Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Olham

The biggest Risk in Combat - Collision

Recommended Posts

This photo must be fake or from a movie, but it shows quite well, how fragile an aircraft was,

and what happened in a collision. Without a parachute, you were lost after this.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

.

 

Actually Olham, that is one photo from a very famous group of faked combat shots that were published in the book 'Death in the Air'. I have a copy.

 

.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah, alright, thank you. But isn't it faked quite well? Looks very severe to me; very convincing. Maybe they should have added a bit of motion, like this?

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

.

 

Yes, they are quite convincing, some more so than others. Also Olham, your point about having a bit of motion blur in them was one of the factors that led folks to realize the photos were fakes.

 

.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And yes, on the original subject of collision being a very real problem in the disorientation of combat, Oswald Boelke knew of it enough to make it one of his key points in aircraft combat. As if to prove a point, he was also killed while colliding with his wingman.....

 

~Gunfighter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still, I can agree that collisions are the biggest threat in combat. I'd say 80-90% of my careers end that way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still, I can agree that collisions are the biggest threat in combat. I'd say 80-90% of my careers end that way.

 

Mine as well- it seems like the AI wingmen almost have no awareness of the player and will fly right into him while chasing an enemy. Some of mine were legit collisions that would happen even with another person, but some I chalk up to the AI apparently not paying any attention to my presence and just flying into me outright. The AI pilots aren't bad, but they still don't have the same sort of "back of the mind" awareness a person with a little experience has. I think they call it "situational" awareness, where you have in the back of your mind your position in relation to wingmen.

Edited by SirMike1983

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know none Allied top ace lost that way, but Erich Löwenhardt, Fritz Rumey, and Oswald Boelcke, German top aces #3, #6 and #10, died from air collisions (from "friendly" collisions for Löwenhardt and Boelcke, with the other guy surviving, and also from failing parachutes for Löwenhardt and Rumey). Enough said about the danger of collisions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..