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2010 RTWR Pilot Reports Thread

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Good start to Operation Dynammo. :) DC protecting me as I head to England over the channel. Very bumpy of the channel. There was lots of geese in the air.

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I got to fly earlier in this years race than I expected. A little over an hour into the first leg of the race Dave announced that he only had 35% fuel in the P-51H. Dave punched off his wing tanks prematurly and had to divert to ENZV. I setup in the Epic LT and pushed the baton to EGML to kickoff the Airmanship challange.

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Had a great time flying the Goose in the Kickoff event. I had two uneventful run with great cover provided by Harv on the first leg and Bry on the second. Vicious

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Couple of shots. The first shows the Gaggle off the coast of Dunkirk. The second of Travis and his soldiers safely on his way home.Great fun had by all!

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When you're flying in a high octane event such as this the last thing you want is for something to go wrong with your mount only minutes after posting you're wingman to the baton. So you can imagine how my heart got caught in my throat when I started to loose airspeed passing through 12000 ft. I asked the guys on Teamspeak what could cause something like this and I got a half a dozen replies which I tried to make sense of. I was on my own up there switching on heaters and examining the results when I gave the mixture setting a good look. Somehow the auto mixture checkbox had been reset, and so I had to set it manually. I had to squeeze out every bit of leaning to get my P51H up to 26000 ft, but the flight settled back down to routine, and I got back down okay. Yikes!

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B ) P-51H wingman arrived at YBAMNo pressue on since Bry had already landed but I was way too fast and high on my first pass and sailed over the field at 200knts and had to circle. Tried to bleed off the excess speed and altitude in the turn, but was still going too fast and was too high on the second approach. Forced it down but mis-judged the flare. Green Duenna though :(

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Nice flight flying wingman to Harv in a Do-335 duel :( Beautiful sunrise along the way and on arrival accidentally cut across Harv`s nose on short final ( Honest :( ) Moved out of the way of the runway and landed on the Taxi-way in time to watch a big bunch of Beech`s departing

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This race is renowned for high drama, and in spite of our best efforts we sometimes make mistakes, but there were a couple of incidents during our departure from Asia which were very close for us indeed!Firstly Buzz was driving tired, and he was driving the Avanti which needs careful management of energy during decent. Initially he came down too early, and then compensated for this with a slow decent, but then he was too high and entering low visibility conditions which resulted in excess speed, and a subsequent go-around. He made it on his second approach but posted that the baton was free with only two minutes to spare before the over time penalty.Secondly we had a wingman crash on departure. Jock evidently pulled the stick back too early causing his P51D to stall on take-off. While we were discussing how to resolve this little problem Sven reported that he couldn't retract his landing gear which forced him to reset his flight. He made corrections to his original post, reset his flight and took off. He made up some of the ground he lost and posted his baton free with an ample 10 minutes to spare!

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Scramble, Scramble, Scramble -- Unkown aircraft with no squawk reply.

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PIREP for PAKN to PASI P-47M-1-RE...."Living on a Prayer" flight. :( Prep, Takeoff and climb went well. Reached altitiude of 25k feet when a fuel situation came up.. Went from 98 to 56% rapidly...thought to myself, this is going to be close. Fuel managment was saying all the way I was running a deficit in distance and time to empty.....This cause me to :( :(..Can't let down the team....With that said had to continue cruise (not too many airports in the Bay of Alaska! for a diversion). Climbed higher (32K) to see if speed would increase. It did.that helped some as distance and time to empty went up (rather than down)..Trudged on with cruise..then came decent. It was a challenge...had to nurse the prop pitch and throttle all the way down. Approach was tricky, lots of turbulence and scattered clouds.. Tried to nurse the approach some so if I did loose fuel (and thus the engine) I could glide in for an landing attempt. Thankfully landed safely! B) However learned I had only 120 seconds to spare in the time limit...Sometimes it is safer not to tell the pilot everything in way of limits. Also times skill can't help every problem. It is a combinaiton of skill and luck...In this case...the pilot was "Living on a Prayer"!

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Monday has been an interesting day, starting with Buzz's landing with two minutes to go, Jock's take off crash, Sven's broken gear and Travis's fuel and time problems. I did two flights in the Epic today. The first flight was pretty much perfect, 50-60 knot tailwinds and 445 knots ground speed at FL290. I had a quite nice looking sunset while waiting for Sven and Jock, so I turned on light bloom and captured a few screenshots.(This is my new background on my netbook

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Cub Fun in WyomingI got home from work just in time to setup for the Cub team flight from West Yellowstone to Jackson. I loaded up my A2 J-3. The airport is 6000 ft elevation. I could not get more than 40 knts on take-off with the following results:I switched to FSX default J-3 and had an nice easy run down to Jackson.Note to self: Remember to practice with a plane before you fly it in the race :(

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Some Screenies.. :)Landing in MinskTurning final in VNKTNice wakeup in Alaska at the end of a nice legNice terrain on our cub leg.. Hard to climb.. Too bad I couldn't finish the flight.

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A little late in posting. Flew the Grumman Goose across the English channel to Dunkirk to pick up some evacuating troops for the kickoff event. Uneventful and successful flight to Dunkirk as well as the second leg to Manston. Grumman makes some great aircraft.

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Once again! A certain Co-Pilot is transferring private Team information! I knew we had a mole somewhere! Dang it! No more kibbles.

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First baton leg for myself, VYMM to VTSC in the DeHavilland Hornet, a world war 2 british two engine beauty of an aircraft. Very fast. With Roman flying wing in the Bearcat. Also very fast. After some Duenna struggles I finally was off and climbing to 30 thousand feet. I was greeted with a 25 knot tailwind once at altitude and settled in for a smooth quick leg. Was a little nervous flying my first leg for Avsim but Roman and the other team members online made it an enjoyable flight. The weather at 30k was very clear but dropping down towards VTSC the weather turned rainy and visibility dropped to near zero a few times. Thankfully the haze cleared as I approached the runway and I set the Hornet down without incident. Ahhhh.

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Completed My very first J-39F baton leg. I badly mis-judged the descent and was way to high and fast and fast. One 360 set me up for the runway but I could not see it anywhere. Then the multiplayer labels flickered into view. I had cut the throttle back to idle during my turn and noticed my speed was getting a bit low. Pushed the thottle foreward a bit and no response and I began to wallow a bit. I pushed the nose over to pickup some speed and slammed the throttles max forward and silence. My engine had cut out. I did the <Ctrl>E restart and heard the sounds of engine re-start but it took a very long 5 seconds before power began to come on and the city buildings were rapidly coming into view. At about 500 feet the power came on and I was able to arrest my descent and began to climb. I was only about 4 miles from the runway and could see the multiplayer labels but could not see any lights. Then less then 2 miles out I made out the field adjusted my approach and landed. Whew!!!A wonderful aircraft but I need a lot more practice.

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Decided to break out my shiny new 747-800 for its journey to back Harv up going across to Africa. Here are a couple photo's of the flight (before the "incident").. Hehe

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Some Phot-ohs from the last 3 legs of our race.A test flight in in the J-29...A gaggle heading for Italy.Just looking for our buddies in B-24s somewhere in Italy."I HAVE IT FIREWALLED BUT JUST CANNOT ESCAPE!"

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My FSScreen has been playing up the whole race, possibly a sympton of the anti virus problem that killed my wildcard attempt. Anyway here's a bunch of screenies that i did manage to get

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Howdi - Well I wasnt a race member here this year - I bugged out and went over to Flightsim for a change of pace. Funny thing I was a member of the last 2 winning teams !I just wanted to wish you all good luck in the race though and am commending everyone who took part - you all flew awesomely. RTW are the best pilots in the air (!); we have backbone !This is my own personal note to honor the pilots here...I kinda missed you guys. I may come back next year I dont know, or since Flightsim won I may jump to all the teams to fly to meet them all who knows !! I am gonna be looking for multiplayer group flights here !Blake

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The Beech Time flight was great fun. We enjoyed chatting as the Rozier Bros showed off their Dazzling Dorniers while landing the baton at Gladstone. Then our gaggle of Beeches took off to the sight of a beautiful Aussie sunrise. The journey was a scenic interlude to our normal hectic pace. No worries.Then a shot of the team making its way back to China

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