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Ciscobird
04-01-2006, 12:30 AM
I was trying out a D3A against another D3A and got shot up.

I was slightly wounded from pebble shots from the gunner of other D3A (or the flame as the engine got on fire?). There was somewhat a delay in opening the chute as I freefall above the flaming wreck.

After exiting the plane some way down, my gunner's chute opened up, no problem...

Right after I pulled the rip cord and before the chute inflated, I crashed into my gunner's chute, causing it to collapse on itself, sending the poor gunner plummeting to the ground as I enjoy the view while floating down safely.

Has this happened to anyone? Yes, I saved the track. I would be more than happy to take a snapshot and post it here, only if someone would be kind enough to tell me how or at least point me to some instruction.

Just thought I would share the experience since I've never seen anything like this in the forum.

Nope, no April fool...

HotelBushranger
04-01-2006, 03:10 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif That's hilarious!

stansdds
04-01-2006, 04:48 AM
Mental note: Never agree to fly with Ciscobird as his gunner.

Jatro13th
04-01-2006, 05:17 AM
Hey, I once had a similar experience, only not so good for my pilot.

When I first started playing IL2, the Ctr-E button was always on fire. On one specific occasion I ejected succesfully and while I was freefalling I could see my plane following a trajectory which looming above my head... the first hunch of following death was already showing its ugly face... When at last I opened my chute, the pilot's velocity suddenly decreased (as it is natural) and my bloody Bf came rushing in and crushed my pilot and his chute... I had the track but it was a .trk file which I deleted a couple of years ago when the new patch came on...

PlaneEater
04-01-2006, 10:50 AM
I bumped the gear button once while doing about 600 kph, level flight, in a 190D-9. One gear leg barely started to descend before it snapped off and gracefully arced right up through my cockpit.

Ding! Player killed.

The other oleo locked down without a problem and my plane continued to fly on for quite a while.

So yeah. I landed on top of myself while I was still in the cockpit.

heywooood
04-01-2006, 11:08 AM
isn't he a handsome boy... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

J_Weaver
04-01-2006, 01:19 PM
I landed on the edge of a roof one time. The chute collapsed and I fell off the roof and died. What's the odds, I escape a burning aircraft only to fall off a roof and die.

Ciscobird
04-01-2006, 02:38 PM
Probably feeling suicidal?

A Kamikaze failure or wannabe? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

triggerhappyfin
04-02-2006, 05:42 AM
Once flying the stuka I was shot into flames and jumped. The stuka went on flying in a circle as I was hanging in the chute. I followed the Stuka to see what happened to it.
I hit the ground, runned for safety and lay down on ground. Then my stuka hit me in the head!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

SeaFireLIV
04-02-2006, 07:37 AM
I hate freaky accidents, both in game and real life. They`re just so unpredictable and... freaky!

Ciscobird
04-02-2006, 01:38 PM
Originally posted by triggerhappyfin:
Once flying the stuka I was shot into flames and jumped. The stuka went on flying in a circle as I was hanging in the chute. I followed the Stuka to see what happened to it.
I hit the ground, runned for safety and lay down on ground. Then my stuka hit me in the head!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Perhaps it's the Stuka's way of slapping you for abandoning her in time of need or for letting her get on fire. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

slipBall
04-02-2006, 02:00 PM
Has this happened to anyone? Yes, I saved the track. I would be more than happy to take a snapshot and post it here, only if someone would be kind enough to tell me how or at least point me to some instruction

The poor gunner R.I.P.
What you would do is play the track, press print scrn button on keyboard, when you like the shot
close the game, use a program like IrfanView (It's free) open that up, select open from the upper left drop down, scroll to your game folder, select Grab 0000.tga, select open, select save as, save as a .jpg to desktop. Open a account at Photobucket (free) select that grab, and put it in your photo album. Now when you reply here, you would click the URL over at photobucket, for that pic, then right click select copy, then use the display image on post reply tool bar, right click and paste, click ok and your done
Good luck, look forward to seeing that poor soul gunner

Stackhouse25th
04-02-2006, 02:19 PM
yeah parachute in this game is pretty funny.

parachutes are super strong and can tear off wings lol

FoolTrottel
04-02-2006, 03:47 PM
My greatest Ctrl-E was when I crashed a Seafire on the deck of a carrier.
It was leakin', so I thought, better get out...

Ctrl-E: Me jumpin' out, running away from the wreck, takin' a jump for cover...

right off the deck of the carrier... into the sea... 'Pilot Killed' http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

zaelu
04-02-2006, 04:28 PM
Once in a virtual war I had been damaged and returned to friendly lines. When I was safe I bailed but the frickin plane didn't wan't to give up and circled around me for couple of minutes giving me nightmares as it was passing very close to me, to my shute. In the end it went a little up and plunged into the ground in a deadly spiral.

It was frightening in the game... so I thought how it was in real life.

WB_Outlaw
04-02-2006, 07:39 PM
I abandoned a flaming Me-110 just as my tail gunner opened up on an approaching P-47. Fortunately, shortly after my gunner filled my a$$ full of 7.62 he was riddled with .50s from the Jug. I wonder which was uglier, my crushed and bullet shattered body lying on the turf or his charred and broked body in the wreckage of the 110?

--Outlaw.

M2morris
04-02-2006, 08:30 PM
Similar thing happened to me; (Sort-of OT) I was in the 82D Airborne and on a jump w/combat equipment very typical, normally from 800 ft. We were all chuted- up, and on the plane sitting next to me must have been Shaqeel Oneal's twin brother. I am short, 5ft6 155 pounds. We reach the drop zone, and we all go out the door and sure enough, as I was worried would happen, I look up at my canopy and see two big bulges coming down in my chute. It was the big dudes feet! He started running off the top of my chute, but he colapsed it and I dropped like a rock but it re-inflated just in time before I hit the ground. Close call.

Ciscobird
04-02-2006, 08:42 PM
Originally posted by M2morris:
I dropped like a rock but it re-inflated just in time before I hit the ground. Close call.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Glad you didn't suffer the same ending as my gunner.

However, I've read a story where a WWII British aircrew was ejected from his aircraft without a parachute and landed on a mate's chute. They both rode it down. But now after what happened on the sim and your story, there must be more to that British story. A WWII urban legend? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

M2morris
04-02-2006, 09:10 PM
Originally posted by Ciscobird:
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Glad you didn't suffer the same ending as my gunner.

However, I've read a story where a WWII British aircrew was ejected from his aircraft without a parachute and landed on a mate's chute. They both rode it down. But now after what happened on the sim and your story, there must be more to that British story. A WWII urban legend? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif
You can go to Fort Bragg N.C. and see paratroop jumps almost any day of the week, what happened to me is common. On a hot day with light- wieght guys like me (the chute)takes longer to descend than big heavy guys. But sort-of back to the original topic; That sounds like a good idea, a D3 fight. I think I'll try it.

Dash_8
04-03-2006, 09:34 PM
Another strange story about bail out accidents (or maybe just bad luck.)

I was flying as a wingman in a wildcat with my lead in another wildcat. He was on the tail of a zero and I was sitting at my leads 4 to 5 o'clock watching his back while he shot up the zero. He catches the zero on fire and the Japanese pilot bails out and hits the right wing of my lead's wildcat. The wildcats wing then comes back and hit my left wing severing it. All three of us end up going down. My lead and I both got out of our wildcats and floated down to the water.

It was a pretty funny sight seeing both of us in our rafts only a few feet apart. I wonder what that conversation would have been between them sitting there in their yellow rafts?

slo_1_2_3
04-04-2006, 12:02 AM
Yea for you guys its a freak accidnt but for me it happens about half the times I bail.I mean the plane hitting me ,but occasionaly my crew hits me usually ending in both of our deaths.
And you said a wing off a wildcat came off and hit you how you make that happen? I always fly right through all that juk,is there a setting?

Dash_8
04-05-2006, 01:37 PM
I also USUALLY fly through any debris. So I found it a little strange to be hit by a part from another aircraft. I assume I was hit by the wing of my lead's Wildcat. I was looking behind my lead's tail when all this happened that I described from the above post.

I was checking mine (and my leaders) tail and saw no enemys around. When I panned back to see my lead shooting the Zero, the Japenese guy bailed and hit the right wing of my lead. A split second later I only had one wing and thought my leads severed wing had hit me. I could be wrong as it all happened VERY fast. All I know for sure is all three on us (the zero and the 2 Wildcats) all went down in a matter of seconds.

I don't think there is a setting for debris collisions as you mentioned. It just happens sometimes.

Owlsphone
04-05-2006, 02:12 PM
Flying a P-39 online and get into a stall and a flat spin during a vertical climb...I try to recover but find nothing is working as I keep spinning slowly towards the ground and decide its best to bail. I eject and freefall until my chute opens. The P-39 that I had just bailed from helicoptered down onto my chute from a couple hundred feet above...How embarrassing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Ciscobird
04-05-2006, 02:35 PM
Originally posted by Dash_8:
I wonder what that conversation would have been between them sitting there in their yellow rafts?

Probably "just another day at work." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Wonder if the pilot of the Zero receives credit for two kills, even if it was his body that did the work? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

DoBravery
04-05-2006, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by Ciscobird:
Right after I pulled the rip cord and before the chute inflated, I crashed into my gunner's chute, causing it to collapse on itself, sending the poor gunner plummeting to the ground as I enjoy the view while floating down safely.


I'm sorry about Goose. Everybody loved him. But, your not going to be happy again unless your going Mach 2 with your hair on fire. To be the best of the best means you make mistakes and move on. . .

Ciscobird
04-05-2006, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by DoBravery:
I'm sorry about Goose. Everybody loved him. But, your not going to be happy again unless your going Mach 2 with your hair on fire. To be the best of the best means you make mistakes and move on. . .

Only if D3A could go that fast... Until then, I must mourn the loss. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Divine-Wind
04-05-2006, 05:13 PM
I remember one time I was doing the New Guinea campaign, flying P-40's (a great but underrated plane). One on occasion, we got called up to deter bombers over the airfield. I got into the thick of it, and suddenly my engine dies after the Zero tailing me opens fire. It overshoots me, so I fire off a lucky burst, which sets the Zero to burning. Since I'm going down anyways, I bail out, and wouldn't you know it? The Zero explodes, blowing up my plane, in turn killing me.
This has happened once or twice since, albeit under different circumstances.

Ciscobird
04-06-2006, 04:50 PM
Hope this works, my first attempt attaching an image.
Iceman in sight...
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g21/ciscobird/D3AduelcrossoverCrop.jpg

Fiery Experience
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g21/ciscobird/ExplosionCrop.jpg
When everything else fails, bail!
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g21/ciscobird/BailOutCrop.jpg
Freefalling together...
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g21/ciscobird/FreefallingTogetherCrop.jpg
Uh-Oh
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g21/ciscobird/ApproachingGunnerCrop.jpg
No. 45 Evidence
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g21/ciscobird/LandingOnHimCrop.jpg
The Bitter Farewell...
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g21/ciscobird/ByeCrop.jpg
The View... Here, the Gunner is still descending toward the ground, you can see where his shadow is in relative to his plummeting body.
http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g21/ciscobird/TheViewCrop.jpg

There, I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I did. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Ciscobird
04-06-2006, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by slipBall:Good luck, look forward to seeing that poor soul gunner

slipBall, thanks for the advice. Apparently I still have so much to learn but now I know what to do... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Burnzoire1
04-06-2006, 05:20 PM
I've bailed out of an aircraft in a massive flat spin, freefalled below the aircraft and then deployed the chute - only to have the aircraft spin it's way like a helicopter right down on my head http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

slo_1_2_3
04-06-2006, 05:47 PM
Originally posted by Burnzoire:
I've bailed out of an aircraft in a massive flat spin, freefalled below the aircraft and then deployed the chute - only to have the aircraft spin it's way like a helicopter right down on my head http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
That happens to me alot except my chute opens then one wing hits it deflating it and snapping that wing off,then it flips and the other wing plows through my head killing me and getting rid of the other wing.

M2morris
04-07-2006, 09:00 AM
Originally posted by Owlsphone:
Flying a P-39 online and get into a stall and a flat spin during a vertical climb...I try to recover but find nothing is working as I keep spinning slowly towards the ground and decide its best to bail. I eject and freefall until my chute opens. The P-39 that I had just bailed from helicoptered down onto my chute from a couple hundred feet above...How embarrassing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Ever try putting your gear down? That 'sometimes' works to stop a flat spin. Once I tried picking up the monitor and shaking the hell out of it- cussing and screaming, but it didnt work.(kidding) I hate a flat spin, but I've never been eaten by one after I bailed. owch.

To Ciscobird: Good picture story, very intertaining. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/metal.gif

Billy_BigBoy
04-08-2006, 04:57 PM
Siscobird, do you feel bad after this incident?
I mean, the gunner's wife would NOT be happy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

I myself once was killed by my spinning aircraft with the wing after bailing out http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

spitfire22287
04-08-2006, 07:56 PM
I had a freak parachute death flying a Spitfire. I was shot up and had pulled up, maneuvering to try and get away from my foe, but I got shot up even more on as I went vertical. It was bailing time. The velocity had decreased quite a bit during the delay between pressing Ctrl-E and the pilot jettisoning the canopy and jumping. My Spit kept going up for a few meters, and my parachute opened. You can guess what happened next: my Spit stalled, did a sloppy hammerhead and headed right for me, smashing my parachute and me in the process. Instant "Pilot Killed"... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Oh Spitfire, how could you? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/disagree.gif

vocatx
04-08-2006, 09:14 PM
For some true stories of freak accidents, check this out: http://www.greenharbor.com/fffolder/ffallers.html

Some of these are better than anything anyone could ever make up.

slipBall
04-09-2006, 05:28 AM
Very cool shot's Ciscobird, this game still continues to amaze me

leitmotiv
04-11-2006, 11:59 PM
OK, I just had a novel freak accident which was unusual for me and I have been killed in extremely bizarre ways over the years with this series. I was chasing an AI French Hawk 75 at low altitude in a 109E-4. He was roller coastering up and down and then started rolling almost vertically perilously close to the ground. To my pleasure I managed to follow him in his rolls and zapped him two times while rolling with him. Well! Off popped the hood and I realized I had nailed him properly. BUT I suddenly saw a white balloon pop up in front of me, my 109 was wrecked by impact with the chute, and I crashed. Finis. Triumph to annihilation in a few secs.

sabotshooter88
04-12-2006, 12:30 PM
Originally posted by zaelu:
Once in a virtual war I had been damaged and returned to friendly lines. When I was safe I bailed but the frickin plane didn't wan't to give up and circled around me for couple of minutes giving me nightmares as it was passing very close to me, to my shute. In the end it went a little up and plunged into the ground in a deadly spiral.

It was frightening in the game... so I thought how it was in real life.

There's the incident at NAS Miramar in the 1970's of a F8 pilot puching out because of a malfunction. He pointed the bird out to sea, and ejected. As he floated down he watched the bird do a U-turn and crashed into one of the hangers at the base.