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  1. 4 points
    Read it here chaps, featuring some stunning photography of the graceful old bird: http://vintageaviationecho.com/arco-blenheim/
  2. 3 points
    BoX is a lot of fun! Watching FT dogfighting in the IL2 puts me into full-on Sid James mode too. How not to take off #1 How not to take off #2
  3. 3 points
    From the net. As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I'm most often asked is "How fast would that SR-71 fly?" I can be assured of hearing that question several times at any event I attend. It's an interesting question, given the aircraft's proclivity for speed, but there really isn't one number to give, as the jet would always give you a little more speed if you wanted it to. It was common to see 35 miles a minute. Because we flew a programmed Mach number on most missions, and never wanted to harm the plane in any way, we never let it run out to any limits of temperature or speed. Thus, each SR-71 pilot had his own individual “high” speed that he saw at some point on some mission. I saw mine over Libya when Khadafy fired two missiles my way, and max power was in order. Let’s just say that the plane truly loved speed and effortlessly took us to Mach numbers we hadn’t previously seen. So it was with great surprise, when at the end of one of my presentations, someone asked, “what was the slowest you ever flew the Blackbird?” This was a first. After giving it some thought, I was reminded of a story that I had never shared before, and relayed the following. I was flying the SR-71 out of RAF Mildenhall, England , with my back-seater, Walt Watson; we were returning from a mission over Europe and the Iron Curtain when we received a radio transmission from home base. As we scooted across Denmark in three minutes, we learned that a small RAF base in the English countryside had requested an SR-71 fly-past. The air cadet commander there was a former Blackbird pilot, and thought it would be a motivating moment for the young lads to see the mighty SR-71 perform a low approach. No problem, we were happy to do it. After a quick aerial refueling over the North Sea , we proceeded to find the small airfield. Walter had a myriad of sophisticated navigation equipment in the back seat, and began to vector me toward the field. Descending to subsonic speeds, we found ourselves over a densely wooded area in a slight haze. Like most former WWII British airfields, the one we were looking for had a small tower and little surrounding infrastructure. Walter told me we were close and that I should be able to see the field, but I saw nothing. Nothing but trees as far as I could see in the haze. We got a little lower, and I pulled the throttles back from 325 knots we were at. With the gear up, anything under 275 was just uncomfortable. Walt said we were practically over the field—yet; there was nothing in my windscreen. I banked the jet and started a gentle circling maneuver in hopes of picking up anything that looked like a field. Meanwhile, below, the cadet commander had taken the cadets up on the catwalk of the tower in order to get a prime view of the fly-past. It was a quiet, still day with no wind and partial gray overcast. Walter continued to give me indications that the field should be below us but in the overcast and haze, I couldn't see it.. The longer we continued to peer out the window and circle, the slower we got. With our power back, the awaiting cadets heard nothing. I must have had good instructors in my flying career, as something told me I better cross-check the gauges. As I noticed the airspeed indicator slide below 160 knots, my heart stopped and my adrenalin-filled left hand pushed two throttles full forward. At this point we weren't really flying, but were falling in a slight bank. Just at the moment that both afterburners lit with a thunderous roar of flame (and what a joyous feeling that was) the aircraft fell into full view of the shocked observers on the tower. Shattering the still quiet of that morning, they now had 107 feet of fire-breathing titanium in their face as the plane leveled and accelerated, in full burner, on the tower side of the infield, closer than expected, maintaining what could only be described as some sort of ultimate knife-edge pass. Quickly reaching the field boundary, we proceeded back to Mildenhall without incident. We didn't say a word for those next 14 minutes. After landing, our commander greeted us, and we were both certain he was reaching for our wings. Instead, he heartily shook our hands and said the commander had told him it was the greatest SR-71 fly-past he had ever seen, especially how we had surprised them with such a precise maneuver that could only be described as breathtaking. He said that some of the cadet’s hats were blown off and the sight of the plan form of the plane in full afterburner dropping right in front of them was unbelievable. Walt and I both understood the concept of “breathtaking” very well that morning, and sheepishly replied that they were just excited to see our low approach. As we retired to the equipment room to change from space suits to flight suits, we just sat there-we hadn't spoken a word since “the pass.” Finally, Walter looked at me and said, “One hundred fifty-six knots. What did you see?” Trying to find my voice, I stammered, “One hundred fifty-two.” We sat in silence for a moment. Then Walt said, “Don’t ever do that to me again!” And I never did. A year later, Walter and I were having lunch in the Mildenhall Officer’s club, and overheard an officer talking to some cadets about an SR-71 fly-past that he had seen one day. Of course, by now the story included kids falling off the tower and screaming as the heat of the jet singed their eyebrows. Noticing our HABU patches, as we stood there with lunch trays in our hands, he asked us to verify to the cadets that such a thing had occurred. Walt just shook his head and said, “It was probably just a routine low approach; they're pretty impressive in that plane.” Impressive indeed. Little did I realize after relaying this experience to my audience that day that it would become one of the most popular and most requested stories. It’s ironic that people are interested in how slow the world’s fastest jet can fly. Regardless of your speed, however, it’s always a good idea to keep that cross-check up…and keep your Mach up, too.
  4. 3 points
    Good quote from the SoW forum from Stg 77 Count zero And usually in coops people would read briefings and do as told HaHaHA!
  5. 2 points
    This guy's hilarious. And professional. He know exactly when serious is needed, but normally tries to lighten the stress for all as much as he can. Funny: Serious:
  6. 2 points
    Happy New Year all! Wanna see more of the upcoming re-engineered Caucasus map? What about the F/A-18? Well, volia! and:
  7. 2 points
    Retired yesterday. Installed a new video card (Radeon 580) and it seems to have solved the issues with DCS and BoS. So there may be some life left in my aging PC. I hope to join the Dogz for some action soon. Still in disbelief that I'm now officially an Old Fart. Don't know what the future holds, but it will start with a pint of Guinness.
  8. 2 points
    Had a good session today, invited and led by Fenrir. Spitfire! So, first take off was yeah, a take off. No tires screeches, no damage to the runway. Need some more training though. Started shooting up some ground targets, some nice ones, that did not shoot at us. Shot one up, then my left hand wing got hit by the one that suddenly raised its barrel up in the air, or maybe it was me dipping it too low. So, anyways, I managed to fly it back to base, no way it would land - so I bailed. Took a new one, Fen landed as - I think - only he can And he perfrormed a quick re-arm and re-fuel, as our AA was firing. So I took off from the taxi way - scramble - rather similar to the first take off - all over the place. By the time we were in the air, the offending a/c had been shot down by AA. Good. So, we went off back to the ground targets, shot them up some more. Last targets done, off to a supply column that should be near. It was. We wrecked it, both got 7 trucks. So, back home. To land. Oh dear, the thought of that!! But then my game crashed. Oops. An error in d3d11.dll. Oh well, Restart PC, all is fine again. Took off, and we set out to the enemy airbase. Fen spotted the dots, I followed him. He was a bit ahead, so in the end, he got the interest of two 190D9's. Somewhere before my game crash, I had tuned my rudder sensitivity, that improved my hitting... so I shot both 190's down. For sure, a lot of that success was because of Fen's SA and callouts On the way home, Fen called out once more: "FT, BREAK!" And usually, my stoic being and right out coolness - one could also say lack of reaction speed or the "Hmmm, Hey, what?" does not help in situations like that, but in this case it was not relevant as at the very same moment, the AA gun shooting at me did damage. Inspection by Fenrir learned my right hand elevator was gone, the stabilizer it had been connected to damaged, the left hand elevator was perforated, as was the rudder.... So, yeah that explained the funny flying the machine did. Now I was afraid the thing would be completely out of lateral control in a slow speed landing attempt, so I was getting ready to bail. Then Fenrir advised me to climb to 4K Ft, slow down, see what it would do. Well, it did not too bad, until I lowered the flaps. Yeah, so, it nearly went out of control, but I could get it back. Phew. So, next was the task to try and bring her lower, lined up on the runway / grass next to it for a belly landing. Control was still difficult - such slow response on the elevator, no rudder - takes patience to slow it down just using power ... There's the runway, there's the grass. (so my approach was good!). Good speed. Now you know, there's that ground-effect. Brilliant when you're in a Spit with elevator damage. Yeah, just when I was about to close the throttle completely, and let it 'flare' on the grass... the nose just pitched up and no way to catch that... Managed to bring her back up to some 3K Ft, and bailed out - again ... Next time, I'm gonna try and land the thing! Hopefully when I somehow make it home without damage Thanks Fenrir, good fun, good show. And to all that are thinking about getting into DCS, stop thinkin', and go for it. And grab the Spit. Even if you get to fly it once a fortnight or once a month like me... it is so effin bwilliant! You do need to know how to do stuff, and when to do it, but if you assign the Autostart procedure - like I did - it just takes some time to fire it up, nothing else. (One can even hear the auto procedure operate the wobble pump) and if you just keep an eye on the Rev counter and on the boost, oh, and on the speed, the Spitfire just flies itself.
  9. 2 points
    Merry Christmas Dogz!! Hope you all have a great Christmas with family and friends. From me and mine to you and yours! Cheers
  10. 2 points
    Here is the "old Farts" ideas: I feel for what we are all used to and how we fly, IL2 is king. I too am tired of CLOD for same reason as Swepers.. DCS is too complicated, to much button pushing that takes for ever to get into the air. Great sym but not for a squad like ours. BOS is about the same with more aircraft, but complexity turns me off some, but hey I'm old....OK? I'm not knowledgeable of Xbox syms due to not having one, but if the DDs go that route I'll follow. I truly enjoy my times with all of you and think of you as family and look forward to the time I get to fly with you. I appreciate you putting up with a guy who is getting slower on the sticks and flying into the ground and enemy aircraft...well at least I took out the target...hehehehe I appreciate all of your patience with my computer skills and guide me through the new stuff. That's my Two cents worth....Long live the Dangerdogz!
  11. 2 points
    My registered email address is no longer available and I have forgotten my password. I am waiting to hear back from them but it has been quiet for 2 days now. Now sorted
  12. 1 point
    Enjoyed your video Arthur, so nice to hear Dave and FTs voices again.
  13. 1 point
    Very good fun tonight. Big to Wingflyer, Delta and FT. Shall we make this a regular Wednesday?
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    Ok Im flying a fair bit on the servers to test them out, here are some thoughts There are generally only 4 or 5 busy servers at european time these are Wings of liberty Tactical Air War Finnish VirtualPilots DEDs European server These fill up fast and are sometimes you cant get on them as they are full but the others have under 10 on them Im finding the no icon servers really difficult as Im flying alone , Its nearly impossible to spot the dots especially down low, I spot them, dive in and they dissapear. full real tend not to use chat and Iv yet to try their teamspeak So Im flying mainly on DED server untill I can get up to speed. They at least use chat and try to co-ordinate but it can be a bit air-quake with everyone bunched up in one area. I will try wings of liberty next with teamspeak but It would be good if we could get one of the more full real types with short icons on but I guess that either not possible or there is no demand.
  16. 1 point
    Really? Sounds painful. Couldn't they have just held hands?
  17. 1 point
    It was said they had mounted a British compass in his I-16 ...
  18. 1 point
    I have attatched my basic layout for Box in a spreadsheet below , you can see if that looks ok or you can tweak it to suit. This is for a x-52 so has 3 positions + shift giving 6 options. Mode 3 has not been set up as this is my bombing mode and Iv not got round to setting this up for BoX . I am not familiar with ch software but have heard there are issues with it and you are best just programming the actions direct using game interface however this does not give you as many options as you will only have 1 mode. for extra buttons you might want to try these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thrustmaster-Replica-Force-Cougar-Flight/dp/B002HH9TRY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515580167&sr=8-1&keywords=mfd+cougar+pack I have things like nav lights,F1 F2 , chat, eject mapped to these hope this helps joystick.xlsx
  19. 1 point
    I have a Microsoft FFB stick, Saitek X-45, X-52, and Ch pedals and trackIr. I base all my settings from IL2 Sturmovik 1946, but that was originally based of Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator, back in the 90's LOL I have a Joystick Prog I started to mess with a year ago, then got overwelmed with it. Hoping to control them all with just one prog. http://whitemagic.github.io/JoystickGremlin/
  20. 1 point
    Went on this this tonight... https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/21490-finnish-virtualpilots-dynamic-war/ In fact there was a lot of this... and even a little bit of that...
  21. 1 point
    Thanks Jabo! Got CloD Bltiz installed last night while I was sleeping. Nice not having to mess about with the separate patches now.
  22. 1 point
    Howdy, saw the topic over on the il2 BOS forums and thought I would drop a note here. Just recently dug the joystick and pedals out from storage (no idea where the throttle went!) and thought to start flying again. Not that I'm good at it! I can usually take off, and sometimes land Most of my flying has been off line so looking to start some on line fun. Now to finish installing stuff. Up next is il2 1946.
  23. 1 point
    ROF or 1946, it doesn't matter. I can't hit anything, especially when it's moving. Been home for a week and it still hasn't sunk in that I don't have a job to go to. Can't decide if I like this or not. What do I do with the rest of my life, and what do I want to be when I grow up? Is growing up mandatory? I was fooling around with CLoD yesterday, patrolling the channel in my Spitty, when I met up with some Ju-88s who treated me rudely. One of the tail gunners knocked out my engine, so I figured I'd just glide down and ditch. There was a passing convoy of allied ships, and my plan was to ditch near one them and get picked up. But no, the ship just steamed on without so much as a blast of the fog horn. Don't these ship captains know the International Protocols for Treatment of Downed Spitty Pilots? And haven't they seen the movie Dunkirk? Sheesh....
  24. 1 point
    I've certainly never seen one in the game. There's a lovely example of the civilian version of the Anson (the Avro Nineteen) in the Shuttleworth collection at Old Warden and there's a military version I occasionally see bimbling about the local area too. Always nice to see.
  25. 1 point
    Wow, that was a good read. Thanks for sharing.
  26. 1 point
    I was going to ask why, but ,well lets not go there
  27. 1 point
    Getting back into the saddle with some offline flying in 1946. My gunnery is back to where it was a few years ago: I can't hit the broad side of a zeppelin.
  28. 1 point
    Well after some faffing about I tried a flight in BoS. It was a bit blurry due to the lens not fitting properly in the Rift but WOW The P-40 cockpit feels quite a tight fit and the sensation of height makes it feel very real. It might take some time for me to adjust the seating position on all the aircraft and get the controls/VoiceAttack settings up and running but it will be well worth it. The lens inserts I got are from VR labs and I cant seem to get them positioned right. I have ordered some extra padding for the Rift and hopefully things should improve as the image sharpens up a bit if I move the headset away from my face and it will give some room for my glasses if needed.
  29. 1 point
    This project was about 4 or 5 years in the making. It's a modified version of the Guillow's 27 inch kit. I ended up replacing so much of the kit wood and plastic parts, it was almost a scratch build! She flies pretty well. All up weight about 7 ounces.
  30. 1 point
    Seeing as we are referring new starters to this thread to help them get set up, I have re-worked the OP to reflect our current standards.
  31. 1 point
    Here are 2 airfix 1/48 hurris. One is a malta desert scheme and the other a Battle of Britain scheme. The Malta Hurricane is the new mold and the BoB the old mold.
  32. 1 point
    I do not see any tearing, but have Vsync On in NVidia's control panel...
  33. 1 point
    Vsync off? Tried it, frames do go up but I find the screen tearing I get too distracting. I'm happy with what I've got now. Game is smooth and looks pretty good with Reshade and these re-worked maps. Now they just need to fix....well, a whole host of stuff and develop and release more content and have a full time other job
  34. 1 point
    Nevermind I figured it out. The Conf.ini was corrupt somehow. I renamed it and let the game build a new on, and now I have 58-60 fps in Blitz on said track. I thought possibly I drug the one from Clod Mod over and broke it so I did just that and it runs fine with that one too. I looked at the text lines and they look the same short EpilepsyFilter=1 [game] mirror=0 But even if I add those it still has no effect on FPS. So who knows. If your suffering from said complant give it a try. I made a track for testing if ya want it. Dover Radar.trk And incase you want to try it, here is the half fps corrupt conf.ini
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    Jack, AP, and I have it. A few others may as well. It's fun, and a challenge, as with most DCS platforms.
  37. 1 point
    So, as I ran out of patience, I put the server up, running it from my own pc. Not sure whether I will keep it running 24/7 ... but if I do switch the PC off, that'll be the reason it's no longer there ...
  38. 1 point
    Yes thanks for all your help Fen, had a great time perfecting my take off's and eventually getting to land the spit without breaking it Also had some fun attacking ground targets, great stuff thanks again Fen for your time and patience
  39. 1 point
    Have now changed the skill level of the bombers gunners a bit, inspired by reading this post at IL2Sturmovik.com. Haven't got a clue what its result will be though, just let me know if it's better, or worse
  40. 1 point
    To all my fellow Dangerous Doggies! ~S~ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  43. 1 point
    ok , Iv found out some problems with profile I had set up , it had copied in some bindings from one mode to the next on trigger 2 and this was playing havoc, Iv gone over all my settings in game and in profile, sorted any conflicts( game doesnt like some shift functions) and it seems to be ok now, @jabo saitek have been taken over by logitek who have released drivers , see here http://support.logitech.com/en_us/product/x52-space-flight-simulator-controller/downloads I will test next week and see if I have found the source thanks again for input guys, appreciate it
  44. 1 point
    Hi chaps! Am planning a day of DCS for Friday the 29th December, all day event. Turn up at your leisure and any agenda you have we'll look at. Look forward to seeing some of you online. Till then, a very Merry Christmas to you!
  45. 1 point
    Well me being on the bottom of the totem poll of computer geeks, I now have mine up and running. I did notice that the small letter engine and control HUD I normally use for throttle and pitch and rad settings are absent. Is this something I can turn on that's off or is it not available on this version. After finally letting my engine warm up I can now fly! I really like the ground scenery and how real it looks. Almost real compared to CFS of years gone by and IL2. I'm glad I updated my graphics card and added 8 gig of ram now totaling 16 gig.
  46. 1 point
    HurriBomber added to our server. (Well, next time when mission restarts, 2.5 hours from now) Also added some 110's ... but not all, and not all new 109's Any requests? Just holler...
  47. 1 point
    And thanks again Todd, injectfx looks like a must have! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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