Peter Inglis in an RAAF F-111 at Amberley Air Force base, 1995.
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August 11th, 2000

Dinosaurs in a Flight Sim ? !

Yes, BlackJack found a specimen of living electronic fossil grazing peacefully in Team Apache (1998) by Simis.

What did he do? Naturally he took pictures -- then blew it up! - Team Apache (1998) by Simis

Heavy Metal and Heavy Water

MiGs at Peenemunde.

Mark Schimmertook the cure at Peenemunde - MiG 21, MiG 23 and MiG-17 - modern Heavy Metal at the home of the Flying Bomb. MiGs at Peenemunde

Son of Thunder

J. D. Wetterling's air combat novel "Son of Thunder" turned out to be a good read. It's populated by flesh and blood characters and contains enough "switchology" to keep this die-hard air combat fan thoroughly absorbed. - Son of Thunder

Fleet Defender

Fleet Defender was a complex simulation of the F-14 Tomcat and Fleet Defense.

I gave the Fleet Defender museum exhibit a quick makeover. There will be SuperGeek info coming soon on the personalities behind this flight sim masterpiece.

Passenger lands plane

Ok, we've seen it often enough in the movies and have probably thought it was very unlikely. This cool customer in Florida took over when the pilot collapsed was talked down to a successful landing.
- www.cnn.com - Dad lands aircraft in Florida, saves family, after pilot suffers fatal collapse

RAAF revives Vietnam era tactics

Apparently early Sidewinder missiles could lock on to exhaust heat from trucks - however this incident involved a radar guided AIM-7 Sparrow.... and a dummy one at that!

www.abc.gov.au - ABC news reports a RAAF F/A-18 Hornet takes out a Land Rover.

RAAF launches missile incident probe. A Defence Department investigative team has left Canberra on its way to Darwin to determine how a training missile fell from an F/A-18 aircraft. The department says the 130 kilogram, AIM-7 Sparrow training device became detached from the jet as it was preparing to land at Darwin Airport, just after 9.00pm CST last night.

The device destroyed a vehicle when it landed in a car repair yard in the industrial suburb of Berrimah.

It is claimed the first the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) knew of the incident was when the caryard owner reported something had struck his workshop.

RAAF Air Commodore Dave Dunlop says it is the first time anything like this has happened since the devices were introduced in the mid 1980s.

"The actual device cannot be released by the pilot...it is fixed to the aircraft and has no way of being released from the aircraft by the pilot," he said. " It would be inappropriate for me to try and guess at this stage what the cause is."