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  1. How many of you know that the US Navy and Marine Corps used to fly the IAI Kfir (designated the F-21)? Both services used it as an adversary aircraft from 1987-1989, at which time it was replaced by the F-5. The IAI Kfir was based on the Mirage V airframe. We don't have a flyable Mirage V, but we do have a Mirage 2000! This is a USMC adversary from VMFT-401 in its original IAF Kfir colors as leased. DCS File Repository
  2. I wanted to see if I could do it...

    So I landed on the Sphinx in front of the Luxor in Las Vegas! And I didn't even crash in previous attempts!
  3. Mudspike DCS Fly-in Nov 13-15 (2015)

    All, The blog Mudspike has announced a DCS Fly-in for next weekend. They will also be running both 1.2 and 1.5 sessions, so you're not pigeonholed into one build or another. If you want to get into DCS but are concerned about the learning curve (or for that matter exposing your position on that curve online), then this is a great opportunity to get ahead of that curve! Please see the link in the first line for more details.
  4. This is a series of US Navy and Marine Corps skin packs for the FJ-3/FJ-3M Fury, the navalized variant of the F-86 Sabre (the M version being Sidewinder capable). The idea of this series is to have a single skin for each squadron, and separate decals for each side number (Modex). The last 4 digits of the serial number (BuNo) use the USAF serial number to allow for dynamic BuNos, though the side number must be selected by choosing the skin itself. This will allow a common Modex pool and a single texture for each squadron, thereby allowing you to employ an entire squadron in a mission while keeping the hard drive and in-mission RAM footprint to a minimum. This post serves as a master links post. You can download the skin packs at the following mirrors: ED User Files: VF-24 Corsairs v1.1 VF-73 Jesters v1.1 VF-121 Pacemakers v1.1 VF-142 Fighting Falcons v1.1 VF-191 Satan's Kittens v1.1 VF-211 Red Checkertails v1.11 CombatAce: VF-24 VF-73 VF-121 VF-142 VF-191 VF-211 LOF: VF-24 VF-73 VF-121 VF-142 VF-191 VF-211
  5. ArturDCS, as he is known on the Eagle Dynamics (ED) forum has written a program--Flightpanels--to allow the following Saitek Pro Flight Panels to interface with DCS World aircraft: Switch Panel Radio Panel Multi Panel Back-lit Information Panel (B.I.P.) Flightpanels will operate in two modes: keyboard emulation and/or DCS-BIOS. In keyboard emulation mode, the Switch Panel and Multi Panel buttons can be programmed to work with any DCS module and with other programs as well. The Radio Panel and B.I.P. will not operate in keyboard emulation mode. In DCS-BIOS mode, all panels mentioned above can be used, but they are limited to the A-10C and UH-1H Huey. As other modules (aircraft) are added to DCS-BIOS, they will be added to Flightpanels as well. When in DCS-BIOS mode, switches and buttons can be configured with keystrokes or DCS-BIOS functions, but the user also has access to other information provided by DCS-BIOS such as radio frequency setting and feedback, altitude and heading feedback and display and so on. Click HERE for the post regarding Flightpanels on the ED forum. Thanks, Skeeter
  6. DCS World weekly fly-in

    With the cancellation of our weekly Total Air War fly-in, we are converting our DCS World fly-in to a semi-weekly basis. We meet on Teamspeak 3 at 20:00 Wednesday Eastern Time and 20:00 Saturday Eastern Time. We will be flying the Co-op missions, though we may go Head-to-Head if we get enough people to join. Teamspeak 3 Server real-time details: Server Login Details We meet in the temporary channel Black Veal Squadron. If the channel isn't there, somebody will be there shortly to create it. You can download Teamspeak 3 for free at http://www.teamspeak.com/. Please have the latest version of DCS World installed, and ensure that your microphone is working prior to joining the channel. We require people to use voice comms to participate in the fly-ins in order to promote coordination and to deter TKers and griefers. We're not A-10C/Ka-50 hardcore only types; we fly FC3 and the Su-25T as well as the hardcore modules (and often in the same mission!). All we ask is that you have basic competence in your chosen aircraft (i.e. able to cold start and get airborne, as well as basic weapons employment skills). If you have LotATC, you're also welcome to join (our hosts run LotATC Server). Please post if you are interested, so we know how many to expect, or just show up and surprise us. Likewise, please let us know what modules you have and what planes (and even what mission) you would like to fly. On the flip side, if a mission requires a specific skin or skin pack, then as long as we know you're coming we'll give you a heads-up of what you need to download and install prior to start time. See you in the not-so-friendly skies!
  7. Marine Light Helicopter Squadron (HML) 167 was commissioned in April 1968 in Vietnam, and flew the UH-1E in combat operations until June 1971, where it was the last Marine helicopter squadron in Vietnam. Of note, HML-167 was the first unit to drop a bomb from a helicopter, accomplished with the use of the Helicopter Trap Weapon (HTW). In June 1971, HML-167 returned stateside to MCAS New River, North Carolina, as part of the 2nd Marine Air Wing. In 1972, HML-167 received the UH-1N Twin Huey, which it would fly until 2012 when the UH-1N was replaced by the UH-1Y Venom. In 1984, HML-167 received its first AH-1T Cobras and became a composite squadron of Cobras and Hueys. HML-167 was redesignated Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167 in April 1986, and as such designated as a permanent composite squadron of both Cobras and Hueys. HMLA-167 began upgrading to the AH-1W Super Cobra in late 1989. Today the HMLA-167 "Warriors" fly the UH-1Y Venom and the AH-1W Super Cobra. This is a collection of eleven UH-1 skins representing HMLA-167. The skins included are: TV-30 (1969 as HML-167)* TV-29 (1970 as HML-167)* "Santa 1" (1969 as HML-167) TV-30 (1982 as HML-167) TV-11 (1999) TV-03 (ca. 2003) TV-06 (ca. 2003) TV-04 (ca. 2005) TV-06 (ca. 2005) TV-05 (CO bird ca. 2008) TV-00 (UH-1Y CO bird ca. 2013) * TV-29 and 30 (1969-70) are also included in my USMC Vietnam Skin Pack version 1.21 and later. And now, the Screenshots: TV-29, also as seen in the USMC Vietnam Skin Pack "Santa 1", the Huey painted up for Christmas 1969 to go around to all of the nearby villages and spread Christmas Cheer. A UH-1 Circa 2005, with a ca. 2003 bird in the background Commanding Officer's helo, ca. 2008 and CO's helo, ca. 2013 (based on the UH-1Y paint scheme) The skin pack can be found at ED, as well as CombatAce and LOF.
  8. The skins included are: US Army 82nd Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance) US Army 2/17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division US Army 173rd Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Regiment US Army 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (#775) US Army 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (#888) USMC Marine Observation Squadron Six (VMO-6) I have added the names and ranks (at the time) of the pilots and co-pilots of these airframes at the time of the action. While I have attempted to be as accurate as these gentlemen deserve, I may have made some incorrect assumptions (this is especially true about the co-pilots, who are not as easily found in the public record). Likewise, I was unable to accurately represent GySgt Leroy Poulson and LCpl John Phelps of VMO-6, as the door gunner textures do not support it. If you see any inaccuracies, please let me know so that I may correct them. All reference imagery and much of the research was taken from http://vietnam-hueys... Honor page.htm The Airframes and the Medal of Honor Recipients: 82nd Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance) CW3 Michael Novosel - October 2, 1969 CW3 Michael Novosel was pilot-in-command of of a UH-1H med evac Huey with the 82nd Medical Detachment in 1969. On October 2, he went to the assistance of a group of wounded South Vietnamese soldiers that were pinned down by an enemy force concealed in a series of bunkers. Flying without any gunship cover, he made repeated runs against heavy enemy fire to pick up the wounded. Near the end of the action, he spotted a wounded ARVN soldier near an enemy bunker. He maneuvered the ship near the wounded man and a crewman reached down to grab and lift the wounded soldier into the aircraft. During the maneuver the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and CW3 Novosel was wounded. In all, Michael Novosel and his crew made 15 extractions in the face of enemy fire, saving 29 wounded South Vietnamese soldiers. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1971. 2/17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division Sp4 Joseph G. LaPointe - June 2, 1969 Sp4 Joseph "Guy" LaPointe was a medic with Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry. On June 2, 1969, he was just one day from going on leave to meet his wife and new son. However, SP4 LaPointe volunteered for a mission that day because his replacement was a new guy without any field experience. The patrol landed on the top of Hill 376, near the famous "Hamburger Hill" battle site. Sweeping away from the hilltop LZ, the point man walked into a fire zone from concealed enemy bunkers. Two more men were quickly wounded and "Doc" LaPointe moved forward to aid his wounded buddies. He put himself between the enemy bunkers and the wounded, and began working on the wounded. He was soon hit by enemy fire, but ignoring his own wounds he continued to shield his buddies while tending their wounds. He was hit by a second burst of fire and knocked away from his friends. He crawled back to the wounded again and once more shielded them from enemy fire while resuming his aid. This time an enemy grenade landed among the group, mortally wounding them all, including Doc LaPointe. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on December 16, 1971. 173rd Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Regiment PFC Gary Wetzel - January 8, 1968 PFC (later Sp4c) Gary Wetzel was a door gunner on "Robin Hood 866" in January, 1968. He was nearing the end of his second tour when his helicopter was hit by an enemy RPG rocket while landing in a hot LZ with an insertion team. The grounded helicopter was hit repeatedly by enemy fire and the pilot, Bill Dismukes, was wounded. As PFC Wetzel went to the assistance of his pilot, another enemy rocket impacted the ship just behind the pilot's seat. Wetzel was blown out of the helicopter, suffering severe wounds to his right arm, chest and legs, and his left arm was almost severed from his body - hanging only by a flap of skin. In spite of his multiple wounds, Wetzel climbed back into the damaged ship and took an enemy automatic weapon position under fire with his door gun. The enemy gun had the American troops pinned and Wetzel was able to destroy it with his fire. Wetzel then tried to go to the aid of his pilot again, but passed out from loss of blood. When he regained consciousness, his crew chief was dragging the wounded pilot to the shelter of a nearby dike. Wetzel crawled over and attempted to help the crew chief move the pilot to safety, but passed out a second time. After he and the other survivors were rescued, Wetzel's left arm was amputated and he spent five months in military hospitals recovering from his injuries and infections. Gary Wetzel was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 19, 1968. Two skins from the 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division: Captain Ed Freeman - November 14, 1965 Captain Ed Freeman served as Second-in-command of A Company, 229th Aviation Battalion in 1965-66. On November 14, 1965, he flew in support of LTC Hal Moore and the 1/7th Cavalry fighting against three battalions of NVA at LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley. Captain Freeman flew 14 missions into the face of enemy fire over the course of the first day to deliver much needed ammo and water, and to evacuate wounded soldiers. He was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at LZ X-Ray on July 16, 2001. Major Bruce Crandall - November 14, 1965 Major Bruce Crandall was commander of A Company, 229th Aviation Battalion, on November 14, 1965 at LZ X-Ray. With Captain Freeman's ship following him, Major Crandall flew 14 mission into the hot LZ , taking intense enemy fire to deliver supplies and evacuate wounded from the battle. As his ship was damaged by enemy fire (his crew chief was also wounded on one flight), Major Crandall was forced to switch to another aircraft. He flew a total of three different ships in his effort to support the troops at LZ X-Ray. Major Crandall was finally awarded the Medal of Honor on February 26, 2007. And USMC Marine Observation Squadron Six (VMO-6). Captain Stephen Pless, USMC - August 19, 1967 Note: this is the same skin as the one released in my USMC Vietnam Skin Pack, but with the pilot/copilot names updated. On the afternoon of August 19, 1967, Captain Steve Pless and his crew were flying medevac escort near Quang Ngai (south of Chu Lai in I Corps). On the way to a pick-up of wounded ROK Marines, they heard an emergency call on the "Guard" channel from a transport helicopter. It had set down to make repairs on the beach, and was attacked by a large number of VC. Four Americans had been left on the ground when the ship took off, and they were being overrun by the enemy. Determining that the H-34 they were escorting could make the initial medevac pick-up without their support, Pless and his crew decided to respond to the emergency call. As they approached the site they could see the enemy beating and hacking at the four American prisoners. Pless took his gunship into a gun and rocket run, targeting a large group of VC in the clearing. Driving the enemy off with his gun run, Pless landed between the Americans and the enemy. Gunnery Sergeant Poulson jumped out and ran to support the single American still capable of walking. Putting the American on board the aircraft, Poulson, followed by the copilot and other crewman raced to help the other Americans. Determining one of the Americans to be dead, the three crewman began carrying the two injured Americans toward their Huey. At this point the VC attacked and tried to overrun the crew and helicopter. Pulling out their side arms, the crew alternately dragged the injured Americans and fired at oncoming VC. Some of the enemy came within a few feet of their Huey while they were loading the injured aboard. When all were aboard, Pless applied power to his grossly overloaded Huey and took off over the water. The skids of the ship touched the water four times before he finally got the aircraft to gain altitude. Pless jetisoned his rocket pods and ordered the crew to throw out all unnecessary items from the cabin. They landed the injured at Chu Lai First hospital and returned to their base at Ky Ha. The next day Pless and his crew learned that 20 VC dead had been found on the beach with evidence of many more enemy casualties being dragged off. Captain Pless was promoted to Major in September, 1967, and was awarded the Medal of Honor on January 19, 1969. The rest of his crew, Captain Rupert Fairfield, GySgt Leroy Poulson and LCpl John Phelps were all awarded the Navy Cross. The downloads are available at Combat Ace, LOF, and the DCS File Repository. Note that they are also updated to DCS World 1.2.7 at the time of this post.
  9. UH-1 Marine Corps Vietnam Skin Pack

    Here are some screenshots from my skinpack that pays tribute to the Marine squadrons that flew the Huey in Vietnam. Since this is a DCS module of a more modern UH-1 variant (the UH-1H), I have opted to put the flight crew in contemporary uniforms. Note the MARPAT body armor on the door gunners. In chronological order, here is: VMO-2 Angry Two (1966) VMO-6 Tomcats (1967) VMO-3 Scarface (1967) In April 1968, VMO-3 was redesignated as HML-367, and changed their paint jobs accordingly. Another shot of HML-367 with the door gunner getting into the picture. And finally, HML-367 when they returned to Vietnam in 1975 for Operation: Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon. The skin pack requires DCS World (and the UH-1H model to fly), and is available on Combat Ace, LOF, and the DCS File Repository.
  10. This is a collection of 12 skins representing commands that supported the 1st Cavalry Division from 1965-1969. Commands represented include: 82nd Artillery Battalion (Battery E) 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (Command bird) 229th Aviation Battalion (Companies A-D) Note: The 229th AvBn A company 1965 skin in this pack differs slightly from the Crandal/Freeman skins in my Medal of Honor Skin Pack. Be sure to get that pack as well if you want even more varied skins for the 229th AvBn (i.e. if you wish to create an Ia Drang mission). All reference imagery was taken from http://vietnam-hueys.tripod.com/index.htm Screenshots: 82nd Artillery Bn, E Battery 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion C&C bird. 229th Aviation Battalion: A Co. 1965 (similar to the 229th AvBn skins in my Medal of Honor skin pack). "Killer Spade" B Co. 1968 C Co. 1965 D Co. Gunship 1966 and a D Co. Gunship in 1968 with the Disney-stylized logo. The files can be found at the following locations: DCS File Repository LOF Combat Ace
  11. UPDATE: Version 2.02 is available. It is now released as an installer that will update you to the latest version. Special thanks to Tercio Sampaio for developing the GUI. Thank you everybody for funding my Warthog purchase so that I could create this profile. Since my funding goal has been achieved, please send any future donations to Fisher House, a charity that supports disabled veterans and their families. Exception: if you want me to program for a module I don't have, or add programming for the TFRP, please PM me and we can discuss it. DCS World TARGET Script for Thrustmaster Cougar or Warthog and MFDs is now available. Download it from: Eagle Dynamics User Files Box.com This file is an installer which will install and launch the updater, which will then download the latest version of the script. You can also periodically run the updater to keep your script up to date. This script for the HOTAS Cougar/Warthog and Cougar MFDs includes dedicated profiles for the A-10C Warthog, AV-8B Harrier, Ka-50 Black Shark, P-51D Mustang, UH-1H Huey, Mi-8 Hip, F-86 Sabre, Fw-190D9 Dora, Bf-109K-4 Kurfürst, MiG-21bis Fishbed, MiG-15bis, M-2000C, SA-342 Gazelle, L-39 Albatross, F-5E Tiger II, Spitfire LF Mk. IX, AJS-37 Viggen, Hawk T.1A, C-101, and Flaming Cliffs 3 profiles. The script is fully implemented with both code and custom keyboard and joystick LUA files. The included "Standard DirectX" profile can me used to create a versatile profile for anything else. This script uses TARGET, so you need to install it (though Cougar users can leave Foxy where it is). I also recommend the latest MFD Drivers, as I have found fewer profile crashes with these enabled. The script offers the following features: New! Graphical User Interface (GUI) to save your settings and auto-generate script files. Both HOTAS Cougar and Warthog Compatibility All documentation (except for the Setup Guide) is in HTML with context-sensitive help in the GUI. CommState routine allows for the selection of F1 through F12 keys with Hats 2-4 while the MIC switch is pressed Hot-selectable “TriggerZoom” allows you to zoom into your target or HUD when depressing the first trigger stage LED indications for airbrake, landing gear, TriggerZoom, CommState, and Teamspeak3 PTT Compatible with TouchControl (formerly TouchIR), VAC, DCS Simpleradio Standalone, and all major Teamspeak radio solutions Optimized for TrackIR, but compatible with Hat1 as POV Individual HOTAS profiles are mapped as closely to their real world counterparts as practical Flaming Cliffs 3 (FC3) HOTAS mappings correlate to the A-10C (attack aircraft) or F-16C (fighters) as closely as practical FC3 Context Sensitive Autopilot routine that reverts to last used mode on toggle A-10C Profile includes direct entry for CDU, CMSP, and UFC Ka-50 Profile allows direct entry for ABRIS (RMFD) and Rubicon Datapad Ability to automatically pause TrackIR while at the Door Gunner Station (UH-1) Context sensitive communications menus based on crew station (framework in place for DCS implementation) TARGET based Central Position Trimmer Mode that greatly improves upon the default trimmers when not using force feedback. Analog and digital differential braking routines, including paddle braking and nosewheel steering. Kneeboard mapping for all aircraft. NVGs for all capable aircraft, including "bonus mapping for the A-10A, Su-25, Su-25T, and F-86 (H/T Zaelu). Simplified hot-selection of aircraft allows for potentially thousands of aircraft and variants in this script, along with audible feedback of aircraft selected. Here are some screenshots of the GUI: Select the modules you have installed. This will help filter the values you see and possibly de-clutter the interface. Next, you can modify your settings as you see fit. Values are arranged by module and can be filtered by category. Each entry has a help summary at the bottom of the screen, along with a button that will take you to the right place in the HTML references. Then before you build the script you can assign module presets to each button on your MFDs. Just like having a radio with 40 presets, though you can still cycle through profiles manually via the rocker switches. Here are some example Warthog and MFD mappings. Now that everything is easily accessible via HTML, I will reduce the amount of images posted to a few examples: Note: the HOTAS Warthog images here are of comparatively low quality compared to the images in the download. A-10C Warthog: Note: the following functionality is in addition to the standard MFD functionality. Direct Entry mode for the CDU: AV-8B Harrier II: Direct Entry mode for the UFC: UH-1H Huey: Bf-109K-4 Kurfürst: M-2000C: M-2000C INS Direct Entry SA-342 Gazelle SA342 NADIR Mappings: I look forward to your feedback; any information that will help me improve this profile is greatly appreciated.
  12. I have just uploaded a skin pack for the 2/17th Cavalry (101st Airborne Div) to the DCS Repository and LOF. This will also be uploaded to Combat Ace once the file section is back up. The pack includes five skins representing A, B, C, F, and Headquarters Troops. Note that the B Troop skin here differs from the skin in the UH-1 Medal of Honor skin pack, so with both skin packs you will have even more variety! Here are some screenshots: Enjoy, once the file is approved!
  13. What a way to Christen the new forum! An announcement of a new DCS World module, and an ambitious one at that. Kinney Interactive has announced that he/they will be doing the DCS F-35A. They appear to have a good resume of sim building, though their experience is more real world than PC (and this is probably a good thing given the complexity of the JSF). Wags has confirmed this in the ED forums, and there appears to be a lively discussion where David Kinney himself (as eagle13) is answering questions.
  14. This DCS video displays UH-1 skins taken from my Medal of Honor skin pack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aCMr7X8WFKs The mission apparently also uses my USMC and Seawolves skins as well. I'm kind of stoked at this. Can you tell?
  15. UH-1 Medal of Honor Skin Pack

    The skins included are: US Army 82nd Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance) US Army 2/17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division US Army 173rd Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Regiment US Army 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (#775) US Army 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (#888) USMC Marine Observation Squadron Six (VMO-6) I have added the names and ranks (at the time) of the pilots and co-pilots of these airframes at the time of the action. While I have attempted to be as accurate as these gentlemen deserve, I may have made some incorrect assumptions (this is especially true about the co-pilots, who are not as easily found in the public record). Likewise, I was unable to accurately represent GySgt Leroy Poulson and LCpl John Phelps of VMO-6, as the door gunner textures do not support it. If you see any inaccuracies, please let me know so that I may correct them. All reference imagery and much of the research was taken from http://vietnam-hueys... Honor page.htm The Airframes and the Medal of Honor Recipients: 82nd Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance) CW3 Michael Novosel - October 2, 1969 CW3 Michael Novosel was pilot-in-command of of a UH-1H med evac Huey with the 82nd Medical Detachment in 1969. On October 2, he went to the assistance of a group of wounded South Vietnamese soldiers that were pinned down by an enemy force concealed in a series of bunkers. Flying without any gunship cover, he made repeated runs against heavy enemy fire to pick up the wounded. Near the end of the action, he spotted a wounded ARVN soldier near an enemy bunker. He maneuvered the ship near the wounded man and a crewman reached down to grab and lift the wounded soldier into the aircraft. During the maneuver the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and CW3 Novosel was wounded. In all, Michael Novosel and his crew made 15 extractions in the face of enemy fire, saving 29 wounded South Vietnamese soldiers. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1971. 2/17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division Sp4 Joseph G. LaPointe - June 2, 1969 Sp4 Joseph "Guy" LaPointe was a medic with Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry. On June 2, 1969, he was just one day from going on leave to meet his wife and new son. However, SP4 LaPointe volunteered for a mission that day because his replacement was a new guy without any field experience. The patrol landed on the top of Hill 376, near the famous "Hamburger Hill" battle site. Sweeping away from the hilltop LZ, the point man walked into a fire zone from concealed enemy bunkers. Two more men were quickly wounded and "Doc" LaPointe moved forward to aid his wounded buddies. He put himself between the enemy bunkers and the wounded, and began working on the wounded. He was soon hit by enemy fire, but ignoring his own wounds he continued to shield his buddies while tending their wounds. He was hit by a second burst of fire and knocked away from his friends. He crawled back to the wounded again and once more shielded them from enemy fire while resuming his aid. This time an enemy grenade landed among the group, mortally wounding them all, including Doc LaPointe. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on December 16, 1971. 173rd Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Regiment PFC Gary Wetzel - January 8, 1968 PFC (later Sp4c) Gary Wetzel was a door gunner on "Robin Hood 866" in January, 1968. He was nearing the end of his second tour when his helicopter was hit by an enemy RPG rocket while landing in a hot LZ with an insertion team. The grounded helicopter was hit repeatedly by enemy fire and the pilot, Bill Dismukes, was wounded. As PFC Wetzel went to the assistance of his pilot, another enemy rocket impacted the ship just behind the pilot's seat. Wetzel was blown out of the helicopter, suffering severe wounds to his right arm, chest and legs, and his left arm was almost severed from his body - hanging only by a flap of skin. In spite of his multiple wounds, Wetzel climbed back into the damaged ship and took an enemy automatic weapon position under fire with his door gun. The enemy gun had the American troops pinned and Wetzel was able to destroy it with his fire. Wetzel then tried to go to the aid of his pilot again, but passed out from loss of blood. When he regained consciousness, his crew chief was dragging the wounded pilot to the shelter of a nearby dike. Wetzel crawled over and attempted to help the crew chief move the pilot to safety, but passed out a second time. After he and the other survivors were rescued, Wetzel's left arm was amputated and he spent five months in military hospitals recovering from his injuries and infections. Gary Wetzel was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 19, 1968. Two skins from the 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division: Captain Ed Freeman - November 14, 1965 Captain Ed Freeman served as Second-in-command of A Company, 229th Aviation Battalion in 1965-66. On November 14, 1965, he flew in support of LTC Hal Moore and the 1/7th Cavalry fighting against three battalions of NVA at LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley. Captain Freeman flew 14 missions into the face of enemy fire over the course of the first day to deliver much needed ammo and water, and to evacuate wounded soldiers. He was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at LZ X-Ray on July 16, 2001. Major Bruce Crandall - November 14, 1965 Major Bruce Crandall was commander of A Company, 229th Aviation Battalion, on November 14, 1965 at LZ X-Ray. With Captain Freeman's ship following him, Major Crandall flew 14 mission into the hot LZ , taking intense enemy fire to deliver supplies and evacuate wounded from the battle. As his ship was damaged by enemy fire (his crew chief was also wounded on one flight), Major Crandall was forced to switch to another aircraft. He flew a total of three different ships in his effort to support the troops at LZ X-Ray. Major Crandall was finally awarded the Medal of Honor on February 26, 2007. And USMC Marine Observation Squadron Six (VMO-6). Captain Stephen Pless, USMC - August 19, 1967 Note: this is the same skin as the one released in my USMC Vietnam Skin Pack, but with the pilot/copilot names updated. On the afternoon of August 19, 1967, Captain Steve Pless and his crew were flying medevac escort near Quang Ngai (south of Chu Lai in I Corps). On the way to a pick-up of wounded ROK Marines, they heard an emergency call on the "Guard" channel from a transport helicopter. It had set down to make repairs on the beach, and was attacked by a large number of VC. Four Americans had been left on the ground when the ship took off, and they were being overrun by the enemy. Determining that the H-34 they were escorting could make the initial medevac pick-up without their support, Pless and his crew decided to respond to the emergency call. As they approached the site they could see the enemy beating and hacking at the four American prisoners. Pless took his gunship into a gun and rocket run, targeting a large group of VC in the clearing. Driving the enemy off with his gun run, Pless landed between the Americans and the enemy. Gunnery Sergeant Poulson jumped out and ran to support the single American still capable of walking. Putting the American on board the aircraft, Poulson, followed by the copilot and other crewman raced to help the other Americans. Determining one of the Americans to be dead, the three crewman began carrying the two injured Americans toward their Huey. At this point the VC attacked and tried to overrun the crew and helicopter. Pulling out their side arms, the crew alternately dragged the injured Americans and fired at oncoming VC. Some of the enemy came within a few feet of their Huey while they were loading the injured aboard. When all were aboard, Pless applied power to his grossly overloaded Huey and took off over the water. The skids of the ship touched the water four times before he finally got the aircraft to gain altitude. Pless jetisoned his rocket pods and ordered the crew to throw out all unnecessary items from the cabin. They landed the injured at Chu Lai First hospital and returned to their base at Ky Ha. The next day Pless and his crew learned that 20 VC dead had been found on the beach with evidence of many more enemy casualties being dragged off. Captain Pless was promoted to Major in September, 1967, and was awarded the Medal of Honor on January 19, 1969. The rest of his crew, Captain Rupert Fairfield, GySgt Leroy Poulson and LCpl John Phelps were all awarded the Navy Cross. The downloads are available at Combat Ace, as well as the DCS File Repository (pending approval).
  16. Marine UH-1s from the Vietnam War

    Here are some screenshots from my just released skinpack that pays tribute to the Marine squadrons that flew the Huey in Vietnam. Since this is a DCS module of a more modern UH-1 variant (the UH-1H), I have opted to put the flight crew in contemporary uniforms. Note the MARPAT body armor on the door gunners. In chronological order, here is: VMO-2 Cherry Deuce (1966) VMO-6 Tomcats (1967) VMO-3 Scarface (1967) In April 1968, VMO-3 was redesignated as HML-367, and changed their paint jobs accordingly. Another shot of HML-367 with the door gunner getting into the picture. And finally, HML-367 when they returned to Vietnam in 1975 for Operation: Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon. The skin pack requires DCS World (and the UH-1H model to fly), and is available on Combat Ace and (pending approval) the DCS File Repository.
  17. HA(L)-3 Seawolves

    Scramble Seawolves! This was the common call in Vietnam when the US Navy Riverine Forces and SEALs needed immediate fire support. Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three (HAL-3), known as the Seawolves, was the most decorated unit in the Vietnam War. Seawolves flew UH-1B Huey gunships in all weather, day or night, in support of the Brown Water Navy. In fact, most of the missions were conducted at night in inclement weather, which is exactly when the SEALs preferred to operate. HA(L)-3 would conduct Close Air Support, Hot Medivac and Insertion/Extraction of SEAL Teams. You can find the skin on Combat Ace, LOF, and the DCS file repository. Some screenshots: Note the custom USN pilots and door gunners. A close up of the copilot and an action shot... Enjoy, and Fly Navy!
  18. Aries Wings Airborne Radio

    I just came across this, and this looks very promising for multiplayer possibilities. http://ariescon.com/index.html The Airborne Radio TS3 plugin is already available for free download, and it allows realistic frequency-based communication (i.e. you have to be on the same frequency to hear each other) like TARS, but also has a plug-in that makes it compatible with FC3 and Combined Arms (which don't have selectable radio frequencies in the module). You can either set your frequency in-game, or by using a pop-up radio stack (for FC3/CA). Additionally, you can take screenshots of your MFD as long as you export it, so you could pass recon photos with your TGP. But this is appears to be only the beginning! Looking at the other modules in development on the website, we could have folks as ATC and AWACS/GCI, allowing for some very cool scenarios. There's also a briefing utility in development that will apparently allow coordination by allowing people to annotate the image for mission planning purposes. Right now this is just for DCS, but it looks as if it is being developed in the future as a cross-game or game-independent program. I haven't tried this out yet, but so far the only hitch appears to be that DCS cannot be run in fullscreen mode because of the pop-up window for the frequencies available in FC3 and CA. They're looking at "fixing" this for A-10/KA-50 users (where the pop-up window isn't necessary), but it's still a constraint at this time.
  19. Now Neph gets his shiny new cockpits! DCS 1.2.4 Preliminary Change Log SUBJECT TO CHANGE Version 1.2.4 New Features AI Fw-190D9 with multiple skins. Graphical User Interface. New skin panels. Graphical User Interface. New Module Manager. Flaming Cliffs 3. New Six Degrees of Freedom (6DOF) cockpits for the Su-25, Su-27 and A-10A. Flaming Cliffs 3. Added vertical adjustments to the Su-25 gunsight for bomb, rocket, and missiles delivery. This includes 10 steps down [RALT - H] and 10 steps up [RSHIFT - H]. Combined Arms. Added radar emission control. Key . This allows players to operate SAM radars in radar-silent mode. Combined Arms. Generic automatic transmission. Combined Arms. Axis controls for ground units implemented. The Radio Menu F10 option now works in network games. New trigger actions: "radio item add for coalition", "radio item remove for coalition", "radio item add for group", and "radio item remove for group". New Mission Editor features: -Initialization Script Added -Trigger Action: AI TASK renamed to AI SET TASK -Trigger Action: AI PUSH TASK added -Trigger Action: Set Flag Value added -Trigger Action: Set Internal Cargo added -Group LUA condition and % chance of appearance added Numerous SSE changes and new features. http://en.wiki.eagle.ru/wiki/Main_Page DCS World Some issues causing network instability have been fixed. Improved air-to-air missile performance. The missiles dynamic launch zone of fighters has been adjusted. The T-90 tank added the Encyclopedia. Fixed some Mission Editor and GUI crashes. Il-76 damage model has been corrected. Tail numbers stencil shimmering for the Il-76 model is fixed. The standard Russian Air Force MiG-31 skin is fixed. In ME airfield info page now includes airfield ATC frequency. Fixed ME issue regarding statics. Mission debrief. Accounting of released weapons has been corrected. Rearming & Refueling Window. The chaff and flare fields can increase countermeasures amount. Resource Manager (RM) - Smoke generators being duplicated in RM airbase weapons window has been fixed. Resource Manager (RM) - Increased the maximum storage fuel limit to 5,000 tons for each airbase. AI A-10 will no longer shoot all Mavericks at a single target. Axis assignments will print to input .html file ME inability to save file into mods folders has been fixed. Pilot skins added to the E-3A. The S-5 rocket warhead changed from HE to shaped-charge. Corrected valid firing azimuth for FSG "Molniya". New, more accurate, missile dynamics for the SA-19 Tunguska. Airfield marks disappearing after pressing "Cancel" on "Coalitions" window has been fixed. Fixed an issue where AI aircraft and vehicles set invisible = true, then set invisible = false, the ground AI vehicles still could not be detected. Fixed situation if player sets options to "pilot can control vehicle" and the mission doesn't have an aircraft, player can't control units. Fixed ME error when clicking a certain area in the track playback menu. F10 Radio item or add for coalition ALL has been removed. Fixed coalition helicopters unable to take off from aircraft carrier if "takeoff from ramp" condition is selected. Rearm and refuel menus have been removed. "Rearm & Refuel" command will now open Mission Resources Dialog. CG-60 Normandy will now attack Anti-Ship Missiles (ASM). Waypoint actions "Weapon hold" has been fixed. Helicopters sinking when they takeoff from an aircraft carrier has been fixed. Fixed S-300 launches not being shown in the de-brief. The COMM option status will now save in the mission. Fixed AI not always attacking targets during intercept task. Corrected ROE behavior issues. Fixed Tunguska tracking targets through buildings. Fixed server crashes, when one client fires an air-to-air missile and other client joins the game. Fixed F-16C Bl52d having old (Flanker) icon style on F10 view. Fixed incorrect aspect when recording video in 1280*720. ME. Some issues with copying, renaming and removing payloads has been fixed. Fixed helicopter AI ROE and threat reaction. Corrected air to Air ATGM delivery by AI Ka-50s. Fixed the inability to respawn if the aircraft flies into the ground. Fixed severe framerate drop when looking at destroyed civilian train. Fixed the OK button not working when a campaign is finished. Fixed crash when rocket collides with ground (fullscreen only). Adjusted framerate impact of smoke from burning aircraft. Fixed AWACS not performing stop task. Improved Sorbcija ECM pod model. Improved the ejection model for the A-10A/C and F-15C. Corrected scale of F-15C external fuel tanks. New skins for the Su-27 and Su-33. Improved sounds for several aircraft including the F-15C and Su-27. DCS: A-10C Warthog LITENING TGP masking logic has been restored. Corrected MFCD start-up screen wrong color. Fixed AI wingman failing to engage target at Player SPI if AI is not aware/in range of target. Fixed LASTE Wind Edit data entry. Fixed Gun Minimum Range Cue Behavior. Fixed HUD Air speed indicator will TAS in GS mode. HSI course knob will now rotate the course pointer with or without power. Turn Rate Indicator has been calibrated. Fixed the CDU Wind Indication Direction being reversed. Several A-10 callsigns have been corrected. DCS: P-51D Mustang Escort task added to the P-51D. Corrected incorrect fairing door animation. Fixed chassis damage after press RAlt+J on the ground. Fixed DXrenderer error in dsc.log with serial numbers and pilot textures. Fixed demo track 'takeoff-demo.trk'. Fixed error when in-game manual is selected. Fixed drop tanks of P-51D are not synchronized in Multiplayer. Flaming Cliffs 3 This will be the final release version. Price will change to $49.99. Added kneeboard input to flyable aircraft. MiG-29S TWS2 mode is now fixed. Added intro image to Su-33 "Sea Dragon" campaign. A-10A AOA Indexer now works. Corrected some minor issues with the new 3D Su-27 model. Corrected wingmen maneuvers when turning. Fixed wingmen not turning off radar when commanded to do so. Fixed Su-27 campaign mission typos. Pilot models are now correct. Fixed F-15C Fuel Tank Pylon indication on MFD. Fixed tanker not filling external F-15C fuel tanks. Fixed Su-33 getting stuck near island on the Kuznetsov deck. Corrected MiG-29 HUD indications. DCS: Combined Arms Replaced the old generic gun sight with a new one. Adjusted some generic HUD symbology. Fixed player controlled MLRS reloading troubles. Fixed units not resuming previous movement after player takes control. Fixed air defense units with HOLD FIRE ROE not going from ALARM STATE RED to ALARM STATE GREEN when commanded. Added option for Automatic Transmission in CA Special Options. Adjusted the drag factor of Russian AP tank shells. Fixed ability to set the Ready state of AI flights. Fixed ground unit control HUD compass missing from the wide displays. Fixed Alarm State Green for radars revealing radar targets. Adjusted M1A2 side armor. "F10" view. AI aircraft can now land based on ground force commander commands. Fixed night vision only being available off/on outside of binocular view. Fixed the Go To command. Fixed Chaparral target lock issue. Axis controls for ground units implemented. DCS: Black Shark 2 Corrected missing Ka-50 textures in some missions. Fixed Ka-50 wingman calls "engaging enemy air defenses" while evading incoming missile. Fixed Ka-50 training missions showing in training section, as they are only available through the download link. And of course... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz3Cc7wlfkI
  20. DCS: Huey Start-up video

  21. A-10C Rolling in Hot at night

    Here are a couple of screenshots of an A-10C at night rolling in on a group of ZU-23s. The JTAC is painting the target from a nearby town using an IR pointer, and you can see that two targets were already destroyed on a previous pass. These NVGs are from the ANVIS-9/OVN-1 NVG mod by nrgized. Note the cool magnification effect. And looking closer at the HUD:
  22. ModMan 7.3 with the November 2012 update is required to use this mod. If you arent using ModMan 7.3 (Nov 2012), then see the bottom of this file for manual installation instructions. This mod is available at Combat Ace.
  23. A mission on which I had the pleasure to to contribute has now been released to the public in both Single Player (though you can actually play 1-3 on SP) and Multiplayer (Coop 6 players) formats. Broken Wing (Single Player): DCS User Downloads Combat Ace Broken Wing (Multiplayer): DCS User Downloads Combat Ace Here are the mission details: Two hours ago, a "black" SpecOps UH-60 ("BROKEN WING") crashed near the Russian border. A USMC combat engineer team, "ROADKILL", is en route to recover the helo but intel sources now indicate that the Russians are preparing to mount a raid across the border to steal the bird's classified avionics. ROADKILL has been re-tasked to push to the crash site at maximum speed and to use explosives to destroy the Blackhawk before the Russians get to it. Your task is to protect ROADKILL and to respond to the Russian incursion with decisive force. "Broken Wing" Singleplayer and Multiplayer Mission for DCS World A-10C + FC3 (optional) by Bahger. Uploaded with permission. Briefing: i. SITUATION: Enemy forces: Likely enemy disposition: Ground: A task force consisting of a platoon-sized armored recon element and a reinforced platoon-sized assault force. Both enemy armor formations will deploy with attached mobile Shilka (SA-9) air defense units. Air (CAP): 2x MiG-23MLD "Floggers". Friendly forces: ROADKILL is a combat engineer team consisting of 4x LAV-25s and 2x HMMWVs with attached support from 2x Stryker ATGMs. CAP: 2x F-15Cs"UZI" are about to push from Senaki-Kolkhi to fly CAP. CAS/Strike: 2x A-10Cs ("SPRINGFIELD") are about to push from Sukhumi-Babushara to provide CAS to ROADKILL, to help secure the crash site and to interdict all enemy units meaneuvering south of the border. 2x A-10Cs (DODGE) are holding south of the AO and can be deployed as a striker flight. AWACS: OVERLORD is on station and transmitting on 255 VHF FM. SEAD: No dedicated SEAD/DEAD is available at this time. A-10C flights must perform SEAD/DEAD against local air defenses attached to enemy armor. ii. MANEUVER - Enemy: Recon: We believe that the Russian Recon formation will push south-east through the town of LESELIDZE in order to form a bridgehead at the east end of the town to screen/block ROADKILL's only access point to the crash site from the south. Assault: The enemy Assault group will either reinforce the recon units in LESELIDZE or will divert to the east after crossing REDBRIDGE, approaching the crash site from high ground to the north-east, working with the recon group in Leselidze to attempt a "pincer" maneuver against the objective. Air: The AO will *not* be a permissive environment for Blue CAS as long as a threat exists from the MiG-23 CAP and from SA-9 units embedded with Red ground forces. - Friendly: CAP: Blue F-15s will deploy to intercept Red CAP south of the border and to secure the AO for safe operation of CAS in zone. UZI will fly CAP in zone until the crash site has been secured and the UH-60 destroyed. CAS: Both CAS flights have flightplan holds and should hold or push at the discretion of flight leads according to their assessment of remaining threats from the Red CAP. OVERLORD will provide SITREPs to update CAS flights re. UZI's arrival in the AO and elimination of the enemy CAP threat ("GRAND SLAM") Operational references: The following Mission Steerpoints are available to all CAS flights: BLUEBRIDGE: This bridge is ROADKILL's only possible approach point to the crash site from the south/east and is therefore a chokepoint. REDBRIDGE: This bridge is the likely border crossing point for enemy ground forces and is therefore a chokepoint. LESELIDZE COASTAL ROAD: This steerpoint marks the coastal road likely to be taken by enemy ground forces approaching BLUEBRIDGE. BROKEN WING: This steerpoint marks the exact location of the crashed helo. Comms: All elements will use 255 VHF FM for tactical comms. ROE: All Russian military vehicles and personnel south of the border will be violating Georgian territorial sovreignty. Allied units are authorised to attack any such unit, pre-emptively if necessary. iii. Victory Conditions: All victory conditions will be calculated when ROADKILL has remounted and extracted from BROKEN WING across BLUEBRIDGE, so CAS flights should take care to cover this movement to prevent any further attacks on the group by remaining enemy units. Players will be notified of their level of success in this mission when ROADKILL's extraction is complete, as follows: Blue TOTAL VICTORY Blue will win a Total Victory when: - The downed helo is destroyed and ROADKILL has sustained no casualties. Blue VICTORY: Blue will win a Victory when: - The downed helo is destroyed and ROADKILL has sustained less than 25% casualties. Blue DEFEAT: Blue will lose the mission when: - The downed helo is destroyed and ROADKILL has sustained more than 50% casualties. OR - ROADKILL has been wiped out. IV. Mission Editor's notes: This mission is flyable in one of three roles, assuming the player has DCS World with both FC3 and A-10C modules installed. Two of these roles will spawn as AI flights with identical tasking if the player does not choose to fly them himself: F-15C CAP and A-10C CAS. The following secondary flight is also available to the player: A-10C Strike ("Dodge") This flight is equipped for an LGB stand-off strike to destroy REDBRIDGE if the situation allows. If this flight is chosen, the primary AI CAS and CAP flights will still spawn. There is no AI substitution for this flight if it is not chosen by the player. If the player wishes to see the mission play out with both CAS and CAP roles taken by AI, or to "pinch hit" in an undefined role, he should choose to fly as the A-10C squadron c/o ("Ford"), a two-ship on alert at Kobuleti. Big thanks to: Bruce P for custom radio comms (ROADKILL). Don H (Home Fries) for custom radio comms (OVERLORD), playtesting, refinement of triggers and wise counsel re. programming logic.
  24. http://www.gamefly.com/Download-DCS-Black-Shark-2/5000397/ It shows up as $15.99. Supposedly you can use the code GFDFEB20 to drop 20% off the price, though even at $16 it's cheaper than the BS2 upgrade version. Just like A-10C, once you purchase you don't need to download from Gamefly to play in DCS World. Just download the BS2 module from www.dcs-world.com and use the serial number you get from Gamefly to activate your copy.
  25. Best A-10C Flying I've seen

    Ralfi's Alley - FOB Vetka. Not only is this great flying, but it appears to be great mission design as well. The FAC calls alone are immersive. Also great examples of aircrew coordination and deconfliction while making runs on the target.
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