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  1. Hi Jason, I've done this before with the old IL-2, I have a pro mic setup and I know my way around this stuff. I can do British accent and I can also do Italian (in case it's needed!).
  2. Good old Raaaid, I thought that by now you would have evolved into your new alter-ego, Murdock from the A-Team :D
  3. Hey folks, haven't been visiting the forum in quite some time, real life kept me very busy, but a lot of great things have been happening, and it looks like a lot of great stuff has been going on here as well! How are you all? :-) Cheers SJ
  4. I'll throw it there... maybe because the Russian front was a bit dull? And not the battles as such, but the scenery.. IL-2 BOS is just the first chapter, things will improve with time, I'm sure.
  5. wow, they must submit these "fake upgrades" to real idiots, or show them tiny pictures... the Hornet and Super Hornet are VERY different!
  6. +1 The F-35 will eventually be a good aircraft, the problem will be its sustainability and cost efficiency. I don't see it being a longeve aircraft because of its intrinsic complexity, and it will probably be the last programme for a high performance multirole manned aircraft.. they already managed to fly an F-16 remotely, there really is no more need for pilots being physically in the cockpit I'm afraid..
  7. yeah, maybe from 2019, maybe..
  8. apparently the first pilots who experimented the "Wonder Woman" cockpit felt extremely nauseous lol It just doesn't make sense anymore.. they'll deliver it because they have to, but I think it'll go the way of the F-22, only quicker..
  9. The F-35 programme, as explained to me by a former US Air Force budget manager: "We need a new multi-role aircraft, but it has to tick all the boxes: it needs to be VSTOL, carrier-based, supersonic, stealth, and carry loads of different payload." "Wow, that's impossible! Nobody has done that yet, it's gonna cost a bomb to develop and it might not even work.." "We'll make it work, we'll get foreign partners to join in, it's an exceptional opportunity for our industry and will bring a lot of prestige and money" "...but" "WE WILL DO IT". As always, engineering problems get in the way, aerodynamics are a bit of a short blanket: you cover something but in order to do that you need to uncover something else. The top brass don't understand that, they say "here's more money, stretch that blanket". years go by, more companies get a sense of what HUGE business this could be, so a convoluted political game starts in order to systematically let in big contractors with "revolutionary ideas that will bring more sophistication to the programme" the already unrealistic delivery dates are already surpassed, the addition of new technologies and variation of requirements further delays a realistic delivery date. meanwhile the "blanket stretching" operation works, but only to a certain extent: there are still substantial design problems which heavily affect the performance and construction of a first series. foreign governments begin to get concerned: despite the reassurance of the US government, the whole development process looks a bit scatty, and the continuous request for funds becomes a major problem for most of the partner countries. Some of them (like Italy) start a serious protest on the matter, and the government is put into a corner without adequate responses on how this exorbitant expense is necessary for the country, especially since they already have a quite efficient line of Eurofighters. In order to keep things quiet, the US "selects" Italy as a major maintenance partner for Europe-bound F-35s. as of today, the F-35 programme is well over 1 trillion dollars, with a unit cost over 100 million dollars each and with an expected maintenance cost to be the highest in history. ...all of this in a scenario where technology is allowing us to develop and effectively deploy more and more sophisticated drones, which can do the same job of an F-35 at a fraction of the cost.
  10. Hello mate, Mrs.Sternjaeger and I have been busy with a house move and renovation work (which is not even complete yet!). I'm hoping to be fully operative in the new year, but I haven't flown a sim in a while, and I'm staring to develop withdrawal symptoms! The Macchi 202 news was my Xmas present really, but what did I miss? It's good to see there are a lot of new members, is any other of the old guard peeps MIA? SJ
  11. I have been away for a while, but saw the news on Facebook and had to come and say great job guys! If you need any sort of information on how the Macchi or other italian aircraft work (I have loads of manuals and can explain all the systems and sub-systems, details etc..) just let me know. In the past I helped Oleg with his Br.20 and I'd love to see the Italian fleet properly represented in this new sim. Cheers SJ P.S. Hi everyone, hope you're all doing fine :-)
  12. ragazzi, lo "stallo in picchiata" non esiste.. ma dove le tirate fuori 'ste idee?!
  13. yeah, frankly I can understand your concern about your job, but I honestly doubt that such a niche thing would affect you in any tangible way, if anything you might get paid to take people up for a bit of barnstorming
  14. mah, di "fuffa" ce n'e' tanta in giro. Non so se tu abbia mai volato in formazione con un altro aereo, ma ti assicuro che con una mitragliatrice ad alta cadenza di tiro non sarebbe per niente difficile colpire un aereo nemico, specialmente se hai tanti traccianti come facevano i russi, tutto quello che devi fare e' "guidare" la scia di traccianti ed anticipare l'aereo nemico, non e' molto difficile, specialmente perché i tedeschi si avvicinavano sotto tantissimo. La bravura era quella di rimanere fuori dalle posizioni di tiro utile, cosa che molti "simmer" non fanno.
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