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45 minutes ago, Friar said:

 so it was news to us......

Must have been one of those 'light bulb' moments, eh?

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those sort of comments just light up my day

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4 minutes ago, Friar said:

those sort of comments just light up my day

In this circumstance, you may want to dial back the instrument lighting a bit, it might get too bright!

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Good show chaps, most enjoyabubble.

 

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2 hours ago, Crash said:

Scores on the board?

Patience my dear fellow... soon...

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Ok gents, so two days of rough weather have kept us grounded and it is now the October 5th, 1944 and we have a pending mission.

The updated rosters for the 402nd and 485th are shown below. Welcome 2. Lts Jasper Jacobsen and Bertrand Finknottle to 402nd after the untimely departure of Nick Jabeaux and Dennis Wingy.

Also the 370th FG board has been updated to reflect our latest successes.

Next mission is to be flown on Sunday 28th June 2020, 2100 BST.

 

402nd Roster 05-10-44.PNG

485th Roster 05-10-44.PNG

370th FG Claims Record 05-10-44.PNG

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“For we are jolly good fellows” Bloody great idea this campaign Major Tom !

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Note to Squadron/Flight Leaders:

During form up and ingress Perf pontificated (rightly it turns out) that any AI escort flight assigned to your squadron will not pick you up at the RV unless the two following rules are adhered to:

1) You hit the RV waypoint exactly, and

2) You hit every waypoint from lift-off to the RV

As such I have adjusted the initial waypoint settings in PWCG to bring them lower and closer to the airfields to make hitting these easier as part of our orbits. 

I will also tweak each squadrons waypoints en route (where possible) prior to each event to make them more rational as some are, well, somewhat abstract to say the least....

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There is a chance that I won't be back in time to participate tomorrow. I am travelling down to Plymouth to see Pete and intend to be back by 2030hrs in time to fly however, always something that could get in the way. Please place me on the rosta and I will let Painless/Fen know before 2000hrs if I won't be able to join.

Cheerzen 

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In preparation to tonight's event, a little re-shuffle is required in the Command Structure of 402nd FS.

The painful loss of Capt. Nick Jabeaux has left a leadership gap in White Flight. Ergo, Lt. Arthur Smedley will be OC White flight hereon-in, with Lt. Chris Bloobair taking over the second element.

As a basis going forward if we get a full compliment, then 402nd should look like this:

Red 1 - Maj. Tom Fen

Red 2 - 2nd Lt. Jasper Jacobsen

Red 3 - Lt. Arjen Efftee

Red 4 - 2nd Lt. Louis Zook

 

White 1 - Lt. Arthur Smedley

White 2 - 2nd Lt. Luke Rocks

White 3 - Lt. Chris Bloobair

White 4 - 2nd Lt. Peter Lamarr

 

Blue 1 - Capt. Kevin Fruitbat

Blue 2 - 2nd Lt. Bertrand Finknottle

Blue 3 - Lt. Per Fesser

Blue 4 - *vacant*

This of course is highly dependent on pilot availability so expect some shuffles from mission to mission to accommodate any absenteeism. Also I may choose to vary the Red 2 position as I see fit; cos I'm the ****ing boss. So there.

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Well the game froze as some bad guys spawned in and that was that. Joe Walsh reporting for duty :salute:

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Well, after all that drama and heartache, the After Action Report failed anyway, my suspicions fall on Perf's freeze and disconnect. Same happened back on the 1st of June with Arthur's machine restarting without warning (thanks Bill Gates). 

Both FT and I suspect that PWCG is expecting to see a definitive mission ended routine in the logs (for when you click "Finish Mission" after landing, bailing or being killed) but when you disco, it doesn't register as something PWCG recognises and when it comes to the AAR process it can no longer determine whether the disco'd pilot is alive, dead, wounded, a prisoner or just plain safe and sound and subsequently throws a wobbly.

So the good news is for all of you who bit the dust today one way or another: it was all a bad dream! As far as PWCG is concerned it never happened and the 5th October 1944 mission is yet to be flown.

Nick, some consolation may be found in Pooka having an identical problem to you with de-synchronisation of engines just after take-off; it may be worth you two having a conflab on TS at some point to see if there are any common peculiarities to your set-ups or any potential double bindings.

The loss of controller inputs both at mission spawn - or even mid-way through a mission is a troublesome and insidious one and one I think I've bumped into once on a standard co-op evening a few months back. I suggest that anyone who suffers from this from hereon in logs it here in a dedicated thread thread so we can build up a picture of what may be happening when it occurs because it's got to be either Il-2 and/or windows issue, and we need some better data before we start reporting it to 777.

After all that (and another round robin of 35 minutes of restarts *sigh*) I rather enjoyed the mission. Hope those of you who managed to see it though did too.

Next event will be on Tuesday 7th July. 2100 BST cut-off time for inclusion.

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All very odd, I had no problems on the DF server earlier in the evening - no problems on start up and taxi out (the pirouette issue on the first start was pilot error - this has been resolved) and takeoff was normal - On the climb out I experienced a loss of power on engine 1 so after cycling throttle and pitch for that engine to no avail I selected the option to feather engine 1's prop and applied full emergency power on engine 2 as the aircraft was on the verge of stalling out at that point. Engine 2 also lost all power at that point and therefore I only managed to get the bombs away and roll the aircraft level before I hit the ground. Fortunately as the aircraft was low and slow at the start of the problems I was able to get away from the crash unhurt.

For comparisons with Pook's setup, I run a Sidewinder 2, CH Quadrant and my Frankenbox of tricks which gives me additional axes to control roll, pitch and yaw trim as well as a 2 sets of switches for engine controls (comprising select, start/stop & feather - 1 set per engine)

The CH Quadrant has six axes so I have them set up as (in order) Engine 1 Pitch, Engine 1 Throttle, Engine 2 Throttle, Engine 2 Pitch, Mixture (common), Rads (common, not required for all aircraft)

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Only a dream....

Whooo... Thank God It was just a dream!! (sweat sweat)

It was like so F***ing real. Last time I eat that haggis before bed.

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