damaging the fighter itself.
    As to whether or not fighters actually carried chutes, I couldn't tell you.
     
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    They did, IIRC.
     
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    Fighters did carry parachutes. Some men died when they jumped and there bodies hit there plane.
     
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    So your saying that the plane hit them when they jumped out or they fell into/against their plane on the way jumping out the door?
     
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    heh... "How am I flying"?
     
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    Well, there weren't "doors" on the fighters but they would usually whack themselves on the plane's tail...
     
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    Yeah, they even sent geisha girls to the cockpit at one point. They got real desperate, because at that time, they would not think to trust putting a woman into combat, much less in an airplane.
     
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    Heh, except on the P-39.
     
  16. Chernikov

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    wouldnt that be more of a "catch me" horizontal tailfin then a help?
     
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    Now there was a warplane if there ever was one :cool:
     
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    I think you may be referring to the P-38, or Fork-Tailed Devil, as the Germans used to call it.
    Nice bomber killer. Can't beat the cannon they stuck on it as the main gun.
     
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    Oops. Actually, that's the one I was thinking of :D

    It had four machine guns on the nose, right?

    *dr00lz*
     
  20. Mekt-Hakkikt

    Mekt-Hakkikt Mpanty's bane

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    If the SWotL maunal is correct (which I think it is) the P-38 carried four .50 cal. machine guns and a 20mm cannon in the nose.
    Nice indeed.
     

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