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  1. Ah...the Hybrid...thanks for flying it...! Impressive series with great details...inside and outside...!
  2. Fantastic set.... wing-view of that RR engine looks fabulous...!
  3. Clouds, mountains, birds...and the rest...just an amazing ambience...!! (Jackson Hole is one of my favorite airports.... got Orbx (KJAC) a short while ago...)
  4. Glorious pictures...! Princess Juliana never looked better....πŸ™‚...oh well...maybe I can visit it one day...!
  5. [1] Hybrid liveries are fascinating (see Steve D's post titled "Hybrids"). Such liveries can happen e.g., when an airline is leasing a/c from another airline but chooses to paint the leased plane only partially in its own color (leaving the rest in the color of the original airline). TUI/Thomson Airways/Sunwing is a great example of it. TUI (group) is a major shareholder in Sunwing, and also owns Thomson Airways and TUIfly, with 8 aircraft currently on lease to Sunwing. The owning entity (TUI group) is essentially sharing spare a/c capacity around these group of airlines, leading to interesting amalgamation of livery colors. Likewise, another airline, I came across, in the Freeware upload files for this week, is Flybondi, a low-cost airline in Argentina. It's acquiring 737-800 a/c from other airlines, e.g., the first one (LV-KAH) being, by coincidence, from Sunwing. So, during transition of color, the tail, engines and winglets will remain orange, until this Boeing 737 receives Flybondi’s full livery (see my images). Also, see below for one picture (the first shot below) of the Flybondi/Sunwing (hybrid) livery for PMDG 737-800, someone has painted. If you are curious, you may also search for "FLYBONDI LV-KAH 737-800 IMAGES" for additional pictures of it and examine the RHS and LHS faces of the orange tail of this (former) Sunwing Boeing 737-800. What's interesting is that, during the transitory phase (with hybrid livery), the tail has markings as follows: Bits of partial lettering for the first 2 letters of "sunwing" i.e., "s", "u", and the full symbolic Sun logo on RHS face of tail Bits of partial lettering for the last 2 letters of "sunwing" i.e., "n", "g", and the full symbolic Sun logo on LHS face of tail So, it's curious that the left-over (partial) letterings are seen only on the rudder part of the tail; the remaining letters on the vertical stabilizer part have been painted over. However, the Symbolic Sun logo, which is always on the vertical stabilizer part of the tail is left untouched i.e., not painted out... (same Sun logo left on the engines too) ... And the yellow "flybondi" wordmark (only sign of the new carrier besides the Reg.) appears on the front fuselage (both LHS/RHS) of the hybrid livery. [2] Today, I also came across an Iran Air 737-200 repaint (for Milviz 737-200C) in the freeware library. Milviz 730-200, I recalled, was a unique product that had (properly) modelled a Gravel Kit system on the 737-200. A gravel kit is a modification on an aircraft to avoid foreign object debris (FOD) damage or ingestion while operating on unpaved surfaces. There was a time, Boeing offered an optional "unpaved strip kit" for its early 737 variants. Such kit-equipped 737s were once a common sight in Northern Canada (e.g., w/ Air North) and Alaska (e.g., w/ Alaska Airlines). Available for the 737 (-100/-200) from February 1969, the kit comprised a number of modifications that would allow aircraft to safely fly in and out of airports that only had unpaved runways. Two of the primary modifications (modelled by Milviz) are the following: Nose-gear gravel deflector (shot #9, a curious device indeed): This keeps gravel off the underbelly and is one of the more prominent and noticeable parts of the kit. This is made of corrosion-resistant steel and has a sheet metal leading edge, which acts as an aerofoil to give it aerodynamic stability. Vortex dissipators fitted to the engine nacelles (shot #10, look under the engine nacelle): Quite effective, this consists of a small forward-projecting tube which blows pressure regulated (55psi) engine bleed air down and aft from three nozzles at the tip to break up the vortices. These enhancement kits, no longer available for newer jets in modern times, remain a curious segment of 737 aviation history, been responsible for bringing essential commodities and life-saving supplies, by air, for the first time, to some of the remotest (and coldest) corners of the world. BTW, please note, on the (highly flexible) Milviz a/c manager (Shot #6, below), I've enabled Gravel Kit and the Sperry 177 version Autopilot. SP177 autopilot with integrated FMC and automatics (the most advanced version available for the 737-200, see interior flightdeck shot, below), in 1982, became Cat IIIa Autoland capable, and has remained virtually unchanged through to the 737NG's. [3] This freeware, that I also came across this week, has a strange bearing on one of my recent posts. See my L-188 Electra bit of exchange with fscabral, in the post "Evolution of American Airlines "Eagle"...". It appears some folks, with interest in vintage, have recently (and coincidentally?) dug up fscabral's couple of (old) L-188 Electra repaints (see images below), plus the (base) FS KBT L-188 Electra model, to push these files into the Top Downloads List for this week...πŸ™‚...The PSA repaints were uploaded by fscabral in March 2010...more than a decade ago...! I see, in the README, he had not forgotten to add the customary, "Thanks for download and have a great flight!"...(BTW, Fabio, I didn't know what that description line text meant, "description=Γ…β€˜Γ₯β€žqβ€˜Β¬β€œx β€šUβ€šTβ€šQβ€šβ€Ήβ€š^β€šΛ† Ε½Γ€β€”pΓ£ΒΈΕ’Γ€β€œx β€šWβ€šUβ€šTβ€šTβ€š qβ€˜Β±β€Ήβ€”β€”Β£ β€šRβ€šTβ€šSβ€šPβ€šβ€Ήβ€š"...πŸ™‚...) Electra L-188 was the first large turboprop airliner built in the United States. After a couple of initial (and well-documented) fatal setbacks, expensive (structural) modifications were made to the airframe, which then made it an excellent a/c in terms of reliability and economics and sustained the use of the ones already in deployment, but, not for too long, though...since the jetliners (707/727/737/DC9) were just around the corner to supplant the (large) turboprops of the day. San Diego based PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) operated 9 Electras for over 20 years between 1958-1979. Below are a few pictures of two PSA liveries...the normal red/orange and a red/orange/pink. The massive and powerful Allison T56 Series (military grade) Turboprop Engines and Propellor blades (See e.g., 3rd shot from last, below), would also power the legendary C-130 Hercules. These engines were developed and tested by Allison with Air Force support. The Allison Engine Company proved itself good enough to later attract the attention of Rolls Royce and would be acquired by Rolls Royce in 1995. Rolls Royce touts this engine as the world's number one large turboprop. The Lockheed Electra L-188 remains an iconic (American) turboprop of the yesteryear...with several samples still flying around today with Cargo and Air Tanker service operators... Hope you enjoy the pictures of these repaints and these planes etc... from the freeware library this week...! Thanks for your interest...!!
  6. Wow...wonderful pictures....you finally got a bizjet, Ryan, that you can take far and far away from the comfort of MN and Midwest...πŸ™‚.... (great to see you talking NAT tracks...) ...
  7. Wet airports are clearly the forte of MSFS...!! Rich and complex series, Darryl.... looks amazing...!!
  8. Nice pictures, Todd...! Thanks for showing the interior shots...looks comfy for sightseeing ...πŸ™‚.... especially with those large windows....
  9. Lovely pics with the 787-10... (would have named myself after this instead of the 787-8 ...πŸ™‚..., but it was not there around yet, as I recall...)
  10. The Brussels Airlines Dots... an elegant design.... beautiful set here...!! [In RW, have transited via EBBR once, but, lately, have travelled to this airport many times.... virtually... πŸ™‚.... thanks to you folks....]
  11. I recall the pure orange Sunwing color very well, Steve ...but hadn't seen this interesting Hybrid livery...nice work on this TUI/Sunwing combo ...! [Now, you'll have to illuminates us...πŸ™‚...about what's missing in the pic...]
  12. Thanks for pointing out.... I forgot...the P-8 is a derivative of the -800ERX, so, if PMDG creates a model of it, it will have to match the RW model in all aspects...πŸ™‚...though the -800 will be a little closer than the -700, for sure...
  13. Adam: Appreciated the comment...and agree with your sentiments for the 707....πŸ™‚....!!
  14. ....πŸ™‚.... Ryan, whether we (diehard) fans approve or not, of the newer livery and logo...πŸ™‚.... yes, indeed, the new emblem, known as the β€œFlight Symbol”, now features (or is supposed to feature) a stylized eagle’s head in white, placed on a blue and red background. It is meant to represent the same (iconic) eagle of the AA past...though, if it doesn't look like an eagle to you (or me), that's understood, too...πŸ™‚... Anyway, as fscabral says above, we'll just have to get used to the newest livery.... until it changes again ...
  15. In one of my recent posts, I'd flown the heaviest skip-eqippped aircraft in my hangar (in fact, also, the heaviest (RW) a/c ever to be equipped with a ski set, the LC-130 Hercules variant). I'd flown from PAVD (Valdez) airport to the vast icefield of Bagley Field, in the dead of winter. So, a peer member, here, ...had asked me (rightly so) if I wanted to punish myself...πŸ™‚...? Actually, the reason for my exploring Valdez region in the middle of winter (for the first time, virtually) was because I'd come across a few beautiful (MSFS) pictures, here, of Valdez in winter...and it had occurred to me that I've always visited Valdez only in Spring, but never in Winter...! Anyway, in this post I've set my season (back) to Spring in Valdez (so, now, less white and more green, around)...And I've also explored Valdez and vicinity, so to speak, up close, with the help of one of the smallest float planes this time, that I recalled and love, the L-4/J-3 (Cub) Grasshopper...(btw, look back, if you wish, at another member's post titled "Grasshopper" to view a set of lovely pictures of this same plane, but from the MSFS world). The L-4, essentially a J-3 Cub, distinguishable by the use of Plexiglas windows and skylight for improved visibility (see shots, below), was produced (copiously) for the army in the early 1940s, and, to this day, is still immensely prized by the (private) owners. ("All we had to do," Bill Jr. is quoted as saying, "was paint the Cub olive drab to produce a military airplane"). Along with similar (tandem) a/c, Taylorcraft L-2 and Aeronca L-3, these 3 planes L-(2/3/4) were collectively nicknamed "Grasshoppers". For this post, my aerial images are taken from such an L-4 (floatplane). This particular (RW) L-4A "Grasshopper OY-ECV, Serial No. 42-15272", nicknamed "Mistress," is owned and flown by an airline Captain in Denmark. Valdez marks the southern terminus of the (great) Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. Here, I am lifting off with my Grasshopper (L-4/J-3) Cub (Float), off the waters of Valdez Narrows inlet, in Prince William Sound (Alaska), btw, just within miles of the infamous site of the Exxon Valdez Spill, which occurred on March 24, 1989. Exxon Valdez tanker, with over 53 million U.S gallons of crude oil, had departed the Valdez Port Pipeline Terminal (see one aerial picture, below, 3rd from last, of this Terminal along with the crude oil storage tanks) on the night of March 23, at 9:12pm, proceeded (west/southwest) along the Southbound shipping lane of the narrow channel (see also the top-down screenshot (last but one), below, of the channel, where the Pipeline terminal can be spotted towards bottom RHS of my a/c location marked by the Red crosswire, at center of MAP). As the tanker travelled, on autopilot, further south past the narrowest part of the channel, in order to avoid the icebergs dislodged from the nearby glaciers, it would, by intention, made to deviate off the main shipping line (not an uncommon occurrence), but then, before entering the wide expanse of Prince William Sound, just past midnight, at 12:04am, it would strike the submerged rocks of Bligh Reef, and run aground. Bligh Reef, actually an island itself, is a hidden (and isolated) undersea formation (elevation stated to be 0 feet above MSL), off the coast of (main) Bligh island. The island is situated just south of the bottom edge of my top-down image, below. So, whether one's on a ship or on a plane, Valdez is one of the most dangerous places in the world, for navigation. It is also one of the extraordinary places with a most remarkable and one-of-a-kind geography. Nestled in awe-inspiring and towering mountains (see pictures), there are 5 major glaciers around Valdez. The spectacular Valdez Glacier, just minutes north of the airport, is so vast that its outflow creates a lake during summertime (I've shown a couple of pictures of closely overflying this glacier flow, and you can spot the lake at top RHS corner of my shot #5). In my set, I've also included pictures from a walking tour on and around the grounds of the Valdez airport...e.g., note the dogwalker with his Doberman near the perimeter fence (I better stay far and safe from this dog...πŸ™‚...), the lady pacing near the Era Aviation Dash 8, likely waiting for her flight or a sightseeing trip, the outdated Presidential Voting Poster on the wood cabin, and the Valdez Marine Line Depot, which is the transportation company providing barge service to and from Alaska, Hawaii, and the Yukon Territory (Canada). Hope you enjoy this collection of pictures.... of Valdez and my Grasshopper (Mistress)...πŸ™‚...! Thanks for your interest and good flying...!! [FR (J-3/L-4), Orbx (PAVD/SAK)]
  16. Thanks... !! I'll live this dream today...just by myself...πŸ™‚...because I like such old stuff that you cannot find anywhere else... (btw, excellent job on that classic AA eagle logo on the Electra...) ...
  17. Beautiful... (though dirty...πŸ™‚...) upgrade work on the 737....fscabral...! Like the bottom-up view of the fuselage (shot #1) ...but all the grime and stains on the extended flaps...are so well-done... (surely these workhorses actually look like this, unless repainted as Chock says...)
  18. Beautiful work on the Poseidon, Steve...!! Hope you will get to (re)paint on the correct airframe soon enough...!
  19. Nice and succinct review, Ryan. A curious a/c... indeed... though I recall it well from the past... (Looks like you're getting good at fitting TDS GTN 750 to any a/c...πŸ™‚...always an asset...)
  20. Informative pictorial, bernd....! Lovely pictures too...! [I do recall your excellent Valdez/PAVD pictures from P3D... BTW, I was myself hanging around Valdez recently...πŸ™‚...in the middle of winter....]
  21. Alaska, pmplayer, Michael: Thanks for the comments...!! Thank you for the kind words, fscabral... (now, where is my FS KBT Electra...πŸ™‚...) Agree, the AA Metal was a trend-setter...and well-liked for sure...fans like us, included...Oh well...now we wait and look for a vintage/commemorative metal paint on an AA 787 someday...πŸ™‚...that too unlikely due to the composites...
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