Monday, February 25, 2008

Habu World Tour!

Well guys it's time to separate the real pilots from the wingviewers.

Here's the deal. Starting at 7 pm PST, on Friday the 29th of February, the Lotus Films crew is going on a little trip... all the way around this rock. The interesting bit? The bit that sets us apart from those Avsim/Flightsim/Simouthouse round-the-world pilot wannabes?

We're doing it in the most amazing, sinister looking, fastest, and entirely bloody unforgiving aircraft ever made, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Specifically Alphasim's amazing version of it. This is the Uma Thurman of the aviation world. She's gorgeous, and she'll put a knife in your throat for so much as looking at her funny.

Two years ago Pebble and I did this trip in RealAir Spitfires, an incredible journey. It took us 76 legs and the better part of a year to complete. This trip is only 12 legs, and it's going to take a week or two. However, given the challenges we're facing those twelve legs are going to be anything but mundane.

The sessions will have the standard name but I'll be putting a note in the session info when it's a Blackbird RTW leg and so please check that info and plan accordingly if you want to come along. SR-71s, whether freeware, the Pilot's version, or Alphasim (the BEST) are welcome. If you have an XB-70 Valkyrie that is also acceptable. Simgameit aircraft however will not be accepted, nor any other fighters etc. Blackbirds only, Valkyries in a pinch.

If you would like to join us in this epic journey please click the link below and read the entire post *carefully*. If bringing the Alphasim SR-71 please pay special attention to the multiplayer model notes in the post to avoid crashing your system. In it I also outline the procedures we're going to be following as we'll be endeavouring to make this trip as realistic as possible within the limitations of FSX.

Lotus Films "Chase The Sun" SR-71 Round The World Tour Info

Cheers, and I hope to see you there! If you have comments, questions etc on the flight plan or aircraft, please ask them here in the comments on this blog post.

You have 4 days to practice. ;)

-Lotus out (at Mach 3.28)


jet1954 said...

Well, I don't think I can pass this up. It looks like I'm going to have to 'procure' a Blackbird...I sure hope the Russians don't catch on :)

Lotus said...

You really can't beat the Alphasim one, no other version comes close in accuracy, it's just perfect performance wise. They nailed every little nuance.

d0ugi3 said...

Wont be able to catch this one because of timezones, wish I could but theres aways next year ;)

- d0ugi3

jet1954 said...

Some guy did a fix for the smoke and panel that is on Are you using that or should I stay away from it? I did get the MP patch from Alphasim.

Lotus said...

There are two Alphasim SR71s, which I forgot to mention, the old FS9 one and the new FSX one. Don't grab anything from, it's most likely for the old one.

If your panel is showing some reflective bits etc on the FSX one, let me know, I have a fix for that.

Smokey said...

I hope there will be some films as a result of this adventure eh? Sadly i wont be able to join. Maybe by the end of it just to say hello.

By the way lotus, do you have xfire?

Vlad said...

As much as I would love to fly in close formations, especially in the "Bird that's Black," education just has to come first ;). Maybe some other time Lotus!

Mugar17 said...

4 days left for practice...
I'd rather just hope for the best ;)
But really, I'm still trying to get used to the blackbird! flies so differently than what I used to do. well I'll see you in the sessions...for some of them at least

jet1954 said...

Good grief Mugar, it sure does fly differently. Yes lotus, i could use your panel fix.

Dave the Geek said...

"Avsim/Flightsim/Simouthouse round-the-world pilot wannabes"

Ouch, I'm doing it because I like to fly the King Air, and want to visit every country in the world.

I never expected or wanted to be deemed a "BE", so hopefully I am not a "wannabe"

I do however agree with your views, that it takes very little skill to throw on the autopilot and let the computer do everything for you.

(from Jonathan Livingston Seagull)

On a painted sky
Where the clouds are hung
For the poet's eye
You may find him
If you may find him


Lotus said...

Haha Dave. I'll explain the little diss there to the Avsim/fltsim/simoh RTW race.

I applied two years ago to join the Avsim team for it and help them out. Tom Allensworth promptly accused me of being a 'spy' for one of the other teams because I wasn't a regular poster on their forums. He figured I was just trying to find out their 'secret route' and give it to another team.


When I tried to explain that I had been reading their forums for four years but hadn't felt the need to post (I learn by listening, not talking) he just blew me off.

So now I blow them off. Wingviewers. Bah. ;)