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  1. er, guys.....i'm still here in the UK? Got back from the Falkands WAY back in December 2010, would hate to have been there for that long!

    Not due to go out to Bastion until October at the earliest...most likely January next year. As for Ex Joint Warrior, the VC10's are working flat out to keep up, the C-17s i'm working with on the other hand are busy elsewhere, and preparing to accept our 8th aircraft into service arriving June/July....

  2. Stellarium is great and more powerful than it looks on first look, and its free, used to use Starry Night that got very bloated over the versions, but this is all I need, excellent software.


    agreed, - i've been using Stellarium for over 6 months now in it's current guise and love it :wub: It's so useful when planning my evenings stargazing sessionz, and when on my laptop with a red-acetate sheet for night vision to help me identify nebulae and such when i'm out 'in the field'.

    I,ve got it now as well, it's really good. The only dowside is the viewpoint seems to be set near Paris and i've yet to work out if it can be moved to a UK location.

    Alan, go to the bottom left side of the screen and click the 'settings and location configuration' icon. Then, using the list on the left, find your closest town/city and click the 'set as default' box in the bottom left corner and apply settings et voila!

  3. thanks for your input guys, but this project has been long-term shelved. It seems that i get very few hours in the day left over to dedicate to FS after work and other hobbies (Astro-photography & Stargazing) along with my editorial role on the RAF AirPower magazine at Brize.

  4. Evening All,

    As usual apologies if this has been mentioned and I missed it, but I don’t know if anyone has spotted this on the listings for Sunday night:

    20:00 Channel 4: Falklands Most Daring Raid.

    ''The humorous, heroic story of how a Cold War-era Vulcan flew the then-longest-range bombing mission in history with a Second World War bomb that changed the outcome of the Falklands War''


    If you haven’t read Rowland Whites book on this raid, Vulcan 607 (http://www.waterston...an+607/5587899/) then I would whole heartedly recommend it. I’m part way through his second book in this style, Phoenix Squadron, which is equally compelling.

    Peace and Love,

    Fred 'mulletman' Clark

    Thanks for the heads up Fred, i've just set my V+ box to record it as the weather is looking good for some stargazing with my new telescope so i'll be somewhat pre-disposed!!

    Thanks for the heads up Fred, I'll have to set the recorder for that one.

    Read 607 too, but must check out the Phoenix Squadron.



    really can't recommend 'Phoenix Squadron' enough Joe, really worth purchasing, as is Rob Whites new book "Stromfront" - all very good reads. Also, whilst i'm on the subject of aviation books, why not check out Patrick Bishop's offerings of WW2 non-fiction. I heartily recommend all of them especially "Fighter Boys", "Bomber Boys" and "Target Tirpitz"

  5. some excellent photos there Jack, i'm surprised you dont have any of the Veil Nebula and M51, they're my favourites :wub:

    as you might tell, like Colin (a.k.a M31) i love my astronomy too. I've only recently upgraded my scope to a 5" Newt, but i'm crossing off the 110 Messier objects like there was no tomorrow, so far i have M1, M31, M32, M42, M45, M51, M81 and M110 - if only these blasted clouds would bu**er off so I can do some more! ...now there's something you don't here that often in FS, usually its "look at them pretty clouds" now i find myself doing a cloud banishing dance every evening to ill effect!

    edit: i voted for M42 or, as you named it, the 'Great Orion Nebula"

  6. That's right folks - after months of hard work by me and the AirPower Team behind the scenes, we've finally gotten to the point where we can officially announce our new website!

    Built from the ground up as a portal for our loyal readers, the site is aimed at providing a one-stop-shop for all our publications and, more importantly, to offer to you all a single source for all your Air Power awareness and Knowledge Base needs.

    To visit, click here: AirPower Brize Norton Online



    N.B. There is no requirement to request a login to view/download anything on the site. That's purely there for me and the AirPower team to login to the 'back-end' for upload of files etc.

  7. ladies and gentlemen....


    Well done CSoul, it is indeed Lechfeld airbase....

    currently home to the JBG32 "Tigers" and the "Flying Monsters" as pictured in the two photo clues also, clue #1 said "Aviating Big Cats and Monsters" live here. It was previously the first base to see the legendary Me.262 'Schwalbe' in service (Clue #2 Bavarian base saw swallows nest here).

  8. still no further guesses?...hmm, may have made this one a bit hard for you.

    Me thinks time for another clue, but first lets recap our previous clue (just in case you missed it!)

    Clue #1: aviating big cats and monsters live here

    and now, Clue #2: Nazi Swallow's nested in this Bavarian field

    ....and since i'm a nice guy, here's a photo clue as a bonus..


  9. Planes!!

    From high above the world of "Cars' date='" flies "Planes," Disney's upcoming animated action-packed comedic adventure starring Dusty, a big-hearted, fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There's only a couple of not-so-small problems - Dusty is not exactly built for racing and he also happens to be afraid of heights.[/quote']

    If the big kid in you (or your son/daughter -as in my case) loved Cars & Cars 2, here's a spin-off being made especially for us plane-nuts, check out the trailer below:


  10. thanks guys, appreciate the kind words. For freeware, these guys really do churn out some wondrous sceneries for us to enjoy. If you liked this one, i really recommend you try the groups renditions of RAFG Bruggen, RAF Coningsby & RAF Cranwell - all of them get a huge :thum: from me, as do their other offerings!

  11. if you have any suggestions of prefixes that may be helpful, like "Solved" for example, and whether it should be limited to certain forums then I would be interested to hear from you.

    how about these Joe...

    • Hints & Tips - used when posting of hints/tips/tweaks (may need permissions to lock the post/thread after posting to stop it turning into a discussion?)
    • Review - used for, uh, Reviews...
    • Poll - used for, well what else, a Poll

    that's all for now...unless i think of any more

  12. so I'm looking out for a good compact digital camera some soon too

    That's what I will be getting when the time comes. The main use of mine was airshow photography, I didn't even go to one last year and only plan to go to the Shoreham show this year so it was just depreciating without use.

    If you're using the camera mostly for airshow use, the 'bridge' cameras with massive zooms are really what would suit better...usually anything from 400-600mm zoon range should be ok for 'in-air' close up shots, sort of like this (one of mine from Duxford 2011).


    Note: image is raw from camera, a Canon 350D. 560mm zoom (35mm equiv)

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