Aviation MegaThread!!!!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Kalamazoo MI has the Air Zoo: http://www.airzoo.org/

    And everyone should experience the annual fly-in at Oshkosh WI: http://www.airventure.org/
    Figure on camping. The organization and facilities at the site are tremendous, and it'll take several days to see everything. There's an air show every afternoon.
  2. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    I volunteer at Sun 'n Fun every year for the whole week. I always have a great time, even when the tornado came through 2 years ago.
  3. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    Lornce Lost In Place

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  5. Trixie

    Trixie Adventurer in my own mind

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    Not a 46, much bigger, w/ 4 engines.
  6. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    Ah huh.... I reckon there would be a T-38 hiding somewhere.
  7. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    No C-5's are currently on display. They are either still being used, or are in the boneyard being stripped for parts for the remaining fleet.
  8. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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  9. Trixie

    Trixie Adventurer in my own mind

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    wannaklr Long timer

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    They could use a C-5 as a new building to house the smaller planes. :lol3
  11. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    A little mercury spritzed around in one would fix that situation...
  12. batoutoflahonda

    batoutoflahonda Long timer

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    Got some of these hanging around too. A 737 with attitude. There is cheesy UTube video of it if want to buy one.

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  13. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    The F-5 and/or T-38 in one of my favorites.
    ...but I lost count of my favorites on display here.

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  14. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    That is still such a sexy little jet.

    With all the hopla and gnashing of teeth over the Next Advanced Trainer, they ought give the T-38 design a refresh and knock out a few more to replace the worn out airframes...
  15. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    I believe theres a few of these for sale. Perhaps we could have a whip around?
  16. Renner

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    second to the USAF museum?

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    pplassm Brace for collision!

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  18. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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  19. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    I'll post this here since it is an aviation enthusiast's thread.

    It's not hyper-realistic, but a new game that is now in beta-release testing mode is War Thunder (no, I have no affiliation). It does have options for the controlling of flaps (multiple settings for landing, combat, and take-off), air brakes, etc., but it still isn't as realistic as a true flight sim.

    Basically it's flying WWII-era (give or take) planes against one another and against AI (for now?) ground targets. On the American line there are F2A Buffalos as starter planes up to the F-86A Sabre (with bombers and even the Catalina as options to fly and fight with). Other countries (Germany + Italy, Japan, Russia, UK) start with biplanes (which aren't bad).

    This is not Microsoft flight-sim realistic, and truth be told aiming is reportedly easier with the mouse than with a joystick. I've used joysticks for prior flight sims, but for this one I'm sort of amazed at how easy it is to fly with a mouse. Anyway, you can choose either option.

    Too, this game, as many others in its genre, seems to come from Russian developers, so a buddy and I are sensing a Russian bias already by the tier -2 and tier-3 levels, but then it's more about pilot skill and placement than the hard-hitting guns, so any country seems fine.

    Forgive my slightly modern take on the placement of American war decals, but here are screen shots:

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    (A20 Havoc)

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    I know the paintings are placed on the wrong planes, in the wrong places, but for the purposes of the game and the angles enemies view my planes from... these are easier for them to see.

    Anyway, it's a free-to-play game at the moment, and battles put you with a total of about 30 players (I'm not sure on that number). Even if it isn't fully realistic, is surprising the appreciation that flying lesser-known, or lesser-vaunted, war aircraft, then researching them on the 'net, can bring.

    There are a few modes of competing, two of which are 'Arcade' mode where it's a mid-air cluster of aircraft from different eras (bring what you have that you believe will be helpful depending on the battle and goals), and a 'Historical' mode where more accurate fights / planes are organized, such as in the Battle of Britain, or other famous air encounters.
  20. KHJPHOTO

    KHJPHOTO Old Man and the Road

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    Wait for it, Aviation Collection near the end. Enjoy.


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