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bc
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Day Five

 

Introduction

 

Day 4 of our Vacation sure came with its share of chills... and spills. Everyone seems to have made the STOL water landing and takeoff just fine, but the high-speed timed jet race across the playa has been, well, interesting! We'll pick up one of the 'pieces' in just a moment.

 

So this is the last 'Day' of our shared vacation and the tradition is to fit in one last activity before we all head home to our respective places on the planet. Like any vacation in the real world of activity we want to get that last walk in the pristine forest, the last slide down the water corkscrew at the amusement park, the last thousand bucks spent at the casino before the flight is called :lol: . Then it's back in the train, plane or automobile to face the rigors of daily life!

 

Finally, please remember to maintain Real Weather Metar for this Vacation Day. It has been fun serving this up and I wish all who joined a pleasant time, thank those who posted very much, as that is my 'pay' for these adventures and finally wish the best of luck to whoever has entered the Contest to win a free copy of X-Plane 11 - both here and at the Org.

 

Finally, finally :P , the contest will be judged this evening after the museum in my home city closes but before the curator goes home, so I will be there at 1800 EST and back at HQ a couple of hours later after I dine out with my family. Winner Post will come up I expect around 2100 EST this evening!


 

Part 1:

 

In the last Vacation Day I mentioned and linked "MOOP", or Matter Out Of Place. Well by golly, as things are winding down here at Black Rock City, there is one mighty big chunk of moop lying out just off the playa somewhere. A jet went down and crashed - pilot ejected safely but was blown quite far away. There was no fire and now we cannot find the crash site to clean it up.

 

Somewhere in the area depicted by this Google Earth excerpt below is a crashed high-speed US military jet. Can you find it and grab a verification picture on a photo recon flight?

 


 

Extra bragging rights if you find it and land a helicopter beside the crash, capturing both (with rotor disk spinning) in a screenshot :D .


 

 

Part 2:

 

This is the shortest entry ever!!!

 

It's time to go home, pilots. How you get there, and whether you return in the craft you brought, is up to you and your sense/desire of immersion in the simulation. I got re-interested in spending a bit more time again in my FlyJSim 732 and don't want to lose my CIVA skills, so I'm taking the big iron back to Vancouver where I will pick up my trusty Norseman and get back to work up in the Inside Passage for EPOCH Passage Aviation.

 

... and a final note to Epoch Pilots... the photo below is what it looks like at work today. Don't dally getting back, the jobs are piling up :lol: .

 


 

Thanks again to all for participating and I hope everyone had a great time!

Please feel free to post a screenie or two of your final day activities.


 

Cheers,

bc

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6 strings, 9 cylinders, 2 Manx cats: Life's Good!

November 13, 2016 at 12:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

NDNFlyer
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Wow that was smart heading for the the base of the mountain before ditching. Me and my crew in the Bell 206 were surprised to find it looking in better shape than most crashes from fighter jets. I took you up on your offer of trying to land next to it and my crew was glad because they wouldn't have to walk as far. ;)

Here we are coming around to the crash sight.

And now a cool camera shot of a miracle. If you notice both tails are next to each other. I promise you I didn't plan it. :D

We landed sorta close to the crash, but then decided to takeoff and try to go the extra feet to be less than 10 feet, it worked. Yay! Be happy to learn more about helicopter ops gofiger to brush up my bush skills for the more brutal Alaska terrain. :)



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The P-51 an EPOCH bird.

December 5, 2016 at 3:15 AM Flag Quote & Reply

bc
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Good work NDN. Kudos to you and the crew, and thanks for the screenies!


Cheers,

bc

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6 strings, 9 cylinders, 2 Manx cats: Life's Good!

December 5, 2016 at 7:03 PM Flag Quote & Reply

NDNFlyer
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You are welcome! Probably gonna head out tomorrow. I said it before, but it simply isn't enough. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ORGANIZING SUCH A FUN EVENT! :)

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The P-51 an EPOCH bird.

December 5, 2016 at 7:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

RocLobster
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Day 5, Part 1.


Me and the big ...ah ...eyed spotter that I recruited fire up the ol' PC-6 at the crack o' dawn to look for the elusive jet-powered MOOP in the desert...


"I see it!", she squeals. And I radio the location back to BRC search control.


Spotter Samantha squeals some more as I set the Pilatus down on an up-slope barely clearing the intermittent shrubbery nearby. We "de-personalize" the aircraft of the owner's precious belongings before they "grow legs" and disappear into the desert.


Back at BRC, I entrust Samantha to return the jet owner's belongings, because I've got to grab my stuff to make the twelve o'clock flight outta here.


Day 5, Part 2.


With promises to see each other again next year, I bid Gerti and Phoebs farewell, and board my pink pegasus...


San Fransisco Bay and KSFO in the distance as we descend from FL10 to approach runway 28 Left...


A big step (although not so much closer as the crow would fly) toward our fair British Columbia and the EPA Experience...

December 6, 2016 at 9:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

bc
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Fantastic Rocky! Great Day 5.


Hey, I think I flew once with Samantha - reason I switched to Zulu :lol:


Cheers,

bc

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6 strings, 9 cylinders, 2 Manx cats: Life's Good!

December 6, 2016 at 11:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

RocLobster
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Day 5, Part 2, Hop 2.


Air Canada Flight 563 readies for departure from KSFO...


Now pushed back from the gate, the PIC moves the throttles forward...


Climbing up to FL150, we leave the San Fransisco Bay area for points North...


Our flight plan has us skipping across VORs up the U.S.'s Pacific coastline...


Descending into Vancouver at a high angle to avoid those pesky trees lurking at the end of runway 26 Left...


After crossing runway 12/30 we head for Gate 41 in the near-freezing rain (0.028 deg C).


Wheels are chocked, engines spooled down and the jetway gets ready to move into position...


I'll be crashing at the Fairmont tonight and catch a ride to Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre in the morning. There should be a dirty (and probably fishy-smelling) floatplane waiting for me there ...the most satisfying workplace I've ever had the pleasure to spend my time in!

December 9, 2016 at 8:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

gofigure
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Vacation Day 5, Sikorsky S-92 SAR located downed military jet.

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December 10, 2016 at 4:04 PM Flag Quote & Reply

bc
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Nice job guys :)


Wow gofigure, in the dark even! With a chopper! Impressive...


Cheers,

bc

December 11, 2016 at 11:37 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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