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 +====== The Dukes Air Adventures ======
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 +===== 1.On how it came to be =====
 +It is interesting to note in the beginning of our story the fall of the nationalistic identity after the end of great war  I Duke Von Steerlienstien of Bavaria will describe my adventures and the various wars that followed the great war.  However like I said we must first start at the orginaial great war.  Personally I was involved very little, my father however had a great deal of work under Willham. ​ During the great war it is not the less to say that the twelve year extent made individuals completely lose faith in any since of a national government. ​ Remember now that the great war did not end with national governments but instead of the accord of the smaller groups of individuals offering up a uneasy situation of peace. ​ It is not difficult to see how this quickly turned the government against the people, and the people against the government. ​ It was seen that the governments only real task was now to completely ruin the population of their home nations. ​ By showing they would never make peace by trying to '​quell'​ internal peace treaties they became further untrusted.
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 +Never the less the individual acts of the citizens lead to a need to control the citizens through a new manner. ​ The new fervor in local politics lead the majority of European leaders to allow for the dukes, and counts to take over the provinces that were causing problems. ​ Yet the dukes and counts which did not get to rule directly were upset, and to not further risk unrest, the nations pretty much unamionsly continued with this action. ​ My own place comes about half way through a realitivly calm period. ​ My father had just died, this being about 1945, and in the individual areas were discussions of the '​American flying machine.' ​ Our own European flying machines were far and few between because no one could raise the money needed to actually sustain any development for an extended amount of time, but I digress that all of this talk about the American flying machine had the dukes in a tatter. ​
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 +===== 2.The first American flying machine =====
 +The first American flying machine to be bought by a Duke was in 1946.  Trying to be something of a trend setter he bought what is called a, '​P-51.' ​ It was a massively beautiful aircraft which the duke flew with ease and enjoyment. ​ The lessons of the great war were not lost on this duke (From the duchy of Athens). ​ He taught four of his sons how to fly the aircraft and spent a great deal on acquiring two more.  ​
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 +I remember the first dinner party I hosted, it was for a count whom I do not recall now.  He was marvelously excited about the duchy of Athens new, 'Air Force.'  ​
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 +“How can one call it an,'​Air Force,'​ if it is only made up of three to four aircraft!” I exclaimed without much knowledge to the contrary.
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 +The count looked clueless around the table, openly mocking my ignorance on the issue, of which I must say did not offend myself. ​ His gaping mouth quickly closed and he looked me straight in the eye, “Can you tell me what one of your peasant armies can move at 400+Kilometers in a single hour?'  ​
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 +From that point on I was most indefinably intrigued by the notions of an, “Air Force.” ​ I sought out the different designers of aircraft, and I purchased the second set in all of the European continent. ​ It was an American made, '​P-47.'  ​
 +===== 3.How I came to Face the challenges =====
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 +I had not known the costs in operating my, '​P-47.' ​ For I must say I figured it to be less difficult than a horse, but not harder than a car!  My first goal was to learn how to fly the aircraft. ​ To do this I traveled to the United States of America, to a school called, 'The Hugh Higgens school of flight.” ​ There were at this school 24 postmen, 2 what the Americans called, '​Hawkers,'​ or just speed fliers, and one school teacher. ​ It did not take me long to actually exploit the uses of the P-47.  I understood how to fly it, and operate the aircraft. ​ While I was in New York at this school I also meant a chummy aircraft mechanic, by the nights end and with at least two liters of alcohol he had agreed to be my personal mechanic.  ​
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 +In 1953 I returned to Bavaria and begun to fly my plane on various enjoyment flights. ​ I saw from the skies all the different ways the ground turned in and out, I also tested the limits and extremes of the aircraft, everything worked marvelously. ​ By this time numerous airports where being built for a more comerical and inter continental services. ​ I had my own hanger here, and by 1955 there were numerous other dukes sitting with 
 +===== 4.On the first Battle of the Dukes =====
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 +In 1954 a major dispute broke up between a newly appointed Duke of Cyprus, and the duchy of Athens. ​ While a federal government still existed it was up to the individual dukes and counts if they would commit troops into the battle. ​ I decided not to send troops or to even side with anyone at the start. ​ However a month into the fight I was sent the most peculiar iventation from the duke of Cyprus : 
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 +Dear Duke of Bavaria
 +I hope this reaches you before the Evil Duchy of Athens Air Force destroys my palace. ​ I am writing you for a single and unified purpose. ​ I will hire any Dukes which wish to commit themselves and their aircraft to my cause.
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 +Enclosed is a list of the duchy of Athens aircraft : 
 +3 X P-51 (The Duke, His two sons.)
 +2 X P-47 (Two Knights of the Skies (Americans))
 +Sincerely yours,
 +Duke of Athens
 +
 +This was by far the weirdest thing I had ever heard, and I had to sit around and ponder this for a while to understand the full extent. ​ In the end I agreed and arrived in Cyprus with in a month. ​ The duke of Cyprus greated me at a very dented runway with a full honor guard. ​ There were six other aircraft there, three of which were, '​Knights of the Sky,' it was explained that they were also all Americans. ​ Our task was to defend the airspace around the duke of Cyprus'​s home.  At the time this did not seem like a difficult task, and while we talked with each other around the dinner table, in which we had a marvelous meal of Cyprus local brew.  Our plane was merely to allow the, '​Knights of the Sky,' to fly in front while the dukes would fly slower behind them.  We would rotate over the area until our fuel was 1/3 and then return home.
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 +This was as I said the first actual mercenary combat ever recorded with aircraft. ​ It also showed that we had absolutely no idea what we were doing. ​ As we began a slow rotation at 5,500 feet we could see dots on the horizon. ​ We signaled with our wings that those must be the enemy aircraft. ​ However our guns had always been for play, and only the, '​Knights of the Sky,' really had any true training in their use.  The duke of Sicily and I sat back while the knights were entangled in a massive dog fight, one of which began tumbling to the earth. ​ It was one of the duchy of Athens aircraft however. ​ As we landed we agreed that each individual would take turns guarding the area and that they would be releaved every four hours with someone else flying. ​ Four days later the duchy of Athens said that they would stop their use of aircraft and focus again on convential warfare. ​ The day after I flew my '​P-47'​ back home to Bavaria.
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