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altstiff
04-16-2006, 08:51 PM
Shot this of Mr R.G. Middlemiss today, a former WWII RAF pilot (Canadian) who flew Spits as number two with the likes of Johnson and Beurling (#2 and #6 in kills during WWII for the commonwealth). Bob had 4.5 kills during his 2 year service.

He was a career RCAF pilot and flew Sabres and 104's well after the war.

I set up a scenario like Malta for him (using the Pacific islands map, fighting Macchis and 109's)

He had a hard time getting the hang of it a first but picked it up quite fast and actually asked me to pick him up a copy for his computer.

Anyway, enjoy the clip!

http://www.virtual-speed.com/stiff/rg_middlemiss_il2.wmv

Lucius_Esox
04-17-2006, 03:16 AM
Made me laught the comments he made about the chute... "Does it open, I would have mine open by now" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

He was concentrating as well, you could see it.

Also interesting to see how gentle the turnes he was trying to make were. Makes you think when there is that sticks profile around configured by a real WW2 pilot,,, not as much turning as we do!!!

altstiff
04-17-2006, 03:49 AM
His biggest complaint about the sim was the lack of FOV and lack of a proper rudder (he was using the twist stick).

He said in a real spit, you could get a good view of the horizon and the dials. In IL-2 he found he got too disoriented.

I invited him to come to my home and try TIR, my MSFF2 and my rudder. I told him that would make things much easier.

That being said, he totally enjoyed it and did ask me to pick him up a copy of the game.

BTW, my favorite comment he made while playing is in the first part of the clip when he asked if the planes that flew past him were coming back to which I said yes, then you can hear him mumble to himself "I better get some speed up then if their coming back".

Hehe, classic!

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-17-2006, 05:30 AM
Nice! Thanks for posting http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

danjama
04-17-2006, 05:36 AM
Yeah thanks alot, i think i speak for everyone when i say i love this kind of thing! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

blairgowrie
04-17-2006, 05:58 AM
I can't seem to be able to get the video.

Very interesting comments from your Spit pilot friend. I guess its' like riding a bicylce for him.

Monson74
04-17-2006, 06:09 AM
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RCAF_Irish_403
04-17-2006, 06:14 AM
Awesome.

Tell him "Thank You" for his service

HotelBushranger
04-17-2006, 09:55 AM
Thank you, always great to see real life vets try out Olegs version! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

pourshot
04-17-2006, 03:11 PM
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Chuck_Older
04-17-2006, 04:27 PM
He flew Spits, Sabres, and F-104s? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif Holy smokes talk about getting assignments in some of the world's finest fighter aircraft! All of those are available as 1/18 scale display models, by the way, the F-86 just came out

Glad he liked it. Asked to get a copy of the game, eh? that's great http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

altstiff
04-17-2006, 05:40 PM
Hey Chuck, you should see his display aircraft collection.

I should have snapped a few pics of them. He said he has a display model of every aircraft he flew except for a Cessna 172.

Not to mention his awesome photo collection. My favorite is this one of him and screwball buying war bonds.

http://www.virtual-speed.com/stiff/Middlemiss_Beurling.jpg

Chuck_Older
04-17-2006, 05:45 PM
piccy broken http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

get some pics of his display aircraft...and tell him to stay away from the forums! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

altstiff
04-17-2006, 05:48 PM
I tossed up this flash presentation he has for the pilots he goes to speak to. Has some more info with pictures of him and some clips of interviews.

Use the arrow keys next to your number pad to navigate it.

http://www.virtual-speed.com/stiff/Middlemiss.exe

PF_Coastie
04-17-2006, 06:13 PM
Very cool stuff man. Thanks for sharing.