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  1. AirPower is the largest air show in Europe and happens every three years at the military airfield Hinterstoisser near Zeltweg, Austria. This year the show was scheduled for the first weekend of September, admission is free. It attracted some 280,000 visitors.

    I thought to take one of my vintage planes, the venerable Fokker VIIa in order to make a decent entry.










    Now, that’s quite a crowd



















    And this is, how the real thing looked this year





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  2. 15 hours ago, paulb said:

    Very well done Bernd. A great and informative post. A nice piece of history :).

    Thank you very much, Paul


    14 hours ago, Caluma65 said:

    A fine set of shots Bernd and a very interesting background too.  Cheers,



    Many thanks Calum


    11 hours ago, Sniper31 said:

    Great images Bernd! Love the details and the background history. Nicely executed :) 

    I'm happy you like them, Landon


    11 hours ago, gumbypickett said:

    That was very well put together Bernd.

    I love the interior shots of the airport, but I

    was unaware of the number of 747 arrivals at Hobart.:)



    Thanks a lot, Gumby. Only when I googled whether a Jumbo can land in Hobart, did I get to know about those four successful landings


    9 hours ago, adambar said:

    yet another iconic aircraft gone. Enjoyed the info and shots Bernd. :)


    Luckily it will survive in our virtual world for a few more years :) Thank you, Adam


    5 hours ago, John Heaton said:

    Love the pics - so sharp and clear ---- 4K perhaps ?

    also love the demo version of the 747 and looking forward to Just Flight's version of the 200 coming in MSFS soon

    Spent many hours in the VH - EB? numbered aircraft:)

    Many thanks, John, no 4K here. Like you I can't wait to fly these old birds once they are introduced :)


    4 hours ago, Stillwater said:

    A fantastic selection of food you found. And a truely great post, with a very interesting background, an interesting location and good screenies taken in perfect light.

    That´s what I love in this forum!

    Thank you very much for your kind comment, Gerold


    3 hours ago, John Mac said:

    Great shots to accompany a very interesting story! Thanks Bernd!


    Many thanks, John



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  3. When you think of Hobart and its 2750 m runway, a 747 does not come as a logical plane to land there into your mind. But over the last thirty years, a Qantas 747 landed there four times. The first one was a B 747-200 (VH-EBN), which landed on 22nd September 1989. The second time was a B 747SP (VH-EAA), which landed on 22nd February 1990. The third time it was a B 747-400 on 20th September 1990 and the last one another 747-400 on 10th October 2019.

      Considering this history, I will use Hobart as a special place for one of the last identical four and the first 747 ever built. I got the idea from a nice thread on another site that deals with our simulator. On Wednesday, Oct. 5 2022, Atlas Air took delivery of a 747-8 Freighter (N861GT). This unit is the second of four new 747-8 Freighters ordered by Atlas Air in 2021, which are also the last 747s ever to be produced by Boeing, putting an end to the "Queen of the Skies”. The first Jumbo, the iconic prototype RA001, a 747-121, christened “City of Everett”, made its maiden flight on February 9, 1969. One of its last flights will now be the one into Hobart.:)


    But first we have to get to the airport










    Yummi (I mean the food!!)



    I love the details in the interior





    Here we go: 747-8F with rego N861GT







    Unfortunately, also cargo planes have to follow a strict schedule. N861GT had to leave before the City of Everett arrived



    That happened around one hour later





    A truly iconic piece of aviation history



    What a beauty (this time I mean the bird…äähm…I mean…I mean the plane of course) :)







    Btw, the 747-100 is the FS9 Posky model that I converted to MSFS (with all the associated limitations of course. But she flies quite nicely.)


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  4. 22 hours ago, Caluma65 said:

    Superb set of shots Bernd and a really interesting adventure too.  Cheers,



    Many thanks buddy


    18 hours ago, wain71 said:

    nice find, interesting adventure.....great shots...

    Thanks a lot, Wayne


    4 hours ago, Stillwater said:

    A fantastic post, Bernd. Not just showing "look how nice the scenery in MSFS looks", but a fascinating story, background learning and flight action (finding the wreck in low flying). Such storys fascinate me, well done!

    PS: Is the wreck default or .to-freeware?

    Thank you for your kind comment, Gerold, much appreciated! I had this one on my bucket list for a long time :rolleyes: The wreck is default


    19 minutes ago, adambar said:

    Interesting story and shots Bernd. :) 

    Many thanks, Adam

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  5. 15 hours ago, Sniper31 said:

    Nice sim adventure Bernd and connecting it with history ;) Very cool! 

    Thanks a lot for commenting, Landon


    15 hours ago, paulb said:

    Excellent set Bernd :). I enjoyed the story behind it.

    I'm happy you liked them, Paul


    13 hours ago, gumbypickett said:

    Very nice shots Bernd.

    If your plane was to go down

    at least it would be easy to spot.:)



    Hahaha, indeed Gumby :)


    12 hours ago, Bullfox said:

    Thats pretty slick.

    Thank you very much


    3 hours ago, carlosqr said:

    Nicely done indeed

    Cool shots


    Thanks a lot Carlos

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  6. This is the much abbreviated version: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy, scheduled an inspection tour of the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. On April 14, the U.S. naval intelligence effort code-named "Magic" intercepted and decrypted orders alerting affected Japanese units of the tour. The decrypted text revealed that on April 18 Yamamoto would fly from Rabaul to Balalae Airfield, on an island near Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

    Operation Vengeance was the American military operation to kill Yamamoto on April 18, 1943. Eighteen P-38s were assigned the mission. One flight of four was designated as the "killer" flight. They intercepted the two Mitsubishi Betty bombers that were carrying Yamamoto and his entourage and shot them down at around 09:35 that day.

    My task now is to find that plane and take pictures of it. The remains of Yamamoto's aircraft lie in the jungle around 9 miles (14 km) from the town of Panguna, (06°47.165′S 155°33.137′E). The crash site is around an hour's walk from the nearest road.


    The nearest airport to the site on Bougainville is Buin. That’s where I start.













    There she is









    And this is, how the real plane looks today



    Let’s head back




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