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  1. I just hope this won't spoil me on Microsoft. This is the high-tech stuff, and you know what they say. It's hard to get 'em back down on the farm after they've been to the big city. After this, I may have to re-enlist. Fortunately, my general distrust for helicopters will probably save me. I'm sure you've heard them all... Airplanes want to fly, helicopters just want to kill you. Helicopters can't fly, they're just so ugly they're repelled by the earth. A helicopter is a collection of aircraft parts flying in loose formation. Helicopters have no visible means of support. If you have an engine failure in a helicopter your choice of landing sites is limited to what you can spit on, however you'll arrive before the spit. And all the rest... After having said all that, by this time tomorrow I'll probaby be a convert. John
  2. Oz?? Is that a reference to the land of Foster's in one quart cans? Never heard that one before. Must be a British thing, eh? Wow! That's quite a trek. Not exactly the express route is it? Sounds like fun though. John
  3. This time it's just good news. I will be able to go to Mayport for the simulator session tomorrow. Will take the camera along and try to get some shots to post, but not sure the Navy is going to allow a camera. We'll see. :dance: John
  4. OK, Smeagol, go for it. Looking forward to seeing Dubai. Normally I'd hold off for the specified 24 hours before making a decision, but I know you've been trying to get in a flight, so I'll "award" this one to you. When you've finished and posted, please allow 24 hours after you post before picking the next pilot. I'm afraid we're cutting Joe Ellwood in Australia, and maybe some others, out of the picture here. John.
  5. Smeagol, Glad you liked it. I had hoped my attempts at humor might make up for the lack of artistic content. What aircraft are you proposing to fly? I certainly hope it has a radial engine, or two...or three or four. :-) Also, I'm in the US and don't know when it's 1600 where you are. Normally we're supposed to have a 24 hour period for others to "offer" flights, so everyone in the various time zones gets their shot. Having said that, it looks like you've been trying to get one in for a day or so. Please let me know what you propose. Dubai sounds interesting. You might see Michael Jackson there. Last I knew he was hiding out as a "guest" of the local Sultan. John
  6. All right, boys and girls, welcome to our flight from Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greece (LGKR), and easy for you to say, to beautiful Incirlik Turkey, also known by the catchy name, LTAG. As you can see our accommodations will be world class and we'll be ready to board you as soon as the eight drums of hydraulic fluid are loaded. Pay no mind to the work gantry and the open cowlings. Any rumors that radial engines leak oil are simply scurrilous propaganda by our closest competitor, Air Bulgaria. #1 running, #2 cranking... Allowing traffic to pass before push-back. Some of our ramp neighbors, courtesy of Traffic 2005. I'd like to introduce our flight crew today. I'm Captain John, and this is... well, we don't know his name or anything much about him, but that is an Air America patch on his jacket. He won't say much. Anyway, he may or may not be moving through the cabin serving beverages and peanuts during our flight, but probably not. Pushing back, at last. Please make sure your seat back is in the upright position and your seat belt is blah, blah, blah, blah.... Waiting our turn, as a Mooney waits in front of us and an Olympic Airlines twin turboprop arrives with much bouncing and smoke -really. The Mooney disappeared into thin air seconds after this was taken. Either AISmooth removed him to facilitate traffic flow, or he somehow knew what was going to happen in about 20 seconds. No! Don't turn there, you crazy Greek! Well, this is a fine kettle of fish. So much for AISmooth facilitating traffic flow. I had to push back about 500 ft. from here, then taxi around him on the grass to get to the runway. Ground Control was NO help. Cleared for takeoff and lined up at last. Wonder how the fuel's holding out. They say the sound these radials make at idle sounds like they're saying, "a gallon of gas, a gallon of gas, a gallon of gas". So, you ask, where are all the dramatic takeoff and climb out shots, with the picturesque view of the airport receding in the background? Well, I was kind'a busy flying this crate, and the bozo next to me doesn't seem to know how to operate anything. This is at 3,700 feet climbing out and is as dramatic as it gets. The visibility was pretty crummy anyway. Ah, Greece! The gently rounded curves of the inimitable Microsoft FS9 standard scenery. You can almost smell the olives and ouzo from up here. We're at 10K, now, even though we filed for 9. I think they know something about the topography that I don't. ...but it is pretty, in places. Glad I'm not walking. Right forward view from the C-123. To the co-pilot, everything looks like a windshield wiper. Wonder why I didn't get one. If it rains, he's flying. More Greek/Microsoft scenery. Rounded or not, it doesn't look like any kind of place for a forced landing. Now that's more like it. Very scenic up ahead. Water, water everywhere, and me with no pontoons. I hope these P&Ws keep turning. The last of Greece.... ...and the beginning of Turkey. Hmmm. Nice looking place. I wonder if Madonna has bought it. Note my window. No wonder I could smell the olives and ouzo. I'm guessing this thing isn't pressurized. Oddly, the Turkish scenery looks a lot like the Greek, only more so. Don't let any Turks or Greeks overhear that! OK, that's as artistic as I get. That sun is really bright. If you look closely you can see the silhouette of the pallet of hydraulic oil drums right through the fuselage. The visibility is getting bad, and NONE of the airports around here have a published ATIS frequency. It didn't last long though. Don't look now, but you've just been mooned. The sun and the moon in the same shot. You don't get that opportunity every flight. Here's the Mediterranean again. Haven't seen if for a while. Can you read the name of the next VOR? Seeing is believing. On our left you can see the baby version of the dreaded cumulus granitus, or the cloud with a rock in it. Vectors to final. Note the approach slope light just visible in the lower left. It's not Incirlik, it's a sucker field (not to be confused with a soccer field) just a few miles off the runway 5 approach end of Incirlik. I wonder if anyone's ever landed there by mistake? Ah, there's the real Incirlik. Ladies and gentlemen, please be sure your seats and tray tables are blah, blah, blah... Off the runway. I know! I know! There are none of those dramatic arrival shots we all love. Someday one of you is going to have to tell me how you manage that in the midst of wrestling with 45,000 lbs of aluminum and the law of gravity. Note the KC-135s. I wonder if they have gas. Probably just jet fuel. I need gas, like about 6,000 lbs. of gas. Oh, well. I'm sure there's a Microsoft gas pump around here somewhere. Look! My big brother's here! Hey, Herc, over here! The grass? They're parking me on the grass? How undignified. It's not like they're short of ramp space or anything. I hope they don't believe those stories about radials leaking oil. I've a good notion not to give them their hydraulic fluid. Well, the story ends here. I hope you enjoyed the flight. Sorry about the beverages and peanuts, but this guy just will not get out of that seat. Anyway, the drums are unloaded, the cowls are open and I've got to get after those oil leaks.
  7. I can do LGRK-LTAG (Incirlik AB, Turkey) today/tonight. I have a new Fairchild C-123 K Provider I need to get some time in. It's a little over 800 miles and I'll do IFR, via airways, with real-world weather and 100% traffic. Expect the screenshots to be a little rough as I'm not all that experienced at switching views to take shots while on departure, etc. Let me know ASAP if you want me to go ahead with this. John
  8. And to you! Have a good one. John
  9. I have Traffic 2005 and the Military 1 PlusPak installed and am pretty pleased overall. The Repaint Assistant utility that comes with it is a great little tool for looking up liveries in the guess-the-airport competitions, but don't tell anyone.... John
  10. Mut, I spent some time trying to ID the liveries of the AC in the background of your runway intersection shot. Two of them are fairly clear. One appears to be BMI, and I thought, "Aha, I'm on to something!" Then I looked them up on the web and it seems they fly just about everywhere. Curses, foiled again! There's one with a blue, white and red horizontal bar layout on the vertical stabilizer and I couldn't find anything to match that one, though my first thought on seeing it was Air France. I couldn't confirm that. It probably wouldn't have helped much anyway. There really wasn't much to go on there. Congrats to David for ID'ing it on such a thin thread. John
  11. Mut, I'll defer to someone else, please. I haven't anything but stock FS9 aircraft and I don't think that would provide much of a challenge for anyone. I'll stick to airports though might hazard a cockpit guess when I can. John
  12. If Joe is right about it being a Russian helo, it might very well be a MI-24 Hind. The MI-24 does have the bowed windscreen rails like the one in the photo and most helos don't have "one up" cockpits like that. That's pretty much a feature of helo gunships and I think the Hind does have that cockpit layout. I didn't pick up on the fact that it was a helo until Joe mentioned it, but now that I look closely, you can see the collective. I was thinking it was a late 60s or 70s fighter. I haven't a clue who the developer might be. If this is indeed a Hind, someone else can be the winner when they supply that info. And....I'm not really sure it's a Hind anyway. Lot's of mujahadeen (sp) got chewed up by MI-24s in Afghanistan before the US began supplying them with Stingers. John
  13. Joe, You are a piece of work!!! That was awesome. Obviously you have a fine stable of FS aircraft. I saw the Hornet at work with the Blue Angels at an airshow earlier this year. The aircraft and the folks who fly them are pretty amazing. It was amusing to listen to the announcer repeatedly refer to it as, "...the Boeing FA-18 Hornet." As I'm sure you know, they were actually designed and built by McDonnel-Douglas but Boeing has bought them out. It's a great aircraft, but I'm a little worried that the Navy is asking much of it. The A-6 Intruders are gone. The F-14 Tomcats are gone. The S-3 Vikings are nearly gone. About all they have left on the carriers that can do the work are the Hornets. Hopefully the Joint Strike Fighter will not be delayed and will pick up some of the load soon. Anyway, nice photo show. I'm sure the jarheads were appreciative. John
  14. The Good News I bought a couple of raffle tickets from my brother last week. Here's some of the advertising poop.... "The Military Affinity Group is sponsoring a raffle that will award 3 lucky winners with cockpit time in a SH60B "Seahawk" Helicopter Simulator. This simulator is a full-motion simulator that gives the most realistic flight simulation that modern technology has to offer. The Army version of this helicopter is the more famous "Blackhawk". If you have worked in the CSX HQ for any amount of time, you have seen these helicopters (pictured below) fly up and down the St Johns River almost on a daily basis. Here is your chance to find out what it is like to pilot this type of helicopter in a safe and controlled environment (on the ground). The 3 winners will be given tranportation to & from Mayport on March 20th at 9 a.m. Return will be early to mid afternoon. Tickets are on sale now until March 14th at 12 noon. The 3 winners will be given tranportation to & from Mayport on March 20th at 9 a.m. Return will be early to mid afternoon. Proceeds from the raffle will go to support operations of the Military Affinity Group's efforts to provide assistance to CSX employees who have been called up to active duty service, shipping care packages, providing supplies to residents of the VA Hospitals and Homes in the Northeast Florida area, and financial support for the Northeast Florida USO." This is one of the Navy full-motion simulators at Mayport NAS, just outside Jacksonville FL, about 100 miles from me. Well, my brother just called and I'm one of the winners. The Bad News I've received a summons for jury duty beginning on Monday, March 19th and don't know if I'll be able to go over to Jacksonville for this or not.
  15. Close enough. AYLA is not in FS9. The Lae field in that program is Nadzab, AYNZ, about 15 miles up the road from the city. I think it's the historic one, but wasn't aware of AYLA. Anyway, Lae is the place and there's only one field listed in FS9. As you know by now, this was the departure point for Amelia Earhart's last flight, attempting to reach Howland Island. The rest is history and mystery. Lae was used extensively by the Japanese until mid to late 1943, when they were...well, evicted. There's a photo in Wickopedia of wrecked A6M Zeros next to the runway. Understand your focus on the ETO. That was literally a matter of survival for Britain, and the Pacific was more of a sideshow. With Americans of the era, Pearl Harbor made it personal in the Pacific. Sorry to make this so difficult. That wasn't my intent. I remember your post that was characterized as quite simple because you knew where it was. So it was with this. I didn't intend to frustrate anyone to the point of beating up the sky in a Tornado. Great way to relieve stress, though. John
  16. The aviation pioneer to whom I refer is one of those mentioned by Mut above.
  17. allardjd

    Yukon Departure

    Very nice, Dave. Top notch, in fact. John
  18. More clues tomorrow, Mut. You guys are actually barking in the right forest, if not exactly at the right tree. John
  19. Dave, The F-4 Phantom was quite a smudge pot too, at least the real thing was. Not sure if any of the programmers captured that or not. But then, when you're dropping naphalm, I guess the exhaust is small potatoes. John
  20. Not all the Axis bases were in the home countries... John
  21. allardjd


    I don't remember where I read this, and paraphrased it a little. I hope you like it.... Controller: "Piper 5AB, say altitude." Piper 5AB: "Altitude" Controller: "Piper 5AB, say airspeed." Piper 5AB: "Airspeed" Controller (after long pause): "Piper 5AB, say 'Cancel IFR' ." Piper 5AB: "5,000 ft, 140 knots"
  22. Next clues... The city name has three letters; two are vowels. It's on an island, though a rather large one. Don't forget there were three Axis powers. John
  23. I think the green bars may be formation lights; they're low intensity, not visible from very far away, but useful for night formation flying. John
  24. Gents, I'm an unreformed JF Cargo Pilot flyer and am ready to move up from the Cessna Caravan. I'm looking for suggestions. Here's my criteria: - It should be a "single pilot" capable aircraft in the real world, if possible. - Cargo payload should be > 7,500 lbs. - Range at max cargo weight should be > 1,000 NM. - The panel should be fully IFR capable, though that's probaby a given in an aircraft of that class. - Vintage AC, even piston engine(s) OK, but would prefer to avoid a tail-dragger if possible. - Configuration should have multiple "cargo bays" or cargo loading stations so that the load can be distributed with proper CG in mind. - The ability to substitute aux tanks for cargo would be a plus, but not absolutely necessary. - Payware is not an issue; I'll buy it as long as it works OK in CP. - FS9 and FSX compatible. So... let's hear your suggestions and favorites. Thanks, John
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