The Fighter Base elves have been hard at work since June and we are very happy to share with you a little video of how the games looks today! With a lot of the brain surgery finally over, the game is starting to come back together and I’m very happy to introduce you to the new terrain and aircraft.
All our players, but especially our Japanese friends are welcome to join us at Tokyo Game Show and a meetup after the show on September 17th at 7pm. If you are in Tokyo, please come meet us there! If you would like to join the meetup, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Aviation Day (August 19) is a United States national observation that celebrates the development of aviation. The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday to be National Aviation Day (Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years).
I’m very excited to announce that we are going to be showing off Fighter Base at the VRLA (http://www.virtualrealityla.com/) show this weekend.
If you happen to be in the LA area, come by and check us out firday and Saturday at the LA Convention Center. You don’t want to miss seeing your favorite game running on the AMAZING Vuzix iWear Video Headpones. More info can be found here: https://www.vuzix.com/Products/iWear-Video-Headphones.
Today’s Plane-of-the-day will be a little different as I would like to speak a little about a type, rather than a variant.
The Curtis P-40 is the third-most produced American fighter of the war with some 13,738 having been produced between 1939 and 1944 but it was, one way or another, operated in combat by allies and axis pilots alike because many fell into Japanese, German and even Finnish hands in the early years of the war when the allies were often in retreat. Finland, who was aligned with Germany throughout the war, in fact used a captured P-40 as did the Japanese over China leading to the surreal possibility of P-40s fighting against other P-40s. The Germans operated them for testing purposes and clandestine missions but never deployed them as fighting aircraft.
The P-40 in Japanese Army Air Force colors
The P-40 in Luftwaffe colors
The P-40 in Finnish Air Force colors
The P-40 in Dutch colors
The P-40 in Free French colors
The P-40 in Soviet Air Force colors
USA and Commonwealth countries: United States Army Air Corps, United States Army Air Forces, Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force, South African Air Force
Allied countries: Soviet Air Force, Soviet Naval Aviation, Republic of China Air Force, (free) French Air Force, Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force, Poland
Axis Countries: Japanese Army Air Force, Finnish Air Force, German
The P-40 was first ordered by the French but delivery did not occur before the invasion of France leading Curtis to redirect all available aircraft to Britain. When the British were unable to deploy all available production, Curtis was authorized to make them available to the USSR who became the second country to take delivery of, and operate the aircraft.
The first serious use of the P-40 as a fighter occurred when Iraqi forces led by Rashid Ali El-Ghailani rose against the British in Iraq on May 2, 1941. When the Germans and Italians sent aircraft to assist the revolt, staging from Vichy French bases in Lebanon and Syria, the British sent three Bristol Blenheims to bomb the air base at Palmyra on May 14, escorted by two Tomahawks of No. 250 Squadron, RAF, flown by Flying Officers G.A. Wolsey and F.J.S. Aldridge. The Iraqi revolt was crushed by May 30, but the British decided that Vichy France’s violation of neutrality justified the invasion and occupation of Lebanon and Syria. Tomahawks of No. 3 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), took part in the first attack on June 8, helping to destroy a Dewoitine D.520 fighter and damage three others at Rayak airfield. Elsewhere on that same day, two of No. 250 Squadron’s Tomahawks drew first blood for the P-40 in the air when they shot down an Italian Cant Z.1007bis reconnaissance plane five miles northwest of Alexandria, Egypt. The Vichy French put up a spirited fight before finally signing an armistice on July 14, but the Tomahawks of No. 3 Squadron RAAF also acquitted themselves well, holding their own against France’s top-of-the-line D.520s and shooting down two out of eight German Junkers Ju-88As of II Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 1, operating from Crete, that tried to interfere with British landings on the Levantine coast on June 12.(1)
Unfortunately the P-40s were mostly relegated to fighter-bomber and ground-support roles later in the war which led to much higher attrition rates and the unfortunate assumption that this fighter had outlived it’s usefulness. However, in the right hands it remained formidable and competitive aircraft throughout the war and continued to be operated by numerous countries well into the 1950s.
I am happy to announce a two-week public testing period from July 16 – Aug 1 for our new Fighter Base version 0.39.
With your help we learned a great deal during our 4-hour test on July 10th and we have made some important changes to our server, web server and game client. We also continue to work on our mobile version and hope to have a mobile (Android) version of the game available later during this testing period.
There will be Bots flying around during low usage hours but I really hope you have a chance to experience real massively multiplayer dogfighting against other people. Please get your squads and friends together and lets get some numbers into the arena.
Some visible changes include
Brakes (press B)
Chat (press ENTER)
Chat Log (press L)
Other changes include improved stability, website corrections and lots and lots of bug fixing.
Please review the instructions available on the Launch menu at https://fighterba.se if you have any installation or operation issues.
As our first test approaches the end of its official time, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on how things went so far and to solicit your feedback and thoughts about what you experienced today.
Before I begin, though, I want to thank all the folks who took the time to sign up for a paid membership to Fighter Base. We will be in touch with you shortly to get your shirt sizes and we’ll get your T-Shirts to you as soon as possible so that you can have them in time for our next open test!
If you would like to share your experience or comments with us, please use our support system to do so. Click HERE to get to the support page. Based on your feedback and our own support experience over the last couple of hours we will be adding many How-To pointers in our FAQ section that will be available in the next couple of days.
When you do leave comments, it would be very helpful if you could also include your system information. For those unfamiliar with it, the dxdiag tool will output a file that tells us many valuable things about the hardware and system software on your computer without sharing any personal information.
Depending on your Operating System either click on Run or click on Search, get to a prompt and type “dxdiag”. That should bring up a screen like this screenshot below. Click on the “Save All Information…” button and include the content of the file dxdiag created in your Support submission.