I would like to join in the next flight with my P-51D Mustang ( Tuskegee )...
When and where????
David (Elington) will post a note to this thread advising of the next MP event.
Generally David asks for a direct reply acknowledging intent to fly the event, type of aircraft and livery (paint). Then, one
or two days before the event, a Flight Plan (in pdf format-- Print it out!!), any necessary "bgl's" that might need to be added to the Addon
Scenery/Scenery folder, Group assignment, and any other pertinent flight information (like Google Earth pics of the waypoints)
is "blast e-mailed" to the pilots to set-up their FSX Sim for the following Saturday event.
"Normal" take-off time is 1900hrs Zulu. We "gather" about thirty minutes before (1830hrs Zulu) to get connected, engine
We meet on Teamspeak 3 and use "Hamachi" for the MP connection (less disconnects and drop-offs). David "hosts" the event,
so your Virtual IP Number needs to come from him (often via Teamspeak the day of the flight)
This past Saturday, one of our pilots was having a "connection issue". As we will not abandon anyone, David worked with him
until the issue was resolved, making us about a hour late on take-off. As I recall, it turned out the pilot's "version" of Hamachi
had not been "updated", thus not compatible with the Host's version. a quick update and the pilot was connected.
So, you WILL need to download and install TS3 and Hamachi. Hamachi is a "VPN", Virtual Private Network, and as such makes
your computer "open" to the others. We strongly recommend that you protect any personal, financial, etc. information, just in
case. None of us are thieves, but one could join. As the Boxing Referee says "Always protect yourself in the clinches"..
The purpose of our flights, other than our love of flying, is to use and learn the use of the E-6B Flight Navigation Computer
(the mechanical, circa 1930's built "Whiz-WheeL") to plot and fly our course as the Navigators of the B-17's and fighter pilots
had to do prior to and during WWII. The "Lead" pilot is the "Head Navigator", but the entire group is strongly encouraged to
(help) work-out the Density Altitude to obtain the Pressure Altitude that will give us the correct ground speed that we convert
from MPH to Kts so we can then figure out the exact time from one waypoint to the next. Oh, we also have to compute for
any wind drift because of cross winds. We use no FSX (moving) Map, no GPS, etc. If you have a "Sectional" of the area where
we are flying, you are encouraged to use it, as well
We've gotten pretty good on "nailing" our waypoints at the expected times, but it is a group effort, regardless of who is "Lead".
Sound complicated? It is until you learn the functions of the E-6B Flight Computer (a must have for every pilot). Most of us
have the ASA brand of E6-B. These can be obtained on-line or purchased at a "pilot store", often found at your local airport
(not the "DFW International" type). That said, you are NOT required to have an E-6B to fly with us.
I bought my E-6B by itself.. no instructions, no fancy carrying case, etc. and paid a whopping $10USD. I found, on-line, BOTH
the ASA E-6B operating instructions (38 pages) and the "Practical Manual of E-6B Computer" by Elmer F. Degon & Allan C. Zweng.
This version was issued to ALL WWII Navigator Trainees prior to and during WWII. It's only 124 pages!
Keep in mind, we Bomber pilots fly Point A to Point B non-stop.. the Spits have to stop (must land) to refuel along the way.
The Mustang's have no problems if drop-tanks are fitted.
Hope I didn't "overload" you.. Looking forward to you joining us on our next flight