10 月 2 日
From 14.00 GMT on October 2nd to 23.59 GMT on October 5th
25% Discount on "Dewoitine D.520 Starter Pack"
From 12.00 GMT on October 3rd to 8.00 GMT on October 6th
Complete the special missions to earn Silver Lions and the unique D.521!
Destroy 60/20/10 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB:
Destroy 120/40/20 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB:
Destroy 240/60/40 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB:
Destroy 360/120/60 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB:
Lottery: 20.000 Silver Lions or D.521
Lottery: 50.000 Silver Lions or D.521
Lottery: 100.000 Silver Lions or D.521
Counted are enemy plyer-controlled aircraft that are destroyed in aerial combat by players flying Rank II to V aircraft. The more advanced the task, the higher the chance to unlock the unique D.521 through the lotterty, that is decided directly after unlocking the corresponding achievement. By completing all of the missions in one set the player is guaranteed to get the D.521!
As early as 1936, the French Air Ministry issued a specification for a new fighter for the Armée de l'Air requiring a much more modern, faster and effective fighter for the years to come. Émile Dewoitine’s company responded with his second design after a rather disappointing D.513, which lost out to the Morane-Saulnier M.S.406. Making matters worse for Dewoitine, after the impressive depute and first flights of the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire, the French Air Ministry increased the speed requirement from their original specification to 500 KPH (310 MPH).
The new design design from Dewoitine was designated D.520 and would originally feature the most powerful engine available to the French in the form of the Hispano-Suiza 12Y-21. Armament would consist of 7.5mm MAC 1934 Machine guns and one Hispano-Suiza HS.9 20mm cannon mounted centrally through the propellor hub. Eventually the engines were changed and improved Hispano-Suiza 12Y were adopted and trialed. The 20mm cannon were also changed to a drum fed Hispano-Suiza HS. 404 cannon.
On the 2nd October 1938 the design first took to the skies with a fixed pitch two bladed propellor as a temporary arrangement. However the aircraft only achieved 480 KPH during the test flight and several critical improvements needed to be made overall. After several improvements being made and various prototypical trials in 1939, a contract was eventually placed for an initial order of 200 production machines in March followed by an additional order for 510 in July. Several other prototypes were also trialed such as the Rolls Royce Merlin III powered D.521 and Allison V-1710 C-1 powered D.522 amongst others, however none were adopted for production.
The outbreak of war greatly increased the order of Dewoitine’s new fighter to 1,280 followed by 120 for the Aéronavale. Again more improvements such as improved engine cowling, rear fuselage extensions and several aerodynamic improvements were introduced from the initial few production aircraft onwards. The first groups to receive the aircraft in January of 1940 found the aircraft very likable and it was favored by the pilots that flew it. in April trials at Orleans-Bricy with a captured German BF 109 E3 showed that the German design was 32 KPH faster than the Dewoitine design. However the French fighter held the edge in maneuverability and turning circle.
By the time of the German invasion of France, only 200 or so D.520s had been produced, however those that had seen combat had done so with good success. Against the Italian air force the D.520 had around 114 victories with about 39-40 probables. 85 D.520s were lost as a result. On the Armistice signing in June of 1940, 437 machines had been built. Several had been evacuated to Algeria and Britain by Free French resistance to avoid falling into German hands.
Production of the D.520 was allowed to continue under the Germans for the Vichy government on the agreement that Germany would receive around 2000 of their own. The very same aircraft that had been fighting against the Germans and Italians was now fighting for the Vichy French Air Force , Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica against the RAF. The most notable D.520 ace, Pierre Le Gloan was credited with shooting down 18 aircraft of both Italian, German and British origination because of these circumstances.
By the end of production between 700 - 900 machines were built total with precise information being obscured by the nature of struggles going on at the time. Despite its teething problems and rather rough start, the D.520 was an excellent fighter of the Second World War period and a fine match for its contemporary partners and combatants.
Scott “Smin1080p” Maynard
10 月 1 日
From October 1st 12.00 GMT to October 2nd 12.00 GMT
15% discount on B-17E, B-17E/L
15% discount on B-17G
20% discount for talisman for B-17E, B-17E/L & B-17G
The name Boeing, known across the world, it’s a name with a rich and intriguing history, not just for the company that bears the name to day, but for the man that would inject the world of aviation with a vision of scale and innovation for the future.
William Edward Boeing was born on 1st October 1881 in Detroit, Michigan to Wilhelm Böing, an immigrant from North-western Germany . The Böing family made their early fortune in mining and timber. Williams early education took place in both Switzerland and North America, William would anglicise his name to Boeing on his return to the United States after his fathers death.
Attending Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School in 1904, Boeing excelled at his studies but was soon bored and craved adventures beyond the confines of the establishment he found himself in. Determined to make his own path in life he left university with only a year of study to complete. Boeing made cunning use of industry contacts and established himself in the timber trade of Washington State making a small fortune on trading timber. Only seven years later, Boeings need for adventure seized him again and he moved to Seattle where he would continue to take part in adventures both in the outdoors and in business.
On the 4th of July 1914, Boeing was offered a ride in a Curtiss hydroplane, it did not go well, Boeing was frustrated at the experience. Boeing approached Conrad Westervelt, a friend and business partner and both agreed that they could build a superior aircraft.
Taking lessons from none other than Glenn Martin, Boeing hastily learned the basics of flight and then when his first solo flight was completed, he bought a Martin Model TA seaplane and flew it back to Seattle.
Soon after his arrival in Seattle at the Boeing & Westervelt shipyard, Boeing managed to crash the aircraft, determined that they could do better and Using the basic elements of the Martin design, Boeing set to work on his new aircraft. It featured a greater wingspan and a lighter construction, and new landing pontoons which were attributed by Boeing as to causing the initial accident. The Boeing & Westervelt shipyard in Seattle’s harbor was converted to an temporary aircraft factory employing the shipwrights from shipyard to construct the prototype. Boeing himself flew the Bluebill, B&W Model 1, on its initial flight on the 15th of June 1916
World War One loomed on the horizon, Boeing again used his contacts in government and business and the fledgling Pacific Aero Products company began to build Navy trainers, the Boeing Model C, But for the United states the war period was brief, and the resultant economic downturn endangered the Aero Plant and its operation, Boing diversified the business, even going back into the timber trade to ensure the business stayed afloat.
His determination paid off, in 1927 Boeing was awarded the lucrative government international airmail contract, from that point on despite many struggles Boeing and his business grew. In 1928, Boeing was quoted.
"It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction to me to realize that within the short space of 12 years, an infant company with a personnel of less than a dozen men, has grown to be the largest plant in America, devoted solely to the manufacture of aircraft, and at the present time employing approximately 1,000 men."
William E. Boeing died on the 28th of September, 1956, aboard his own personal ship that he had built himself the Taconite. He had remained actively associated in the boeing business even after being forced to break up the company he had built in 1934, he subsequently retired that year. He did not have a formal funeral, as was his way in life having his family scatter his ashes into the sea off British Columbia where he had spent so many years enjoying his time aboard the Taconite. The legacy of technical innovation, engineering excellence and scientific pioneering left by Boeing continues to this day, and is testament to this one mans endeavour.
Aaron “Anglomanii” Lentz