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  1. I've an issue with timing during this mission. The references I have imply that takeoff timing was at 9.39pm for Gibson's takeoff. They also imply it was just before sunset. If I set the FS X date/time to 16th May 1943 9.39pm it's after sunset.

     

    Now I believe back then the UK and Germany were running on "Double Summer Time."

     

    If I set my date/time to 8.39pm sun position looks more like just pre-sunset. It looks as though FS X is running on "Single Summer Time," so for the lighting to be "Double Summer Time" I need to make all my times in FS X 1hr earlier than the documented ones in all the books I read?

     

    This may also help with the level of Moon illumination.... all fun stuff sorting this out!!

     

    Anyone else running "Historic Missions" run into this sort of issue?

     


  2. Hi,

     

    Addition of several scenery packages to my elderly smallish SSD C: drive has it maxing out. I've decided to install a separate much higher-capacity SSD devoted to FS X, meaning a complete reinstall of everything, to allow for my uncontrollable lust for new addons as they appear.

     

    I have a copy of FS X DeLuxe Edition from some years ago which is presumably ok, but given the cheap price of FS X Steam, Question: Is there any advantage in buying & installing a new FS X Steam ie any of the Sim code improved? (I don't need any extra aircraft), and are there any known problems with installing all my previously bought scenery & aircraft eg OrbX etc... into a new Steam version?

     

     

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  3. >So far, there are no photos or video of the accident aircraft on final showing whether the gear was in fact down or not .

     

    I hesitate to comment so early on. But I believe the tower gave a "check gear" call with the a/c on final. This is routine for military aircraft, but not for commercial. It may be usual at Dubai - don't know. I also believe a go-around was initiated for some reason. Either the gear wasn't down in the first place, OR possibly, the very high density altitude on this occasion may have led to a latish flare and hard touchdown, with a go-around being initiated. If a positive rate of climb was not achieved before "gear up" called....


  4. I'm looking at a Moon in FS X for the 16th May 1943. By comparing with other "Moon Phase" web calculation sites, the phase looks close to right. I'm wondering is there is something buried in settings somewhere where I could adjust the amount of illumination this Phase provides to the ground/water in FS X - I'd like to brighten up the terrain a bit to make low-level flight a bit easier, and am still hoping for a way to remove all other ground illumination - towns, roads etc.


  5. >>One thought from PPRUNE last night is that the evacuation was aided by the fact that the gear was collapsed and the deck-to-ground distance was considerably less than if the AC were standing on it's own legs.

     

    Not sure about this comment.With the aircraft properly up on its gear, the slides are steep, and it's quick trip to the ground, so the rate of flow is faster, provided you can persuade the customers to go for it. Collapsed gear, with a shallow angled slide, is not the case they were designed for, although they remain usable. The operative phrase in drills I've participated in is "Jump and Sit," which the crew will be repeatedly yelling in addition to other useful stuff - like Leaving Your Luggage Behind - which is always a big problem, as in this case. Speed down the slide is so fast there are friction strips to slow you at the bottom or you'll go base over apex when you arrive at ground level - speaking from personal experience. And I think it's hilarious that people were busily filming the whole thing on their cameras, when the remaining tons of kero were just waiting for a chance to blow...

     

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  6. I knew there was something wrong with my business model. Free. Obviously not right. I really need to get to know this site better. You've helped me with everything else, so no doubt there is a Forum Topic on how to make TerraBucks out of this... Yours, in grateful anticipation... Funta (and if you didn't get it, Funta=PHunter, phonetically). Rgds, Peter!!


  7. Thanks, guys. Still getting to know the site. Just now I discovered the "File Library" area, with its prompt to "Submit a File" which I guess is what I was looking for. Yep, I'll package a ZIP file with just one plan to start with, including a text DOC file, to make sure I'm doing the right hing, and also make a post notifying I've done so.


  8. Last night installed the Vineripesoftware ("Flightmap") mentioned above and it worked well with easy install and instant action. Very impressed. Best A$7 I've spent!

    So I build my flight plans in Plan-G, export them. Load into FSX, and they are auto-transferred to the Vine App on my 10" Samsung Android tablet. Real time display on Google Maps, with route, waypoints showing, and gauges on RHS - IAS, Hdg, Alt, Fuel Remaining. So I now have a choice of Naving with either (1) Garmin GPS on FSX full screen (crappy display) or (2) FSX windowed, with Plan-G windowed moving map (excellent map) or (3) FSX full screen on PC with separate Flightmap display on my Tablet (excellent map). 

     

     

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  9. Further to my above:

    • Specially equipped Mosquitoes from the British 654th Bombardment Squadron flew top secret “Redstocking” radio missions for the American OSS during 1944 and 1945. The aircraft, which were loaded with classified VHF transmitters and receivers codenamed Joan-Eleanors would fly night missions to relay radio transmissions between agents on the ground and headquarters in the U.K. The Mosquito was chosen for the job because of its long operating range, high speed and its ability to fly above the reach of anti-aircraft fire.

  10. I know the Lysanders (and Hudsons) did missions into France, but wasn't aware of any into Germany...

    There was the DC-3 operation into Poland to retrieve V2 parts, I think from a base in Italy.

    I remember reading somewhere there were some agents in Germany at one point, communicating using VHF with operators who were flown overhead in Mosquitos.

     

    Any of the above would make interesting Sim runs, but one would have to get detailed flight plans. We're very lucky the Dams raid documentation has survived, giving us the info we need to recreate.


  11. My first short video to learn "how to do it." Time of day and attack route historically correct - down ravine next to Waldeck castle, 90d left turn, over small promontary (headland of the Hammersberg). Speed correct. Height over water est 60ft (!). Dam wall not present in default FSX scenery, but approx level with building on left, at end of run. Not sure if the aileron response is Lancaster correct but it's surely slow! Note: Shannon made 3 non-drop runs. Maudslay made 2 non-drop attempts. Shannon dropped then on 2nd attempt. No breach. Maudslay then dropped on second attempt, too late, mine exploded over dam wall. Knight made final attempt with last mine, and breached dam. So it wasn't easy in reality.

     

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    Next: upgraded scenery. Enroute low-level navigation scenes.

     

     


  12. 50 minutes ago, mutley said:

     

    Hi Peter.

     

    I don't remember having to approve people on SimTube. I haven't used SimTube for many years and all our content is now published on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/mutleyshangar or in our forums here http://forum.mutleyshangar.com/index.php?/forum/15-videos/ .

     

    Hope that helps,

     

    Joe :hat:

     

     

    Joe,

    I'd prefer to work direct to the forum, rather than go through a 3rd party. When I click on your "forum.mutleyshangar" link above, though, I can't seem to see a way of directly uploading my (quite short) MP4 file. I can see the options to either nominate a URL, or "attachment," but when I select "attachment" I'm told I don't have any. I hoped at that point a File Explorer interface would appear & I'd just point ot the file on my PC. Do I HAVE to upload to some other site like Youtube before I can post a link to that site as part of the post to the Video Forum? Sorry if this seems a bit confused, but I'm a bit confused. No doubt there's a simple answer..

    Peter.


  13. Brett,

     

    I msgd Chris. His reply:

     

    Hi Peter, you will need custom textures for that,

    there is no way you can do that with existing Sim, it is not era correct!

    the most you do is try to place a photoreal over the area which will block default textures,

    in the near future though you will be able to do that with Black Marble,

     

    Me back to him:

    Thanks Chris.

    But I bet you didn't anticipate putting all this amount of work in so someone could have no lights at all !!

     

    He back to me:

    lol :D

     

     

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  14. At a yawnworthy time of night, Lahore Centre (VHF) goes off the air. Aircraft in the area liase for a while between themselves. Then after about 10mins, Lahore comes back on the air, calls up a Speedbird (ie BA) aircraft, and a very excited Pakistani says "Speedbird xxx, we've just had a jolly big earthquake down here, did you feel anything up there?"

     

    True story, heard by myself as a very young S/O.

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  15. Hi,

     

    I'm flying, as best I can, the 617 Squadron Dams Raid of 1943.

     

    Since a blackout would have been in effect back then, both in England and over the Continent, is there some way, after setting the true date/time of the event, of disabling all the ground lighting effects - ie towns, roads etc?

     

    The correct date/time shows night, with moonlight, which is accurate, and the ground features they used for navigation were mostly coastline, rivers, canals etc - bodies of water which do show up at low level in FSX, so it would improve the realism a great amount to otherwise not have lit towns, cities, motorways etc.

     

    Also, as far as terrain, and scenery go, the default FSX setup is adequate for my exercise, but can anyone comment on the value of Orb-X's various products - the Global Terrain down to the Europe coverage. I've read their documentation in which they would recommend some 3-4 levels of their products to get the optimum coverage.

     

    OR, if you can comment on anyone else's enhancements in this area, I'd appreciate it.

     

    Rgds

     

    Peter Hunter

    Sydney, Australia

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