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  1. (too bizarre on the upside down. my original is upside up in my file and no matter what I do, it still ends up that way.....hmmm) Yes, my office has a high ceiling and the walls are covered with stuff like an aviation themed Marie Calendars ( do those still exist). Bit of trivia on the crossword puzzle and clipboard. My Mom did the crossword puzzle every day. After she died, I was the trustee and when cleaning up her house, ran into this and realized that it was the last one she ever did. The date is from the week she died. I varnished it to the clipboard and hung it on my wall. Later my sister pointed out that if you look close many of the lines are in different handwriting. She had only started it and while family was at her side in her final days, different family members took a whack at finishing it up. Makes me smile every time I look at it and always enjoy sharing this story for anyone who asks about it.
    7 points
  2. My brother lives on a street with a slope in Victoria BC. His street slopes a bit so is a favorite when they have a rare snowstorm. He took this picture from his second story balcony. Looks like a Norman Rockwell painting.
    6 points
  3. Everyone has a favorite part of Christmas. My wife gets to shop like there is no tomorrow (11 grandkids). My favorite part is making Xmas cookies with my "cookie cutter" batter with the kids. They make the most gawd awful mess with the frosting end sprinkles, but it is a lot of fun. When I get some me-time, I do my own thing. Everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday!
    6 points
  4. Timed exposure, 8 secs, f22 for the first, f3.5 for the second, Pentax K3 with 18-135 f3.5-5.6 @18mm
    5 points
  5. Last night was arguably the most spectacular Aurora I can remember. Greens, reds, dancing across the sky like an out-of-control-tornado (hmmmm,,,,, aren't ALL tornados out of control?????)
    5 points
  6. Finally got the rest of the parts in and finished the build on Wednesday. Stress tested and ready to roll. Now I just have to load all the sims, profiles, skins, etc. Basically a huge time suck and PITA, but it’s gotta get done. Hope to do some flying this weekend. It runs extremely cool and is a lot quieter than I thought it’d be. I have the RGB on for these two photos, but it’s annoying as hell in a dark room and goes into stealth mode most of the time.
    5 points
  7. Last Thursday night as we were sinking cargo and tanker ships in one of Cephas's missions, I brought up the anniversary of the sinking of the battleship Bismark. The song was made popular by Johnny Horton, who also sang many other songs quite well, like Battle of New Orleans. Someone on Teamspeak sang a little of that song, speaking of the bloody British, "well, they ran through the briars, and they ran through the brambles, and they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldnt go" I mentioned that Jimmy Driftwood wrote that song. My Dad loved old time mountain music, was an entertainer later in life, after he took medical retirement, and had time to travel and play music, until his COPD took his wind and energy, and cancer took his life in 1996. He liked to meet old time country entertainers, and asked to have his picture taken with them for a scrapbook, and to show his friends who he liked to hang out with. After Dad played Dobro on Jimmys old time country music show in Arkansas, he had a picture made with Jimmy. as he and mom, and moms sister and husband, hung out with Jimmy and his wife. Left to right, Jimmys wife, dads sister, my aunt, mom and dad. My uncle took the picture.
    5 points
  8. Was up after everyone went to bed last night, and saw Craven and Fry on TS. Hopped on the server and had an absolute blast doing some ground-pounding. Fry headed out as the map changed to the 1942 Kuban mission, so Craven and I decided to do some ship-hunting. That was some of the most fun I've had in IL-2 in a bit. Recorded some tracks, but not the one with the perfect formation takeoff, and got some screenshots to share. These are all straight screengrabs, no edits. Good times were had, thanks guys! Craven with a BEAUTIFUL skip-bombing run. KABOOM!!! I'm more accurate with standard bombing... Similar results... Found the CAP! Get in close, so you can't miss. Splash one. Almost got caught up in his debris field. Craven calls out that I have two on my six, but I press the attack, because I'm an idiot. Got a hit, but I should NOT have pressed it. Craven is good...REAL GOOD...at deflection shooting! Again!! The Boss goes in for the killshot. Splash one for Craven. I, on the other hand, will use all of my taxpayer-funded ammunition. This guy lingered around in the air, with a kill message coming as we were about to land. This IL-2 made the mistake of being too close to our base, Craven made him pay. Adios Sturmovik! I hit record too late, we were wingtip to wingtip on the roll out. It looked nice regardless, I really like this shot!
    5 points
  9. Ok. Came out of garage and paint shop today. Swapped in a Rolls Royce Eagle engine from a HP O/400. Gave Zeus free reign in the paint shop and Voila!
    5 points
  10. S! https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/76925-celebrating-30-years-online-jg1-and-ww/
    5 points
  11. Hi fellas, Just popping by to say hi and thanks for using those Tintin skins - I'm really pleased to see them getting used. Raven Squadron is Australian, I'm the only South African. but I can normally make things work for certain even with the funky timezones. I don't really use the forums (or teamspeak. I installed it since Cephas recommended it..!) but if anyone uses discord you can find me at =RS=Tango-Sierra#2480 I don't know that I'll be able to participate for at least a couple of weeks as I'm travelling, but my offer still stands to make more skins etc. Big Tintin fan here.
    5 points
  12. My tracks from the flight: https://www.wingwalkers.org/vault/sandman/tracks/sandys_ottokar3_tracks.zip And some screenshots: ]
    5 points
  13. 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
  14. A bit of WW2 history at this site. A pretty brutal place to crash an aircraft. Is as close as you get to Ireland if you visit Scotland, south west corner faces Belfast across the Irish Sea. Tremendous cross currents as you can see in the picture. The visitor center is right on the edge of the cliff.
    4 points
  15. One of our inactive members is a friend of mine in the workplace. He retires this month and he gave me this image as a gift ( not sure why I was getting a gift for his retirement!). His dad was a P-38 pilot station in Panama during WW2 and this silhouette is him with his aircraft. His dad passed away a few years ago, but I did have the honor of going with him to the Sacramento airshow one year when they were going to have seven P-38's flying at the same time. I think in the end they only got four of them in the air that day but it was a great experience. Two stories about his dad The first was when his family offered to buy him a ride on a B-17 at one of the Heritage Flights locally. The response from a 90 plus year old retired P-38 fighter pilot....."Why the hell would I want a ride on a bus like that?" The second story was when I met his wife on the day we picked him up to go to the airshow. He had a very worn and dirty WW2 Vet baseball cap on. His wife stopped him at the door, took off the ratty old hat and brought out a brand new identical hat that she bought for him to wear to the show. He reluctantly took it from her. As we all climbed into the van and buckled up, he got this little smile on his face and pulled the ratty old hat that he had concealed in his back pocket and put it back on, smiling from ear to ear. I asked Chris for a little more of his service history, will share it here when I have it.
    4 points
  16. I just realized I am Gomez. I spend my time making virtual train sets and then blow them up with my friends.
    4 points
  17. Probably not going to make it tonight, I have this strange women in the house that needs constant care... So good to have her home
    4 points
  18. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon" Some Charlie Brown philosophy ....along with a picture of my Charlie Brown toy, 64 years later Thanks guys
    4 points
  19. I am not going to complain, however Sandmans car was next to me in a turn, and lost power right after. When I got back to the pits...............................
    4 points
  20. Here is my screenshot from Thursday nights mission
    4 points
  21. Here's my JG51 Dora, Yellow 9. I would rather keep it off HSD, but if WW has a private vault where you keep skins that would be great to put there. For Steam users' manual download, the directory is Steam\steamapps\common\IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad\data\graphics\skins\Fw190D9 Fw190D9_Yellow_9.dds
    4 points
  22. Here's a few images from my tracks last night. I didn't get many of the fighter activities recorded, but had fun with antiship images. I'll post links to a few short videos over the weekend.
    4 points
  23. One of the odd things about getting old is seeing things you had first hand knowledge of fade away. I lived in a Co-Op in San Luis Obispo that was filled with 16 architectural students in an old brick building called the Ark. Over the years students had cut the roof trusses and built lofts over the corridors and in the attics. An incredible fire hazard and a wonderful place to live and I discovered several years ago that it had been torn down. Other than my memories and a few photographs it is long gone. And now Meat Loaf has died. I have tried to explain what I experienced to young people and they respond ” Oh Yeah…the Rocky Picture Show was great, we threw toast at the movie screen” They just don’t understand. Before the Rocky Picture Show was the Rocky Horror Show. This live musical moved from London to LA and played at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip for two years. This was right in the middle of the Glam Rock era with bands like Mott The Hoople, the New York Dolls and Ziggy Stardust filling the FM radio play list ( radio is how we used to listen to music before pandora). I saw the show twice in 1974/ 1975. The content was so explicit that the local papers ( before the internet ) could not really describe it. I can remember this conversation with my Mom. ”How was the show son?” ” It was good Mom” They had no idea. Tim Curry was like two feet away from me when he threw back his black cape, glitter coming out of his hair, in black satin underwear, garter belt, corset and fish net stockings, while he belted out his signature number, walking down the runway between the cafe tables. And Meat Loaf? This monumental giant was rolled onto the stage concealed in a coca cola cooler, leaped out dressed like some cross between Elvis and Frankenstien, belting out a rock and roll tune backed up by a band located in a mezzanine just above our head with Columbia and Magenta hanging on his side. ” Wow son, you must have liked this show, since you went back a second time.” ” Yeah mom, it was a pretty good show.” So now Meat Loaf is gone, and this memory sits in my head, gathering dust and fading away. Hot patootie Bless my Soul Really love that Rock ’n Roll Good Night Big Fella
    4 points
  24. A few bugs to work out, especially on the AA. The 88mm's piggy backed onto the 20m's accuracy boost, and not just at under 500m giving them some really nasty flak at the airbases. The heavy artillery success was also borked and the Synthetic Rubber factory icon as well. The half track factory was a really tough one, but it was set to toughness 4 then. There also was some weirdness with airplane spawning at Beirset and later when Craven and I flew near Diest airbase it launched all four fighters even though it was level 1. On the plus side everything ran really smooth even with people flying in different zones. We did manage to beat the Tiger tanks @WWSandMan, that final disabled tank took a hit from a 1000lb'er and was vaporized so you must have killed that other tank you lost on the road. I also made a run out to the Eupen Dam to test that out and that mission worked great, once again when I dropped to more big bombs there on the tower. The water stream is much abbreviated from the mission we ran last spring (when it ran all the way down the valley and flooded the factories in the town on this same target) so that it keeps the server load low. Craven and I stayed late to do some hunting but that turned out to be a bad idea. It started out great with a fantastic 2 on 3 (I think it was) near Vise trying to help Sandman RTB, but then a little while later we both ended up dead, ruining a fatally free night when the AI pulled a nice bounce on Craven and then a drag and bag on me as I went after his attacker. In late war you really cannot let the enemy get a shot on you like you can risk a few hits in early war. Those cannons are brutal. Thanks all for flying and helping me get the bugs out. Next week it will probably be the same updated with US planes as a mirror mission. We need to hit some of the targets we have not tried as well.
    4 points
  25. Sandy's Alb DVA uploaded to HSD, awaiting approval.
    4 points
  26. Despite the new name, this is another run of the Holland 1944 map. I renamed it because it has radically changed on the inside and the name better describes the location as the Meuse river runs in a semicircle all around this target area. I have extensively reworked this Northern quadrant so far making it 100% dynamic variable strength (AI fighter) and difficulty (target scoring). There are also many new marked targets and all the random targets are still there like convoys, barges, trains, air transports, etc. Another major change is that now ground targets are activated by sectors (about 50km radius) rather than many dozens of small local zones. In the Northern third of the full scale mission there is 5000 square miles of target opportunities. In the next week or so I hope to expand back out to the original 15,000 sq. miles and if the overhead drops as I expect with the new layout I may even expand more. I have been testing it myself but I need some help from you guys too, so please let me know if you see something wonky during the mission, like an AA gun pit with no guns activated in it in an area we have not attacked yet, or two trains running into each other any other such thing. This map will hopefully turn into a prototype for our full-time dedicated Server if we can bring that to fruition (no pressure Biker ) When this one is complete, I probably will switch to Winter '45 German themed mission further East on the Rhine following the same sandbox prototype.
    4 points
  27. Hopefully the info here is not over-whelming. Trying to put it out in enough time to get questions answered, and trying to avoid the first 30 mins or so of the mission explaining things. Overview Am sure at some point everyone has seen a Maze in a child’s fun book. There is a bunny at the entrance of the Maze, and there is bunny food at the exit of the Maze. The bunny needs his food, and you have to draw the line thru the Maze that the bunny must travel in order for him to eat. In this instance, we will not be drawing a line, but will be driving our team’s truck thru the maze by instructing it which way to go. This is what a section of the Maze looks like. Game Play There is a MAZE set up on the Lapino Map. There is only one path that will take you from one corner of the maze, thru the maze and out to the other corner of the maze. There are 2 vehicles at opposite corners of the maze, one team RED vehicle, and one team GREEN vehicle. The team RED vehicle has the RED CROSS on it. The path for both teams trucks to get thru the Maze is the same, it's just that one teams truck will be doing the maze in the reverse direction of the other team's truck. Each team has a formation of 4 trucks facing cardinal points, N,E,S,W. There is a flag in front of the N truck to help. These trucks are not far from the pilots spawn point, (everyone is airstart), and they are not far from the Maze, and are marked by smoke the same color of the team. Each team should send out a "spotter" Plane to find it's maze truck, and determine which direction that truck must move to enter and move around the maze in order to get to the opposite corner. The spotter will relay that direction (north/south etc.) to team-mates that are flying by their 4 truck formation. The team-mates should loiter around their Vehicle Formation, till they get orders from their spotter plane, and then shoot and kill the truck that corresponds to the direction the spotter has told them. If the RED North truck is shot and killed AND the RED MAZE vehicle is able to move North, it will move forward until it gets to a point where it has options, and stop until it is told what to do. Each team should also send out a plane to A: shoot down the other team’s spotter...ie take away their eyes. B: determine what direction to send the other teams truck to get it going the wrong way, into a dead end part of the maze if at all possible. Each team then also has to have a plane over the other teams 4 truck formation so as to shoot the vehicle that will get the other teams truck going the wrong way. Try to avoid just randomly shooting your enemies trucks; you may end up helping them if you are not sure which way you want their truck to go. Each team should engage and kill any planes from the other team that might be trying to shoot the vehicles in their Vehicle Formation and make their truck go in the wrong direction. There are only 3 rules to this game. 1: DO NOT CRASH INTO THE TRUCKS 2: DO NOT CRASH INTO THE TRUCKS 3: DO NOT CRASH INTO THE TRUCKS Pilots will be tempted into trying to get just a few more rounds into a truck before they pull up. Please try to avoid this temptation. It will not "ruin" the mission; it will just visually impair it. Vehicle movement: Moving vehicles will continue until: A: It has been told to reverse B: It reaches a spot where it can make a change (ie turn right/turn left/continue forward and do not turn right or left), at which point the vehicle will stop until told what to do. Vehicles moving forward can be told to A: Continue going in the direction they are going B: Reverse direction. A vehicle in the process of making a 180 turn can be told to reverse direction again. A vehicle cannot be told to turn right or left until it has stopped. A stopped vehicle cannot be made to turn right or left if a path to the right or left does not exist. Pilot Functions Depending on number of pilots available. Each team should have at least one friendly spotter. Their job is to determine the proper path to get thru the maze, and give orders as to which vehicle in the vehicle formation needs to be killed to get the maze vehicle moving thru that path. Each team should have an enemy spotter. Their job is to determine which direction(s) will throw the other teams Maze vehicle off course. Both spotters should also be trying to shoot down the other teams spotters, as well as protect themselves from the other teams spotters. Each team should have at least 2 planes loitering over their Vehicle Formation. These planes will be waiting for orders from the spotters, as well as protecting against enemy planes trying to get their Maze vehicle moving in the wrong direction. Each team should have at least one plane over the enemies vehicle formation. Their job is to follow orders from the spotter telling them which of the other teams vehicle to kill, and get that team's Maze vehicle going the wrong way. Sample Maze Spawning Screenshot Vehicle Formation Screenshot Team Red Maze Truck Screenshot
    4 points
  28. This week we will hit the Northern Sector of the patrol area we barely scratched the bottom of last week. I have updated the map with the changes from our last mission and added factory targets as well as other targets of opportunity. The RRR base is operational from the start and for navigation assistance Diest airfield is now generating the smoke pillars. (Because we blew the crap out of it last week) EDIT: I think I will add Antwerp as a RRR base as well before Thursday.
    4 points
  29. Soon he will move on to advanced attack techniques.
    4 points
  30. A new mission was added for both sides and the previously run mission was deactivated so both Commanders will still have 4 choices of mission to select from. Hopefully not everyone has gone AWOL for the holidays!
    4 points
  31. Salute! The Wing Walkers are happy to announce the retirement (finally!) of @WWGeezer as the longest serving CO in Wing Walkers' history! Geezer has been an exemplary leader and moderator of all things WW oriented over the past ... ( the count is still ongoing as nobody can remember when he took over!) ... Shall we just make it easy and say "two decades"? ... ((I know that's not technically correct, but c'mon ... it's close!)) Taking the reigns from the previous CO, WWGeezer and XO, WWCraven, will be @WWCraven as Commanding Officer and @WWChunk as Squadron Executive Officer! The effective dates of the change of command are December 1, 2021 (please correct me if I'm wrong!) There are a few other changes in the WW staff line-up, I'll let the XO or CO speak to those publicly as replies in this thread. I think I've managed to retain my position as Admin Officer, so you folks are still stuck with me for a while yet.
    4 points
  32. It was a great mission! I am a big fan of the mid and late war planesets on both factions. I will be going home to visit my parents for the holidays and will not have access to my flight sim computer until next year. Thanks for having me along on these missions!
    4 points
  33. This is one I have been thinking about doing for a while but now that I am making HtH missions it (or variations of this) may come in handy in many situations, like comparing number of kills. This routine checks counts two separate inputs and then when triggered to give a final result one both inputs it checks to see if they match or if the 2nd result is at least >50% of the 1st result. The application in this case is checking to see whether >50% of bombers return from a mission. The bombers are all tagged with a keyword that a Complex trigger records how many depart 10km (eliminates respawn and airfield accident counting errors). When any damage is recoded from the target it shuts off the 1st complex trigger and processes the final 1st Number by only activating that corresponding number trigger. At the same time it initializes a new Complex trigger set to record the number of planes that are Stationary, Alive, and Finish the Mission (Go to Main Map) at the home airfield. In the scenario when the mission's Secondary Objective completion check pulse is used to processes the final 2nd Count. The 1st and 2nd count both sent an input to a Final Check 2 Counter, which if it received both it sends the pulse out to show it matches. To set it to >50% instead of an exact match the 2nd Count sends multiple pulses out to not just #4 Final Counter but also to #5,6,7,8 (8 is max) as 4 is at least >50% of all those numbers. Comparator Circuit.zip It kind of looks like a bird or a Romulan Ship. I call it the Phoenix. Yeah, that's right I named it. After 16 hours of building and testing, it gets a name.
    4 points
  34. Just ordered one of these from his Etsy storefront. Product reviews seem to be very good all around. Will write up a review after installation and testing. He has some other products as well, here's the link https://www.etsy.com/shop/GearFalconSim
    4 points
  35. Wonder what a used helper monkey costs? Of course there would be the additional cost of buying Monkey Chow. And snacking out of a bowl on the desk while flying with VR might be risky, if monkey gets pissed at all the shootdown crashes making his button pushing job harder, and switches his and your bowls around.
    4 points
  36. Latest for review.
    4 points
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. I actually got one of those, put me in coach!
    4 points
  42. I did apply for the Army warrant officer helicopter pilot program and was accepted. I was going to do the 6 years in the Army and try to switch to the Coast Guard after. The goal was to fly the new Apache in the Army. Then the recruiter realized I'd be two months over the age limit by the time I finished the flight school and tried to talk me into joining anyway and doing Army intelligence. I guess I took too long to finish college and decide to join the Army. Funny how our lives turn on a dime sometimes and go in entirely different directions.
    4 points
  43. K, skins made for the following; Plague-2 Tharn-3 Griphos-5 Duck-12 Diz-14 Craven-17 Wolfie-18 Sandy-19 Chunk-24 Navy-74 Biker-55 Cephas-99 Have I forgotten any of the fighter type pilots? At some point today I'll get screens done, then I can upload to HSD. Haven't forgotten our guys in Gold, looking at making a 110 E2 winter job for you, likely won't be able to complete before this Tuesday.
    4 points
  44. Thought I would post my grandfathers WWI service citation I mentioned last night.
    4 points
  45. Anyone for Moscow Campaign winter skins?
    4 points
  46. WWNatops' Memorial Flight video has been completed. You may find it here in our local vault. A copy has been forwarded to Jerry's family via US Postal Service https://www.wingwalkers.org/vault/memorial/WWNatops-Memorial.mp4 A copy is being uploaded to YouTube -as I type this- however there might be copyright or trademark issues, so if that doesn't work, you can download a copy from the vaulted link above. YouTube hosted: https://youtu.be/QCXj8_o_sqI
    4 points
  47. I need to raise my mission builder fees!
    4 points
  48. Trying to knock the IL-2 rust off, I'm working on completing the Lightning Strikes scripted campaign. The AAA on mission 15 is chewing my ass up at the moment though! Nevertheless, I grabbed a screenshot while my flight was on ingress, and I photoshopped the shit out of it!
    4 points
  49. Flew a campaign mission with some DCS guys over the weekend. It was pretty intense!
    4 points
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