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    Well, I've done it. I may have to expand the ramp to make room for the C-130. By the way, it's free shipping for the UK, Canada and the US. That sweetens the pot even further. John
  2. Well, I've solved the puzzle (nice piece of software there...) but don't have a clue about the airport yet. John
  3. Is there any chance that the cancellation was really a reaction to the terror events and the officials didn't want to advetise it as such? By the way, what's a "gaffer"? John
  4. EJ, It sounds as if you have some great resources to help you out. John
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    Woo hoo! Have you seen what JF's Monday sale item is? It's the Captain Sim C-130. I can resist anything but temptation. :dance: I'm now doubly gratified to have taken my wife to an art supply sale on Friday and let her run amuck there. Having taken advantage of the Spitfire package that was last Monday's sale item, I wouldn't normally take the plunge again so soon, but I've had my eye on this one for a long time. This should be a worthy successor to my trusty C-123 in Cargo Pilot. There might even be the catalyst for a new story in that box. John
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    I'm baaaack!

    Joe, Great to see you back! We've missed you. John
  7. Dave, Well done. That's a great, well written review. John
  8. Another of those annoying cultural gaps has opened for me here. I think I understand the effect that is being conveyed, but I'm a little confused about the cause. Mut, in your never-ending attempt to civilize me, please explain further, if you would. John
  9. Mut, Amazing. I can't believe you managed to pull that out of your hat on such short notice. A worthy, entertaining leg. The C-5 is interesting. I had a chance to walk through one from end to end in real life at an airshow once. You know, if a guy had one of those in CP I'll bet he could make serious money. Great show. Thanks, John
  10. ...and I just told EJ what a friendly lot you guys are! John
  11. EJ, Welcome! Glad you decided to come aboard. I don't think you'll regret it. This is a great community, always friendly and helpful when you need it. I hope we see and hear from you frequently here. There are quite a number of screenshot wizards here, so don't miss following that section closely. :mrhappy: :sad: (I don't get to use that "Welcome" icon often enough and didn't want to miss the chance.) John
  12. Martin, Sad? Think how the poor exhaust manifold felt! John
  13. I noticed the crab angle, so presumed a good crosswind component - you handled that well. I also saw the props stop while turning off the runway and wondered why you chose to do that - I guess choice had little to do with it. An uphill runway is, in effect a longer runway, but still, that one must be a beast, and as you say, a go-around is a losing proposition. John
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    Caribbean Calypso.

    Mut...very well done! I noticed something on the second viewing I missed the first time through, unless it's an edit... The take off shot with the #4 engine coming right into the camera. Neat effect - probably hard on both the camera and the engine, though. Nice video...and I like the route. Eight legs feels about right for what is, after all, a relatively minor region. :mrhappy: John
  15. I'm impressed! Nice flying. John
  16. Dave, I thought the Royal Navy one was a hoot, particularly since it was nearly all officers. The air guitar band on the foc'sle with the helo so close, then rising as the ship passed under just had to have the approval of the captain, or heads would have rolled. Mut, that was a great video. I especially liked the clip from "Top Gun" in the middle of it with Tom Cruise ("Maverick") saying, "OK, buddy, what's on your mind?" Very cool. John
  17. I struck out on the livery - can't ID it. John
  18. Southern Europe, from the look of the terrain... John
  19. The livery might be a clue... John
  20. I just ordered mine! That's a great price, and shipping was free, even to the US. John
  21. That sunset shot, next to last, with a little of sliver of sun peeking between the horizon and the overcast is pretty cool. I know, I know, I'm supposed to be looking at the airplanes, and I was, too, honest. It's very close to the time for seeing the "green flash" of sailor's lore. :mrhappy: John
  22. I think I'm going to spring for it if the boxed version is available. John
  23. It might be fun to set up a real bank account with a zero balance, then play their little game. John
  24. Martin, I see a couple of things in the Super Etendard sequences. There does not appear to be 30 knots of wind over the deck. In one of the sequences you see the steam plume from the catapult slot just whisping back along the deck. From the slowly changing angle of the helicopter in the sequence from the fixed camera, it's obvious the ship is not moving very fast either. Also, the initial acceleration didn't look right. I think the mechanical failure might have been the dreaded "cold cat shot" where the catapult just didn't get him to the right speed. There are a multitude of things that can cause that.
  25. Martin, Probably right, though it may also have ingested bits and pieces like gloves, helmet, or whatever else the airstream could strip off him. That's one lucky and unlucky gent - God must still have something for him to do. I think the Navy was experimenting with some kind of metal hooks sewn (stoutly) into clothing that would catch the lip of the air intake in cases like this, but never heard what came of it. It sounds like a solution that might create more new problems, but if the one you're trying to prevent is catastrophic, might still be worthwhile. I feel pretty sure that one or more flight deck safety rules were violated here. I would not be surprised to learn he ended up before a Captain's Mast before the dust settled. John
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