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  1. Thanks for posting this, that enjoyable to watch. Nice to see that classic SCCA mix of Miatas, Civics and BMWs. It's not that different from a typical Yuropeen trackday. Many moons ago my dad and I bought a 240Z with the intention of turning it into a historic rally car. Unfortunately life got in the way and after a few years (and well into the rebuild process - rollcage, bucket seats, stiff suspension, orange paint and all) we had to sell it. That was my first true love on four wheels. I even remember her serial number - HLS30-52689. I miss her so much...
  2. Nice work! My favourite Jug is the P-47M, the final variant to serve with the last Thunderbolt fighter group in the ETO (56th FG). The one below was flown by Bolesław "Mike" Gładych, a Polish fighter ace who served with both the RAF and the USAAF.
  3. Question to our members from across the Pond - is this how one becomes an American?
  4. While watching this video again I noticed something interesting... The channel's name is Hannes Mallwitz. I happened upon that name while browsing the German Wikipedia. As it turns out, the second (and last) commander of Marinefliegergeschwader 28 "Paul Wieczorek" (MFG-28), based in Laage, was Hannes Mallwitz... Coincidence? I think not. Either way, I can get in touch with the channel's owner through YouTube and ask him whether he was the actual CO. Judging by his video library I'd say there's a solid chance he is. This could prove useful in the future.
  5. Not a video, I know, but WOW what a collection of Cold War birds! Check out this guy's LSK/LV album, it's glorious! https://www.flickr.com/photos/109661044@N07/
  6. Agreed. Every time Ate goes into the vertical following the merge GS just turns and bleeds energy, keeping his speed up by following a downward spiral, hoping to outmanoeuvre and/or outlast Ate in a contest of "who blinks first". Not a sound gameplan if you ask me. Had it not been for Ate's lack of experience in the virtual F/A-18 he would've drilled GS' brains out in every fight. One of the best dogfights I've ever had in DCS was against an F-5 pilot, who came in low and fast. Following the merge we circled anticlockwise, neither one of us able to get a shot off. I made the mistake of p
  7. Ate's aggression is almost palpable. Wow. Thanks for posting this!
  8. Lovely little video of Colombian Kfir C.10s in action. Funny how you can take what is essentially a 1960s design, stick a big honkin' American stovepipe in it and then decorate it with all the electronics imaginable to create an affordable modern light fighter (who needs a Gripen anyway?). The Colombians didn't cheap out on it either - note the Python 5s, i-Derby ERs, LGBs and targeting pods. Word has it they also have AESA radars. I'll bet you the French designers never, not even in their wildest dreams, imagined that their design would soldier on for more than half a century.
  9. I love this guy's enthusiasm for the Raptor and for flying itself.
  10. That's a different event mate, Duxford hosts several shows every year. When I bought my tickets to FL2020 there was no prize lottery... And I'd give A LOT to be able to fly in a 2-seater warbird.
  11. Cheers man, hope to see you there in 2021!
  12. Having played Wargame: Airland Battle and Red Dragon (also Eugen Systems titles) I got selected to do some beta testing of Steel Division: Normandy. To be perfectly honest, I hated every minute of it. After a few online matches I uninstalled it and never looked back. I hope they got it right the second time around.
  13. Happy to hear it! I had the tickets booked for this year's show, but it'd been cancelled for obvious reasons. My uncle and I are heading there next year, hope the pandemic subsides by then.
  14. How to make a three-point landing, Soviet style. Anatoliy Kvochur and the MiG-29 making a courtesy visit to Abbotsford (Canada), August 1989. Pictures of that historic event: F-15s of the 21st Tactical Figther Wing intercept the Fulcrums over the Pacific. F-15s and MiG-29s on their way to Elmendorf AFB.
  15. This was by far the best airshow I've ever been to, plus the museum is world class. Glad you enjoyed the pictures!
  16. Yup, that was one big Focke... IIRC it was 100% scratch built!
  17. Three years ago today I landed in Duxford for Flying Legends 2017. I actually arrived a day early to check out the museum, which has an incredible collection of WW2 birds. I even got to sit in the cockpit section of a Bristol Blenheim - was that a tight fit (I am not a big lad by any stretch of the imagination)! I took some pictures along the way, thought I'd share them here for your viewing enjoyment. Please excuse the subpar quality, I'm not a very good photographer... I resized them to 50% of the original size so the upload time is manageable, the internet here is a stinking pile of horse m
  18. Holy smokes, that looks amazing!
  19. Just found out that Lando shortened Lewis' lead on the last lap not by half a second, but by 1.5 seconds... I realise Hamilton was being held up, but WOW, what a stunning performance from Norris! Btw, apparently McLarens recorded the fastest times in every sector. There's some serious pace from the MCL35. I'm really glad that Zak Brown's hard work is paying off now. They couldn't have timed that performance better, as the team looked like it was going to get into serious financial trouble. Now they'll have an easier time finding a long-term investor.
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