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Manfred von Richthofen - FU Hero

Posted by borg on July 10, 2009

Manfred von Richthofen, Red Baron
Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen. FU proudly inducts the Red Baron into the eternal ranks of the FU hero. Put aside the fact he was kicking the asses of the western allies and join FU in paying tribute to an individual that developed air power and current doctrine through his mastery of the craft. Manfred von Richthofen was also known as "le Diable Rouge" ("Red Devil"), "Le Petit Rouge" ("Little Red") in French, and the "Red Knight" or "Red Baron" in English.  Hell, his name alone is scary to pronounce. He was credited as the greatest fighter pilot during WW I, where fighter aircrafts were still in their infancy stage, powered props and 10 times slower compared to modern jet fighters. The Red Baron registered 80 kills including British top pilot, Major Lanoe Hawker VC, described by von Richthofen himself as "the British Boelcke" or the British Ace.
That victory came while von Richthofen was flying an Albatros D.II and Hawker was flying a D.H.2 on 23 November 1916. When the First World War broke out, von Richthofen served as a cavalry scout on both the eastern and western fronts. However, when traditional cavalry operations became obsolete due to machine guns and barbed wire, the soldiers were used in ordinary battlefield operations and for reinforcements. Disappointed with not being able to participate more often in combat operations, von Richthofen joined the Flying Service at the end of May 1915. He was initially a reconnaissance observer over the Eastern Front.
After being transferred to the Champagne front, he managed to shoot down a French Farman aircraft with his observer's machine gun (KICKASS), but was not credited with the kill, as it fell behind Allied lines. He then trained as a pilot in October 1915. In March 1916, he joined Kampfgeschwader 2 flying a two-seat Albatross B.II. Over Verdun on 26 April 1916 he fired on a French Nieuport, downing it over Fort Douaumont, although once again he gained no official credit. At this time he flew a Fokker Eindecker single-seat fighter. After a further spell of flying two-seaters on the Eastern Front in August 1916 he switched to Jagdstaffel or Jasta 2 aircraft.
Von Richthofen won his first aerial combat over Cambrai, France on September 17, 1916. After his first victory, von Richthofen ordered a silver cup engraved with the date of the fight and the type of enemy aircraft from a jeweler friend in Berlin. He continued this tradition until he had 60 cups, by which time the supply of silver in blockaded Germany was restricted (probably due to his kickass number of victories).
Rather than engage in risky tactics like his brother Lothar (40 air kills), Manfred von Richthofen strictly observed a set of flight maxims (commonly referred to as the "Dicta Boelcke") to assure the greatest success for both squadron and individual flyer. After his famous kill on the British ace Major Lanoe Hawker VC, on 23 November 1916, he switched to the Albatros D.III in January 1917, scoring two kills before suffering a crack in the spar of the aircraft's lower wing. Following this incident, von Richthofen reverted to the Albatros D.II for the next five weeks.
Von Richthofen scored one kill in the D.III on 9 March, but the D.III was temporarily grounded for the rest of the month, therefore von Richthofen switched to the Halberstadt D.II, scoring six kills in the Halberstadt between 11 March and 25 March 1917. Von Richthofen returned to the Albatros D.III on 2 April 1917. He scored his next 22 kills in this aircraft before switching to the Albatros D.V in late June. For his kickass performance in the air and his obvious fighter pilot attitude, FU salutes the Red Baron for his great accomplishments in air battle tactics.


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Holy Mother FU**er! The first popped collar! All fratboys kneel in homage.

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