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Howellerman

Canyon Running

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Greetings!

 

I usually fly GA aircraft, but every once in a while I just have to bust out something loud and fast and run some canyons. For this exercise, I loaded up the A2A P-51 Civilian, Orbx CRM, Opus FSX and set a course from Lewiston (KLWS) to Weiser (S87), Idaho. This route follows the Snake River along the border of Idaho and Washington and is popularly known as Hells Canyon. In a small aircraft you can take-off and land at Weiser. However, in something as fast as the P-51 you are pretty much limited to KLWS. My P-51 mechanic scolded me severely for running the Glamorous Gal into the airport fence last time I tried to land at Weiser... :P

 

Besides that, I needed to make sure I know the new AVSIM picture posting process!

 

Hells Canyon is actually pretty wide (remember Evel Knievel and his infamous not-jump of the Snake River?), so storming along at 100-200 feet above the river is not unreasonable.

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It is pretty calm inside the cockpit, about 220-250 knots with mild manifold pressure, a relaxed prop speed, and only (!) 4G maximum load.

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Apparently I was out-racing a rain squall on my trip south, and ran into the weather on the return leg. Added a couple thousand feet for a relaxed return home.

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I just love Orbx scenery!

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All clear. KLWS is right over the top of the rise in the middle of view.

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Hope you enjoyed the flight!

Hmmm. I appeared to have done something wrong, since the Dropbox pictures are not showing. If you right-click on the icon it works, but that is just not right...

 

Maybe using the suggested fsfiles site will work...

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Thanks, Jose. 

 

I recently took the same flight in the updated 75th Anniversary PC-21 from Iris - a very different experience! Nothing like a HUD to make targets (turns) easy to acquire! 

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