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  1. You guys are a class act, I'm so proud to be a member of Wing Walkers. Tim's wife was keeping me updated on his condition, then about 18:30 she told me he had passed. He left us too soon, we are the same age. I couldn't bring myself to hop on here to let all of you know last night for what I'm going through right now. He and I had some great times. I'm glad I was able to fly with him last Thursday and I'm going to start flying Tuesdays again, now that daylight savings time is over I can get home from work and be on by 18:00 pst. I'm not very classy or profound so this is the best I can come up with right now and even though alot of what was said in this thread was directed to his family I feel included, Tim and I were like brothers. Things aren't going to be quite the same here on out. Thanks, Tom
    7 points
  2. This mission is the first in a series of handcrafted campaign missions where the prior event results will help shape the focus of later missions while trying to represent some of the actual flow of the historical campaign. I am going to post a Mission Briefing in the forum in the days before each mission is run so if you want to take the time you can be well briefed on mission objectives. 1 October 1942: The German army has crossed the Kerch strait and is nearing the port city of Novorossiysk. So far they have the Russian army in retreat but as they enter the mountainous coastline the assault begins to bog down. MISSION 1: STOP THE FLOW Mission Briefing: The Soviet air forces in this sector are becoming more organized and well trained. Even though their losses have been astronomical they are managing to put better trained pilots with better equipment into battle and to fight as a team more often. Be wary of going into enemy territory unsupported, especially bomber assets. Today’s assault is centered on Novo(rossiysk) Bay. This bay runs NW to SE but for simplicity sake we will refer to the NW part as the North Bay and the SE as the South Bay. There is a second smaller bay farther South down the coast called Gelendzhik but we can just refer to that as the “small bay”. There is one major airfield on the North side of Novo bay called Myashako. The smaller bay to the south has three small primitive strips, but they are fully functional and well stocked with aircraft. If left undisturbed these airfields will attempt to send sorties out to keep the bay under contest when we attack. If possible, attempt to strafe the static planes on the field to stop this from happening. The Russians will also undoubtedly call for reinforcements from distant airfields when a major attack is launched, be on the lookout for these supporting flights and do not get bounced unexpectedly. PRIMARY TARGETS: At the North and South end of the bay there are harbors with fuel storage tanks adjacent to the port. The destruction of these facilities and any tankers in the bay will make the motorized defense of this region difficult for the Soviets. All these assets need to be destroyed and should be the primary focus of our attack. SECONDARY TARGETS: The attrition of enemy fighters and airfields in both the large and small bays is a priority once the fuel facilities have been neutralized. This will help future missions maintain aerial dominance. TERTIARY TARGETS: A small probing ground force of Panzers and Stugs is headed South through the mountain gap towards Novorossiysk at sector. Any air assistance that can keep the sky clear of Sturmoviks or help destroy Soviet ground defenses in this sector should be pursued once the skies in the Bay region is well under our control.
    6 points
  3. Welp, it'll be 30 years for Carol and I in May. While she doesn't have a whole of interest in flight sims she does know what most of the peripherals are used for. Plus she doesn't mind me indulging in this hobby, even stooping to buy me "things" she feels I might want or need, like the Obutto setup, the monitor, Saitek flight yoke (which I've never used). So I think I'm doing pretty darn good all in all, hope the next 30 go as well as the first.
    6 points
  4. Great looking photos guys... My holiday nook... takes 5 minutes to setup every year so it's perfect. Cheers
    6 points
  5. Making faces at my new grandson.
    6 points
  6. Thought I'd try my hand at this as well. These screens are done with Cyberlink Photo Director 8, came free as part of the minimal bloatware on the new PC.
    6 points
  7. From tonight's RED flight, with @WWSandMan, @WWDubya, and @WWPlague. Had a fun night fellas!
    6 points
  8. I have been looking at this post all day... walking by my computer......the led lava lights are strobing on and off.....the machine wants it.....but I might get just as sick as dub.....but the machine wants it.......arrrghhh..... My birthday is next month, don't think I can pass this up Dub. Sign me up.
    6 points
  9. 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
  10. S! One of my favorite collections regarding aerial warfare is now up to date... Black Cross/Red Star series by Christer Bergstrom. It's taken 20 years to get to volume 5, and only covers a little over two years of war time (June '41 to July '43.) But the detail of this series is fantastic. From the color profiles to the rarely (if ever) seen wartime photos, these volumes tell the tale of brutal warfare in the 20th century, from both adversarial perspectives. I got lucky and stumbled on the series about the time the original IL-2 sim came out. I knew so very little about the Eastern Front, I thought I could gain a good understanding of the fight from BC/RS. Then I noticed it was Volume 1, and only covered about six months of the war.... From then on I've been waiting for new volumes and bought them as soon as I could. Good thing, because Volume 1 can now run you in the neighborhood of $200 on the used book market. Inside the jacket is the original price, in 2000, of $39.99. Fast forward to a lengthy delay between volumes 3 and 4 ... Volume 4 was released in the US by a new publisher, and was only available as a soft cover book without the color aircraft profiles. This is the one available on Amazon now. I didn't want that, however. I wanted a hard cover similar to the first three volumes. Somewhere along the line I found Christer Brgstrom's web site, and discovered I could buy volume 4, in hardcover with all the artwork, direct from him. Oh, and by the way, Volume 5 was being crowd-funded and I could buy in... Sold, twice. That was back in January of this year... Today, both volumes four and five arrived! #Yay!! In addition to the very interesting "Graf and Grislawski" (also by Bergstrom, and very highly recommended for in depth reading about these two aces) I now own six volumes detailing aerial warfare on the Eastern front.
    5 points
  11. S! Natops....... Jerry joined not too long after I did- I remember our first flight- me being very green and WingWalkers decided to make it a night flight... well. after about 15 minutes into our formation I heard someone call out bandits... I saddled up behind...(natops) and started firing.... he yelled out bandit on my tail...... i was looking around because I was going to break off and assist... after i took a few more squirts I realized me error..... He didnt get mad afterwards-- He chuckled about it and made a really down home comment.... That was WWNatops. He will be missed.
    5 points
  12. some nites I could spend hours just sitting on the deck..
    5 points
  13. The volcanic landscape is violent and scenic at the same time.
    5 points
  14. German pilots are back on the menu. CYA then.
    5 points
  15. I am probably not going to make it back in time to fly tomorrow but I have made a new mission that is quite out of the ordinary and hopefully a lot of fun for you gentlemen to try out. This mission was originally intended to be a randomly assigned pre-targeted mission option as part of the Holland 1944/Total War mission I have been working on but it kind of exploded into a resource hogging monster that did not want to share with other missions, so it has become its own stand alone mission. There are still many elements of the Total War mission available as extra targets beyond the scope of the primary mission, but the most noticeably absent units are the trains. This mission does not require activation, you can head out immediately if you want, but please try to get everyone to join as close to the same time as you can so the difficulty scaling routines are accurate. This mission map also still takes a long time to load so please be patient. It is a 90 kilometer flight to the target, and that is if you do not detour around danger areas, fuel up accordingly. A dedicated fighter cover squad may also be a good idea if you have enough pilots, but be sure to bring enough BIG bombs that someone scores a direct hit so the long flight will not be in vain. The SDS files to launch it are in my folder already on the dedicated server. Happy hunting, and here's to everyone returning to base in one piece. HOLLAND 1944: THE DAM This mission is possible to complete with a single player but destroying the target can be difficult and enemy air activity is present. This mission also scales in difficulty with the number of spawning players in the first seven minutes of play. Your target today is the dam at Eupen. (2418-3) The dam provides power to the nearby factory complex in Eupen and much of the Meuse river valley. Intelligence analysts have worked with engineers and determined the best way to breach this dam is to attack its weakest location at the base of the tower near the middle of the dam wall. Loadout: Carry the biggest bomb your plane can manage, rockets will be of no use. Keep a close eye out for enemy air activity on the ingress and egress. Active enemy airbases are marked on your mission briefing map.
    5 points
  16. Flying Central this week "Report of an incoming attack on Douai. Get in the air and proceed to the city as quickly as possible." Once complete we're tasked to bomb Arras at various strategic locations. This mission would be ideal for a couple of players to switch sides and comms protect Arras. Also the last task will have a win/lose factor for either side. Details will be displayed during the evenings flight for both sides.
    5 points
  17. I been building these for my constant trips up shit creek , always carry a tune no matter what happens lol.
    5 points
  18. I'll tell you what up ! I found on the IL-2 forum a person that has been trying to figure out why their Trackir view for directly overhead was just a bit weird. Well it turns out it was not the Trackir software or hardware but how the script in IL-2 for " back center " abbreviated " BC " in the script , was written. A person in ROF had stated the same problem and tweaked the numbers a bit which resolved the overhead view which the fellow on IL-2 posted the link to. You simply remove ( delete ) this section from the " current map " and paste this new script in. The location of " current map " in IL-2 is IL-2/data/input/current map. The new script is : [BC_HEAD_PITCH] data_row0 = -2.000000, -1.960000, -1.920000, -1.880000, -1.840000, -1.800000, -1.760000, -1.720000, -1.680000, -1.640000; data_row1 = -1.600000, -1.540000, -1.500000, -1.460000, -1.420000, -1.380000, -1.340000, -1.300000, -1.260000, -1.220000; data_row2 = -1.180000, -1.140000, -1.100000, -1.060000, -1.020000, -0.980000, -0.940000, -0.900000, -0.860000, -0.820000; data_row3 = -0.780000, -0.740000, -0.700000, -0.660000, -0.620000, -0.580000, -0.540000, -0.500000, -0.460000, -0.420000; data_row4 = -0.380000, -0.340000, -0.300000, -0.260000, -0.220000, -0.180000, -0.140000, -0.100000, -0.060000, -0.020000; data_row5 = 0.000000, 0.020000, 0.040000, 0.060000, 0.080000, 0.100000, 0.120000, 0.140000, 0.160000, 0.180000; data_row6 = 0.200000, 0.220000, 0.240000, 0.260000, 0.280000, 0.300000, 0.320000, 0.340000, 0.360000, 0.380000; data_row7 = 0.400000, 0.420000, 0.440000, 0.460000, 0.480000, 0.500000, 0.520000, 0.540000, 0.560000, 0.580000; data_row8 = 0.600000, 0.620000, 0.640000, 0.660000, 0.680000, 0.700000, 0.720000, 0.740000, 0.760000, 0.780000; data_row9 = 0.800000, 0.820000, 0.840000, 0.860000, 0.880000, 0.900000, 0.920000, 0.940000, 0.960000, 0.980000; data_endrow = 1.000000 I was having the same ( not really a problem but more of an annoyance ) where when looking directly overhead Trackir would not go exactly all the way up ( center wise )for some reason and it definitely had nothing to do with the curves or anything else----- It turns out this new script was the key for making this much, much better and smoother looking directly overhead. ( for me ). I believe Fawlty plugged this in and informed me last night how much better it was for him also. So, if you would like to try it, here it is. Please backup your " current map " file so if this is not good for you it is easy to fix, and as usual " use at your own risk !! Cheers !!!!
    5 points
  19. I just signed up for this forum WOW what a great squad environment you all have here We 20's have really enjoyed our first contact so to speak lol ,and hope we can share some virtual sky time in the future to come. By the way we chatted about Sunday after next for our server but that is Valentines Day so pass it by your boss if you have one we might have to wait another week.....Salute McGoun
    5 points
  20. Added a second MFD (Thanks Griph!), which really helps with the immersion factor on the A-10C. The 27” monitor looks smaller everytime I see it in a photo, but I’m pretty happy with the rest of the setup, sans the lack of cable management. I’ve convinced myself I’ll do that when a new rig appears, hoping that’ll happen sometime around summer.
    5 points
  21. Found this simple and easy to print/use engine management sheet over at the GB forums. It's a single sheet in PDF format, link here: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/41881-printer-friendly-engine-management-sheet/ I suppose that one could cut out and use as in pit photo the correct section for the AC you're flying, never lose the sheet then Here's a screenshot of the sheet itself.
    5 points
  22. Well, I"ll start and post a picture of our small living room with some of our festve dec's up. I definitely don't feel worthy to post a picture here due to such great photographers in this squad, but as you know I am not a proud man so here it is. I'd love to see others as well, if you care to share. So in that--- Happy Holidays to all and here is to a great " New Year " ( please ) !!!!
    5 points
  23. Just saw this over on the Virpil forums, might be of interest to those who like to fly choppers, and they're looking for additional testers!!!! Link here; https://forum.virpil.com/index.php?/topic/2772-introducing-the-vpc-helicopter-controls-lineup/
    5 points
  24. I remember a couple years ago on Il2 1946 a Battle of Midway Mission where my computer was on the fritz, so my assignment was mapping. The mission involved beacons and finding the fleet we were trying to bomb. By plotting the beacon coordinates, I eventually found the fleet and directed the sortie to find their targets. The mapping was complicated, I had printed a large map mounted on foam core and had pins for plotting. With no images to watch the action, I had to 100% rely on the audio. It was nerve racking and intense. I vividly remember finally finding the ships, and wishing the pilots "Good Hunting Gentlemen" when they went in for the bombing run. It was some of the most immersive most satisfy "flying" I had ever experienced. Over the last week I had a very similar experience in real life. OSHPD is the agency in California that permits Hospital construction. With the Hospital wrestling with COVID we have had struggles to find adequate capacity for patients. In trying to help, OSHPD allowed us to activate an old floor in a 1960's era building that used to be hospital beds but had been converted to offices. Over that last few months we have been cleaning the floor up to get it ready and we had a number of delays. When this most recent surge hit, this floor (which would add 19 beds to our inventory) became very important. We had originally asked to have until mid January to finish the project and Hospital leadership said "No, not acceptable, you need to get done by mid December". This led to a high stress tight wire act, that involved a team of dozen or so architects, contractors, maintenance staff and project managers and culminated this weekend in a constant flow of emails and troubleshooting to get all the final testing and inspection done. I am a 100% teleworking right now, so I pretty much settled into the Battle of Midway Mission Mapping mode, reading all the emails, pushing, encouraging, leading thru a myriad of small problems to get to the finish line without ever visiting the job site. It was all hands on deck, everyone giving their best effort. Today was the promised date for completion. All the paperwork had been submitted, OSHPD was reviewing. There was no work to do, it was all about processing the paper. OSHPD is slammed right now with all this emergency work and their office and field staff were not returning calls. Nursing staff had an evening shift scheduled and on the Zoom call the Nurses asked if they could start bringing in patients or did we have to send the Nurses home. No Permit, no Patients and we didn't have a permit yet. Time was running out for today. I sent a text to one of my contacts at OSHPD on her personal cell phone. She responded right back and called the Area Compliance Officer. The three of us got on a call and had a very careful phone conversation with one hour to go for the target opening. He was not going to approve, but it turned out he didn't have the final version of a key report required. Finally he said with everything else that was going on, we were cleared to see patients and that the permits would follow. He said sometimes someone's word is good enough and that he appreciate how much effort we had put into communicating with him. At 4:00 tonight I got to send the note to the Chief Medical Officer to say we were cleared to open the floor and start see patients tonight. No fancy buildings or grand openings. No pretty pictures for the portfolio. A completed project I had never visited in person. Added 19 beds to the inventory at a time where that meant a lot. It was one of the most satisfying work experiences in my career.
    5 points
  25. frigging camera has tooooo many settings...
    5 points
  26. Casa Sandy (well, actually Meghan's place, I just live here) ... Her son's car in the driveway. A few lights up outside, barely have a tree up yet. No snow any more (had some in November, but it's been dry and warm since then), so it's hard to get in the festive mood. That will change this weekend.
    5 points
  27. Spend more time in the office working on various missions but this is much more in tune with Christmas.
    5 points
  28. Decorating while watching "White Christmas"
    5 points
  29. Mission up for this Sunday, flying Entente/Allied A couple of key points in the briefing -Complete objective as marked on the map. Secondary objectives will be issued on the map (this is once the objective has been completed) -form up with Bristols from No. 48 Squadron, approaching our base at 1900m -Follow 48 squad for a high altitude bombing of the chemical factory (If like me your not familiar with high altitude bombing stay in close formation and take your cue from 42 squad leaders drop.) Thought I'd try to add objectives only after completion of the previous one that way we can all work in the same vicinity. This will I hope work if not I have added some fail safes to activate the next round of objectives. (No firing off flares at home base Duck ) Slots are available for opfor (German) forces Edit; had roles reversed, which is now corrected for flight night not the above image (Anyone catch it?)
    5 points
  30. A couple shots from this evening...
    5 points
  31. A couple of shots from this past weekend of sunsets at around 2325 both evenings. Saturday, June 19: f/5.6, ISO-200, 55mm focal length Sunday, June 20: f/11, ISO-100, 75mm focal length
    5 points
  32. Final design of the Central planes I will fly, if you want to see them in game they're available in the download section.
    5 points
  33. Re-worked Bf109-F4. Standardized position of WW logo across all 109 variants, added new painted spiral on prop which will run across all my 109's. Darkened alpha further to reduce the "wet" look.
    5 points
  34. took off from Belo in an A-20 as #2 in a flight of 4. Followed #1 lead to target with only 2 ac sighted at a long distance flying east. We got to target without incident. Fry in #3 attacked the grain depot and received engine damage from the aa in the area. Then came a 5 minute period of angry Boston’s pounding the target and the two river barges into rubble. Departed target, leaving it in rubble and flames and headed east to home. Landed safely at Belo, repaired, rearmed and refueled. we had reports that the whole German Air Force was attacking one of our sea bases so plans changed and we decided to visit one of their airbases Pastranovskaya. Replacing in a Ju-52 and loading it up with regiment 17 paratroops who had been hanging around the base eating bonbons, I fired up the engines and prepared for takeoff. Ice on the field (I swear it was ice in the summer) caused the ju-52 to do a 180 and go nose to nose with Icy’s P-38 Once that got straightened out I took off and flew a circuitous route to target, giving the rest of Gold time to go to the field, bomb the hangers, runway and take out those pesky machine gunners, eat the German bonbons and then cover my drop, you know the unimportant things. Having a relief Gunner for Zeus, he was busy feeding the paratroops hot cocoa from the espresso machine in the back all the way there. When we got to the airfield everything looked quiet and serene. I did a fly by, looking for ice to make sure the troops didn’t twist their ankles, and dropped them right down the runway. They were quick to get out (too much cocoa I expect and I counted all 12 landing on the field. Heading back we were within 5 minutes of the field when we heard the Germans were attacking the base. Finding a nice flat field I put the JU down only slightly denting a tree. as we all walked back to the base, we heard the church bells ringing, could the war truly be over?....
    5 points
  35. I was a late arrival due to an offspring's high school sporting event. I hopped into a Tempest and whist spooling up its mighty Sabre IIA engine was sideswiped by what I can only guess was a spitfire or tempest. He did not stop to exchange insurance information. Try as I did, the damage wouldn't buff out. I replaned in a P-51 and flew cap over the same airfield while people were spawning back in. I made a 4 bounce landing when ordered and hopped back into a Tempest. Shortly thereafter, the northern airfield came under attack by 4 109s and I scrambled. I managed to shoot down a 109 (Vonrd) but was killed shortly thereafter. After the 20 min time out, I was resurrected and launched from the South field in a Yak 7B. Plague and I flew Northwest and I spotted what turned out to be a 109 headed West. I slid in behind it and gave Razwald a 20 min timeout. The mission timed out shortly thereafter.
    5 points
  36. Latest for review.
    4 points
  37. I've also been watching Growling Sidewinder for some time. Seems to really know his stuff. Seems he's started tooling around in FC just at the right time to help me decide to take the plunge. Now all I need is a bunch of patient mates to help me learn the ropes. Managed to take off, land, and shoot down a few drones in the Spad 13.C1. That's the extent of my FC experience so far.
    4 points
  38. Flew a campaign mission with some DCS guys over the weekend. It was pretty intense!
    4 points
  39. So just about every day I take the dog for a walk down by the river, usually I forget to bring my camera and of course something shows up that you need to take a shot of. Well Friday I did remember to bring the camera and I'm glad I did. Don't usually see beavers out and about in the winter, yeah it's still winter here, but I did see a pair of them working away on this poplar they brought down. Wasn't able to get the greatest shots of the one working on cutting the tree into thirds as I didn't want to disturb him too much. I did manage to get a few good ones of the second one as he came out of his lodge. And of course winter wouldn't be the same without the solitary raven.
    4 points
  40. I like simple music on simple instruments........
    4 points
  41. So I was working on my next Kuban mission and during testing I wanted to hop into a Sturmo in invulnerable mode and fly over a German tank column. The battle below me was unfolding nicely until I got a bit careless and clipped a tree top as I flew over the tanks. I ended up in the middle of a field looking out my left window as a Panzer rolled toward my cockpit. OH NO! he is going to run me over! luckily the AI decided that running over a Sturmo would not be good and turned around to pass behind me. I had also set the Comm attack for tanks to Air only so it did not shoot me. The Flakpanzers also ignored me because I was "on the ground". Lucky me. So now here I was sitting there with the enemy of my people passing in front of me. I will wait for the next one to pass by and shoot it for the fatherland! But no, the angle of attack of the guns goes straight over them. There must be some way to salvage this situation, how about I hit the gear key and see what happens, Yup it works I am taxiing! Time to go hunting, but wait they are all going into the forest. Forest you say, no problem, I am a land tank now and my wings knock down trees with ease. Taxing through a forest and up a steep hill is no easy tasks as I close in on my prey. I worked my way right behind a Panzer IV and then dropped gear behind him and let him have it with rockets and 37mm to the engine compartment. Success! I must go back and tell my comrades how to hunt like this!
    4 points
  42. Well Im having a mountain cabin Christmas myself.
    4 points
  43. Now that our shitty summer is just about over I've got time to revisit my skins. I've redone the 109 F2/4 series to a darker, dirtier and less glossy version. Once I get all the custom skins in this series completed I'll repackage, update the version number and have them in the Paint Shed for DL. These are NavyGunner's, 3 versions as he likes to change his uni, often
    4 points
  44. A couple late evening shots taken recently at Minneopa Falls, on the south edge of Mankato. Just too late to get the sun-bursts through the trees, but enough soft light to make the foliage pop. Meghan was going along just to play a game on her phone, but she decided to start putting her Samsung to work taking a few pics of her own (they turned out great, too!) The little footbridge over the falls area. Small falls to the right, larger falls to the left. A couple shots of the small falls, taken from the north end of the footbridge. This one is my current desktop wallpaper... After a short walk around the large falls basin, there's an opening in the foliage allowing folks to see the falls. I'd guess this shot has been taken a bazillion times over the years, lol...
    4 points
  45. Next day Carol and I were hiking down to the same river about 2 kilometres from our camp site when I heard it, the dreaded "wooffff". We had just come over a small rise so I had us both stop and started the scan, sure enough there he was off our 10 at about 150 metres. Grabbed the camera and tried to get some good shots, as I'm doing that I hear from behind me my dearly beloved calling me all sorts of bad names the least of which sounded like "you're f%$king crazy, get out of there before he charges" Well he didn't charge and I of course listened to the wife and slowly backed out of his area all the while still getting an earful (my ear still hurts). And no we didn't do any fishing that day
    4 points
  46. Well she appears to be flight worthy, will give her a go on Tuesday. All the controllers and TS working. Still work to go on transferring files. Looks like it is time to upgrade some of my applications that have gotten long in the tooth ( photo shop elements 8! ). Still set up temporarily on a back table until I get my RGB fail on the lower fan worked out. Boy is she quiet, shocking compared to my old rig, non of that grinding and grumbling of the old hard drives and noisy fans
    4 points
  47. True, weather has finally cooperated, mostly, so it's that time of year again. Won't be flying from Thursday's through Sunday's most weeks until the fall. Still have some remnants of ice on the lakes so none of the docks have been put in place yet, have to wait another week or so before I can drop the boat in. Already set up for this weekend,heading back out to the lake shortly, enjoy the weekend gents!
    4 points
  48. Updates completed, rocking the very latest versions of the site software and custom theme.
    4 points
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