IRL: In real life

  • North American OV-10 Bronco FAC
  • content_pasteMark Schimmer documented his flight in this classic warbird.
    "Well, last week I had the chance to fly 1.5 hours and two landings. It was quite an experience. We went through all the aerobatic exercises (I told him: go as you like. And boy, he did!).
    First time I felt what it is to black out due to high g's. I also had the privilege to fly the "normal" route by myself, with him only telling me the heading and altitude, and instructing me otherwise. "
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOperation Flash Point: Resistance
  • Finland  Finland
  • local_airportNorth American OV-10
  • precision_manufacturingBohemia Interactive Codemasters
  • personDan Hanke
  • tagIRL: In real lifeAerobaticsTraining
  • import_contacts 2002  

  • Douglas DC-3 flight over Sydney, Australia, 2006
  • content_pasteOn an unusually grey Sydney afternoon in October 2006 MiGMan was a guest of Microsoft at the launch of their new flagship product - Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
    The creme-de-la-creme of Australia's gaming journalists gathered at Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney, and embarked on a champagne flight over Sydney Harbour in a C-47, the military transport version of the Douglas DC-3.
  • Australia  Australia
  • location_citySydney
  • flight_takeoffSydney Airport
  • local_airportDouglas DC-3
  • precision_manufacturingMicrosoft
  • personMiGMan
  • tagIRL: In real lifeMiGMan’s Combat Diary
  • import_contacts 2006  

  • F-111 Dump and burn during the Sydney Olympics
  • content_pasteAfter getting special permission from a nervous civil aviation authority an RAAF F-111 was granted permission to fly at under 500 feet altitude - practically IN the stadium during the closing ceremony. As it passed over the flame the pilot engaged afterburner and then dumped fuel, resulting in the trademark 100 foot plus trail of fire - as if a chariot of the gods had picked up the flame on the way to Greece.
    As it flew 14 kilometres towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge it was accompanied by a sea of flame as the Parramatta River seemed to explode, with fireworks every 500 metres.
  • Australia  Australia
  • location_citySydney
  • military_techRAAF
  • local_airportGeneral Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
  • tagIRL: In real lifeAir Show
  • import_contacts 2000  
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