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John_Cillis

Some more Xplane11 photoreal misc freeware aircraft

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Aerobask's great freeware Robin, have not flown one of these in a sim since a Robin I flew in MSFS.  Also the Spad, aircraft of Eddie Rickenbackers Hat in the Ring squadron, greatest American Ace in WW1 who remembers the Allies paying tribute to the Red Baron and dropping wreaths in the age of air chivalry, also practiced by some German fliers in WW2, described in the book by TD Calnan, survivor of WWII's POW camps and Colditz castle.  Last is the Swift Motorglider out of Marana Arizona near Tuscon.  A real Swift was based there that I was invited to purchase but I could not find a hangar to rent anywhere within 100 miles of my home in Phoenix. 

Last, we had a foot of snow in the Phoenix Metro area in Scottsdale, out by 156th street not too far from Fountain Hills.  I got caught in a slight snow shower in west Phoenix walking home from the store tonight, it did not last long so the snow could not stick, but it was beautiful to look up and see the flakes falling, like an urban fairyland.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-weather/2019/02/22/how-cold-it-phoenix-shatters-122-year-old-temperature-record/2956459002/

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2019/02/22/blanket-snow-covered-scottsdale-residents-come-out-play/2954959002/

I used to work for PF Changs and JDA Software as a QA specialist and automation lead not far from there, testing and helping design client server and web based software for PC's, Cells and Tablets, and Apple hardware as well.

John

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Nice collection/mix of aircraft, John. Yes, I've that Robin (from MSFS) stashed away somewhere....may bring it back to life (in FSX-SE) after your post....for old-times' sake...

And, I've been reading about the record snowfall in AZ...not sure, if it's really rare to have large snowfalls there, but you would know...

Finally, PF Chang's (thinking it's the Restaurant Chain) sounds and smells...🙂...good...passed by one just the other day..in one of the Malls...

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1 hour ago, soaring_penguin said:

I love the swift. Where did you get it?

I got it at Xplane,org in the gliders section.  The Swift has about a 24:1 glide ratio, not as high as the Grob and Schweizer I flew in once, out of Calistoga's old gliderport in the Napa Valley.  The Grob was two place, I sat in the front, the Schweizer was three place, I sat in the back along with my friends, since I took two separate friends up after a 26 mile bike ride from the city of Napa. 

John

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