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  1. ........plus 1 day! I can clearly remember events on the 29th of June 1962, 60 years ago. The time would have been around 17:00 and we were sat having dinner around our large square table. We lived in a big house in the Surrey countryside about 8 miles from Guildford. We had a very strict upbringing and meal times were no exception. We were used to glares of disgust from our parents when we held our cutlery the wrong way or other heinous mealtime crimes! Then we heard a different sound and as one, without any word of permission, we jumped up and ran out to the back step and looked up. There was the Vickers VC-10 on it's maiden flight from Brooklands to Wisley. We had seen the prototype,G-ARTA, a few weeks before when a friend of the family took us to the Vickers factory. It was to be a familiar sight over the next few years, along with the Super VC-10 and a Ghana Airways plane which were also tested at Wisley. This is how I remember my first view of the VC-10 flying. 1. As there is no Brooklands airport in P3D, the JF VC-10 is taking off from nearby Dunsfold and as probably in the real flight, no payload and little fuel. 2. Now to some XP views and as XP doesn't have a VC-10 I am flying the JF PA-28 in BOAC colours. Brooklands is where the VC-10 made it's maiden flight from. You can make out the old runway going roughly in the direction the top left corner. The short runway meant that only a take off was possible. The prewar motor racing circuit can be made out too, roughly a tear drop shape. 3. This is what is left of the Vickers test facility at Wisley. I lived only 5km from here to the left of screen and Brooklands, which is the light patch top right, was another 5km in the opposite direction. 4. As you can see, I have to make a lot of adjustments to XP. I made the mistake of doing an update and lost all my settings. I am a day late with this post as I had to rush the missus to ER last night after she had a very bad allergic reaction to some shellfish she had for tea. She is on the mend now but the doctor told me it was a very serious attack. A big thanks to the staff at GV Health, who as usual provided first class care.
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  2. One of the most scenic locations in the Orbx world.
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  3. Hi all, did not do any flight simulation for more than half a year. My best wishes to all of you in the forums! My sims seem to work and I did some flights in the old sims as well. It's beautiful. Have installed some more TrueEarth from the midsummer sale for P3d and Xplane, I'll do some shots and videos next weeks. This is from the old sims: NZWR in P3dv3.4, it's the old FSX Skyhawk and a nice paint by John Murchison if I am right. FSX SE and the scenery at Westhaven in PNW, must be 13 or 14 years old. Big bird at Bowerman Thank you very much for viewing! Cheers Andreas
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  4. Continuing travels we were pushed back at Athens LGAV... ... to capture a view of the city shortly after. Levelled off over the Albanian coast... ... it was time to get my caffeine level also adjusted. That´s what I really, really like on a plane. The alps in the distance... ... or a bit closer. And here we begin the descend around Fulda... ... into Hanover, ... ... perfectly aligned. No troubles. And here is the obligatory service.
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  5. A few hours early, but best wishes for a happy birthday! You've had a rough time, I hope that the next year is better. Ken
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  6. Yeah, I know is rare just one Enjoying South Africa Cheers Carlos
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  7. Thanks Gents for thinking of me ; I have not been in a very good place lately . Flooding issues with our place this month along with major issues with my eye's . I have glaucoma real bad and I can't drive anymore . Even have issues with doing much FS also . Anyway thanks again for thinking of me . Cheers John
    9 points
  8. “Beware the quiet man. For while others speak, he watched. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest… he strikes.”
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  9. If they ever come down, they better bring their own beers. Sorry. hemade me do it. Cheers k
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  10. Back into future travels this means. Hopefully this is going to be a soon-to-become real trip: With a late evening start out of Hanover... ... heading south over Germany... ... towards Zurich. The outside view shows Lake Zurich better. As this one shows Zurich airport, with its terminals B, A and E (from right to left). And here, the expected service:
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  11. Approaching Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Passing over the Silver Jubilee Bridge and the Runcorn Railway Bridge that span the River Mersey at the Runcorn Gap between Runcorn and WIdnes.
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  12. It is great to hear from you John but I wish it was with better news. Hoping very hard that everything works out in the end.
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  13. I'm sure Tim was only doing what he thought was helpful mate - no intentional sabotage? A clean install is good for your brain Don. Enjoy the process mate, give Tim a hug
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  14. It's E. It's always E. THEY are watching, waiting, planning, plotting. THEY have been here a long time. In fact, I highly suspect we are all just minds in a Matrix type of simulated world and THEY put us here to watch how we operate. Kind of like an ant farm. THEY cannot be trusted. Trust no one. Don't look at me. Go away....I can't see you, you're not real! Ahhhh! I need more coffee
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  15. Brussels...The Other Side [CLICK] to see a larger picture. Hopefully you enjoyed these pictures, commentary is greatly appreciated...Darryl
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  16. No more able to make thes flights due to deleted all of the Sim's FSX/P3D that I regret now. But still as screenshots in remembrance. Hereby dual shots per Alaskan airport. Gustavus - PAGS Homer - PAHO Juneau - PAJN Kenai - PAEN Valdez - PAVD Yakutat - PAYA
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  17. recently picked up this, Xcrafts E195 for XP11, flying my usual test route, EGGD-EIDW, scenery is Orbx TE and weather is default clouds under ASXP guidance....
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  18. Well guys I'm up early to get a head start on what I have to do. Overnight the steam has stopped coming from my ears. At the moment my heart rate is close to normal, and my sanity whatever that is and about to commence the task. My wife thinks I lost the plot a long time ago. Thanks to you all for your input and suggestions about getting back to a normal simming life, apologies to the wife and Tim. About to check my CC and see what the vet bill was. Whilst MSFS was loading, I did a bit of prep as to what I want to add, to keep the workload down. So onwards and upwards as they say, and THANKS HEAPS TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Don
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  19. A complete reinstall is akin to recovering from an enema. It is an opportunity to load back only what you need/want, vs the bloated set up that occurs after several years of unflushed accumulation that slowly constipates your load up times & FPS. See it as a cleansing opportunity. TTM
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  20. No, Karl, no. Down. Sit. No beer. You've already set off Terry, and Adam can't be far behind. Bad, Karl. No. Muzzle.
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  21. Have a fantastic day John. Sit back and relax take it easy. cheers Gumby
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  22. Hi all. Most of us were born in quite different times and have seen many changes of many kinds. While some might want to argue that things were better when we were young, even a cursory consideration would disprove that. In fact, for most people life is much better now than it was way back when. We who have experienced the improvements should be quick to celebrate them. And that brings us to this week's topic. THIS WEEK'S MEANINGLESS TOPIC: what changes for the better have you seen in your lifetime? My personal list would include: 1. Much better medical, dental, and eye care (antibiotics, surgical procedures, medications, etc.). 2. The marvels of the internet (Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, email, Amazon). 3. Supermarkets (a wonderful variety of fresh food year-round). 4. A decent safety net for us mature citizens (Social Security and Medicare in USA; similar nets elsewhere). 5. Better communication between races. 6. Much more sophisticated flight simulation and Orbx scenery. 7. The man in the mirror is much wiser.
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  23. John, a heartfelt Happy Birthday. It's so easy to look down when things get tough. The harder choice is to keep looking up and forward. Keep it positive. Be a Phoenix. And please, please, have nice birthday and better days. Regards, Landon
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  24. Happy Birthday John! I hope your new year is kind to you. Greg
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  25. A very Happy Birthday John. All the very, very best and the Best of Health most of all. Take care John, we need you.
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  26. Hi all, now I am playing around with P3d and Xplane and it's fun. In P3d 4.5 I am playing with textures, there is 1 shot at Miami. I think the sun in the center is a bit too white... And in Xplane I look at the Spain South HD scenery which seems to be very dense everywhere. This here is at Denia, a bit south from Valencia Thank you very much for viewing! Cheers Andreas
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  27. All those lovely Orbx small airfields around London. I fancied a littly fly today and then I noticed: "THE DHC1 CHIPMUNK IS HERE!!!" Is it Christmas? "Here Orbx, take my credit card!" Load up sim, start at Popham and cruise round to Andrewsfield via White Waltham, Booker, Denham, Elstree, Stapleford to land at Andrewsfield. Gods! These airfields are just wonderful, simply wonderful. Breathtakingly so on a sunny late afternoon. Popham White Waltham Booker Denham Being a nuisance (Elstree I think) Stapleford ...and finally Andrewsfield Eeeek! They've got a "Frightening" "EEL" All in All, you guys at Orbx have really created a virtual wonderland for some pretty flights around England. Middle Wallop is missing though PS, sorry for incorrect imgur links in first draft. Fixed now.
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  28. I know exactly what you're talking about John. The chemotherapy that I'm on really messes with my electrolytes and immune system. I have to go into the Cancer Center at least once a week, sometimes twice to have bloodwork done. I take a potassium supplement daily right now, to try and keep everything semi-normal. Unfortunately my cancer (multiple myeloma) is terminal, so I live day by day. Take care, and hang in there.
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  29. Good to hear from you John, not good to hear of your battles. If this forum brings even the slightest relief we’re happy to see your contributions mate. Take care. Cheers Graeme
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  30. hey John good to hear from you, sorry you have been having problems, I hope you can find some way of getting it all sorted.....you take care...
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  31. I can just join the words of Martyn, hoping you find a good way John. @Rodger Pettichordlives not far away, perhaps his experience helps.
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  32. Of course every case is different, but through what my wife has been through over the last couple of years, I agree with Rodge. She has an inflammation of the retina, treated with cortasoids (implants) which cause glaucoma. Consequently she has a stent, as well as drops. She is being treated by both a retina and a glaucoma specialist. I don't know what specialized opthamolgists are available in your area, but if you can't get the best results from one, see if there is another. Best of luck, and don't give up. Ken
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  33. That's the straw that broke the Camels back KDK. cheers Gumby
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  35. Don, I am going to refer to my answer in the current Meaningless Thread that Rodger handles. E. It's E. It wasn't Tim. It was E. THEY probably did something with the real Tim. The alleged Tim that was helping you was E. (In case you haven't looked at that thread, possible because you've had your hands full fixing your PC/Xbox controller problem, then E refers to Aliens. In all seriousness, I hope you get everything sorted with your people and also your PC. Landon
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  36. That would be me, Just sitting here beside the fridge with a frosty and a can of beans.
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  37. flying out of KFAT, just reinstalled my TE scenery into P3DV5 now my internet is a little faster for the download....plane is Just Flight...
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  38. So you don't all have to worry, I will be out of town for the next 4 days. I might pop on here, I might not. Going to New York City for an event with other Veterans. Will be lots of beers. Cheers! Landon
    5 points
  39. Yes, a very Happy Birthday to you John. I hope you have gotten most or all your problems solved. I say it to almost everybody, so congratulations on another trip around the Sun. Take care, Dave S
    5 points
  40. Well Gerold, I am recovered now...took care of that on the 4 hour plane flight back to Colorado It's a quick turn-around, as next week I will be departing again. Going on an 8 day road trip from Colorado up to South Dakota and Wyoming to camp and explore Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, The Black Hills National Forest, The Badlands National Park and Devil's Tower National Monument. Should be a fun trip!
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  41. I was put on a potassium diet, because I had very high readings for some months prior to my Kidney and Pancreas transplant. Worst diet ever. They give you an awful powder solution to mix with water, it use to make me gag. No more salty foods, etc,etc. Now back to normal. I hope I never go on that diet again. cheers Gumby
    5 points
  42. got to look after ourselves, young and old, John you take it steady sir and follow the docs orders, Kodiak you hang on in there and make the most of what you can....2 years ago (aged 54) I suffered a Cardiac Arrest, lucky for me I was in an Ambulance at the time, cpr, 4 minutes, wasn't working but the defib brought me back, noticed lately my health is going down but here in the UK it's hard to get an appointment still...I only mention this because I am still struggling in my head to come to terms with what happened to me, makes me sound like a right wimp, but you just can't help it...... you know that's the first time I have said (virtually) out loud how I feel and struggle.....apologies for jumping the thread...
    5 points
  43. I can only give my sympathy John, I know what eye problems are all about. When I was 12 I got type 1 diabetes, at the age of around 25-26 I lost my sight. Had to leave work and go to Melbourne, for two major surgeries over a period of a few months to clear up the bleeding behind my eyes because of haemorrhaging from bursting blood vessels. A few yrs later had both cateracts removed no big deal with that. Today I can see enough to get by. This is not about me, just to let you know that Doc's can do a lot, so don't give up. It's not always as bad as one thinks. All the best. cheers Gumby
    5 points
  44. Hi Don I truly believe that most people when they get up in the morning don't go through a thought process which goes along the lines of "Well what/who can I s...w up today ?" So the next time you see your son-in-law , give him a hug and tell him you were sorry that you lost it. In the greater scheme of things called life, don't sweat the small stuff. And this is the small stuff. As TTM says this is the chance to get a new start with your system and an opportunity to have what you want & need. And yes, I've done exactly what happened to you - twice as a matter of fact. Frustrating as h..l , yes, but the world didn't come to an end , although it seemed it might at the time. So have an adult beverage or your choice on us, take a deep breath and carry on. Cheers Pete PS - buy your wife flowers, LOTS of flowers
    5 points
  45. #7 to hope for a simple vacation out of wifi land.
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  46. Quite a difference between an intentional fresh set-up and such an unwanted one. Perhaps some none IT stuff helps best, like Whisky for the pilot and flowers for his wifey. And then sit back, relax, and have some days of other thoughts.
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  47. More flowers and maybe choccies for the missus and a six pack for Tim. I hope you get everything repaired Don and also you get your M$F$ back working again.
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  48. Well I want to say A, but it's probably E drink up fellas
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