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  1. Hey Spud...they could even do night flying from that nest if you switched the light on
  2. I'm continuing to enjoy flying this Lohner seaplane around my local area in Alaska:- Passing Rich Bastard on his way out down the Russell Fjord...The cruise ship is Island Princess in the waiting area. Buzzing the cruise ship... There is the local pod of Humpback whales... More gulls to avoid... The full sequence of screenshots can be seen by clicking this address:- http://forum.fsscreenshots.com/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=2&topic_id=7890&mode=full&page Thanks for looking
  3. Hi Pierre, These swallows migrate from here to South Africa...The adults all leave in big bunches and fly really fast with very few stops till they get there. The youngsters stay behind here for a while and then set off in small groups...they fly shorter stages but get down there in the end. Next year the adults return and if their old nest is still there they just refurbish it for a new brood. I don't know what the youngsters do but I believe they don't breed till about three years old. We have house martins here too and they migrate at the same time as the swallows but they don't go as far down Africa as the swallows and stop about Lake Victoria, Uganda region.
  4. This HD video is a a flight to watch whales in Russell Fjord and near the foot of the Hubbard Glacier. Then over the mountains to return to McLeland Seaplane Base via Mountain Lake. It should be viewed in HiRes 1080 and full screen mode and it runs for just short of 10 minutes. Those of you with slower broadband may need to click the "Pause" icon at bottom left and the wait for a few minutes for the Pink stripe to get a way ahead of the progress band before clicking it again to make it "Play". Thanks for looking
  5. Here is a short (3.5 mins) YouTube video of this nice to fly Seaplane...It should be viewed in HiRes 1080 and full screen mode. The real weather was strange at Mcleland Seaplane Base today! Thanks for looking
  6. Thanks Chaders I've put the Swallows on Flickr with captions:- It should play in full screen mode but if not, move your pointer near the bottom right corner and a row of thumbnails will appear with an Icon for Full Screen Mode at the extreme right...Click it then move your pointer away to let the thumbnails vanish
  7. I've been making a little booklet out of this slide show and made a special one for the cover...I've added it above to introduce the slide show. BTW...Two are now flying around with three left to go...Perhaps later today.
  8. I took these pictures from the bedroom window from 1st June 2010 till today 19th July 2010...I expect my little friends will leave tomorrow or the next day http://www.petermcleland.com/Swallows2010 You will need to click the central "Play" icon at the bottom or the Foreward or Back icons either side of it...You may also want to key F11 to go into Full Screen Mode
  9. Tim, Thanks for the comments and I'm glad you enjoyed it
  10. Here is the text of an email that I just sent to my surviving squadron buddies and I thought I would post it here as it contains the URLs of all six HD videos (two of which have been updated) and a set of instructions on how to watch them if your bandwidth is not really up to it:- The 208 Squadron Hunters on the restored concrete strip at Embakasi Airport, Nairobi, in Flight Simulator. Well I managed to persuade my 12 Hunters to fly from Stradishall to Nairobi with the same legs that they used 50 years ago in 1960...I also managed to do it on the same days...1st, 2nd and 3rd June. I know that we had our fours flying separately but it would have been a bit boring in fours so I sent them as a 12 ship battle formation of three fours. I've been unable to establish exactly who flew in which four but here is how they are split in my simulation:- Red section...Boss Ramirez, Tim Cohu, Pete Biddiscombe and Dicky Brown. Blue section...Mac McLeland, Alastair Macnab, Pete Tate and Stu Grieve. Green section...Des Melaniphy, Flick Hennessey, Dinga Bell and Huck Sawyer. I put together some video clips taken on each leg and published a YouTube Video for each leg...so six videos. The only pilots flying in this are AI (Artificial Intelligence) Pilots in the Traffic versions of the Hunters...I went along in REAL time by "Attaching" myself to one or other of the twelve and viewing (and videoing) from that position or from the ground for the take-offs and landings. The initial take-off from Stradishall is a rather unrealistic "Squadron scramble" but all the other take-offs are realistic stream take-offs in fours. The breaks for landing are from Battle Formation Fours except the final one at Nairobi where they get to use Echelon Fours for the break. Landings are all stream landings in fours but the spacing is a bit closer than real and even becomes close formation for the odd pair or three! The videos are all YouTube HD and will only stream properly if you have enough bandwidth on your Broadband...If they won't run for you and keep stopping then see my note at the bottom about a good method to watch without interuptions. Each video runs for about 8 or 9 minutes. These HD YouTube videos are best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting. Here are the six videos:- Stradishall to Luqa:- Luqa to Nicosia:- Nicosia to Tehran:- Tehran to Sharjah:- Sharjah to Khormaksar:- Khormaksar to Nairobi:- NOTE ON HOW TO WATCH WITHOUT INTERUPTIONS. 1. Click on the URL to get your chosen video. 2. The moment the YouTube viewing screen showsclick the icon at the bottom left of the screen to STOP. 3. Go to the icon on the right for resolution and click it up to 1080p. 4. Click the two arrowed icon to the right of the resolution icon to select the largest of the two screen sizes. 5. Note that the video is STOPPED at the moment but it is still downloading as indicated by the PINK band moving slowly to the right, down on the left bottom edge. 6. Wait to allow this PINK band to move a couple of inches to the right (let it move to the bottom left corner of the image and then about the same distance again). 7. Click the icon at the bottom left of the screen to PLAY...It should now play from start to finish without interuption.
  11. I have upgraded Video One to HD:- This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting
  12. ...video was this one and I felt it was worth upgrading to HD:- Advanced AIBlast...A product that allows you to attach realistic engine sounds to AI Traffic aircraft in Flight Simulator. These scenes are at McLeland Field in Alaska. This is the HD version of a previous video. This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting
  13. Thank you SF22, Yes, the scenery is my own base and I'm rather proud of it
  14. Thank you Uwe, Here are some more memories in case you have not seen them:- http://www.petermcleland.com/powerpoint/208_Squadron_in_Kenya.pps The download will take at least 5 minutes and you must have Microsoft's Powerpoint to view it...A free download of Powerpoint Viewer can be obtained here:- http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=048dc840-14e1-467d-8dca-19d2a8fd7485
  15. ...but my Favourite video. Now that YouTube will process videos of the right type up to HD 1080p, I thought I would try upgrading some of my old YouTube videos. I started with this one because it has had the least viewings but of all my YouTubes I like it the most:- This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting
  16. Here is the last leg of this simulation on the 50th Anniversary of the real flights that took place on 1st, 2nd and 3rd June 1960. This leg is from Khormaksar, Aden to our base in Nairobi, Kenya. This file is also HD 1080p and although it runs for 9 minutes, it is a much larger file than the previous ones, so you may have a bandwidth problem (watch the pink line ahead of the red line...it must stay ahead or the video will stop and you will have to wait for it to get far enough ahead to hit the play button again). If you have stops in your first run it will probably run through without stopping if you run it a second time. This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting
  17. Here is the fifth leg of the 50th Anniversary Flights to Kenya...The morning flight of the third and last day. Sharjah to Khormaksar, Aden. This file is also HD 1080p and although it runs for 9 minutes, it is a much larger file than the previous ones, so you may have a bandwidth problem (watch the pink line ahead of the red line...it must stay ahead or the video will stop and you will have to wait for it to get far enough ahead to hit the play button again). If you have stops in your first run it will probably run through without stopping if you run it a second time. This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting
  18. Here is the fourth leg of the 50th Anniversay Flights to Kenya...The afternoon flight of the second day. Tehran to Sharjah. This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting
  19. Here is the third leg of the Anniversay Fight to Kenya...The morning flight of the second day. Cyprus to Tehran, Iran (Persia in those days). This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting
  20. Here is the second leg of the Anniversary Flight to Kenya...Malta to Nicosia, Cyprus. I have made this one in HD 1080 and will be interested to hear how it looks on your machine compared to the first video. This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting.
  21. Now they have all arrived safely, here is the first of my assembled videos...the 2+ hour flight to Malta condensed into eight and a half minutes:- This HD YouTube video is best viewed with the resolution clicked up to 1080p and the Picture Size icon clicked to the larger size...You can even click on the Full Screen icon but on my very large monitor it looks sharper with the previously described setting.
  22. I have spent the morning laying concrete at Nairobi Airport, ready to receive the 208 Squadron Hunters next Thursday 3rd June 2010:- I have reinstated the concrete strip in the apron. Here is the bit of AFCAD for that (not yet linked up as the "Ghost Runways" are not yet built). The concrete strip can be clearly seen in this old photo from 1960. And again here with the Hunters lined up on it. Thanks for looking
  23. Thanks Manuel, I copied and pasted the article in your link and I will give it a trial when I try to make some formation aerobatics
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