Ferrets' Challenge No. 11
The Blighty Dozen
Sunday 23 April 2006, 2030h ET
- The race will be run on the 'Blitz' map.
- Login to the WB2005 Practice & Dueling arena at 2030h ET, Sunday 23 April 2006.
- Select Green country and tune your radio to Green country channel 102. Go to the tower at Green field F14 Thorney Island.
- Select any prop-driven plane with the loadout of your choice. IT IS FORBIDDEN TO DISCHARGE YOUR WEAPONS! This includes guns, bombs, drop tanks, etc.
- At the referee's 15-minute warning (2045h ET), get on the tarmac at F14, default runway 1.
- Taxi a few yards away from the spawn point so the referee can see your icon. Taunt your opponents.
- At the referee's one-minute warning, make sure your engine is STOPPED.
- Wait for the referee's 10-count and the signal to 'ROLL', at which moment the clock starts: you may start your engine and take off! The race should take slightly more than one hour to complete.
- Pilots proceed from F14 through twelve checkpoints which must be flown in sequence:
- F20 Tangmere
- F2 Redhill
- F10 Kenley
- F37 Gravesend
- F43 Rochford
- F47 Stradishall
- F45 Duxford
- F40 Northweald
- F42 Northholt
- F36 Middle Wallop
- F30 Gosport
- F14 Thorney Island (the finish line)
- To qualify at a checkpoint, pilots must safely fly through (i.e. 'barnstorm') any one hangar (of any size) at the field.
- Pilots who crash or are shot down by AAA are disqualified. Disqualified pilots and hangers-on are invited to observe in ground vehicles or as attached observers. Please do NOT roll aircraft unless requested by the referee.
- Fuel management will be important! Pilots may land (SAFELY: on the runway, right side up, at a full stop) and replane/refuel at any friendly airfield on the route, AFTER having stormed the barn at that checkpoint. Pilots must respawn on default runway one in the same aircraft type and model as before. Remember to change airfields - WB's always defaults to your last choice. To help the referees, PLEASE ANNOUNCE YOUR INTENTION TO REFUEL!
- The first pilot to barnstorm the final checkpoint at F14 Thorney Island is the winner, and the clock stops at that moment. However...
- To qualify, pilots must land SAFELY at F14, on the tarmac, right side up, at a full stop.
- Please stay on the runway for photo opportunities! In addition to an all-expenses-paid trip to the bathroom and a big bucket of really fresh steam, the first-place finisher will receive:
- One month free WarBirds account, courtesy of iEN... NOTE: Pilots who have won a free month within the last 60 days do not qualify for this prize.
- The Ferrets' Challenge Blue Ribbon, courtesy of the Menacing Ferrets... VALUE: priceless.
- The second place pilot will receive a $10 USD WB's account credit, while third showing merits a $5 USD credit.
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1st Place: drache, ‹‹PARROTS››, Ki84, 61m03s
2nd Place: -punk-, ‹‹PARROTS››, Ki84, 61m18s
3rd Place: -zippy, Pale Horses, Ki84, 62m00s
Forty-five pilots rolled this time, one more than last time. Drache of the Parrots took the lead about one-third of the way along and held on to win the race, bringing his total bag of victories to three. Parrots' pilot Punk placed second after Chunky's spectacular demise at the finish line. Zippy of the Pale Horses showed third. Drache's hat-trick ties him with Wcat of the 417 RCAF City of Windsor squadron for most victories, and makes the Parrots our winningest squadron, with four victories to the Windsor's three.
For his first-place finish, Drache wins a free month of WB's courtesy of iEN, and of course the coveted Ferrets' Challenge Blue Ribbon and a fresh bucket of steam. Punk and Zippy win ten and five-dollar account credits, respectively. Congrats!
Thanks to Lytnin for flying the spotter jet, to Pennsy for reffing, to SKYDVR for all his help, and to all you speed-demon air-racers. See you all at the next Ferrets' Challenge in June 2006!
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Love and hell,
Col. H.C. Rana
C/O The Menacing Ferrets