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  1. An airliner carrying Nancy Pelosi & Joe Biden is flying accross country, when the pilot comes on the PA to announce, "we have some bad news. One of the engines just failed and as a result, we will be delayed by 30 minutes." A bit later, the pilot returns, "we have some more bad news. Another engine just failed, and we will be delayed an additional hour." Another bit later, "Sorry folks, more bad news. A third engine just failed, and so, since we will be running only on the one remaining engine, the flight will be delayed by another two hours." At this point, Nancy turns to Joe and says, "I sure hope that last engine keeps working or else we'll be up here all night!"
  2. Apologies if most have seen these, but they never get old: squawks. Here are some actual maintenance complaints/problems, generally known as squawks, submitted over the years by Pilots to maintenance engineers. After attending to the squawks, maintenance crews are required to log the details of the action taken to solve the pilots' squawks. Problem - Left inside main tire almost needs replacement. Solution - Almost replaced left inside main tire. Problem - Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. Solution - Auto-land not installed on this aircraft. Problem - No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid. Solution - No. 2 propeller seepage normal. Nos. 1, 3 and 4 propellers lack normal seepage. Problem - Something loose in cockpit. Solution - Something tightened in cockpit. Problem - Dead bugs on windshield. Solution - Live bugs on backorder. Problem - Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-fpm descent. Solution - Cannot reproduce problem on ground. Problem - Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. Solution - Evidence removed. Problem - DME volume unbelievably loud. Solution - Volume set to more believable level. Problem - Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. Solution - That's what they are there for! Problem - IFF inoperative. Solution - IFF always inoperative in OFF mode. Problem - Suspected crack in windscreen. Solution - Suspect you're right. Problem - Number 3 engine missing. Solution - Engine found on right wing after brief search. Problem - Aircraft handles funny. Solution - Aircraft warned to "Straighten up, Fly Right, and Be Serious." Problem - Target radar hums. Solution - Reprogrammed target radar with words. Problem - Mouse in cockpit. Solution - Cat installed. Defect: The autopilot doesn't. Action: IT DOES NOW. Defect: Seat cushion in 13F smells rotten. Action: Fresh seat cushion on order. Defect: Turn & slip indicator ball stuck in center during turns. Action: Congratulations. You just made your first coordinated turn! Defect: Whining sound heard on engine shutdown. Action: Pilot removed from aircraft. Defect: Pilot's clock inoperative. Action: Wound clock. Defect: Autopilot tends to drop a wing when fuel imbalance reaches 500 pounds. Action: Flight manual limits maximum fuel imbalance to 300 pounds. Defect: #2 ADF needle runs wild. Action: Caught and tamed #2 ADF needle. Defect: Unfamiliar noise coming from #2 engine. Action: Engine run for four hours. Noise now familiar. Defect: Noise coming from #2 engine. Sounds like man with little hammer. Action: Took little hammer away from man in #2 engine. Defect: Whining noise coming from #2 engine compartment. Action: Returned little hammer to man in #2 engine. Defect: Flight attendant cold at altitude. Action: Ground checks OK. Defect: 3 roaches in cabin. Action: 1 roach killed, 1 wounded, 1 got away. Defect: Weather radar went ape! Action: Opened radar, let out ape, cleaned up mess! Defect: Turn & slip indicator ball stuck in center during turns. Action: Congratulations. You just made your first coordinated turn! Problem: Tread on tires almost worn out. Action: Almost replaced tires.
  3. I have all assigned as in the pic above and all aircraft work perfectly with trim again. Except, that is, the P-38 aileron trim. It does not seem to exist. I've mapped it and remapped it several times and tried various controls to map it to, but no joy. I even tried using the default keyboard commands, but nothing! I guess I have the same question that "fiddlinjim" has above. "Appears that the P-38 does not have aileron trim." Although it's a statement, I am asking anyone here if it's a fact. Does the P-38 have aileron trim?
  4. After the 3.201 update I find that in both the P-51 and the P-38, after you completely close the cockpit, there is still a wind noise if you move you head forward in the cockpit, as if you were sticking your head slightly outside an open cockpit. I have only tested these two planes and only did so in the "Quick Missions" (i.e. offline). Another person I fly with online has the same experience. Anyone else experience same?
  5. BSS_Stel

    Spit XIV

    Thanks all for the great discussion on this topic. Glad it didn't turn out to be a flame war (just a flame skirmish). 😎 That said, I think 99% agree that adding the Mk XIV to the allied stable would be beneficial for mission designers, and financially profitable for the developer. Seen some discussion above about it not being used in overwhelming numbers vs other Mks, but I consider that superfluous since we already have aircraft that do not meet any such criteria, aka the FW-190D, the 109-K4 (w.1.98 ATA...never made it into production, let alone combat), and soon the ME-262. Also, some discussion about adding yet another allied plane to an already robust variety when Axis only has ME-109 and FW-190 (and variants thereof to choose from). Actually, they do have one IT plane, but not often seen on many servers. Somehow, this lack of variety is being associated with "balance." IMO, this has nothing to do with balance. It merely reflects the aircraft offered by the main antagonists/protagonists in this TOW(s): Germany vs USSR, USA and GB. Hence one would expect to see more variety on the allies. Most of Germany's allies used their aircraft, so one can expect less variety on the axis side. In any case, appreciate the above discussion. I learned quite a bit from two or three very informative posts with historical documentation. Just hope that the Devs are already planning on adding this aircraft. Tschüss!
  6. BSS_Stel

    Spit XIV

    Great read. Tks for sharing!
  7. BSS_Stel

    Spit XIV

    True, but I rarely look up the info on the planes. Just fly online Fr-Sat nights and pick a side depending on balance most times. Love the Sim! Great hobby for us old retired farts.
  8. BSS_Stel

    Spit XIV

    I found a pretty good read/comparison of Spit XIV vs G6/G14 and K4 here if anyone is interested --> http://www.spitfireperformance.com/spit14v109.html It appears that 610 Squadron's Mk XIVs were being converted to 21 lb boost in July 44, and outperformed the K4 at most altitudes (level speed and climb). Whereas, the K4 with 1.98 ATA was tested but never made it into production. Quote from link..."newly delivered Me 109 K-4's were equipped with a DB 605 DB engine operating with 1.80 ata/2800 rpm engine limitations beginning approximately mid January 1945. Various engine and propeller configurations were experimented with. The 9-12159 propeller was the standard production propeller but various German curves are extant showing estimated performance of the Me 109 K-4 with 9-12199.10 and 9-17018.10 thin blade (Dünnblatt) props and Projektschraube with 4 light-metal blades. The 452 mph figure often cited as the top speed of the Me 109 K-4 derives from an estimate assumming an experimental 9-12199 Dünnblatt propeller. The DB 605 DC engine running at 1.8 ata boost without MW-50 was tried but did not find favour. (Die E-stelle hat Bedenken gegen den Betrieb mit 1,8 ata Aufladung ohne MW mit C 3 Kraftstoff.) The DB 605 DC engine running at 1.98 ata boost with MW was tested but seems not to have made it into service (Nach Mitteilung der E'Stelle sind 1,98 ata gesperrt.)" Not intended to criticize the devs, nor start a "whine" fest, but if the K4s in BoBP are rated at 1.98 ATA, not really representative of what was flown. That said, I have no real knowledge of what we have in the game WRT what is modeled. If the K4s are 1.98 ATA, then I'd think the Mk XIV should be 21 lb boost. At least we know they saw service.
  9. BSS_Stel

    Spit XIV

    Not sure what your point is. Allies made various improvements in most of their variants throughout the war, just as did the Axis, including airframes, engines, etc. Higher octane fuels were used well before '44-'45.
  10. BSS_Stel

    Spit XIV

    That is true, however, The Mk XII was an interim airframe and never went into full production with only 100 being built. The Mk XIV was more prolific (947 built) and would better represent the RAF combat aircraft for the period. That was my point. The Axis counterparts to the Mk XIV have already been released (K4 & Dora). Allies are flying '43-'44 aircraft against '44-'45 Axis aircraft. In any case, I'm hoping ShamrockOneFive is spot on with his assessment and we eventually see it added as a collector plane.
  11. BSS_Stel

    Spit XIV

    The guys I fly with fly both Allied and Axis aircraft in several servers, so this is not intended as a partisan post. Just wondering if any thought given to adding the Griffon powered Spit(s) to the Allied stable such as the Spit XIV. From what I can find online and in books, it appears that the Spit XIV (first operational Griffon powered Spit) became fully operation in RAF 610 Squadron in Dec '43 with another 5 additional squadrons fitted out later. The FW 190D-9 and the ME 109K-4 both entered operational service in Oct '44. It just seems the allies are always fighting a year behind in aircraft development. It would be nice to see the Mk XIV developed for Bodenplatte as well, especially since we'll soon be getting the ME 262 added to the Axis options. Just sayin...
  12. Negative Luke. was not aware that time period covered was from Sep-44 on. Also, was not tracking that release was going to be J-25-LO which, I believe had the boosted ailerons and mods for the dive brakes applied. Appreciate the info. I don't get to these boards very often and didn't see anything in the Dev updates talking P-38 variant to be modeled. Looking forward to flying this as most others here. Cheers!
  13. Not sure what is so historical about having "J" model in BoP (Jan 1945). The references I've read indicate that all "J" models had been withdrawn from the ETO before the end of '44. I believe only one P-38 squadron remained in the 8th AF after Dec '44, and that was P-38L model. That said, they should at least be the P-38J-25-LO that had boosted ailerons and dive brakes. With those, compressibility is solved and she will out roll all other fighters. I will continue to hope, but I fear we will get a 1943 A/C vs 1945 GE A/C. Not a good prospect.
  14. Yes it was 1920 x 1080. Viewing distance is the same. Haven't tried locking the fps at 60 Hz to test it to see if spotting gets worse. Sorry. Not sure what size the 4K monitor my squad mate has, but almost sure it is >30 in.
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