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I was the wingman on this leg and 30 minutes into the flight I suffered a power failure that took out my pc. Took me 20 minutes to get powered back and online. I was very relieved that Jeroen completed the leg without difficulty. Jeff

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I was wingman for Sven and the visibilty was really bad.. Didn't see runway till I nearly was on top of it. :) Happy racing..

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Visibility on the field dropped to 3SM and the wind picked up form the north 25kts. Really bad crosswind for RWY 23, but with the visibility so bad, I decided late en route to fly the GPS approach for 23 due to the terrain hiding in the clouds, low ceiling and poor visibility.It really was hair raising and I was shaking as I walked from my bird into the local FBO too busy to snap some pics

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This was a pretty smooth ride into a fairly stiff headwind. My first real leg since last year, I can assure everyone it was quite different from the individual efforts some of us have been doing over at the Outhouse. Even though I could be considered one of the veterans this year, my heart was still racing and my palms were sweaty. Nervous about the reputation of the "Ensign Killer," I committed a rookie mistake by taking off without locking the tailwheel and was all over the place rolling down the runway. Fortunately I managed to steady my nerves enough to remember to raise the gear and flaps on schedule. :D Some screenies for the leg:1) Waiting for the baton at PASV with JockHAhttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185135.jpg2) The Aleutians off to port - nice to see some land after so much water...http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185136.jpg3) The unique profile of the "Hose Nose"http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185137.jpg

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Not much to say about most of the flight, pretty simple flight until descent.....All I was hearing about weather at PASY was 7sm visibility and a stiff crosswind, so I prepared as best I could... Started descent too late and had to take a longer downwind than normal, then had to add a 360-degree turn on final to bleed off airspeed so I could extend my flaps.. Fighting the crosswind the whole way down, came down with a bumpy, but safe landing.. Could not get a screenshot, was too busy fighting the crosswind.... :( Not sure how to get at the printscreen function on this keyboard......

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For my first flight of this RTW, I elected to stay 'in the shadows' so to say. With Radial completing the run to UHPP, I hopped into my new trusty keep-em-company mount, the F-14A, caught up with him, and was able to provide some good ol fashion 'you're not alone' support. As always, it felt nice to serve in this capacity.What I forgot as he neared UHPP for landing was the serious speed disparity between his prop driven craft and my afterburner steed. *lol* Although not to obvious in the attached shot, I've got some serious AOA cranked in to keep altitude at such a slow speed. http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185147.jpg

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Great to see Radial earn his team wings under real pressure! We all held our collective breath as the baton fell on his hands alone. And he performed admirably.Then a terrific sight with EP and cbr circling to climb for their journey to Japan! Great teamwork all around.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185148.jpg

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Good but long flight. Definately pushed the max range on the P51H. Had to make sure we squeezes ever last millilitre of fuel out of each engine before switching fuel tanks.I think CB and I were trying to work out the fuel burn on that one to make sure we'd make it.. Half way through the flight I had to look up in the manual what the best glide rate for the plane would be. You know, just in case.. hehehe, there was no alternate for this run. (Air Bridge)After a small icing scare on CB's behalf we did finally make it. Took it out for an extended final due to the extreme crosswinds, but had a nice smooth final to touchdown. Rollout was a bit shaky though due to the winds.. Landed with 5% fuel left.. woohoo.. Great flight, glad we made it to Japan..Anyway, at work now, keeping track of the baton. Hopefully get a leg or two in tonight. Might post a screenshot later..Enjoy everyone..

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I woke up early to see how we were progressing to discover that a DC3 team flight had just commenced to RJTH. I joined the team flight almost 15 minutes late. The follow-on flight to RJAW had already commenced by the time I arrived last in my DC-3. I was unable to see the runway and crashed into terrain. A poor beginning for me. Sven the baton pilot (P38) to RJAW suffered a crash into terrain on takeoff from RJAW but quickly reset and was underway again. Rob was flying wing in p51h suffered a flight controls glitch and overstressed his bird. He also reset and restarted quickly. Two thirds of the way through the leg Jock notified the team about rule 11. Both Sven and Rob had restarted in the same aircraft type and the team realized that their legs were now invalid. Jeroen who had recently joined on teamspeak set up as primary pilot and I setup as backup. We were both in Avaniti's. I was in FS9, Jeroen in FSX. Jeroen was making excellent time in the Avanti while I was in vicious headwinds at FL350 and falling behind. Suddenly Jeroen reported that he suffered a catastrophic overspeed without any warning. FSX's massive sudden wind shifts claim their first AVSIM race pilot victim. I was now primary pilot for the leg. I descended to FL280 in search of better winds but my progress was still a relatively slow 370kts ground speed. One hundred miles from RJAW I activated the approach on the GNS530. I attempted to tweak the approach waypoints and locked up the GPS and navigation mode on the autopilot. I had to switch to heading mode. My approach into RJAW was rough and I was not well aligned to the runway heading. As my speed decayed I was unable to confirm that my gear was down. I was switching between cockpit and panel views to confirm gear down. I could see harv and bry on the runway and finally aquired the rumway lights but I was too high. I put the nose down and I thought I would be able to get down OK. I botched the flare and the Avanti bounced then came back down and began to roll, but it was not longer rolling straight and the aircraft tipped over and crashed. Baton was now back at RJTH again.Jock and Sven picked up the baton and made the teams third attempt to get to RJAW.After 4 hours and 52 minutes from the start of this leg, Jock completed his fight and the team moved rapidly away leaving the simulated wreakage of a P38, a P51, and two Piaggio Avanti's.Jeff

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Sonuds like an interesting morning Jeff.. I went to bed after making Japan. I awoke 3 hours later to goto work and when I got to work I checked the forums and was shocked to see that we hadn't made it very far. I was trying to figure out what happened.. Thanks a million Jeff for keeping us all updated. Can't be on teamspeak till I get home..

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Ok, my first hop of the 2008 race. I'm set up to fly wing with epwatson. Now, mind you I've had a heck of a day already. Earlier in the week I came home from work to find my PC displaying a series of "Delayed Write Failure on Drive H:" messages (H: is my FSX drive!) I had run some drive checks after rebooting and everythign seemed ok. While setting up for the Hamburger run though, I was getting MASSIVE graphics glitches. I decided it was time for a full reinstall of FSX and all my add-on. UGH...6 hours later I had formatted the drive, installed FSX, Acceleration, ASX, FS Genesis, Cloud9 Landclass, all my aircraft, a new version of Flight Deck 5, CoPilot Professional (big mistake, it's still a POS!). Had some problems with getting FSUIPC to install, so I had to go through a repair process on both FSX and Accel (basically installing them all over again!) At this point, I'm tired, I'm frustrated, and I just want to fly...Ok, epwatson and I get set up to go... While waiting for the baton to arrive we find out that the baton holder had a computer crash and the baton is now with the wingman, flying a MUCH slower aircraft. Sigh... Wait wait wait.... Wait out the 30 minute penalty as well.Time to go!!!! Woohoo! epwatson and I both do our posts, he starts rolling, I click the Duenna on (I don't use the autograb option) and I'm off, right on his tail.... This is going to be a long hop. 787nm air bridge. We're going to be pushing the limits of the Pony's endurance here.About halfway to our destination we check the tracker to find that it has ME listed as the baton holder (apparently I clicked the button before epwatson's duenna auto-picked it up...) Oh well...We continue on... about 200 nm out I start getting nervous about the fuel. It's going to be real close. Bad winds could really screw us. Luckily we catch a nice tail wind getting us up to 454+ kts GS. I'm cruising along, about 15 nm behind the baton holder when suddenly the engine loses all power, the airspeed indicator goes to 0. I can hear the engine running, but I'm getting no pull from it. I start panicing. Pitot heat - nope. I have fuel, etc. I start flipping every switch in the cockpit, finally finding the Carb heat switch which fixes it. I had almost reached stall speed as the AP was trying to maintain altitude. Finally I'm back on track, heart attack avoided!At 20nm out I chop the throttle, and begin a steep dive for the airport. Weather is crap. Light snow, broken clouds at 10K, and gusting 23+ kt cross winds. Well THIS should be fun. I figure epwatson is already down as I start lining up my approach. WHAT?!?!!? You're not down yet? you had a 15nm lead!!! I do some heavy crabbing and make it down nice and safe, epwatson apparently right behind me because he calls out that he's down just as end my flight on the Duenna. 8% fuel remaining.Whew! 2am. I needed sleep BAD! I forgot how much FUN this is!!!!!

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Sorry, no snaps this time. I was in a hurry to launch so I left the camera in the bag. It was nice to see the sunrise over the ocean on the way, and heartening to see everyone waiting at the field when I arrived. Thanks guys! I'm really starting to love the Corsair, especially landing it. No bunny hops. :D Go Avsim!Craig

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Flew my first part of the race after the start event, the "mini" team flight (with only three people except the baton carrier) in the Jenny to pick up the last bonus hours. The first thing I noticed was that the Jenny really could use some elevator trim ;) and that impression lasted for the whole one hour flight. It was a pretty uneventful flight, I was following Stonecold from about 0.2 nm behind him the whole time. On approach I still had a 100% landing success rate (though I only had made one landing in it, just one hour earlier), and was hoping to have my success rate stay the same. Luckily, the Jenny isn't that hard to land, and though I veered off the runway a bit, I think it was a pretty nice landing :)Took a screenshot of me and Stonecold (though I'm not sure he knew if I was there ;)):http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185199.jpgKlasse

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I knew you guys were behind me, didn't know where... Too busy flying the airplane to look.... :(

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Always nice to have a great first baton run. WPEC-WAMM definitely qualified.T'was Bry and I in our Avantis, racing across the Pacific at FL280. Well, almost racing; Bry had some initial problems with speed (he says it was a Anti-Ice issue, the rest of us surmised he had unauthorized passengers). In the end though, he solved his pace problem and we were both 400+ on the speed.And it on this leg that I learned about the inflight-reverse pitch capabilities of the Avanti's engines. As long as I've owned this sleek machine, I had no clue that it had this capability. It demanded a hands on test run, even in this official leg of the race.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185236.jpgDropping down to the field from FL280 only 22 nm out, and well in time to level out for a nice 10 nm final... Who says you can't have fun at one o'clock in the morning!

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Well, Kai Tak is closed in the real world, but thanks to 2Dragons, it lives yet again.I specifically wanted to do this leg, since this have always been one of my favorite airports.So Harvey and I took off from RPLC for the 560 nm leg to VHHX. Harvey took the Avanti (of course), but I selected the P-38 since the P-51 might have too big impact on the FPS. Also, the only problem with this scenery is that fact that the crash zone around the buildings are way too big - even if you are not near then, they might still pull you out of the sky. By taking the P-38, I hoped to be able to keep it a little high, then dive for the runway. Well, that strategy succeeded, but choosing the P-38 almost cost us penalty time due to headwinds. The baton was released at 1:56...I promised some screenies and here they are. Unfortunately they are not very good due to night and low vis, but anyway...BrgdsSven Sorensen, EKCHhttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185238.jpgAfter the landing - phewhttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185239.jpgThe famous checkerboard http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185240.jpgYou can see the 47 dgr offset runway

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Whew. Long flight through the dark in the Bearcat. Flew low, as one does with the Kitty, and thus dodged terrible winds further aloft.Had an incident with the Duenna. Green on takeoff and green on climb out. But on leveling off it showed green/red as though it were still on the ground. The tracking software indicated everything fine and there was always the FA screenie... Then, all of the sudden, a second Duenna GUI popped up. Now all green with all the data, pickup and timing, absolutely correct. So that was both perplexing and promising.On landing, the "flightlog.txt" did not pop up but was available on the Windows Vista toolbar below. Opened it up and all was perfect. Whew!Now to track down this stuff.Mikehttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185244.jpg

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A thoroughly enjoyable , if long day ,Started with a nice flight as wingman for Alex in Avanti`s from WPEC to WAMM . Forgot to switch on the eng ice vanes which slowed me down for a bit . Then took the baton with Rob (Ozzie) from RPVM-RPLC . Got good speed out of the hornet and landed safely with Rob at Clark Intl . Dawn lights for photographic purpose only ;)http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/185255.jpgThen after some photo`s of Sven and Harv landing at KaiTak , I took off as wingman , in the Hornet, with DarkCharisma in the p-38L Lightning . I arrived at ZHHH just before DC and watched him execute a perfect landing .Then came some proper fun . I set up as wingman for Harvey .We were both in the P-51H . The leg from ZMUB-UNAA . A direct flight of 680 miles , 690 with the approach to RWY 2R . We decided (correctly) to take the Avanti as the Baton flight , as the P-51 was right on its limits of fuel range , courtesy of headwinds , Harvey was using FSX so as I was on FS9 I jumped into the Avanti and took the Baton . Climbed to 35000 and met brutal headwinds , Harvey was fairing little better lower down in the P-51 but was getting faster groundspeed . I tried to climb in search of more favourable winds but the old girl just did not want to push beyond FL35 . So we just battled on , the pressure raised as the clock was running down so I was pushing as hard as I dare to save time . Then came the wonderful news that the airport weather had just socked in real bad (pea soup) and visibility vanished in the mist :( . This put the pressure on as I was well aware of ,A= the time and B= go-around not really an option with the risk of exceeding 700 miles :( . descended in to the clouds and received news that Harvey had dropped out as wingman :( More pressure :) Switched off autopilot and turned onto finals with zero visability heading for the runway . 2 miles out I saw what looked like the faint warm glow of the teams headers but nothing else , finally over the threshold I saw the runway and put her down safely . Job done . For me this is what makes this event such an experience . Its not all about winning , but the way the team bonds when things get tough , the adrenaline that flows when the pressure is on . Love it No screenies sorry

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