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  1. It is the correct engine. Packard license built the Rolls Royce Merlin under. All P-51’s flew with Packard Merlin’s.
  2. The most important takeaway here is: WHERE CAN I WALK THROUGH A LANCASTER?
  3. Ambrose is more lazy with citations than outright plagerizing. Most of the other's after Wild Blue (which he did cite but also did lift) are considered "similar" as opposed to being used directly. It's hard to write much that is completely new when you are documenting facts as opposed to fiction. Similar to writing music. Every note and single measure has probably already been written long ago. It's only when you start combining measures that you can get into trouble. Regarding Blythe, Ambrose only stated a sniper shot him in the neck. He never says anything further about him in the book. Anyone reading the book could draw any conclustion from that passage they want. The producers put in the blurb about never recovering from his wounds, got called out by Blythe's family and later appologized.
  4. Masters of the Air has been green lit. Spielberg and Hanks are producing but HBO passed. It will be among Apple's flagship entries into streaming TV. https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/11/entertainment/masters-of-air-steven-spielberg-tom-hanks-apple/index.html I loved Band of Brothers but found The Pacific rather meh. I'm not quite sure what to think on HBO taking a pass. Here's hoping it's as good as Brothers.
  5. It's not moral hypocrisy. While I am opposed to chute killing, paratroopers have an offensive capability on the ground - particularly en masse. Bailed our aircrew have essentially none and will shortly be prisoners of war.
  6. That was a limitation which could not be overcome in the course of hitting legitimate targets. I don’t include it in my criticism, personally. Your mileage may vary.
  7. "This largely has nothing to do with the American bombing, at least in Europe. The American bombing was dedicated to precision bombing of legitimate strategic targets. With some exceptions." While largely true, the bombing of Hamburg and Dresden were dedicated to the destruction of the cities and the AAF was complicit. "With some exceptions," doesn't really cover the scope of the civilian casualties inflicted. Let others gloss over their histories, we should not. We generally stayed true to our stated goal of military industrial targets but we have to own our mis-deeds as well.
  8. Actually not being a smart @$$ but you should probably call that Expert (reduced) visibility or it further confuses the discussion.
  9. Rarely. The admins communicate mostly on the Russian forum. Johnny is our resident ambassador and interpreter when he has time to do so.
  10. I flew police helicopters in a congested city for several years. If it wasn't for CRM, I quite literally could be dead. Airliners weren't nearly the problem as GA aircraft and inflexible small field towers.
  11. Get those B/C's outta here. You're making me sad at not having them in game yet
  12. I challenge you to find a white Cessna at co-alt and 30 miles. Even better, find a B-17 amid ground clutter at 60 miles. It almost can't be done. You can lose a 737 head on at 20 after the tower has called it out for you. If it is well above you, sure, you can find it at 80 miles. Co-alt or below you, your figures do not stand up in the real world.
  13. I can slip the 190 hard enough to almost do an auto-rotation (helicopter) with it. I'm not saying I can't get the 109 slowed but she takes a bit more effort. I'm getting the 51 under control now too. I'll accept that to a certain extent. Still a little behind the Mustang and Thunderbolt for WWII absolute speeds and heights. Mustang remained the long distance champion. Overall a fantastic AC which I overlooked in my original statement regarding naval aviation.
  14. It is a tragedy on so many levels.
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