Saturday april 30th session, leg #30, YBCS (Cairns - Australia) to YHID (Horn Island - Australia)
Looks like we were not very fit that day as it took us a very looonnng time to get ready for take-off....
.... and then we copiously screwed-up our take-off procedure (might have helped if the pattern I put in the flight plan had not required tunnels in the hills South of Cairns
Follow this plane...
And wait for all to join...
Before climbing to high altitude.
During the cruise we tried to climb in steps to the service ceiling of our Forts. It went beautifully as planned and explained in the Accusim manual again! Around 35000 ft, several B-17s started to report loss of manifold pressure on one or more engines as the turbochargers finally reached their maximum speed. This is called "critical altitude" (page 71 of the A2A B-17 accu-sim manual).
Descending towards Horn Island
And beginning the pattern towards YHID RWY 08, a very short runway (1390 m * 30 m), and with some nasty cross winds to top it off
Horn Island, with a beautiful home-made add-on scenery by Paul aka Gypsy Baron
... and angry Aussies firing at us
(thanks Paul again)
Thursday island - Ron's place
Too high too hot - going around
And debriefing at YHID
Next flight Saturday May 7th to Port Moresby