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  1. Had a great time flying with you Wing Walkers. JG-51 all reported great encounters and interactions and I am very proud of their flying. It was an honor to go up into the skies with you all, and I hope to do it many times more in the future!
    5 points
  2. Latest for review.
    4 points
  3. WingWalker's Trivia......they always come as a two pack and I only needed one. I ended up gifting the other one to Icy and made him one of the cards like I did above. I miss Icy on Comm's,...." Loud voice....." I'm HIT, I'm HIT, OH FUUUUUUUUUUU%$K.".....Quiet voice..."I'm dead."
    4 points
  4. Thanks folks! Enjoyed a nice dinner, on my daughter's boyfriend (he messed something up and owed her, so she made him pay for dinner for both Meghan and I, the manipulative little wench, lol!)... then spent the evening having nice conversations with them. Was fun and relaxing and we all had sore faces from smiling and laughing so much. It was one of the better birthdays I've had lately.
    4 points
  5. If you buy me a beer I will just give it to Biker to shoot you down again though.... works for me though.
    4 points
  6. I actually got one of those, put me in coach!
    4 points
  7. Thanks for the positive vibrations I have had fun with these and with The VS components WWCephas has made available they introduced more possibilities, just checking out his logic in building those groups opened up my brain a bit more......But really thrilled that I can contribute to this the best virtual Squad out there S!
    3 points
  8. That was one of the funnest missions I’ve flown in a long time. Thanks for the mission @WWCephas! …and thanks for the incredible display of teamwork, Red Flight - @WWCraven & @WWPlague!
    3 points
  9. One of my retirement goals was to spend more time doing artwork. As a retirement gift, someone gifted me a 100 year old WW1 "coffee table" picture book that they bought at a used books store. The book was falling apart, binding broken, and rotting from the inside with a hole going thru almost half the book. The cover page was signed by "Mrs. Otto Dawson" dated 1917 with a San Francisco address. She had dutifully tried to preserve the book by patching up the holes with scotch tape. The book was basically on life support.... not savable. Hmmmm, what to do with it. An art project came to mind that preserved all that, some of the best images, the decay of the book over time and Mrs. Dawson's struggle to preserve her memories of the Great War. Could be about history, could be about loss, memory and old age. You pick.....but it was a fun project. Great start to retirement life. Here is a link to the hi-res version https://photos.app.goo.gl/RLjJNDZJ1bTxbNLT9
    3 points
  10. My reply to Mr. Bergstrom: Greetings! What a great response! Several of my squadron mates were equally tickled by your reply. We will be endeavoring to recreate the scene you described (and post it to YouTube, what happens with the clip after that is not our concern.) Any further details you can supply about that specific encounter including location, season, weather, altitudes, units involved (pretty certain that will be JG26 for Galland's Bf-109F), and especially unit codes for the Spit and Blenheim units. If possible we'll try to replicate the paint schemes and/or the unit codes on the aircraft involved. And finally... Thank you. Both for your vast library of writings, and for seeing the value present in flight simulations to play a part in historical education. Monte "WWSandMan" Lewis
    3 points
  11. WIP for the campaign. Coloring and camo pattern based on the 19th Guards Fighter Regiment.
    3 points
  12. Hello Wing Walkers, Just come over to say a big thank you for coming along today and especially at such short notice. Would love to know what we can do in future to help any future missions or oparations run more smoothly. Thank you again. Kline.
    3 points
  13. We will be mixing it up with both friendly and hostile AI with Nav lights off next week. It will be a bit of a test of aircraft recognition.
    3 points
  14. The D7F's I don't mind, its the ones with the di-lithium crystal anti-gravity warp drive that eliminates the need for a prop that bug me. And don't be sorry, as any mission someone builds is a good one, kind of like the best tasting beer is free...
    3 points
  15. Gave it our best shot, I believe. Always a cool mission, lots of stuff to find, lots of bad guys and targets. I'll get to a more complete mission re-cap from my point of view as Gold 4 sometime soon. For now, @WWFrylock, your Ju-88 bomb runs were recorded. My track-file is available here ( https://www.wingwalkers.org/vault/sandman/tracks/11-30-2021_sandys_ju88_track.zip ), look for the bomb-run stuff roughly half-way through it. In your playback you should be able to bounce between all friendly aircraft via Left Shift+F2, and the friendly bombs by Left Shift + F5 or F6 (I forget which.) Critique of the passes by the three Ju-88's: Both Geezer and I dropped our large eggs from low altitude a bit too late. That said, I didn't want to drop on the civilian population so delayed my drops by an extra second or so. Mine were manual drops, no inter-velometer set to separate the big eggs. I assume Geezer's drop settings were the same. The result was some damage to the factory, but not as much as hoped for. The numerous smaller bombs dropped from high altitude by Fry should have produced more damage, but after seeing the drop in the track, I see why they didn't. They needed a longer drop delay per individual or pair of bombs, as they hit almost on top of each other. Which is great for a pin-point target, but not so great for an area target like the factory complex. An extra one or two tenths of a second second between bomb releases would have spread them out nicely from that altitude, and really wreaked havoc on that factory. Fry's drop... The first couple bombs The impact (little dark spots in the left-center are the bombs just about to hit) ; they will obliterate the small inverted-t-shaped building and the larger building to the left.
    2 points
  16. Our Sunday flying group tends to run a little small. Last night we had five. Our first sortie was doing the recon and identifying where the enemy artillery was located. As we flew over the recon zone, we got messages as portions were completed and the AAA icons showed up on the map. There was an enemy airbase nearby so we attacked the airfield after the recon. Our second sortie was attacking the recently discovered AAA locations. We managed to destroy those positions and take out the nearby airfield. Once we destroyed the airfield it became ours as a temporary forward base, shortening our travel time for future sorties. A friendly convoy started up leading from the front to the enemy city of Lille which required our escort. Once the escort mission was finished there was one more nearby airfield we attacked. Just when we thought it was destroyed, three more aircraft managed to take off from the base as our final air battle for the night. I am sharing all this not as an "after action report", but to show the sophistication of the mission building that Biker is doing these days. We had a solid two hours of action. It had a lot of interesting moving parts but it was not over scripted. Really a great WW1 mission. All Praise the Mission Builder!!! Thanks Biker!
    2 points
  17. and just to clarify.....this is a historical photo from Biker's past. Any current looniness is just who he is.
    2 points
  18. This is a variable strength AI and scoring difficulty mission. For 5 minutes after the 1st player hits start, it will count the number of players spawning into the cockpit. Please do not respawn or enter enemy territory until you get the "Mission Activated" message After closer examination of last mission recon photos, they spotted some unusual objects. They seem to be spread around the Fortress in some sort of Tech display. HQ wants this display obliterated to demoralize Central army. Watch for orders after Fortress is destroyed. Secondary task will be to take out Airbases and Balloons were ever Possible. Good luck Chaps!
    2 points
  19. 2 points
  20. I saw a pair of Viggens in Germany when I was stationed there. Was kind of odd to see them over southern Germany, so far from the coastline. I guess they had some sort of training going on, but never found out for sure. The Viggen is one of my favorite aircraft 'shapes'. Very distinctive, yet very functional. Like the P-38, or the V-tail Bonanza.
    2 points
  21. I just want to comment as the outgoing CO, this thread reveals something that we have not talked much about. Most social clubs have an element of community service that is encouraged. The idea that this squad could contribute time and technical skill to support something like this is such a neat thing. We should watch for other opportunities!
    2 points
  22. Guess Jason could have reached out to Mr Bergstrom to negotiate instead of that bit of hur-dur. I mean, what better opportunity to earn some history-buff street cred, than to team-up with one of the history community's most respected researchers?
    2 points
  23. don't shoot the messenger. imho techno chat falls into the same "minor" cheat category as nav lights/nav icons etc. Doubt you are going to see it turned on in a full real environment. I am surprised at the number of pilots who use numbers and percentages vs knowing where the gauges are, and how to read them. Am willing to bet the majority of pilots (me included) do not have a clue where the compass is in the planes we are flying. used to be a time when techno chat did not even show up for VR users. not sure if that has change.
    2 points
  24. One key point to add to the above debrief, was mission start time. Start was 1930, early evening, moon was up but again, partially obscured by clouds. This key point added to our initial troubles to form up. None of us wanted to keep either Navs or Formation lights on for very long for the obvious reasons. Second point, there was absolutely no techno chat, which caused us some consternation when we were unable to visually verify if we had water and oil rads open. I knew where I had mine bound but for the life of me couldn't remember which press direction opened and closed the rads. Fortunately I guessed right and had no temp issues during the flight. I was the 3rd ship to takeoff so I simply followed Wolfie out. Managed to keep him in sight while we orbited our field looking for Diz who started out in the direction we agreed to. Technical issues forced to revise the initial plan and devise a new one on the run. Again, tech issues caused the loss of one aircraft while enroute to new target due to an overheated engine. As Diz indicated, he and I headed out to new target and did our thing then RTB. A couple of final thoughts, Make sure for the next mission we get a detailed brief like the other groups received. I realize we were a last minute addition but it sorta left us to our own devices which is not necessarily a good thing. Receiving a brief on mission parameters a couple of days prior to the mission allows us to determine the best course of action required to accomplish our mission. Add to the above that we need to determine a flight lead/alternate for the duration of the campaign. I think it sort of fell to Diz by default as he's spent the most time talking to L-6 and had a better idea than either Wolfie or myself as to what was going on.. This is not a slight on Diz's efforts today by any stretch of the imagination, I feel that we just need to be better prepared. In spite of everything that happened today, I did enjoy myself flying with Diz and Wolfie and look forward to our next adventure. Forgot to touch on one aspect that Diz brought up regarding overall command of each group. Needs to happen for sure but if as Diz believes, most of the Russian guys don't speak English, then there will definitely be an issue trying to coordinate the Allied side. This issue will need to be addressed by the organizers.
    2 points
  25. I posted this in Discord for the debrief, some follow-on discussion has occurred: WW Sortie Report for Operation Seawave: WW Flight (3 x P39L with 1 x 250 FAB, extra ammo, special AP ammo and Bendix) took off from Myshako, and after some initial confusion formed up over the bay. Initial plan was to form up over the town and head low through the valley to target elements of the Panzer Division IVO 1117,1, but AC issues etc kyboshed that approach. Diz landed with a blown engine, but was able to get in the spare and launch in time to form up with Greywolfe and Craven. WW headed NW along the coast, using the terrain-masking features of the coastal hills to elude the searchlights. Greywolfe experienced engine troubles and crashed after attempting to RTB. Diz and Craven carried on to the target of opportunity, Anapa airfield, and attacked, with no resistance observed. Little or negligible damage to the airfield, no activity observed. Both RTB WFI. Observed one AC caught in the searchlights IVO 1216. Unable to ascertain type or nationality. Debrief Points: Comms and expectations were a shitshow. I recommend having a "trusted agent" in each sqn that participates, so expectations, timings, comms etc are not a surprise. Also, a "do not take off before" trigger should be included, Combat Box FNF does this and it seems to work. I was unable to talk to anyone on SRS, not sure what the issue was, WW stayed on our own TS. Tight timeline for getting guys to participate, but at least WW was able to participate. Looking forward to the next iteration. Personal opinion here (as a former military staff officer): Have a preset, coherent command and control (C2) structure for BOTH sides. It was certainly there for your side, but was non-existent from the OPFOR side, likely one of the reasons it went off the rails, as the different units did whatever they wanted, with no common aim (destroy Kerch strat targets). My suggestion of a trusted agent in the allied camp would fix that issue right away, so appoint someone from L6 to be the CO of OPFOR, then they can plan the OPFOR strategy in order to achieve the aim of the overall test, that is, plan the OPFOR to be at the right place at the right time instead of everyone freelancing like what happened today.
    2 points
  26. Wine tasting in Amador in the afternoon, a stormy drive up to Kirkwood the next day. Getting a good dose of fall weather during this camping trip.
    2 points
  27. Tell us which one and I'll post up the airfield info....
    2 points
  28. Reference for future missions out of Alabushevo airbase.
    2 points
  29. Now we got a formation
    2 points
  30. Nope, no problem with the post at all. We've all had those nights where it seems everything you shoot at is made of Krypton and can't be pierced, yet your own ship is made of tin foil and falls apart in a gentle breeze. I get it. I've been there, and I'm sure I'll visit that spot again.
    2 points
  31. …and Luftflotte 6 wants to gauge our interest in a PVP campaign against them. They apparently have upwards of 30 pilots flying their side, and it’s a Battle of Belgium scenario, where we’d fly Allied. There’d be spots for fighters, bombers, recon, etc. I’ll report back when I get more info, but it sounds intriguing at the very least.
    2 points
  32. ... is in the vault, and here. Place in your graphics/Planes/Breguet14/Textures folder, rename (or delete) the custom_photo.dds file that is there to something else, rename this to custom_photo.dds custom_photoBreg14.dds
    2 points
  33. I decided to try a new format for this series when it is ready (probably on a Thursday night setting). This will be a head to head event playing with AI but there will be multiple scenarios for each side to choose from triggered by plane selection in the lobby menu after each side goes to their own TS channel. I will probably start with 3-5 possible different missions for each side to choose from. Each side chooses a mission and then we see what happens as they try to complete their mission before the other team does for the win. The opposing sides might end up going head to head fighting over a certain area or possibly not even tangle encounter the other team. Since we are playing with friendly (and hostile) AI I will probably need to limit these missions to around 8 players but that should not be an issue on Thursdays. I will leave it up to you guys whether you want to run fixed teams or swap things around week by week. The same basic mission can be run multiple times with many possible outcomes but I would probably ask each team to pick a new mission each week they have not done yet.
    2 points
  34. no problem. WingWalkers know how to get their priorities straight. Family Work Halloween Flying
    2 points
  35. I'm for continuing the Moscow series through December. I would be okay with either of your proposed series, preference would be Yak's with something along the lines of the Battle of Kursk. Follow on campaign with RAF plane set would be a welcome change.
    1 point
  36. Back to our previous base at Staritsa from Moscow 5 after a brief diversion to Rjev this past week.
    1 point
  37. Urgent news about Fraggman George Leibein, please email Bear at badbear1@telus.net ~S~ Bear
    1 point
  38. On the ice tonight, good luck guys
    1 point
  39. Happy birthday Fawlty!
    1 point
  40. Its a free one, and dead easy to install. Just unzip it, put the folder into your user/saved/games/dcs.openbeta/mods/aircraft folder and voila https://forums.eagle.ru/topic/203816-vnao-t-45-goshawk/ Checklist https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/files/3316508/?sphrase_id=9082847
    1 point
  41. LOL ... Never seen such a handsome man! That is close to what I looked like when I first met the gal who became my wife for 30+ years (and is now my ex.) I lost a drunken brawl on New Year's Eve, '84-'85, and looked a lot like that after the dust settled. A month later, with my eyes still alternating black and blue coloring and wearing G.I. "rape prevention" fat plastic frame glasses, I met my future bride. I helped her change a light bulb, while off duty from guarding her radio relay station (she was also Army) from potential terrorist bombing (a similar site nearer the Czech border had been destroyed by terrorists in an action that never got covered by the news; the Berlin disco bombing was a year in the future) and we were together for a long time after that. So what you look like isn't nearly as important as how you handle it.
    1 point
  42. Please make sure your inter channel whispers are set so we can communicate between different flights tonight in TeamSpeak. Thanks.
    1 point
  43. Happy Birthday Sandy, hope you had a great day!
    1 point
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  45. I don’t drink change the bribe and not problem!
    1 point
  46. Have been in an email conversation with Carl, trying to catch up. Seems they're more in DCS, not FC, nowadays. I'm yet to manage to catch his crew on Teamspeak. More as things progress.
    1 point
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