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  1. A friend of mine served as pilot with the Canadian Air Force in Germany. He was based in the Black Forest at the Canadian air force base near the city of Baden-Baden and flew the Starfighter.

    One of these planes was CAF666, serial # 104666, a dual operational aircraft, which was not only highly unpopular with mechanics, it was also hated for its persistent unreliability by pilots throughout its service life. My friend told me that pilots called it “Jet from Hell”, while the mechanics referred to it as “Hangar Queen”. As no one was really keen flying the plane, it had only flown 50 hours in its last four years in service.

    CAF666 had its last flight on March 5, 1975, when shortly before take-off to a routine flight from Baden-Soellingen to France, one of the two brand-new main tires exploded at 190 knots. And, to make matters worse, the canopy didn’t jettison properly, so the two pilots remained in the plane until it had skidded to a halt in a field behind the runway. Then both were able to climb out of the wreckage, fortunately unharmed.

     

    This is the plane in question, CAF666, parked at Baden-Soellingen Air Base. Luckily, I had a wonderful flight from here to Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance :)

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    I like that shiny design

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    Let’s get outta here

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    FL520. Now, that’s much better

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    Over Lake Constance

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    Long final into Friedrichshafen

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  2. 8 hours ago, boetie said:

    That is some great scenery! Thanks for sharing your epic shots Bernd.

    Cheers

    Graeme :)

    Thanks, Graeme for your kind comment

     

    5 hours ago, TigerTigerM said:

    Nicely done, Bernd.

    TTM

    Many thanks buddy

     

    4 hours ago, John Mac said:

    Very, very good Bernd! Thoroughly enjoyed these shots and commentary!

    John.

    I'm glad you like them, John

     

    1 hour ago, ikbenik said:

    Very nice pictured serie of screenshots of one of the best scenery products offered by NZA Simulations. I also have purchased their Proline products and I'm also very enthousiastic about their latest addition: Mt Cook airports and extended Area pictured. Hopely soon available also via Orbx, so I can submit some gorgeous views.

    Same here! I have all of their sceneries and like you I hope we can get the Mt. Cook one soon

     

    53 minutes ago, Sniper31 said:

    Some more great looking and adventurous New Zealand images here Bernd. Keep 'em coming :)

     

    Hahaha, I'll do my very best, sir :)

  3. Established in 1841, Nelson is the oldest city in NZ’s South Island and is located on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. The airport is primarily used for domestic flights and is the fifth-busiest in New Zealand by passenger numbers. During scheduled hours a plane lands or takes off around every four to five minutes.

     

    Before we can park our car, we need a ticket

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    A few more people around here would be nice :)

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    They even have an old Morgan on display. Very nice!!

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    Btw, all the photos of New Zealand you see here in the terminal are animated, they change every few seconds or so. Very impressive!

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    Ok, let’s find our ride for today

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    Ok, not this one it seems

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    Now, this one would be super cool, but its door is closed

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    Then we see someone near that Baron is waving at us

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    Ok, the Baron it is. Let’s go then

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    Bye bye, Nelson

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  4. 22 hours ago, Sniper31 said:

    Wow, some stellar looking images here Bernd! Nice it sure looking good in these, and that aircraft is an interesting oddity to see in flight :) 

     

    Landon

    Thank you very much for your kind comment, Landon

     

    18 hours ago, renault said:

    These are just superb Bernd :)

    The ambience is fantastic. You have captured it so well!

    Cheers

    Pete

    I'm glad, you like them, Pete

     

    9 hours ago, John Mac said:

    Awesome shots there Bernd! Monaco Grand Prix is a mad race! Those drivers are really courageous! Enjoy!

    John.

    Thank you John. And it is even more difficult this year, as the drivers have a much smaller field of view with the new spoilers and larger tires

     

    2 hours ago, lifejogger said:

    Great shots of Monaco!!!!!!

    Many thanks, John

     

    1 hour ago, mikee said:

    Beautiful shots Bernd :)

    Thanks a lot, Mikee

     

    1 hour ago, boetie said:

    I'm a F1 fan Bernd. Is there any chance you can get our Danny up the grid?  ;) you have captured the scenery superbly.

    Cheers

    Graeme :)

    I'd love to Graeme, but Danny is a superb driver, he doesn't need any assistance, maybe a better car :)

     

  5. Great pics, Wayne. I think we all suffer from the same "disease", buying too much stuff and then not using all of it. I still have many airports for XP11 that I have only visited once. A real shame; luckily the missus will never find out :D

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  6. This weekend is the famous Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, so let us check out, whether the city has prepared itself for this mega event. :)

     

    I take off from Nice airport. It’s from here just a short hop over to Monaco. The rich and famous usually have a helicopter shuttle service between their homes in Monte Carlo and the Nice airport.

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     At the right side of the swimming pool (above the plane’s tail), the bluish viewing area has been properly set up, so it appears that the city is one more time well prepared for this big annual show. :D

     

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  7. 3 hours ago, Stillwater said:

    What a great flight, shots & narration, Bernd. And a brilliant chance to compare with my old P3D...

    Tahiti:

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    Thanks for posting these, Gerold. The difference is quite striking

     

    1 hour ago, Sniper31 said:

    A great array of tropical images here Bernd! Very good feel to these, like I am in some tropical adventure movie from the 50/60's. :) 

     

    Landon

    Many thanks, my friend

     

    1 hour ago, BradB said:

    MSFS or P3D , that's a tough one .......:rollmyeyes::D

    :):) I fully agree with you, buddy

     

    47 minutes ago, renault said:

    What an absolutely beautiful set of images Bernd :)

    Cheers

    Pete

    I'm happy you like them, Pete

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  8. Teti’aroa is an atoll that was once a vacation spot for Tahitian royalty. Located just 53 km (33 mi) north of Tahiti, hardly anyone knew of its existence. That changed, when Marlon Brando discovered it, after shooting “The Mutiny on the Bounty”. He bought it in 1966 and built a small village on one of the motus, so he could stay there with his family. Today the island is home to a gorgeous luxury eco-hotel (The Brando Resort). Eight of Brando’s eleven children are involved in the resort project.

     

    A local has offered us some fish for our upcoming trip

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    Tahiti can be seen on the left, Moorea on the right side

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     We pass over Taha’a. Bora Bora can be seen in the distance

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    What a beautiful region this is in MSFS!

     

     

     

     

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  9. 20 hours ago, Sniper31 said:

    A great set of salty naval images Bernd :) The Panama Canal is a very interesting feature, and that is one nicely detailed battleship!

     

    Landon

    Many thanks for your kind comment, Landon.

     

    18 hours ago, ken2410 said:

    Some fantastic shots, very nice.

    Thanks a lot, Ken.

     

    13 hours ago, BradB said:

    These shots are a lock to be your best so far this year Bernd . :D:)

    Hahaha, many thanks, my friend.

     

    6 hours ago, Stillwater said:

    An outstanding flight, with some great perspectives and a little history lesson (I did not know about that ship before). Thanks Bernd!

     

    PS: And reading about the fate of Prinz Eugen on wikipedia is even more interesting. It seems to be a radioactive wreck now, contaminating a piece of paradise.

    Thank you so much, Gerold. I thought I spare the audience here the fate of Prinz Eugen, that is why I didn't mention it.

     

    6 hours ago, John Mac said:

    Fantastic shots, and great perspective and story! 
    John.

    Many thanks, John, for your comment.

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