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  1. Another mod for DCS, this requires the F15 from Flaming Cliffs 3, the YF12A. The YF12A is the original Mach 3+ interceptor that was abandoned becoming the SR71 spay plane (with some modifications). Here it is flying Mach 3 at 85,000 feet. Using this I was able to defeat the naval SA300 SAM of the Kirov class battlecruiser. After several attempts I manage to fly over the ship without it firing by climbing as I approached the launch zone, the AI must have figured I would end up outside the kill envelope, it was wrong as my climb was unsustainable. It might have been better to start at 70,000 and climb to throw off the launch calculations. The ship did launch when I was on the other side, but, even though the initial speed of those missiles is incredible, I was moving away from the ship at nearly a kilometre a second, so they lost their energy before catching up. Obviously the SR71 was the ultimate plane when I was young, I remember it made a record breaking transatlantic flight landing at the Farnborough air show opening, It did it in 1hour 55 minutes. It's cool that it is in DCS, even if its not a very useful plane (except maybe for long range BVR combat).
  2. I have started building a simple mission starting at Batumi and flying east into the valleys. we will be following power lines to three power stations, which we must destroy. The closest air defence in the free part of DCS which the Mosquitos have a chance of beating and which are similar to WW2 equipment are the ZSU23mm, either mounted on Urals or in emplacements. These have no radar assistance and are hand cranked similar to the ostwind and Wirblewind which are 37mm and 20mm respectively.
  3. I will build ground attack missions for the Mosquito using free assets. But to include contemporary defences you have to have the WW2 asset pack as well. Even with the free assets we can build interesting low level missions on the caucuses map.
  4. This looks good, but if I ever go down this route it will have to multipurpose, for planes, helos and cars (and maybe spaceships). IE it has to be easy to switch from one to the other.
  5. I was wrong regarding the swiss purchase, in fact until a few days ago they were going to buy the Rafale, but following a visit from President Joe Biden they switched to the F35. Here I agree with the French, the F35 is not the right plane for the Swiss. Almost all intercepts in Switzerland involve accompanying jets through their airspace, so stealth offers no advantage since they have to get close to the target initially. If at that point the target plane goes rogue, the F35 is the wrong plane as it is not an awesome dogfighter. So the, swiss who wont be bombing anyone, would be better off with a Rafale , Eurofighter or Gripen. Over the last few years swiss banks have been in a lot of trouble for helping Americans hide money from the IRS. They have paid billions in fines. I wonder if there is another case pending that would proceed if they dont buy the F35.
  6. My first Viggen kill using the RB15F Anti ship Missile! You probably can't see it in the second image but those missiles are flying 6 feet above the water.
  7. There are mods of various WWII naval assets available for DCS, including some of the biggest battleships ever built. I downloaded the Tirpitz and built a mission using it as a target for modern aircraft, including the A10, A29, F18 and F16. I strafed it with 30mm ap rounds from the A10, launched GPS bombs and Harpoons from the F18, and high drag bombs from everything except the A29, which took forever to get to the target only to be shot down prior to launch of any weapons. The Tirpitz is the sister ship to the better known Bismark, as I understand it, both were the heaviest European battleships of WW2, but the Tirpitz was 2000 tonnes heavier than the Bismark. The Tirpitz did use its anti air weapons and was able to shoot down anything that wasn't moving high or fast. It could even shoot down Harpoon anti ship missiles. It takes about 9 Harpoons to sink the Tirpitz, strafing with the A10s 30mm cannon is entertaining but dangerous for the A10, as you might imagine. Using dumb bombs does not result in enough hits per sortie. I will try 4 2000lb laser guided bombs next, but I have to relearn how to use the Tpod. I might try HARMs as well to see if the radar can be knocked out. The Tirpitz is a good ship to practice on as it is big, very tough to kill and can defend itself to some extent. Trying to do the same to the Kirov class battle cruiser is all but impossible as it shoots everything down.
  8. It is available now on the steam and DCS stores at a 30% discount. DCS sell a WW2 asset pack to create a realistic atmosphere, but the Mosquito can be enjoyed in its main role as a precision bomber using the assets and maps available for free.
  9. Lesson 2, navigation, route planned and input. Flew the route and landed. Result, still not on fire!!!
  10. I had my first lesson with Gunthar today, and managed to take off, fly to another airport and land without any damage!! This is after landing.
  11. Mission accomplished (for Adder atleast).
  12. We will practice that next the server has F18 on the carrier Stennis and supercarrier, they just need to be armed. The carrier are not moving, which makes landing harder, but we will be reasonably light on fuel and we can dump unused ordinance. I haven't tested but I think we can carry 6xAIM120c, 2xAIM9x and 2 HARMS. The 9xs can be replaced by jammers If anyone wants to join, our objective is to shoot down the AWACS and the 3 Mig 29s protecting it, then go on to disable the SA10 SAM site near Sochi Adler. We will be using Pre Brief mode, which Lofts the HARM high and drops down nearly vertically on the target. The TOO method no longer works as the SAM site will shoot them all down. The F18 has this mode but I do not know if the F16 has this capability yet. Should be fun!
  13. Adder and I were really pleased with ourselves because we managed to shoot down the AWACs in the scramble at Batumi mission. We used F18s with AIM 120c (AMRAAM) Adder also took out 2 of the 3 Mig 29 escorts. This is not easy since the AWACS is also defended by the SA10 site, the deadliest SAM site in the game. It was a long range kill so no photos but here we are on the way to the target and when we were parked up.
  14. Adder and I have been training to improve our BVR technique using the F18, F15 and the F22 mod. I am also using the F16 as well. So far we have practiced on big IL76 transport planes and armed Mig 29s. We have an AWACS and the F18 and F16 have datalink. I am barely 1 for 1 against the Mig 29s, Adder is much better. We use the IL76 to get the longest range lock but they are very robust, 4 engine jets. Even when they have lost 3 engines and are on fire they do not die. I attacked 4 IL76s with an F16, I shot 4 Aim 120C AMRAAMs, 2 Aim 9x Sidewinders and all my 20mm rounds yet 1 still limped away in a shallow dive. It did eventually succumb to its wounds when it ran out of altitude before it could land.
  15. Whilst chatting with Custard I stated that the Rafale was not as good as the Typhoon as it could only be configured for one mission at a time. I was wrong. Both plane had the same starting point as France was initially part of the Eurofighter consortium. But they decided to go alone quite early, however the design concepts for both have the same point of origin. The Rafale differs since it was conceived as a multirole aircraft early on where the Typhoon was more of an interceptor, but later adapted to multirole. This is exemplified by its superior power to weight ratio, high altitude manoeuvrability. The big advantage the Typhoon can have is with situational awareness, if I understood correctly it can use datalink to share information about the battlespace. The Rafale has beaten the Typhoon in almost every export sales competition. But who knows what political shenanigans went on there. There are implications of bribery in the Indian purchase, and I understood that the swiss were originally going to buy the Rafale, but switched to the Gripen at the time I was given to believe that also involved bribery allegations. Finally there is a carrier version of the Rafale They are both capable planes, with the Rafale having the edge in some areas and the Typhoon in others.
  16. Stage 11 of the Tour de France is in my neighbourhood today, Sorgues to Malaucene, with a double ascent of Mont Ventoux. I have been to all of these places on my bike, I live 5km from Isle sur la Sorgue. The roads around Ilse sur la Sorgue were already full of spectators and Gendarmes at 08:30 this morning, the stage didnt start until midday.
  17. Ground Crew Connect Ground Power Ground Crew Connect Ground Air Jester Start up Acknowledge Jester "Loud and Clear" Arm Ejection Seat (top of seat back) Wait for Jester to close canopy Crank Right Engine Switch Right Click (LM) Left click on Right Throttle (LM) Crank Left Engine Switch Left Click (LM) Left click on Left Throttle (LM) Jester INS Fine Switch HSD mode to TID (RF) number on left goes to 72 (87 at sea) then INS ready Switch HSD mode to NAV "AFCS Stab Aug" (LM) Pitch Left Click Roll Left Click Yaw Left Click Turn on Radio and set to Manual or Preset (LM) Turn on Pilot Oxygen (LR) (near left hip) Reset Altimeter Right Click hold (F) Uncage RADAR Alt (F) Uncage Standby ADI Artificial Horizon (F) Turn on Displays (FR) VDI Left Click HUD Left Click HSD Left Click Reset Gun Ammo Counter (620/670 actual) (FR) Push wing sweep lever forward and press down (right click) Close wing sweep cover Air Source to Both Engines (RM) Ground Crew Disconnect Ground Power Ground Crew Disconnect Ground Air Taxi to runway (keep wings swept to avoid damage) On runway/Catapult Master Reset (FL) Set Wing Sweep to Auto mode (map a key or switch on the HOTAS I use LAlt+W) Right Click Antiskid/Spoilers to Both (FL)
  18. A bit of general information The ABRIS will be in Russian unless you go to options/gameplay/avionics/english For Specific planes you should go to options/special click on plane then set customized cockpit to english Right Control C to close door Note for most switches up is on apart from Ekran Hyd Trans Pwr, also this is procedure is organised in a sweeping pattern which is not in the correct order, for example after turning off the APU shutoff you should start the APU to save the battery from draining. Right Side Batteries 1+2 AC Sys Gen LH RH Fuel Pumps FWD AFT Fuel QTY OPER Right Click (Fire Exiguisher) Fuel Shutoff Left Right Fuel Shutoff APU IFF NAV EEG LH RH Radio Switches 6 Ejection arm 3 Col Beacon Standby SAI INU L-140 Ekran Hyd Trans Pwr Datalink Master Mode to Com if lead ship Autopilot All blue buttons on except Alt Hold Front Abris Left Side Start APU K-041 Rotor Brake off Turbo Gear to LH Start Monitor RPM to 20% Engine Cutoff Valves LH up Monitor to 70% Turbo Gear to RH Start Monitor RPM to 20% Engine Cutoff Valves RH up Monitor to 70% Throttle up (Page Up twice) APU Shutoff Fuel Shutoff APU down (Right Panel) Wait 150 seconds to align INU If there are any errors please let me know.
  19. This is a very helpful video by a real chopper pilot helping to understand the different phases involved in landing a chopper, explaining the mistakes you are probably making.
  20. I have been practicing take off and landing with my choppers and the Harrier. I have the Ka50, the Huey and now the Hind. I managed to take off from Batumi and land on carriers about 12 miles out to sea. The landing were not in precise locations, anywhere on the Kuznetzov or Stennis was good enough. For this practice mission I added more ships with smaller landing areas, if I ever manage to improve my skill at this phase of flight.
  21. I tried the Mk20 Rockeye cluster bomb (aka CBU 100) using the F18 and it is spectacular. I need to use these more often for convoys and any gatherings, the area effect is devastating.
  22. Another community project, the JAS 39C Gripen mod. Initially it is a simple flight model using the F15 (Air to Air) and SU25T (Air to Ground). So you can fly the Air to ground version for free, but you must own the F15C from Flaming Cliffs 3 for the Air to Air version. The are actively working on the mod. They are currently developing the exterior flight model, the interior graphical quality as well as making it fully clickable. The Gripen is a fantastic plane and I look forward to the development of this mod, however I did have problems with braking and the chute. I used one of the longest runways on the planet to land on so the poor brakes were not a fatal problem. And now the mandatory beauty shots!
  23. A couple of years ago I built a Klingon inspired ship. At the time I built several ships that were capable of landing on 1g planets. Some used atmospheric /ion thrusters, but this one used hydrogen/ion thrusters which accelerated faster. At first it had two stock large Hydrogen tanks which was just enough to land or take off from a 1g planet. For space it carries its own 5x5 driller (which has to be left in space), a space welder (docked underneath upside down, how far space engineers has come that a ship docked underneath can survive a re-entry and landing), an atmospheric driller docked on one wing and a newly designed shuttle docked on the other. It has a refinery and cargo space as well as cryo chambers. It also has 4 jump drives. It now has 4 of adders liquid hydrogen tanks, so it has much better loiter time on a planet. Before you had to aim to land on a lake. It can use parachutes to help take off a bunch of speed, useful with the speed mod. Here you can see the driller docked at the rear. This is the atmospheric small driller docked on one wing. And this is my new shuttle with working air lock. Here is the space welder, docked upside down.
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