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Old 03-02-2004, 23:08   #1
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Your favorite flying?

Seems everyone has a certain flavor or flying they love the most. What's yours?

Mine's a toss-up between:
a nice flight for the $100 hamburger
breaking out 20 feet above DH on an ILS in IMC
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Old 03-03-2004, 05:41   #2
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Itís got to be taking up a young potential pilot up for the first time.

To be honest, flying has lost some of its edge for me. I personally find flying to be about equivalent to driving a nice car. Itís still nice, but not as fun as it used to be.

Taking up youngíns brings back some of the fun for me and reminds me of why I started in the first place. One of my favorite memories was when I was taking up large group of pre-teens that had won flights as a reward for Bible memorization from Vacation Bible School. I was encouraging a young man next to me to try flying the C-172. He was a bit reluctant until I mentioned that Barbie had flown the plane in the previous flight. He looked at me and said, ďa GIRL flew this?Ē He grabbed the controls and flew the plane. He now owns his own plane and takes his children flying.

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Old 03-03-2004, 06:29   #3
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Would have to be maneuvers during training. Makes me feel like I'm actually "doing" something.
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Old 03-03-2004, 07:45   #4
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Old 03-03-2004, 12:03   #5
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Two of the best: 1) Aerobatic maneuvers in the RV-4 and the Pitts, 2) Flying through the beautiful Northeastern mountains with the bride on the intercom commenting on the beauty of it all.

For X-country flying I am kinda partial to the Cheyenne at 23000'.
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Old 03-03-2004, 19:27   #6
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Re: Your favorite flying?

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Mine's a toss-up between:
a nice flight for the $100 hamburger
breaking out 20 feet above DH on an ILS in IMC
Copy all that...
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Old 03-03-2004, 21:29   #7
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Scenic country side, interesting light and clouds, and a low work load x-country so you can soak it in.
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Old 03-04-2004, 05:31   #8
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FL 37 leaning back in first class onboard a 757 with a glass of red wine in my hand loooking out the window !
Life is perfect and I'm on a magic carpet with someone else driving
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Old 03-04-2004, 06:42   #9
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No fair, jhiller, you're just riding, not flying.

Actually, had I not thought out the subtle difference, I would probably have posted something similar.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:19   #10
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FL 37 leaning back in first class onboard a 757 with a glass of red wine in my hand loooking out the window !
Life is perfect and I'm on a magic carpet with someone else driving
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I'd like to see a 757 blasting through the sky at 3,700 feet!
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:54   #11
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Old 03-04-2004, 12:30   #12
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Your favorite flying?


Flying the last 500 feet landing a helicopter that's been flashing caution lights and making weird noises for 30 minutes.;f




Really, my favorite but most dreaded flights were getting men to the hospital fast, that had been badly hurt offshore.
I hated those flights but at the same time it was a good feeling to be able to do it.

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"Flying the last 500 feet landing a helicopter that's been flashing caution lights and making weird noises for 30 minutes."

LOL!! Outstanding.
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Old 03-04-2004, 13:57   #14
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My favorite flying? The kind done in the air, especially when I have the controls.

I love just cruising up the coast around here between 700 and 1,500 feet (depends on how many buildings are underneath), not real fast and enjoying the scenery. I am also getting to like cross countries more and more, and having fun with the challenge of planning and navigation. I am probably going to get my instrument rating this year and commercial in '05 or '06.
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Old 03-04-2004, 23:09   #15
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Flying the last 500 feet landing a helicopter that's been flashing caution lights and making weird noises for 30 minutes.;f
Similarly, it's an oddly relieved-yet-satisfying feeling to trap aboard Mom and shut down in the wires after having something seriously wrong with the jet, especially if you had to get a "pull forward" in the process. (An emergency pull forward is when you ask the Boss to completely screw up the launch cycle and move everybody out of the LZ so you can land, RFN. Everybody on the boat is watching Danger TV to see if you land or, um, don't.) I did it twice, once with a combined-side hydraulic failure (day) and once with a cockpit electrical failure where the trim ran away forward and then caught on fire (night). Both my pilots made varsity landings. For my part, I didn't squeak on the radios, much.

All things being equal, I'd rather be on an ACM det out of Key West: two hops a day of nuthin' but many v. many dissimilar, followed by dinner at El Siboney and the obligatory all night party-x at the Hog's Breath.
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Old 03-05-2004, 00:40   #16
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Since I am limited to sims, I really enjoy the Battle of Britain on Combat Flight simulator 1. Flying those Hurricanes and Spitfires is really something, I think I must have had a previous life in the RAF about that time.
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Yea, Bullman. I also like flying that Spit on CFS Battle of Britain.. When my field is too mushy (like now!) and the Cheyenne is out of service (like now!) I get out that sim and bust some serious BGs arses.
I have tried other sims, but this is by far the best in my HO. I just like the shoot-em-up business. I have been hoping MS would offer this same sim with some tweaking. In the meantime----
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Old 03-05-2004, 08:18   #18
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F14Scott,
That carrier TO and LDG has got to be a ball.
Like the most fun a person can have while getting the sh** scared out of them.

There's a number of flying things I always wanted to do, and being a carrier pilot was one of them.

I probably should have joined the Navy in 1955 instead of the USMC. The Corps screwed me out of flight school (long story), I probably would have had a better chance in the Navy.

Anyhow, getting the Army helicopter school 9 years later gave me the chance to fly for a living for 38 years.



Bullman,

The SIM is called Battle of Britian or Combat Flight Simulator 1, or CFS Battle of Britain?

Or are these the same SIM?

Is this the best one out now?

I need to get a good WW2 Sim.

WW1 would probably be the time I would pick to be a combat pilot.

I think that close in knife fight type of dog fighting would be a blast,
right up to the time my plane was flamed;f
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Yea, Bullman. I also like flying that Spit on CFS Battle of Britain.. When my field is too mushy (like now!) and the Cheyenne is out of service (like now!) I get out that sim and bust some serious BGs arses.
I have tried other sims, but this is by far the best in my HO. I just like the shoot-em-up business. I have been hoping MS would offer this same sim with some tweaking. In the meantime----
I have several sims, I have all three Microsoft Combat Flight Simulators. Combat Flight Simulator 1 is the WW2 Europe Series. In this one there are several different campaigns you can fly, or just fly missions if you choose. One of the campaigns is the Battle of Britain, and you can fly it from an English, or German perspective. The other Campaign is the Battle for Europe and you can fly it as a German or with the USAAF.

Then, Microsoft came out with Combat Flight Simulator 2, which is the WW2 Pacific Series. It is a little different as you might expect, different planes, The campaigns are longer, and you have to learn how to land on a carrier, which isn't as easy as it looks (I don't think I ever thought it was easy )

Within the last year or so, Microsoft came out with Combat Flight Simulator 3, they went back to Europe for this one. This sim deals with the later war years in Europe and throws some planes in the mix that you can use that didn't actually appear in combat. You can fly the Gloster Meteor, A de Havilland Vampire, an Me 262, a Lockheed P-80
, there are some experimentals on there too, but there are a ton of planes you can fly on this sim. Another neat feature about the Campaigns, if you don't fly the right kind of missions, and you aren't successful at those missions, you can LOSE the war.

I also have a sim from UBIsoft that is called IL-2 Sturmovik, it is okay, but I don't fly it near as much as the CFS series.

M-2, I haven't looked into the WW 1 sims. Combat Flight Simulator does have a Sopwith Camel you can fly, and I have even fought a Me 109 and won, but it isn't easy to do. I like that sort of fighter pilot era though too, when it was guns and skill, instead of technology ( don't flame me, I know it still takes a ton of skill to be a fighter pilot today, but you have a lot of help, and you need it with the increased speeds and g loads ). If you look around and find a good WW 1 sim, let me know, I am always looking for something new to try. You need quite a bit of good video card ram and a pretty up to date system to run CFS 3.
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Thanks,
I'll get MCF 1 or 2.

I had a Sim, I think it was Microsoft, that had a carrier.
I kept trying to land a Lear Jet on it. I couldn't get it to stop but I did get to where I could do a touch and go.
It also had a Sopwith Camel, so it must have been Microsoft. It was easy to land on the carrier.

Ya Bullman, it is Microsoft Flight Simulator, I found the CD.
I'll load it up, I haven't tried it in years.

I played Red Baron 2 a lot and got pretty good with the hardest settings.
The problem is after about 5 minutes of combat the enemy will become less agressive and run. Then it's just chase them until you shoot them down.

You could do some fun stuff like fly under the bridges up side down.

I don't think they did that much with the real WW1 fighters;f
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M2,

You should try out the latest MSFS. Its pretty cool. You can set your plane at the nearest airport that reports weather and the program will download the current weather and time of day (for lighting) from the internet and render it in the Sim. Its like looking out the window.

I downloaded a Mustang and have been flying the pylons at Reno-Stead just like the air racers. Its pretty cool. Those guys make it look easy but you're rolling in and out of turns the whole time and you're just a twitch away from making a black streak across the desert. It actually gives me a crook in my neck from keeping it bent to the left. You have to bend your neck like that or the plane wont turn like it should.
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Thanks Wulfenite, I'll look for it the next time I get to Fort Worth.

If I could download a PPC (powered parachute) like mine, I could practice landing over power lines like I have on the North side of my place.

Better yet I could try taking off over them.
500 foot runway
33 foot powerlines.

But back to the subject.
Flying a PPC is my favorite flying right now.
Mainly because I can fly it out of the back yard and wander around at a couple hundred feet, on a couple gallons of car gas.

This is my "airport".
A little tight for a Mustang.;f

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M2, those lines in that fine photo- are they runways? If so, what are they made of??
(BTW, I also have flown low-n-slow stuff; Kolb & Lazair. Fun. I am presently looking for a Hytek Hurricane.. know of any for sale??))
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M2,

You need to secure landing rights from the guy north east of you (assuming the picture is oriented with north up). Looks like he's got a little more space.
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Do you need a pilots license to fly a powered parachute or is it like an ultralight? Maybe this is some real flying that I could afford, eventually.
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