Got to fly in the back seat of an F-16D a long time ago when I was in the service. It was amazing. The plane was so smooth... dat fly-by-wire. We took off with 3 other planes, ran a couple enemy intercept scenarios and flew back home. I was expecting some Top Gun shit but these days, kills are so far out, I don't even think I saw the other side. Pilot let me fly it a little before we had to land. Sigh... that was a fun day.
My favorite plane is the B-2. If you've seen it fly over.. it is goddamn huge and looks like an alien ship. Very majestic. I'd shit my pants if I was Jihad Joe and this alien space ship came over blocking the sunlight. It's crazy how something that looks like this can even fly.
Other nod to the B-1, aka 'Bone'. Another big boy... so goddamn powerful. 4 turbofan engines... a beast. Saw a couple fly over and turn their burners on. Boner time.
Round out this list with the F-22... sexy looking plane. My favorite was watching a F-22 flying around near our campground close to Nevada. It was probably based out of Nellis AFB at that time. I think the pilot was just testing shit out but my friends and I were camping and he came and put on a show.
I'm still a bit confused about whether this is about PC players' disdain for consoles in general, or whether it's about WoT PC vs Console in particular. If its the latter, I don't see much disdain. Controllers being the main input method is really the only complaint that I see come up, more often than not you'll see PC players pointing out that the console version of WoT is better in some ways and wishing the PC version was like that.
If its about consoles in general, then that's just personal taste. Consoles and PCs are for different crowds who look for different things in their gaming experience, and the fact the two crowds have different mindsets leads to a lot of misunderstanding. There's no real argument to be made here about which is better, it's entirely up to what a person wants from their machine.
That was magic, thanks for sharing!
I'm old and from Canada, so I even have an F104 story. My brother and I once watched a two-ship go overhead at about 60 feet as they split around our hamlet's grain elevator. The elevator being 90 ft tall, more or less. The wing tanks were about 80 feet apart. Engines smoking black the whole time.
One other time a pair went by at about 500 feet, pulled up into a climbing scissor, leveled off and disappeared. Even one scissor uses up a crazy amount of space.
They got rules against that sort of stuff now...
This is prob the closest to my answer, In fact, its a very good answer, summed up in my first thought reply which was "knowing where to be and why at all times"
Now, OP, please don't imply this as hubris, its simply n=1 analysis. I have been "purple" as defined by per-tank WN8 for a very very long time now. Sorting my tanks on the WoTLabs.net mainpage by WN8, of the 175 tanks I've played, 95 are "purple" and 20 are "blue". All the blue or less ones date to a 2012-early 2013 (except the E-100 which is another story entirely) or are arty.
So when I look back and try to remember what I was doing during that time period...I was trying to put into practice every Garbad wrote (official forums, this was pre-wotlab forum) about where to be, and why. Garbad rarely wrote about penning shots, or trading hp, he wrote about flanking, positional dominance and scouting. He wrote about making your team better (via flanking, positions and scouting), and about giving teamwork to your hapless pubs. Trading hp is something you do for position. And there were no premium rounds (for credits, which is all I've ever shot) for some of these blue and purple tanks.
I see my Easy 8 in this era. A tank I was very very proud of, because I had been studying Garbad and @CarbonWard and trying to put what they wrote about in perspective. I won 60% in that tank, almost entirely solo, pre-sprem. I did a ton of scouting and hill peeking. I remember working very hard to try to get flanks that either punished those hard fronted 7s and 8s, or which stalled their advances. And trying to use the mobility of the E8 to dog pile into brawls where I could use my plinky DPM effectively.
I see my T-34-85, a tank I played 300 games in to practice, because Garbad said it was a good medium to replicate high tier styles. Decent punch, good dpm, ok but not great armor, pretty good mobility, acceptable vision. Another blue 60%+ winrate tank. Some platooned, a lot lot lot of solo.
Now this is backwards. Most people learn how to pen their shots, discipline themselves not to poke badly, how to make sure your loaded flank rolls hard, and all those skills and they learn that quick. I am a special kind of dumb and learned how to do that much much later. My first "dark purple" tank was the T32 sporting my first 70% winrate and 1k xp/game average. Another one I am proud of. I got this mostly by scouting, I shit thee not. @jacg123 and @Wazoo117 can attest to it, because they were there. I would ridge poke and hold ground on old Serene Coast (the REALLY hilly 1.0 version) and Dragon Ridge (the 2.0 version) and just vision pin and and area deny and light for arty. As is the recurring theme, my damage output was only ok (I only learned how to win more games via crushing damage output in the last year or so) at 1931 dpg in this tank. For comparison sake, I recall @Veril playing the T32 about a year later, using the 90mm (see the higher hit rate) all APCR and winning 82%, with 2500 dpg 1200+ xpg. But lower spots per game :-D and you asked about how to go from blue to purple, not purple to super purple :-D
Anyways there's a ton of people who can teach and show you how to farm hp without losing your own, so you can trade your own later. And thats the quickest and a perfectly effective way to go from blue to purple. But it CAN be done "backwards" where you learn all the positional, teamwork and game-reading stuff first, and then learn to farm damage later.
Some maxims I try to share and have gleaned from others
Your job is to make your team better -from Garbad
Give teamwork, but expect none -me
Some tanks trade HP for position (T-54 style) others force enemies to trade hp for their positions (M46) -from CarbonWard
Your platoon (or team) takes up key positions in the map and squeezes it to a win -also CarbonWard
Never rely on a pubbie for the game winning reset - everyone ever, but oft repeated by @sr360
[Aside - I had to finally learn to output superior damage because I wanted 3 pretty marks on my tanks. I was perfectly happy to win 70% and be merely a purple until they made the pretty marks and sat in that space for almost 2 years. Damn those pretty marks]