Have you ever been inspired? I don’t mean when you looked at the girl with the crop top showing a little belly… I mean really inspired to go and be the best that you can be. To go above and beyond what you had done and do something you knew would cause you pain but reward you in the end.
Last week I was inspired and challenged. And it all started here…
If you are not sleeping under a rock you know Hellreign82 from his funny videos. He is usually hunting down folks on a server and the videos are the Monthy Pithon of DCS. But I digress.
The mission above is a scramble intercept. You in your Mighty MiG-21 vs 4 B-52 bombers. Sounds simple enough? It is… Until you throw in WEATHER. Let me just say, I never knew DCS could do weather in such a way. I am by admission a fair weather fighter. Throw in weather and I am Soup Sandwich. That is such a contrast as who I am in real life. IRL, I always say, “Throw in some weather and it becomes an adventure” You’ll northern folks know what I’m talking about. Just taking the pooch for a walk can turn into an adventure in the dead of winter. So I decided to give it a go. Here is how it went.
Missions 1 to 4 = Dead on takeoff. A humbling experience to say the least. Here I was thinking I was a big boy. Thinking I could hang with the likes of you reel pilots (purposely misspelled) but I was living a lie.
Missions 5 6 7 and 8 = Busted through the clouds and barely made the intercept. Some bombers got damaged and I died. Still cant believe after I started flight sims in 2002 and I still cant fly.
Missions 9 to present = Lets get serious now. Watched videos on RSBN/PRMG. My takeoffs got a LOT better. Instrument flying with the best of em (not really). Able to make the intercept and save the town. I can find the airfield but had not managed to stick a real landing yet. But I am getting close.
I began doing some training because I realized I needed it badly. At night I got good at sticking that landing. I learned how to PRMG my way home. In horrible weather… That is a whole different thing.
So here Is the bottom line. NEVER stop learning. NEVER think you are above learning something new. ALLWAY challenge yourself. NEVER, EVER, EVER Give Up. ALWAYS strive to be the best you can be.
Please share your bad weather experiences. Especially you Reel Pilot folks. Much Respect.