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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'...
  15. Lol... Been a while since I fired up MSFS, only to find I have an "update" (read that: reinstall requirement) of 114.34GB. Even on a decent cable internet system that's a big honkin' download. I hope I don't have to double it by being forced to re-download all the previous world updates and my few purchased add-ons all over again. That's one aspect of this sim that absolutely infuriates me. I think I've redownloaded everything for this sim a dozen times now.
  16. Duck, the majority of those were from Dubya, when he was cranking out variations galore for every conceived possible use. I think it's safe to assume they can be retired without issue. Looking through the collections ... Yeah, there's a lot of disk space to be recovered by narrowing down the amount of older skins on hand.
  17. Oh yes... This one never fails to provide plenty of action for everyone involved.
  18. No... Tell me Gillman Louie is at the helm and I'll really be interested.
  19. I figure one Meta/Facebook endeavor at a time is plenty, so I don't do Instagram. But... On FB these days is a relatively new thing called "Reels" where short video clips from IG, TicToc and numerous other sources are played. I've gotten quite fond of these instant candid camera moments. Most are dumb, some are priceless. One steady supplier of these video shorts is an Instagram account called "lindy_&_jlo". It's a family constantly catching each other on numerous video cameras surprising each other with confetti poppers. Usually the daughter and father conspire to ambush mom, who seems irrationally amused to be doused with foam and covered with confetti. Once in a while mom gets father though... Dad is, I believe, a police officer. I've yet to see daughter be anything but a background participant (but utterly cool in so doing.) I have no idea why their home antics make me smile so much. But it's great to see a family laugh like that.
  20. Is this a port of ... Ummm .... heck, what's his name?? Made a superb T-45 model for FSX/P3D in the past. In any case, if it's his, then hell yes, it's worth sending him a few bucks for.
  21. Hm. How did I miss this?? Will be looking at it.
  22. I still use a lot of the 2k skins, for my own aircraft. I keep the HSD stuff up to date also. I'd like to see all my personal skins for various ships be updated to 4k quality, but I'm not going to press for it. I'm rather fond of the 2k skins that have been made for me, so I'm keeping them. Again, it's a personal preference and there is no need for anyone else to do the same.
  23. As I noted to Cephas in voice at the end of the mission, the only real issue we had in Gold was that the pre-selected load-out of 2x 1,000kg bombs for the Ju-88's did not actually load; instead we had 4x 500kg. They still worked, but not as effectively. And Caused Gold to make a second attack run after transiting halfway home. It was only then we realized we had two more bombs hanging under the bellies... Second sortie, we made sure that we had the mission-advised 2x 1,000kg bombs by jumping into the ventral gunner's seat to eyeball the loadout. While we didn't score points, we scored mission success on removing the runways from use. Gold only lost one plane all night, despite all of them being hit to varying (scary) degrees. Kudos to the escort and nearby fighters! Personal note to Red: Hope you guys aren't mad at me for defecting to Gold. I felt Gold could use another pilot to discoteque the bombers at take-off and landing.
  24. 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.
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