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Zeus-cat
03-24-2007, 08:59 AM
I have just released a training campaign to help people practice takeoffs and landings. This campaign is aimed at new pilots as well as

those people that want to improve their takeoff and landing skills. Here is part of the readme file:

The campaign is available at Mission4Today.

http://mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads&file=details&id=2147

Straight From the Farm by Zeus-cat

This campaign is all about learning how to master takeoffs, landings and basic flight functions for several of the planes in the Pacific

Fighters (and IL-2 1946) simulation. This campaign was developed using a Pacific Fighters 4.01 installation and will work with any

version of Pacific Fighters after 4.01 and all versions of the merged game including IL-2 1946.

The missions start off with very easy objectives and then progress to more complicated ones. Most of the missions cover one basic

concept and are very short in length; typically lasting no more than 2 or 3 minutes. The later missions are somewhat more complicated

as they piece together things you have learned in the earlier missions.

The campaign assumes you are a typical pilot recruit of World War II and are straight off the farm and have little knowledge of flying. I

include tips and advice as I step you through each mission. The tips are based on the way I "fly" and may not necessarily be the best

way to do things. My intent is to show you how to takeoff and land so you can get started enjoying this simulation.

The missions are in a campaign format as I think it will help you feel you are making progress as you go from one mission to the next.

The campaign format also allows you to easily replay the current mission if you feel you did not perform it well.

As in all IL-2 missions, hit Esc (escape) to exit the mission once you have completed or failed the main objective. If you wish to

advance, select Apply. If you wish to repeat the mission, select Refly.

All the missions in the campaign, as well as 27 additional training missions, are included in a separate single mission folder. This will

allow you to fly them at any time as single missions for extra practice.

The first 16 missions use the SBD-3, which is a US Navy dive-bomber. It is very easy to fly compared to the high performance fighters

that are in the game. Following those missions are three missions in the F4F-4 "Wildcat". The F4F was the primary carrier-based fighter

of the US Navy for the early years of World War II.

Mission #01 Takeoff Practice #1
Mission #02 Takeoff Practice #2
Mission #03 Takeoff Practice #3

Mission #04 Landing Practice #1
Mission #05 Landing Practice #2

Mission #06 Simulated Carrier Landing
Mission #07 Simulated Carrier Takeoff and Landing

Mission #08 Lexington Class Carrier Takeoff
Mission #09 Lexington Class Carrier Takeoff with 3 x 250-pound bombs
Mission #10 Lexington Class Carrier Takeoff with 1 x 1600-pound bomb

Mission #11 Lexington Class Carrier Landing
Mission #12 Lexington Class Carrier Approach and Landing

Mission #13 Escort Carrier Takeoff
Mission #14 Escort Carrier Takeoff with 3 x 250-pound bombs

Mission #15 Escort Carrier Landing
Mission #16 Escort Carrier Approach and Landing

Mission #17 F4F Takeoff and Landing
Mission #18 F4F Takeoff and Landing on Escort Carrier
Mission #19 F4F Dead Reckoning

DmdSeeker
03-25-2007, 07:20 AM
Bump for a great idea.

I wonder if you could persuade Oleg to include it into the game, via a future patch.

WWSpinDry
03-25-2007, 07:24 AM
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Hartford688
03-25-2007, 08:39 AM
It is a great pack, really recommend it if you are not confident on the basics like me. I had never really touched the Dauntless, but now I am a convert; after this I might try Straight Down...

muchaclopiec
03-25-2007, 10:01 AM
Hey cool man, well done http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

SidCheshire
03-25-2007, 02:48 PM
It is very good. Good for beginners (my son) and more experienced (umm...me). Last mission in the campaign would be great for "full-real".

Credit to Zeuscat and all the other mission makers, skinners, utility makers an'all.

slipBall
03-25-2007, 03:09 PM
A excellent training idea http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

rnzoli
03-25-2007, 03:13 PM
carrier landings are a big attraction to me, I will try to see how it goes

i really have a poor landing vs. exploding rate in the Filthy Few campaing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

FlatSpinMan
03-25-2007, 06:20 PM
Sticky this!!!!

FlatSpinMan
03-25-2007, 08:01 PM
Just played through the first 5 or so missions. Payne N. Diaz - love it! Anyway, this should be really helpful and the way you have populated the base will hopefully grab new players, immerse them more. The friendly vehicle columns are great for practising strafing, too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif. It is definitely needed- over at SimHQ I saw a post from a new player entitled - "How do I fly?" so I sent him the link. Good work.

Zeus-cat
03-25-2007, 08:51 PM
FlatSpinMan,

The base is populated only because I "stole" this mission from my SBD campaign "Straight Down". I was just going to use a blank map and then realized that I already had a mission I could use as the basis for this campaign.

I didn't put the friendly vehicle columns in there to strafe (I always drop my bombs on them!).

I can't claim Payne N. Diaz as my idea; I listen to the car guys on NPR and I believe Mr. Diaz is their customer care representative.

It certainly looks like people think this campaign was a good idea. You never know when you make something like this.

Dagnabit
03-26-2007, 09:11 AM
Zeus-cat,

Thankyou so much!!
My takeoff and landing skills need alot of work. I really appreciate getting some guidance on this, other than what is available in print or diagrams.
Great stuff
Regards
Dag

M2morris
03-26-2007, 03:53 PM
Outstanding work Zeus-cat, fun stuff!
Your hard work and dedication reflect great credit upon yourself and the IL2 community.
Then again; you probly loved doing it too much so it wasn't hard work, so never-mind. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
Seriously, it is really cool and I recommend it for everyone. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
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Zeus-cat
03-26-2007, 06:49 PM
I'm glad people are finding this helpful. To be honest, this was really easy to put together; at least compared to any other campaign I have made. The toughest part was making all the briefings and making sure they were easy to understand. I probably slapped this thing whole togther in under 30 hours.

DooDaH2007
03-27-2007, 09:42 AM
Zeus-cat
Thank you very much for creating this campain for newbies Zeus-cat...
I just started to fly a few days ago and was lucky enough to stumble upon this to help me get to grips with the functions in the game...

One question though:

I did not manage to hit the carrier in the carrier bomb mission and now I see in the pictures above that this player used his flaps together with the airbrakes while divebombing...

Is this the correct way, or is it a choice or what..?
Your mission tip only mentioned airbrakes...

M2morris
03-27-2007, 07:43 PM
Originally posted by DooDaH2007:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Zeus-cat
Thank you very much for creating this campain for newbies Zeus-cat...
I just started to fly a few days ago and was lucky enough to stumble upon this to help me get to grips with the functions in the game...

One question though:

I did not manage to hit the carrier in the carrier bomb mission and now I see in the pictures above that this player used his flaps together with the airbrakes while divebombing...

Is this the correct way, or is it a choice or what..?
Your mission tip only mentioned airbrakes... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
FYI, I did'nt hit the dang carrier either, and I think the flaps would jam if used in that mode. Don't judge the instruction from the pics, sorry.

Zeus-cat
03-27-2007, 08:28 PM
The flaps in the picture from M2morris show the airbrake deployed.

Maybe the confusion comes from the fact that the SBD uses the flaps as part of the dive brake.

If you deployed the flaps to landing mode and then deployed the airbrake, the airbrake setting overides and the flaps will be deployed as shown. When retracted the flaps would then go back to landing mode. I see no reason to do this. Just deploy yhe airbrake and leave your flaps raised unless taking off or landning.

DooDaH2007
03-27-2007, 09:33 PM
Thanx for that clarification Zeus...
Back to the farm I go http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I will hit it someday http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif