MiGMan’s Combat Diary







  • A new sim experience.
  • content_pasteFrom engine start, sorry, I meant TWO engine starts, you knew this was a new kind of flight sim experience.
    "Taxiing quickened the pulse as the Eurofighter bobbed and bounced on its suspension. Sunlight glinted through the canopy, wheel brakes on, engine spooled up and the beast was straining at the leash.
    Brakes off and the tyres rumbled... 120 knots and the dragon leapt into the air." MiGMan, 1998
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  • tagMiGMan’s Combat Diary
  • import_contacts 1998  edit 2021-06-08



  • Recon flight
  • content_pasteHad an in-flight emergency when the airspeed/mach indicators went u/s! Landed successfully. On reviewing the cockpit cam I saw that the airspeed HAD come back online during final approach, but I was so fixated on the picture, relating it to past landings in order to guess the speed, that I hadn't even noticed!
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiGMan’s World Tour
  • Ethiopia  Ethiopia
  • location_cityAddis Ababa
  • flight_takeoffBole
  • tagEmergencyLandingMiGMan’s Combat Diary
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  • Take On Helicopters: Mission 04: The Deal
  • content_pasteMy second attempt at mission 4. The first was a series of disasters! I opened the left side door and couldn't close it. Flew the golf course tour with the door open, which eventually shook the chopper to pieces. By that time my nerves were so frazzled I couldn't land. At all. This time it was peachy keen and done in one 38 minute take, though I still managed to over-torque the machine. Hopefully he won't notice.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraTake On Helicopters
  • USA  USA
  • location_citySeattle
  • precision_manufacturingBohemia Interactive
  • tagRotary WingMiGMan’s Combat Diary
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  • MiGMan's Combat Diary: Iceland 2001
  • content_pasteHere I am in Alphasim's Eurofighter taking off from Kingsford Smith airport, Sydney, Australia to try and intercept on a QANTAS passenger jet.
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  • Sydney at night in a Vought Corsair
  • content_pasteBreaking every rule in the book I fly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, through a football stadium, and frighten the diners 60 floors up in Centrepoint Tower's revolving restaurant! Oh, and it's at night in a Vought Corsair, which Microsoft thoughtfully provided for us in every copy of Flight Sim 2004.
    And then I land at Sydney International Airport... probably in the wrong direction...
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMicrosoft Flight Simulator 2004
  • Australia  Australia
  • flight_takeoffSydney Airport
  • local_airportGrumman F4U Corsair
  • precision_manufacturingMicrosoft
  • tagFlyableMiGMan’s Combat Diary
  • import_contacts 2004  
  • Scenery
  • content_pasteI set up the sim for an approach to runway 16R at Sydney airport. This is an approach familiar to Sydney residents on the North Shore and inner west. One of the main landmarks for the pilot on this approach is the Gladesville Bridge, which became visible as I turned the graphics settings up.
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  • tagSceneryGraphicsFlight TestMiGMan’s Combat Diary
  • import_contacts 2006  









  • Voice Control in MiG-29 Fulcrum Mission 05: Dogs of War: PASS
  • content_pasteI did escort the fighters successfully. My wingman did most of the work as I directed him via voice command. And then I took out the enemy AWACS (scratch one MiG-29...).
    This is the first video I've made with voice control, using Voice Attack. I make so much more use of the wingman when I can simply talk to him rather than hunt around in the dark for keys!
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiG-29 Fulcrum (Novalogic) | Voice Attack
  • Russia  Russia
  • local_airportMikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum
  • precision_manufacturingNovalogic
  • tagAir to AirVoice ControlMiGMan’s Combat Diary
  • import_contacts 2019  



  • Ridgy Didge MiG
  • content_pasteFlight testing my ridgy-didge state-of-the-art hotas voice-controlled Fulcrum!
    1. Pan view working and mapped to the HOTAS. Not TrackIR but pretty good for a 20 year old sim that doesn't support mouse look.
    2. Voice control for control surfaces (flaps, gear, chute), wingman.
    3. Draw distance? Can anyone help? I doubled the draw distance in the MIG29.INI file, but every time you enter the sim it overwrites it back to 26.
    4. Low speed, high alpha
    5. and... I didn't take the situation at the threshold seriously enough...
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiG-29 Fulcrum (Novalogic) | Voice Attack
  • Russia  Russia
  • military_techRussian Air Force
  • local_airportMikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum
  • precision_manufacturingNovalogic
  • tagFlight TestMiGMan’s Combat Diary
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  • MiG-29 Fulcrum: Snake Venom
  • content_pasteSecond attempt at this bombing mission. The bombing is very forgiving in this sim... but then we ran into the most 'Top Gun' helo pilot of all time!
    Then I shot him down. Eventually I shot him down.
    I found the explanation for the 'Top Gun' helo pilot in the documentation for the mission editor. Flight models and aircraft models are independent... and the manual warns not to assign an F-16 flight model to a chopper... which is exactly what some wag at Novalogic did here!
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiG-29 Fulcrum (Novalogic) | Voice Attack
  • Russia  Russia
  • military_techRussian Air Force
  • local_airportMikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum
  • precision_manufacturingNovalogic
  • tagAir to AirAir to GroundMiGMan’s Combat Diary
  • import_contacts 2019  


  • 1941, Dec 7 - Intercept
  • content_pasteA flight of Japanese a/c overflew Haleiwa as I climbed into the P-40. It took a few minutes to catch up with them, by which time I was over the harbour and all hell was breaking loose! Smoke trails were everywhere as FLAK and cannon took their toll.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraPearl Harbor (2001)
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  • 1941, Dec 7 - Intercept
  • content_paste11 kills on this mission! Woo hoo ! That has to be a personal best! Mind you - I did use over 8,000 rounds of ammunition (using unlimited ammo) and I only had a 4 % hit rate.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraPearl Harbor (2001)
  • MiGMan’s Combat DiaryMission
  • 1941, Dec 7 - Escort
  • content_pasteIt was a 90 mile flight to Pearl and an ideal opportunity to practise a bit of formation flying. The SBD's held a nice steady box formation at 1500 feet.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraPearl Harbor (2001)
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  • 1941, Dec 7 - Escort
  • content_pasteAlthough I tried the mission several times I couldn't: A - defend the bombers, B - survive... and that's not a criticism - this was a fun mission.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraPearl Harbor (2001)
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  • 1941, Dec 7 - Intercept
  • content_pasteA scramble in the F-4F and my first move was to crash head on! Tried again and my wingtip was shot off on the first pass. Next time up friendly FLAK damamged my control surfaces os I limped back to land on the Enterprise, Meanwhie all hell was breaking loose and some unlucky pilot collided with me as I turned to finals. Several attempts later and I managed to stay in one piece and apparently help to drive off most of the Japanese Dive Bombers... satisfied but weary I landed on the carrier.... only just !
  • airline_seat_recline_extraPearl Harbor (2001)
  • MiGMan’s Combat DiaryMission
  • 1941, Dec 8 -Search and Destroy
  • content_pasteVery heavy FLAK in this mission - each time my plane sustained grievous damage. Needless to say I didn't hit the carrier once either. Definitely a challenge!
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