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  1. Mut, Possible US destinations, in no particular order and with no particular preferences... Meigs Field (RIP) in Chicago would be fitting. It would have to be in FS9, as I believe it had already been converted to a city park when FSX was compiled. A beautiful venue and useful field that literally had the runways bulldozed without warning by city road crews after the tower closed at 10:00 PM one night on the orders of the mayor. It took weeks for all the aircraft stranded there to get out after painful negotiations with the FAA to permit them to fly off the taxiways, which he thoughtfully left intact for a while. It may be off the beaten path for us, but there's a nice little strip on Mackinac Island, where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet, near the famous Mackinac bridge. I've landed a Skyhawk there in real life (on the island, not the bridge). Someone once flew a B-52 under the bridge, so I suspect one of us could do something similar, maybe even inverted. Key West is kind of neat, and there are a couple of interesting features nearby that are modeled in FS9. One is a tethered balloon site operated by the Navy. The balloons carry an antenna for transmitting to the population of Cuba, ala the now defunct Radio Free Europe. There's a restricted area on the sectionals with a note that a cable to 15,000 ft. (!!!) may be present. The RA, complete with cable and balloon, are there in FS9 (I've also seen it in real life, though not from an aircraft). Also, some distance west of KW are the Dry Tortugas with a Civil War era fort and a lighthouse, both present in FS9. There's a memorial to the Wright Brothers at Kill Devil Hill in North Carolina and I'm pretty sure it's in FS. At least a buzz job, if not a stop there might be a fitting gesture. There are some Islands in Lake Erie that, until about 15 years ago had a twice daily scheduled air service for tourists in Ford Tri-Motors. I saw some of them in the 80's. Among other things, the aircraft were operated under contract as a school bus service for the children of permanent residents on the islands going to schools on the mainland. Quite by chance, I encountered a famous military flight demonstration team doing touch and goes at a US military field, thanks to the JF Military Plus Pack #1. I'm pretty sure they're a permanent feature there if you're running that add on, so we could get an air show on the tour - or be part of one. (I have screen shots, but won't be posting them until I get back home on a high-speed connection.) Among the things I haven't seen, but I believe are modeled in FS are the arch in St. Louis, Mt. Rushmore, Niagra Falls, Grand Canyon, Mt. Ranier (tallest peak in the continental US), the strip at Las Vegas, Hoover and Grand Coulee dams (a made to order mission for Dambuster??), the Queen Mary and nearby dome housing Howard Hughe's Spruce Goose and some of the landmarks in Washington DC and New York. As I said, no preferences, just info. John
  2. Mut, Perth/Scone it is! Exactly right. Did I say something confusing? Not sure how you can do this without FS. I use the Go To Airport database and the map feature extensively when searching for an airport. Anyway, you have it. I almost choked at your early mention of McDonalds. I'm sure you wouldn't have to look too far in Perth to find that surname, though probably not under the golden arches. Very good work. I think that one was a little more difficult than the Shuttle landing strip. I thought planting one under your noses after KSFO was a good idea. John
  3. Well, I think cabers and haggis are more common than hockey sticks and moose meat, if that helps. :-) John
  4. Hmmm. I think we'll just let this percolate for another 24 hours. I know you folks are kind of busy. John
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Lots of strange things happen in Turkey. Guess it could have been worse. :mrhappy: John
  14. At least they didn't make me park on the grass, as I had to do in Turkey. :mrhappy: John
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. ...and at a great price. John
  20. 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
  21. 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
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    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
  24. 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
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