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  1. Just catching up after being in hospital and rehab. for a bit and wanted to say that flying the Link Trainer was the norm for awhile after WWII and as a Naval Cadet pursuing my Wings of Gold I sat it the spinning tilting blue box a few hours. I prefered the actual aircraft personally.
  2. When flying most GA aircraft on one engine always remember the old saying: "It has just enough power to get you to the scene of the crash!"
  3. Have not experienced using VR myself but if, as Aussieman points out the movement speed is excessive I'm not sure I'd be too quick to adopt the technique. I base my opinion on real life IFR flying where rapid head movement can and does induce inner ear fluid movement. This causes the inner ear to produce feedback that can lead to confusion, and a breakdown of the pilots scan.
  4. I'm pretty sure there are not too many Viet Namese who frequent these forums to comment on the war, U.S troops who served in Viet Nam number 300,000 while Australian personal was approx. 60,000. The 5 to 1 difference would account for more stories.
  5. I've been down in boonies so long my nose would probably bleed up high!
  6. Most important memories for me were first cruise on USS Forestal. Shortly after arriving on station had ordnance prematurely released from A/C on flight deck with catastrophic results killing 135 crew members in a matter of minutes. Not what you call nice memories. Returned home to repair the damage and transferred to HC-2 returned to Vietnam Aboard USS America CV 66. I was very happy to serve as Plane Guard rescuing our guys when they had to ditch. Although not as exciting as flying air strikes as before it was much more rewarding in my mind.
  7. I guess I'm getting Bi-American (PNW + FL southern) OH yeah I do speak fluent Profane!
  8. My most vivid memory of WW II was Aug. 1945. My older brother, sister and I had walked to the Clarkston, WA beach on the Snake River from our little home in Lewiston, ID to swim and were crossing the bridge across the Snake on our way home when all hades broke loose. Horns blaring people shouting, guns firing. Three frightened children finally found out it was just announced that Japan had surrendered. We thought hey the war's over dad would be home. Running, walking, resting the 3-4 miles to home seemed to take forever. Disappointment was very real to find out it would be months before dear old dad got home from the China, Burma, India theater of war.
  9. Hospital visiting hours are from 1700 - 1930
  10. Teecee, I'm pretty sure that RTMM has found a method of cutting down the spray effect. You might ask or search the forums on their site.
  11. That seems logical. Never tried to use 3rd party emoji's.
  12. One bad thing about putting on the years is that those around you age as well. My best and only friend for 15 years Simon my dog is nearing the end of life and I'll certainly miss his companionship, trust and affection after all these years.
  13. I'll second the thanks to JV and ORBX for the new Old Farts forum.
  14. Not bothered by SWMBO but health issues are sure cutting into my simtime lately. Went to the ER in Jan with a belly ache and suddenly I'm enmeshed in medical appointments. For Feb. and Mar. I have 32 different appointments to attend to. "Gettin' old ain't fer sissies!"
  15. VOZ .99 was my first experience with JV,s masterpiece scenery and when ORBX was formed I waited far too long to jump into the finest FSX scenery developed. Congratulations on your first 10 years and looking forward to the next decade.
  16. Only 78 til Oct. but ATM I am falling apart but the good Lord willing and the 'crick' don't rise I'll muddle through.
  17. Dale, the new Return to Misty Moorings is better than ever with hundreds of freeware destinations including flying the Alaska Pipeline.
  18. Low n' Slow bush flying puts you "into" the scenery and is an excellent experience. Do not overlook the premier freeware bush flying site Return to Mist Moorings. Return to Misty Moorings - Home Page
  19. IE: Beech 18; Navy SNB-5 I received my Naval Aviator Mult-engine training in this A/C 50 odd years or so ago. (gawd I'm old!). One quirk about the A/C is that the landing Gear not only compresses vertically on touch down but if your tail is off the ground the gear also traverses rearward. When the vertical and horizontal forces release the A/C can develop a very wicked bounce/porpoise in a flash. Old Navy truism is that two kinds of people land a Beech 18 those that HAVE and those that a GOING to bounce it. As a very young sailor prior to flight training I was standing wheels watch at NAS Los Alamitos and witnessed ADM "Bull" Halsey make 4 approaches before getting the A/C on the R/W. The airplane just has "no respect"!!!
  20. Having recently gone through the same process (Start from square ONE) due to ransomware attack that infected all three of my drives I can relate to your plight. I'm still adding bits n' pieces as I remember "Oh I had that before". Its amazing how much one accumulates slowly over the years and it's gone in an instant.
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