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  1. Another 24 hours has passed uneventfully. For the next clue I’ve let the mad engineer out of the bottle…. First let’s tighten up the ranges I gave yesterday a little. North latitude is between 55 and 60 degrees. ...and... Field elevation is between 375 and 400 feet (a pretty useless clue, in and of itself). But with this….. X = 7.11Y - Z ...where…. X = West longitude Y = North latitude Z = Field elevation …it might help provide some needed narrowing of possibilities. If you get a negative result, use common sense. You already have ranges of values for Y and Z, so have at it… This should get you into a fairly small slice of the globe, much of it too wet for an airport. Remember the earlier clues: Airport name = food City (town?, village?) = a place on another continent This should separate the navigators from the pilots. I expect some of our students to run hard for the goal line with this. I’ll be very surprised if we don’t have a winner today. I can almost hear the palms smacking the foreheads already. An earlier comment will prove ironic. I’ll give another clue in 24 hours, if needed, but I doubt it will be.
  2. It seems another clue is needed....or two. Field elevation is between 300 and 400 ft. Latitude is between 45 and 60 degrees North. John
  3. Just saw a news article yesterday the the Marines are deploying some of them to Iraq. Also, a family member is doing work near Ft. Bragg NC and told me some time ago that the production line is running (not there, though). He also said that they'd brought some of them into Bragg to do some kind of testing. It wasn't so much flight testing as that's pretty much all done, but to see how well it would mate up with some equipment/facilities there. Ft. Bragg is the hotbed of all things Special Forces here, and they'll be one of the primary users of the Osprey. Like you, I had not heard of a commercial version. Their primary advantage over helicopters is a decent cruise speed and decent range. Their only advantage over other fixed wing aircraft is the ability to hover and take off and land vertically. I just can't see any kind of commercial passenger operation at all, but there may be some special purpose things they'd be useful for, e.g. servicing oil platforms. I'm sure you know they had some horrific crashes in testing, but I believe those problems are sorted out now. John
  4. One of two is correct, Mut. The referenced food is not McDonalds, as you surmised, but the airport is not in the US. So, you can not only scratch KMCO from your list of suspects, but K-anything. Another hint in about 24 hours if no one is getting warm. John
  5. Well, we're dial up, at 50 cents a call, and just have an old USB joystick and the laptop screen. I miss my yoke, pedals and a big monitor. Still, it's better than being grounded. John
  6. Here’s our latest mystery airfield…. This is standard FS9 scenery, of course. The place is somewhat short of facilities, just approach slope lights on one runway and runway lights. There’s a very small town nearby. Not far away is this body of water, a long bay of sorts. It widens into a broad estuary, joining the sea beyond, and a small city lies on the left bank. The airport’s named for food. The town is named for a place on a different continent….or vice versa.
  7. OK, guys, I hope to post one tonight (UTC -4), but will be in our vacation digs, and I think, on dial-up. :mrhappy: If the connection is solid, it shouldn't be a problem, but there's a per-call charge, so it may be an issue if I'm repeatedly getting bumped off the system. Will spend some time on the drive over cogitating on which geographically obscure airpatch I ought to try to confound you with. Maybe something with a 350 ft. grass runway and a rotating beacon. :yes: Rest assured I won't be so free with the clues this time, either graphical or verbal. We drive right by KMCO, Orlando on the way over, so it won't be that. You can cross MCO off your list of suspects. John
  8. I think I've got it. I believe it's KSFO, San Francisco. Hidden in plain sight. Talk about short on clues! I may be too free with the hints, but this one is at the other end of the spectrum. :mrhappy: John
  9. Lots of strange things happen in Turkey. Guess it could have been worse. :mrhappy: John
  10. At least they didn't make me park on the grass, as I had to do in Turkey. :mrhappy: John
  11. I flew a JF - Cargo Pilot flight into Patuxent River NAS (SE of Washington, DC) yesterday - this is where they parked me. Pretty good company, I'd say. Military fields in FS9 used to be bleak and unfriendly, no ground control, no aircraft, just "Taxi for Takeoff options". I bought the JF Military Plus Pack #1 and it's changed all that for the better. I know the graphics quality isn't up to the count-the-rivets standard most of you adhere to. Still, it WAS a nice place to be parked. Had a nice surprise today at another miltary field, but that's a topic for another post. John
  12. Dave, Very nice repaint. It looks real-world authentic. Have never tried to do one, but have several utilities that claim to support this. My artistic talent, on a scale of 1 to 10, is in negative numbers. My wife has all that. Maybe I need to get her repainting aircraft. Tell me more about the VA - I see Squawk Box. Is this a VATC thing, or simply a VA? I'm up to my ears in Cargo Pilot these days, and can't get enough of that, but would be interested in a Virtual Airline at some point, maybe. I don't think my current suite of hardware is up to virtual ATC, however. John
  13. I like the plan, Mut. Wouldn't have thought of going that way, but it works and gets us everywhere we ought to go. As you say, it's going to take some long-legged birds to do some of these legs, but that's fine. Amelia tried it on a shoestring and hasn't been heard from since. I don't feel strongly about any particular destinations in the US, but appreciate you asking. I'll be jumping in soon, though will be away from home and the hardware I usually fly with for a week beginning Friday. I'll be reading the forum, but will not be able to fly anything that week for sure. Have a new AC that I need to do some testing on to see what kind of range I can actually achieve with it, but it looks like it may be in the 2,000 NM range, so I can hopefully fit in somewhere. John
  14. Very nice shots. Scenery looks good too. Is that from the freeware site? I really liked the shot with the approach lights; have always been partial to approach pics. Wouldn't it be great if the red spot on the nose of the Air India livery was displayed above the windscreen as a caste mark? John
  15. ...and at a great price. John
  16. There's a semi-famous bit of aircraft wisdom that says something like, "If you have an engine failure in a light twin, you'll always have enough power remaining to reach the scene of the crash." That comes to mind when looking at this. John
  17. Mut, Very well done. We do appear to have forgotten something at some point and gone back for it...but speed and efficiency isn't the object, right? John
  18. allardjd

    MH homepage down?

    Have you guys noticed that the ads at the bottom of this page are in the Cyrillic alpabet? John EDIT: Well, they were, but now they're not.
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    MH homepage down?

    Same for me, Dave. Forum seems fine, though I tried the homepage from a new window; didn't close this one and attempt to re-open it. John
  20. Congratulations on all my UK flight-sim friends on the news of the British armed forces hostages being released from Iran. These folks were victims, not criminals, and were not in need of a so-called pardon. I'm very pleased to see them returned to their homeland and families. Best wishes to them. John
  21. Wow! Nice jet; nice paint; nice flight; nice story. Loved the dog. So that's the Lukla you've been talking about, eh? I'll bet they don't have too many go arounds there. Talk about being committed to the landing! I think you'd need a power to weight ratio > 1 to make a missed approach there. On the other hand, the up-slope makes the runway longer than it really is, for all practical purposes, once you've got the wheels planted on terra firma. Will bid for another leg as soon as I acquire a more interesting ride. You guys set a high standard. John
  22. Very nice. Good way to start my morning. John
  23. A friend sent me this link from, of all things, a motorcycle forum. It's about a young boy encountering an itinerant Mustang at a small airport in Canada in the 60s. It's a good read, and not too long. http://www.chromeheads.org/discus/messa ... 1175352501 John
  24. Our godson is a house guest this week. To help make it a memorable visit, we decided to visit the Kennedy Space Center, a little over 100 miles from here. We've lived in Florida for over three years, and just hadn't found time to take in the Space Center; this seemed to be a good opportunity. I'd been there once in the mid-80s and thought I had a pretty good recollection of it. Apparently not. I didn't take a camera and should have. Sorry, I have no photos for you. Not a single one. Much has changed since my first visit to KSC, of course. It's no longer cheap, but it was a well spent day. NASA has added all sorts of theaters, vistas and things to see, touch and do. The whole place has almost a theme park feel to it, and very well done at that. So much so that my wife and I upgraded our one-day tickets to an annual pass at the end of the day. We had a great day and did much and saw much. One thing stands out. If you ever get the opportunity to see it, go and do so. No, it's nothing to do with the Shuttle. It's the Saturn V and the Moon rocket. From my earlier visit, I recall one displayed outside in the early stages of corrosion and decay. I remember being impressed then by the size, but that impression had faded. Today, in an enormous new building sits the Saturn-V in all its splendor --- and it's positively mammoth. Words just can't describe it. I don't trust myself to accurately convey size data, though I heard and read a lot of it today. I won't attempt to load you up with numbers. The rocket is on steel supports, oriented horizontally and set high enough that you can't touch it, but still very near. Each stage is separated from the next so that the engines and plumbing are visible. It positively shines. There's not a speck of rust or corrosion visible anywhere; the paint is flawless. Have I said it's huge? You enter and find yourself looking up at the base of the 1st stage and the five engines. The bottom of the casing, now vertical, is essentially a flat plate, though with numerous fittings, joints, ribs and attachments. There's no appreciable taper or chamfer from the cylindrical cross-section. It just ends flat. Stuck to that surface sans housings or shrouds of any kind are those five yawning engines, protruding in their entirety. Because of where you enter the display hall, you haven't seen much of the rest yet, though you've begun to get a sense of it. You just find yourself staring up slack-jawed at that monstrous business-end and thinking, perhaps out loud, How can anything that big fly?? Never mind that it flew filled to the gills with fuel and oxidizer. It just doesn't seem possible. I wandered along, head up, bumping into people, I'm sure. Each section and each break between sections revealed more to marvel at. The second-stage engines, again five in number, are much smaller than their brothers aft, though still very, very large. I'd estimate them to be comparable to the Shuttle's three main engines, one of which we'd seen earlier. As you walk along, craning your neck to see each section and piece, there are many models, displays, cut-aways and such positioned along both sides to show more of the inner workings and the innards. Near the payload end sits a retired NASA veteran of the Apollo program, holding court with the kids and answering any questions anyone cares to ask. Today's elderly gent was a retired senior engineer who had had responsibility for insulation. He appeared to be in his seventies at least, but still had a spark in his eyes when he spoke of his, program, his rocket, his astronauts setting off for the Moon on top of one of these. I didn't ask him, but if I had, I've no doubt that he would have agreed that the Apollo program was the most fulfilling thing he'd ever done. His manner said so clearly. In the sixties, there were thousands more like him, who collectively made history, made it happen. The building is huge, as it must be to house this monster. The Saturn is as long as two Shuttles, with their external fuel tanks mated, end to end. The separation of each stage and section in the display adds to that overall length. From nozzles to nose, it's a fair piece. Everything's clean and well run. We'd been bussed to this facility, the only way for the public to reach it. The bus service, the crowd control, the organization, the physical infrastructure and the interaction with the staff throughout was top notch, right up to and including the re-boarding process for a return to the visitor center. There are a few other attractions in the same building, the obligatory gift shop and a snack bar. There's a theatre that focuses on the Moon landing. In a nearby room there's a narrated program overlooking a re-creation of the Apollo launch control center using the actual panels and consoles from the original, not mockups. Amongst that, I noted several dial telephones…in black. I don't know why that surprised me and I'm of that era, but somehow it did. Elsewhere at the Space Center, there's much ado about the Shuttle of course. Some of the exhibits associated with that are things we'll be going back to see. It's their current darling and fair haired son, clearly, and there's some of the Prodigal returned there. Challenger and Columbia gave NASA much to think about, and the Shuttle program has been reborn, better, safer, but with a planned end in sight. So, the Shuttle fleet is intended to be the star of their show these days, not undeservedly. Having said that, however, I can't stop marveling at that Saturn-V. It proceeded from a new, young president's challenge to Neil Armstrong's first step on the Moon in less than ten years. Computers were equivalent to today's pocket calculators, or even less capable than that, and didn't exist in large numbers. CAD probably didn't exist at all. Design was still mainly done on drafting boards and calculations on slide rules, for the most part. Many of the materials and much of the technology to build this thing simply didn't exist. In many cases, the facilities and sometimes even the businesses needed to supply critical items hadn't been established yet. It's just incredible that it could be done at all, much less in the historical heartbeat of a single decade. It boggles the mind. Have I said it's huge? No, I don't mean the rocket itself this time, though it is. I refer to the accomplishment of its conception and creation. That elderly gent I saw today and his peers did us proud.
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