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  1. Looking for interesting ways to beat the low altitude record?
  2. Okay. Let's see how terribly inaccurate my memory can be... Sortie one: Attack the Encampment. Gold flight readied up in Bf-110E's with 2x500kg (or 250kg in one or two cases) and 4x50kg bombs. Aerial fighting was already in progress at various points by the time we got airborne and headed for the target. We kept to low altitude and were not bothered by enemy aircraft on the way to the target. Once there we made repeated passes on ground targets, with Fry and Zed taking some damage from ground and air fire. With bombing assistance from Blue, White and Red, this target was quickly brought under control. A few final passes by Golds 3 and 4 took care of a few straggling targets. Return to base was mostly uneventful other than watching enemy planes zip by with an assortment of friendlies dogging their heels. I believe Gold 2 lost engine power on his way home from this sortie and ditched. Sortie 2: Train Station. Using the same loadouts, Gold headed to the train station and commenced bombing AAA sites and the rail facilities. I hit a tree on one of my first passes. Enemy fighters were nearby and forced air combat on all friendly ships in the area. On a subsequent sortie I accounted for a single P-40 destroyed and another damaged before I took many hits and had to return home, leaking lots of fuel and with both wings shredded. All of Gold had issues with defending fighters and had to make repeated attacks to render the train station useless. In the meantime several trains tried to depart the town and were hunted down. Once the station was finally subdued, we started hunting for the supply convoy going to the airfield/city just east of the train station. I was in the vicinity of the convoy and had made one gun pass on a lone AA truck (behind one Cephas had just strafed.) Several enemy fighters appeared and I made one wrong turn, taking a magic BB to the melon. (more later... )
  3. Oh, crap. And here I thought it was fixed since I hadn't seen it happen again. But I'm not an iOS guy... I'll revisit the conversation at ipsfocus and see if anything new is up.
  4. Diz, that controller issue sounds like the game has lost focus ... maybe a mouse moved to a different screen and was clicked, so the video still plays on the main screen but control input is zero since where the mouse pointer was, no game was being played. Just a thought.
  5. Sent. Thank you for reaching out, even if I don't think I was the Sandman you're looking for.
  6. 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.
  7. P-40 is currently on sale for only $2.99 until Dec. 1st. Get it while it's hot!
  8. Autumn Sale Is On! 66% Off Flying Circus – Vol. I and 75% Off All Rise of Flight Content! Dear Great War Pilots! It's time for the annual Autumn Sale! Unlike other products that are stuck on a ship waiting to dock, ALL our products are 100% digital and ready to purchase and play right away!! Both Flying Circus and Rise of Flight titles are on sale with HUGE discounts! They both make great Christmas gifts for your wingmates, friends and families! The sale runs from Nov. 24th until Dec. 1st with 66% Off Flying Circus- Volume I and 75% OFF Rise of Flight in the Official Webstore and on Steam! Flying Circus Volume I – 66% OFF (Website and Steam) All Rise of Flight content – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) Breguet B14.B2 Now Available for Flying Circus – Vol. II The Breguet 14.B.2 was made available to all FC Vol.II Early Access customers with the recently released 4.605 update for Great Battles. Check her out! The DFW C.V. armed reconnaissance plane along with the huge Handley-Page O/400 and Gotha G.V bombers are also being worked on as we speak. They will be released for FC Vol.II in the coming weeks along with new ground vehicles and objects. Stay tuned for more info! New Clouds Coming to Flying Circus! The team is still hard at work perfecting our new and improved cloud technology. Progress has been rapid and it will be released at least in its early form quite soon. We’ve been highlighting this work in our Developer Diaries, but in case you missed them here’s a nice collection of what is in store. The good news is that they look great, but also early indications they are good on performance too! These clouds will be added to the Arras Map in FC1 and the new Western Front map being worked on FC titles. See you over the trenches and amongst the clouds! The Flying Circus and Sturmovik Team
  9. Autumn Sale Is On! 30% - 85% Off All Released IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles Titles! Dear Pilots and Tankers, Thanks to the pandemic there are supply chain shortages all over the world and many store shelves are bare as we approach the Christmas season. The good news is that the IL-2 Sturmovik: Great Battles series is 100% digital and ready for purchase and play right away! Begin flying combat missions in WWII and The Great War in mere minutes thanks to our Annual Autumn Sale which just launched! As usual we are offering HUGE discounts on all your favorite Sturmovik titles and content. And remember you can buy and send Sturmovik titles as Gifts to all your wingmates, friends and family! Also, Thursday the 25th is Thanksgiving in the USA and we wish all our American friends a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday this year! The sale runs from Nov. 24th until Dec. 1st with savings from 25-85% Off in the Official Webstore and on Steam! GAZ-MM 72-K (25mm) Vehicle Mounted Anti-Aircraft Gun – 30% OFF for the first time ever! (Website and Steam) Sd.Kfz. 10/5 Flak 38 (20mm) Vehicle Mounted Anti-Aircraft Gun – 30% OFF for the first time ever! (Website and Steam) Battle of Stalingrad all editions – 85% OFF (Website and Steam) Battle of Moscow – 75% OFF (all editions on Website and Steam) Battle of Kuban – 75% OFF (all editions on Website and Steam) Includes a single-player campaign Battle of Bodenplatte – 66% OFF (all editions on Website and Steam) Flying Circus Volume I – 66% OFF (Website and Steam) Includes two single-player campaigns Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovka – 50% OFF (Website and Steam) Includes two single-player campaigns Cliffs of Dover Blitz – 35% OFF (Website) Desert Wings – Tobruk – 20% OFF (Website) All Rise of Flight Content – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) Collector Planes Hurricane MK.II – 50% OFF (Website and Steam) Yak-9 – 66% OFF (Website and Steam) Yak-9T – 66% OFF (Website and Steam) Hs 129 – 85% OFF (Website and Steam) P-40 – 85% OFF (Website and Steam) MC.202 – 85% OFF (Website and Steam) La-5 – 85% OFF (Website and Steam) Fw 190 A-3 – 85% OFF (Website and Steam) Yak-1b – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) Now with a female pilot option! Spitfire Mk.VB – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) U-2VS – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) Now with female crew option! Ju 52 – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) La-5FN – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) Bf 109 G-6 – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) P-38J-25 – 66% OFF (Website and Steam) A free campaign is available for owners of this aircraft and Bodenplatte! Fw 190 D-9 – 66% OFF (Website and Steam) Campaigns Steel Birds Scripted Campaign – 30% OFF for the first time ever! (Website) Ice Ring Scripted Campaign – 66% OFF (Website and Steam) Hell Hawks Over the Bulge Scripted Campaign – 66% OFF (Website Only) Ten days of Autumn Scripted Campaign – 75% OFF (Website Only) Blazing Steppe Scripted Campaign – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) Fortress on the Volga Scripted Campaign – 75% OFF (Website and Steam) Havoc Over the Kuban Scripted Campaign – 75% OFF (Website Only) Achtung Spitfire! Scripted Campaign – 75% OFF (Website Only) NOTE: having at least the base game (Stalingrad) on Steam means you can launch it from the Steam client without entering a login and password and you can access your IL-2 content purchased elsewhere if you link the accounts. Several Aircraft in Development Work on Battle of Normandy and Flying Circus: Vol. II and new collector planes continue as planned! We continue to post Developer Diaries that showcase what we are working on and alert you to upcoming releases. Work on the BON map and FC2 map is ongoing and work on all announced Collector Airplanes continues full blast! The P-51B, Ju 88 C-6, Me-410, Mosquito, AR 234, V-1 “Buzz Bomb” and B-26 (AI) are all progressing! Other aircraft are in development by our third-party partners – the C-47 cockpit is being built by Ugra Media and the IAR-80/81 is being built by our partner Ivan. We invite you to stay informed by keeping an eye on our DDs which we try to release every Friday or as often as possible.
  10. I'm fine with updates, but not with re-downloading the entire sim package, including all the world updates, each time. Not to mention several of the folders this thing uses can't be touched even by the system owner. That's a complete pain in the ass when I now have MSFS folders in three different spots on my system (due to having to create new install locations when updates failed in the past; now I can't get rid of the old ones!) This sim is gorgeous, and I do enjoy flying it. But it has taught me words that make seasoned sailors blush.
  11. Holy crap... Yeah, I thought I paid too much for my little Asus card (ASUS KO NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 OC Edition 8GB GDDR6) that I got earlier this year. Little did I know it would double in price in six month's time. Simply, WOW. Shit... I can get almost what I paid new for my 1070 card now, as used. That's effing insane!! (but not selling, keeping it as a backup, just in case shit happens.)
  12. Hope it was good one, Fawlty. Happy Birthday!
  13. Yup, everything had to be downloaded again. 170-ish GB of data, 99% of which I already had. Somebody tell me a way to keep from having to re-download the entire damn thing at every update?? Back on topic... the full Reno Air Races Collection for $60 is an incredible deal. The base airport setup, plus all four classes of planes with half a dozen or so planes/liveries in each. About 66% five-star ratings. Trying to decide whether to pull the trigger.
  14. If you want a smile, check out 'lindy_&_jlo'...
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