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News Archive - Jan-Dec 2000

Saturday 04 December 04

Ripcord's Persian Freedom Campaign PHASE III - Corrected .mcf file | 11:30 MST

RIPCORD has released a fix to the .mcf file for Operation Persian Freedom, PHASE 3. The original .mcf has a defect that will lead to a CTD during the mission progression.

Replace the Persian Freedom Phase 3.mcf in your CAMPAIGN folder with the one below:

Download Persian Freedom Phase 3 mcf file (zipped)

Tuesday 31 Aug 04

VF-41 Black Aces over Kosovo Mini-Campaign! | 16:10 MST

Major Dragon (with a little assistance from Ripcord) has released his mini-campaign based on the Robert K. Wilcox book "Black Aces High" detailing the story of the VF-14 Black Aces F-14 Squadron during the conflict in Yugoslavia.

The campaign consists of 10 linked missions re-enacting the missions described in the book as well as some other possible missions flown in that conflict. The campaign requires the TSHV1 Objects 1 and 2 and flyable F-14. You may also wish to use the TSHV1 F14 Cockpit. The campaign is set in the NCAPE theatre, so the Iraq Paq conversion for the Persian Gulf is NOT required. The ctexte.cmp file included contains text files for ALL known F/A-18 campaigns including some that are upcoming from Ripcord. It is still advisable to back up your current ctexte.cmp just in case.

Download the campaign (ca. 5 MB) here: Black Aces Over Kosovo

The readme file is included, but you might want to take a look at it FIRST for Installation instructions:

Campaign Readme File

Wednesday 02 June 04

Help Stamp Out the Ramp Strike Bug! | 19:15 MST

RIPCORD has been doing some testing to determine the cause and possible fix for the 'Ramp Strike Bug'. This occurs mainly in the Valhalla campaign, and results in your aircraft exploding as you cross the ramp on a seemingly normal approach.

He thinks it may have something to do with a mission design where there are many aircraft in the air, on patrols that never end (e.g. CAP with ending action "Ammo Depleted" who never have to engage, or Tankers on INDEFINITE tanker tracks). He has tweaked one of the Valhalla missions so that he suffers no Ramp Strike Bug. He invites everyone to test it to see if it is just a machine specific thing, or if he has uncovered the cause.

This is a tweaked version of the first Valhalla Mission. If you suffer from the Ramp Strike Bug on that mission, try the tweaked version and see if it has cured the problem. Please report results in the SIMHQ thread: Ramp Strike Bug

Download the tweaked mission here: test_mission.zip

Wednesday 26 May 04

Ripcord's Persian Freedom Campaign PHASE III | 18:45 MST

RIPCORD has released Operation Persian Freedom, PHASE 3.

The campaign will still require the TSH V1 Objects 1 and 2, as well as the TSH Iraq Paq.
The ctexte.cmp file included contains the text files for this new phase of the campaign as well as those from the following Janes F/A-18 campaigns:

  1. Stock NCAPE campaign
  2. Matt Wagner's Valhalla campaign
  3. JayP's Karelskaya I
  4. JayP's Arctic Duel
  5. Harpoon 2004

The total size of PHASE 3 is ca. 15 MB. It is presented here in 3 parts of ca. 5 MB each to make it easier on non-broadband connections. ALL 3 PARTS ARE NECESSARY.

Unzip each part. If you use the FOLDERS option in WINZIP, or equivalent option in another program, you will get a different folder created from each .zip file. It might be best to turn OFF this option and unzip all files to the same location. After unzipping, copy/move all .cmf files to Campaign/Mission folder off the main FA-18 folder. Copy/Move the ctexte.cmp into the Campaign/Data folder and the .mcf file into the CAMPAIGN folder.

Download Operation Persian Freedom, Phase 3, Part 1
Download Operation Persian Freedom, Phase 3, Part 2
Download Operation Persian Freedom, Phase 3, Part 3

NOTE: The corrected .mcf file has been placed in the Part 1 zip file.

Friday 14 May 04

Creeper's Day of Infamy Mission | 21:00 MST

NC_Creeper has written a mission based on the classic movie "The Final Countdown"

Day of Infamy will have you and your wingman thrown back in time to engage A6M Zeros...or a simulation thereof...

Download Infamy.zip (ca. 3 MB)

Friday 16 January 04

Ripcord's Persian Freedom Campaign PHASE II | 15:30 MST

RIPCORD has released Operation Persian Freedom, PHASE 2.

The campaign will still require the TSH V1 Objects 1 and 2, as well as the TSH Iraq Paq.
The ctexte.cmp file included contains the text files for this new phase of the campaign as well as those from the following Janes F/A-18 campaigns:

  1. Stock NCAPE campaign
  2. Matt Wagner's Valhalla campaign
  3. JayP's Karelskaya I
  4. JayP's Arctic Duel
  5. Harpoon 2004

The total size of PHASE 2 is 12.5 MB. It is presented here in 3 parts of ca. 4 MB each to make it easier on non-broadband connections. ALL 3 PARTS ARE NECESSARY.

Unzip each part. If you use the FOLDERS option in WINZIP, or equivalent option in another program, you will get a different folder created from each .zip file. It might be best to turn OFF this option and unzip all files to the same location. After unzipping, copy/move all .cmf files to Campaign/Mission folder off the main FA-18 folder. Copy/Move the ctexte.cmp into the Campaign/Data folder and the .mcf file into the CAMPAIGN folder.

Download Operation Persian Freedom, Phase 2, Part 1
Download Operation Persian Freedom, Phase 2, Part 2
Download Operation Persian Freedom, Phase 2, Part 3

Tuesday 14 October 03

Ripcord's Persian Freedom Campaign UPDATE! | 20:00 MST

RIPCORD has updated Operation Persian Freedom, PHASE 1 from feedback obtained in the vigorous playtesting of the original release.

Changes to ca. 18 missions include:

  • More random bandit groups
  • Gradual reduction of SAM defenses
  • Better briefing instructions
  • More detailed targetting assignments
  • More outcomes debriefed in goal settings.
  • Speeds adjusted on transits.
  • EA-6B/S-3 do not refuel.

The campaign will still require the TSH V1 Objects 1 and 2, as well as the TSH Iraq Paq.
The ctexte.cmp file included contains the text files for the following Janes F/A-18 campaigns:

  1. Stock NCAPE campaign
  2. Matt Wagner's Valhalla campaign
  3. JayP's Karelskaya I
  4. JayP's Arctic Duel
  5. Harpoon 2004

Download Operation Persian Freedom, Phase 1

If you wish, you can just download the updated missions and readme file (5.3 MB) and update your current installation.

Download Operation Persian Freedom Mission Updates

Sunday 28 September 03

Sink the Tirpitz - V 2.6 | 17:00 MST

K@OS updates his "Sink the Tirpitz" Mission set in the NCAPE theatre.

A modern version of the sinking of the German warship Tirpitz by British Lancaster Bombers outside the island of "Håkøy", near the Norwegian city of Tromsø, in December 1944.

In this mission a Russian carrier is anchored, wounded, by the same island, and one VFA-133 "Maurauders" flight is assigned the task of giving her the "Finishing Harpoons"

This version updates previous versions with some slight adjustments and increased activity.

Download Tirpitz V2.6 directly, or see the other versions/mission by K@OS on the main download page

Tuesday 29 July 03

Ripcord's Persian Freedom Campaign! | 18:00 MST

A new campaign set in the TSH Iraq Theatre, but aimed toward IRAN.

RIPCORD brings us Operation Persian Freedom, PHASE 1. 11.9 MB and 37 Missions comprising the first phase of a new fictional campaign against Iran. The campaign will require the TSH V1 Objects 1 and 2, as well as the TSH Iraq Paq.
The ctexte.cmp file included contains the text files for the following Janes F/A-18 campaigns:

  1. Stock NCAPE campaign
  2. Matt Wagner's Valhalla campaign
  3. JayP's Karelskaya I
  4. JayP's Arctic Duel


Due to requests on SIMHQ, I have also prepared and included in this .zip, a file: ctexte+Harp2004.cmp which adds the text files from Stefan Caron's Harpoon 2004 mini-campaign. Simply back up your existing ctexte.cmp file (located in the /Campaign/Data folder of your F/A-18 installation) rename this file to ctexte.cmp, place it in the location of the original ctexte.cmp, and you will be compatible with all known F/A-18 campaign texts.
If you already downloaded Operation Persian Freedom from the excellent VFA-105 site, you can download the ctexte+Harp2004.cmp file by itself from the link below.

Download Operation Persian Freedom, Phase 1
LINK NOW POINTS TO UPDATED CAMPAIGN. CONTAINS ONLY COMPLETE CTEXTE.CMP

Download ctexte+Harp2004.cmp

Tuesday 15 April 03

Taxes Done? Try these new NCAPE Missions! | 17:20 MST

Four Mission set from the VMFA-531 Grey Ghosts

Here is a 4 mission set from the VMFA-531. These are set in the NCAPE theatre, but the Grey Ghosts promise that there will very shortly be a BIG set of missions for the Iraq theatre simulating historical missions flown during Operation Iraqi Freedom

Download The 531st Deployment Set

Wednesday 9 April 03

Trouble at Mill | 20:31 MST

One hot flay rod's gone out of skew on treadle......


As you are all aware, this site has been experiencing some technical difficuties. We're still not sure what has happened, but many of the downloads appear to be corrupt. I reloaded most of the Training missions with known good versions, but there are still corruption problems on download. One thing that seems to help is to right click and do a SAVE TARGET AS rather than just do a single left click. The statistics as the download progresses are still a bit whacky (total not reported correctly, etc.) but it usually leads to an intact .zip file at least.

Sorry for the problems. Will try to get them sorted out!

Monday 27 Jan 03

Operation Avenging Storm Iran/Iraq Mission Pack! | 20:00 MST

LEAD TURN returns with an 11 Mission Set for the TSHV2.0 IRAQ PAQ.
Operation Avenging Storm is an 11-mission set based on a fictional, current-day conflict involving the United States and Allied Forces against a combined coalition of Iraq and Iran. Your F/A-18E squadron will fly missions against a variety of targets in Iraq and Iran.

This mission-set is intended for coop multiplayer for 2 to 4 players (or more), but will work fine single-player, if you use your AI wingmen wisely!


Click the link to download Operation Avenging Storm
Here is the Readme File

The mission is also listed on the LeadTurn Mission Section

Friday 14 Feb 03

Happy Valentines Day! - Rudel's Imported Objects | 17:30 MST

Several threads on SIMHQ lately have referred to Rudel's Imported Objects, which allow some objects from F-15 to be used in F/A-18 in place of the seldom used Icebergs. With the demise of many F/A-18 Resource sites, this file has been hard to find. I found it on my hard drive and figured it couldn't hurt to post it here.


Click the link to download Rudel's Imported Objects (130K)

Thursday 26 Dec 02

TSH Version 2.0 - THE IRAQ PAQ Released! | 19:45 MST

Christmas day saw the release of TSHV2.0 which will allow you to import the Persian Gulf theatre from Janes F-15

The Download is available from the TSH Web page and also Here

This download is be about 7 mB and includes the Iraq Translator program, along with some object fixes for imported Runways and other objects, the WorldSwapper which allows you to switch between NCAPE and IRAQ theatres, and some 24 missions to get you acquainted with the new Op Area.


Please note that Janes F-15 must be installed in order to run the translator program, but it is NOT required subsequently to use the Iraq theatre in F/A-18

Happy Holidays, and best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year from TACOPS!

Thursday 01 Aug 02

Freeware Voice Recognition!!!! OOPS False Alarm :( |16:00 MST

Oh well... I tried Speech Buddy out with F/A-18 and though it processed the voice commands, the lag between voice command and response was just too high to be useful.

Wednesday 31 July 02

Freeware Voice Recognition!!!! spotted by Recluse | 17:00 MST

Whew! Its been quiet lately. I found this over at the Frugal's World Falcon 4 forum! A little Freeware/Abandonware Speech Recognition utility that allows you to pass commands to your sims via voice (like Game Commander).

The program itself is very small, and is here for download: Speech Buddy

It also requires a Microsoft Speech package available from this link: (6 mB): actcnc.exe

Read more about it at the Frugalsworld Forum in this thread. Interestingly, in another thread it is stated that it works fine for F/A-18, but NOT for F4 SP3! I could not get it to work in F4 SP3 either, but it worked great in the Sierra Shooter, SWAT3. I haven't tried it in F/A-18 yet.

One has to build an .ini file with the speech triggers for key commands, but it is pretty straightforward and the speech recognition engine seems to work quite well with minimum training!

Here is what I did:

  1. Download and install the actcnc.exe shown above. After installation, a Wizard leads you through setup and training.
  2. Unizip the Speechbuddy files.
  3. Run SpeechBuddy and load one of the preconfigured .ini files. In DEBUG mode, practice speaking and checking to see if the right keys get triggered.
  4. Loaded up SWAT3 and tried it out. Except for some commands that changed in the version I had, it worked great!

Let's see some cool F/A-18 ini files!!!!

Saturday 18 May 02

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend: Operation Deliberate Force - By M@verick | 13:00 MST

These missions are based on NATO air strikes against Bosnian Serbs in the fall of 1995 when they shelled a market in Sarajevo, killing 38 civilians and injuring several others. For the past years of civil war in the Balkans, NATO had several times warned the Bosnian Serbs not to do anything that would violate UN protected "safe areas". The shelling of the market was a "test" from the Bosnian Serbs to see what the world would do, it was a bad mistake. US lead air strikes were launched soon after the shelling of Sarajovo to force the Bosnian Serbs into a sign a peace accord.

You'll be piloting an F-14 Tomcat from the USS Thedore Roosevelt.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This mission is built around TSH add-on number 1. You MUST have this add-on to be able to play this mission.
In the TSH installer, install these packages:

  • TSH F-14D Cockpit (not needed but you are flying in the Tomcat so it is recomended)
  • TSH Objects Package 1&2. If you use this mission without the TSH add-on, you'll probably experience CTD.
  • Also download Rudels Imported Objects from Jane's F-15 (You'll also need this to play the campaign correctly)
See the included Readme file for more information.

Download Operation Deliberate Force

Sunday 17 February 02

Poke in the Eye - By Recluse | 09:15 MST

Poke in the Eye is an Offensive Counter Air mission where you must make a stealthy hit and run attack on an enemy AWACS with fighter escort. It can be flown as a single mission, or in Multiplayer.
The download contains both F/A-18E versions (no addons required) and a TSH compatible version which REQUIRES the TSH Addon (Player will fly an F-14D instead of an F/A-18E)

Download Poke in the Eye

Sunday 10 February 02

The Battle of Kirkenes - By M@verick | 09:00 MST

M@verick brings us another TSH COMPATIBLE mission: The Battle of Kirkenes.
This mission is set in Norway/Russia as Red Russian ground forces launch an attack against Kirkenes. You'll be flying an F/A-18E with other allied fighter jets, supporting Norwegian and British ground forces trying to retake to town.

IMPORTANT NOTE:These missions are built around TSH add-on number 1. You MUST have this add-on to be able to play this mission. TSH Objects Package 1&2 are required. If you use this mission without the TSH add-on, you'll probably experience CTD.

Download The Battle of Kirkenes

Sunday 03 February 02

TSH Compatible Operation El Dorado Canyon | 11:50 MST

M@verick brings us his mission based on Operation El Dorado Canyon. On 15 April 1986 the US Navy and Air Force launched air strikes against targets inside Libya, directed at Libya's state sponsored terrorist network in retaliation for the bombing of a disco in West-Berlin where 200 people were injured and two dead. One American service member died and 63 other service members were injured. You'll fly an F-14A Tomcat off the deck of USS America and escort the USAF F-111 strike package inbound for Tripoli.

IMPORTANT NOTE:These missions are built around TSH add-on number 1. You MUST have this add-on to be able to play this mission. In the TSH installer, install these packages; TSH F-14D Cockpit (not needed but you are flying in the Tomcat so it is recomended), TSH Objects Package 1&2. If you use this mission without the TSH add-on, you'll probably experience CTD.

Download Operation El Dorado Canyon

Thursday 31 January 02
TSH Compatible Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Set - Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Pack 7 | 18:40 MST
M@verick brings us the seventh installment of historical Mission Packs with 5 more missions simulating Operation Enduring Freedom sorties over Afghanistan.

IMPORTANT NOTE:These missions are built around TSH add-on number 1. You MUST have this add-on to be able to play this mission. In the TSH installer, install these packages; TSH F-14D Cockpit (not needed but you are flying in the Tomcat so it is recomended), TSH Objects Package 1&2. If you use this mission without the TSH add-on, you'll probably experience CTD.

Download Operation Enduring Freedom - Mission Pack 7

Tuesday, 29 January 02
MORE TEAM SUPERHORNET ADDON COMPATIBLE MISSIONS!! | 17:45 MST
Team Superhornet has released a mission pack containing full versions of F-14 missions which were included with the addon in partial form. The new missions are complete with sound effects and other enhancements.
  • Along the River_TSH_F14.cmf
  • Carrier Duel_TSH_F14.cmf
  • Fleet Shield_TSH_F14.cmf
  • Topgun_TSH.cmf
  • Topgun_TSH_IR.cmf
  • Carrier Landing-Day_TSH_F14.cmf
  • Refueling-Day_TSH_F14.cmf
Click below to Download (14 MB)

ALSO:

Maverick has updated his Gulf of Sidra mission to be compatible with the new flyable TSH F-14. Download Gulf of Sidra Version 4 (2.7 MB)
Sunday, 27 January 02
TEAM SUPERHORNET ADDON RELEASED!! (and we've got some missions to help you try it out) | 08:00 MST
Team Superhornet has been working tirelessly and under adverse conditions (no access to source code) to create stunning new addons for F/A-18. These include:

  • Addition of Human flyable A-10 and F-14 with working cockpits
  • Addition of Higher Resolutions for F/A-18. Fly at 1280x960 or 1600x1200
  • New WIDEVIEW mode for all three cockpits (F/A-18, F-14, A-10)
  • Many new aircraft and ground objects, imported from F-15 or created from scratch (e.g. U-2, B-2)

Visit the Team Superhornet website for more details and download!

Here are 2 new missions with which to try out the TSH Addon!

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TSH ADDON OBJECTS INSTALLED, FLYING OR EDITING THESE MISSIONS WILL RESULT IN A CRASH TO DESKTOP

  • Mission 1: Habu's VFA-69 Pass Defense
    This mission is optimized for cooperative multiplay and includes human flyable F/A-18E, F-14 and A-10 flights Flying SEAD, ESCORT and CAS respectively. F-14 and A-10 loadout files included.

  • Mission 2: Recluse's Hog, Hog on the Range
    This is a familiarization flight in the A-10. You will take off and fly to the firing range, where, under direction of a FAC, you can practice flying and fighting in the A-10. A suggested loadout file is included with a combination of IR Guided, Laser Guided, Dumb and Cluster munitions. Fly Low and HIT HARD!!
  • Saturday, 26 January 02
    Air Ops in Afganistan continue! Here is the 6th Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Set - Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Pack 6 | 21:00 MST
    M@verick brings us the sixth installment of historical Mission Packs with 5 more missions simulating Operation Enduring Freedom sorties over Afghanistan.

    Download Operation Enduring Freedom - Mission Pack 6 or see this and other M@verick missions at the Main Missions Section here

    Thursday, 21 January 02
    A New Mission from DOT | 20:45 MST

    Dot presents a new mission: SAM CITY. Attack a heavily defended GCI center while protecting EA-6B's and B-52's from threats. You'd better be a multirole pilot!!

    Download SAM City or get it from the main missions page with other missions by Dot here

    Thursday, 21 January 02
    A New Contributor! PILOT's Cluster Bomb Training Mission | 18:00 MST

    We have a contribution from a new mission builder from South Africa. "Pilot" has written a training mission on the us of the cluster bombs included in F/A-18. Text directions guide you in the setup and use of these munitions against various hard and soft targets.

    Download Cluster Bomb Training or from the training missions page here

    Thursday, 17 January 02
    M@verick is UNSTOPPABLE! Here is the 5th Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Set - Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Pack 5 | 17:45 MST
    M@verick brings us the fifth installment of historical Mission Packs with 5 more missions simulating Operation Enduring Freedom sorties over Afghanistan.

    Download Operation Enduring Freedom - Mission Pack 5 or see this and other M@verick missions at the Main Missions Section here

    Tuesday, 15 January 02
    TACOPS and M@verick bring you the 4th Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Set - Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Pack 4 | 17:45 MST
    M@verick brings us the fourth installment of historical Mission Packs with 5 more missions simulating Operation Enduring Freedom sorties over Afghanistan.

    Download Operation Enduring Freedom - Mission Pack 4 or see this and other M@verick missions at the Main Missions Section here

    Sunday, 6 Jan 02
    Happy New Year from TACOPS - Lots of Goodies Today! | 09:00 MST
    Habu, from the VFA-69 Renegades, brings us a multimission campaign set, Operation Dancing Bear. Each mission is in its own .zip file and contains an html briefing file, graphical (.jpg) briefing photos, the mission, and custom loadout file. The enclosed readme file explains how to install each file. There are currently 13 missions, with another in progress.

    Download:

    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 1 970k
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 2 550K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 3 350K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 4 200K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 5 160K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 6 300K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 7 350K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 8 570K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 9 1.2M
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 10 1.0M
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 11 670K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 12 420K
    Operation Dancing Bear - Mission 13 530K

    Monday, 24 December 01
    Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas from TACOPS and M@verick
    bringing you the 3rd Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Set - Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Pack 3
    | 08:00 MST
    M@verick brings us the third installment of historical Mission Packs with 5 more missions simulating Operation Enduring Freedom sorties over Afghanistan.

    Download Operation Enduring Freedom - Mission Pack 3 or see this and other M@verick missions at the Main Missions Section here

    Sunday, 18 November 01
    M@verick's 2nd Mission Set - Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Pack 2 | 09:15 MST
    M@verick brings us the second installment of historical Mission Packs with 5 missions simulating Operation Enduring Freedom sorties over Afghanistan.

    Download Operation Enduring Freedom - Mission Pack 2 or see this and other M@verick missions at the Main Missions Section here

    Tuesday, 13 November 01
    M@verick's 5 Mission Set - Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Pack 1 | 16:45 MST
    M@verick brings us the first installment of historical Mission Packs with 5 missions simulating Operation Enduring Freedom sorties over Afghanistan.

    These missions are based on the ongoing allied war against terrorism. You'll be flying an F-14 Tomcat. The missions are based on news information and Pentagon briefings. Each mission covers one day (first mission is October 7). Some days won't be covered like October 12 when no strikes were carried out and days when it was limited strikes involving very few aircraft (according to news reports).

    Also included is a readme file with installation instructions and suggestions.

    Download Operation Enduring Freedom - Mission Pack 1 or see this and other M@verick missions at the Main Missions Section here

    Sunday, 21 October 01
    Afghan Raid Missions by LeadTurn_SD | 10:30 MST
    LeadTurn_SD reTURNs with a 4 mission set striking targets in Afghanistan that is VERY loosely based on world events following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington. All missions are ground-based, from a fictional base in "India". All missions are optimised for multiplayer coop, but will work fine single player if you use your wingmen wisely.

    Also included is a readme file with installation instructions.

    Download Afghan Raiders here or see this and other LeadTurn_SD missions at the Main Missions Section here

    Thursday, 04 October 01
    A Mission Builder HOW TO by Cranston | 20:45 MST
    cranston presents a 'How To' mission on using ALT PATH to make AI flights divert to attack a target missed by the Player flight.

    For background, see this thread on the SimHq F/A-18 forum. Don't get singed by the flames!

    Soon, we hope to add this mission and writeup to the Mission Builder Training section of the site, but for now, download DoubleTarget_AltPath.zip.

    Thursday, 26 Sept 01
    3 Anti-Terrorist Missions | 19:25 MST
    133rd_Crow, of the VFA-133 presents his missions:

    • Kabul Raid
      In this mission you and your men must carry out a raid on Kabul. Due to unrest in Pakistan, you must take off from Incirlik, Turkey transiting over some Iraqi and Iranian airspace. The Iranians have promised NOT to fire on our aircraft.
    • Khyber Pass
      Follow your WP's along the route will take you and your men into the Khyber pass where the Taliban has set up defensive positions. Part of your flight must deal with these defenses while others take out the bridge at WP2 which connects Kabul to the Pass. Once bridge is down, destroy targets of Opportunity before returning to Islamabad.
    • Osama
      In this mission you are to attack Kabul's air defenses and installations in the hope of driving Osama Bin Laden's personal convoy to the south toward his tentcamp base at Tacan 123. Osama's personal convoy (Special Forces vehicles) has three vehicles in it. If he escapes Kabul, he will head toward his mountain base south of the city near Tacan 123. Good luck. Note: The author used Rudel's imported objects replacing iceburgs with tents, oil rigs, hotels etc. download from Rudel's page.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Wednesday, 26 Sept 01
    A Belated Statement from TACOPS | 19:25 MST
    TACOPS and friends are greatly shocked by the events of September 11, 2001 and wish to express our great sorrow for those who suffered and our condolences to those who lost friends or loved ones in the attacks. We extend also our thanks for the countless acts of heroism which exemplify the finest and noblest human characteristics in the face of an example of the worst human cruelty.

    We who wage virtual warfare in our simulations are only too well aware of what a deadly serious business real war can be, and we hope for a swift, but measured response by the United States of America to punish the guilty while striving to protect the innocent. As you fly some of the missions simulating raids on Afghanistan, stop and reflect upon how the luxury and freedom to do so has been and will continue to be brought to us by those who go into harm's way.

    Sunday, 09 Sept 01
    At Last! A New Mission Submitted! | 18:45 MST
    Capt. 133rd_KaOS, CO of the VFA-133 presents his mission: Tirpitz 2.0

    A modern version of the sinking of the German warship Tirpitz by British Lancaster Bombers outside the island of "Håkøy", near the Norwegian city of Tromsø, in December 1944.

    In this mission a Russian carrier is anchored, wounded, by the same island, and one VFA-133 "Maurauders" flight are assigned the task of giving her the "Finishing Harpoons"

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Thursday, 14 June 01
    Another New Mission Builder! | 20:00 MST
    Tacops welcomes Lt. Bush of VMFA-531 and his mission: Rescue the Pilots

    Two F-14 TARPS pilots on a classified mission over Russia have collided in poor weather and have went down near the Russian border. The pilots have managed to eject and have landed safley. The pair managed to find each other and are in a group waiting for an MV-22 to pick them up. Russian units are near and approaching fast! Punch it up! THIS MISSION IS DESIGNED STRICTLY FOR MULTIPLAYER.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Thursday, 07 June 01
    A New Mission from a New Mission Builder! | 16:30 MST
    Tacops welcomes Stuart 'Viper' Benton and his mission: Revenge

    Anti-Simmers are rallying over your base. Take out the blimps to complete your mission.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Saturday, 02 June 01
    Gielle is keeping us going! | 10:00 MST
    A new Single Player combat mission from Gielle - Hide and Seek

    This is a single player mission, where your flight is tasked to track and destroy Scud launcher mobile ramps. You've got to fly to your assigned station, then contact the J-STARS - which is not available before - ask for your target, then strike. I added also a FAC, which could be handy if they lase the target for you, and if you have laser guided weapons on board, as I'd suggest.

    Note: Can also be played co-op multiplayer, and with a little Mission Builder editing, other flights can be made human flyable as well -- Recluse

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Tuesday, 24 Apr 01
    New Mission from Gielle | 17:00 MST
    A new Single Player combat mission from Gielle - Saving the Jacksonville

    The SSN-699, USS Jacksonville is heading back to the CVBG after a collision with the Russian Typhoon II class sub K-410, the Smolensk. The Smolensk is heading back to port in Murmansk, but the Russian carrier group is still in the area. Your job is to fly cover for the injured Jacksonville, protecting it from Russian air threats until it can reach safe waters. Be vigilant, but don't get trigger-happy we don't want to start WW III!!

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Saturday, 14 Apr 01
    Here's One from COLUMN A | 10:00 MST
    The EP-3 Crew is safely back in the USA, and now the virtual F/A-18 pilots can have some Chinese Takeout, courtesy of LeadTurn_SD

    April, 2001: A Chinese fighter collided with a USN EP-3 recon plane in international airspace. The EP-3 was heavily damaged, and was forced to land on Hainan Island, off the coast of China. The 24 crew members are safe, but are being held captive at the Chinese airbase on Hainan. The Chinese fighter and its pilot are missing. The Chinese government is demanding an "apology", but it's true motives are transparent. The EP-3 carries sensitive instruments and data, and must be destroyed at all costs. However, we must rescue the crew members first. Your F/A-18E Squadron will be the "spearhead" of the operation, code named "CHINESE TAKE OUT". This mission was intended for multiplayer coop, but will work singleplayer if you use your wingmen wisely.
    Enjoy some Chinese Take Out

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Thursday, 12 Apr 01
    New Multi-Mission set by LeadTurn_SD | 15:30 MST
    The Easter Bunny is a little early with a 5-mission treat from LeadTurn_SD in his basket!

    In Operation Typhoon Russia has swept into Norway in a classic "Blitzkrieg", and the unprepared Norwegian and NATO forces were mauled. Your carrier battle group, centered around the CVN Ronald Reagan, has been moved in to help NATO regroup and counterattack. This mission-set was designed for multiplayer coop, but will work singleplayer if you use your wingmen wisely!

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Sunday, 25 MAR 01
    New Combat Mission from Recluse | 20:30 MST
    Fly off the Kuznetsov in Recluse's new mission

    In Foreign Exchange You must fly your F/A-18E off the deck of the Russian CV Kuznetsov and run the gauntlet of the battle group's SAM, AAA and Interceptor threats. Help is on the way...if you can just hold out long enough!

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Sunday, 25 MAR 01
    Slider_131st has updated his Formation Flying Training mission | 12:30 MST
    Training Mission Update by Slider_131st

    In Formation Training 2 Slider_131st has updated the original Formation Training mission. Some bugs are fixed and the Formation has been changed to PARADE. With the changes, the mission updates and complements the original mission. See: THIS THREAD at the SimHq forum for details.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Training Missions Section here

    Tuesday, 20 MAR 01
    Welcome Spring with a new misson from Tie_131st | 18:00 MST
    New Combat Mission by Tie_131st

    In Divert Action 2 - New Orders you and your wingman must take out 3 Mobile Scud Launchers before they reach their launch site.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Sunday, 04 MAR 01
    New Missions from Recluse for the Snowbound Northeasterners! | 15:00 MST
    Training Mission:

    Operation Black Flag provides a Training arena for the aspiring virtual Strike Fighter Pilot to practice his/her skills. There are waypoints for practicing Anti-Ship, Anti-Air, SEAD, Ground Attack, Navigation and Runway landing, and finally Carrier Landing. Choose some or all waypoints to sharpen your skills. The mission assumes you are familiar with the systems of your aircraft and ready to practice using them. Bring a friend and try it multiplayer as well!

    Download from the link above or from the Training Missions Section here.

    Combat Missions:

    Strike on Kilpavyr is a combat mission in which your 2-ship of F/A-18E's coordinate with British Tornadoes on SEAD and Anti-Runway ops to take out the Chemical/Biological weapons storage and dispersal site at Kilpavyr airbase. Can be flown single or multiplay. Also includes Kilpavyr-MP which allows multiplay access to the Tornado flights as well as the F/A-18E flights.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    FACFinder is sort of a hybrid combat/training mission in which you can practice following the directions of a FAC to take out a number of targets in a relatively low-threat environment. Two flights of F/A-18E's, one carrier based and one land based, converge on a target and coordinate with the FAC to destroy everything in the area. FACFINDER2.cmf is also included which is the same mission with a slightly higher level of threat from enemy aircraft. Both can be flown either Single or Multi-Player.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here

    Saturday, 24 FEB 01
    New Mission - Strike on Baghdad | 10:45 MST
    Another historical mission from M@verick - this time, very recent history!

    Strike on Baghdad is "based" on the joint UK/US air strike against Iraqi radar installations in Baghdad on the evening of the 16th February 2001. You'll fly the F/A-18E and be part of the strike package that is tasked to attack five radar installation nodes in Baghdad.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here.

    Tuesday, 13 FEB 01
    New Mission Set - Desert Fox | 16:45 MST
    Is that the Kola Gulf or the Persian Gulf?? Turn the clock back to 1998, kick the tires and light the fires on your F-14 Tomcat and let M@verick take you back to the Iraqi desert in this mini-campaign.

    Operation Desert Fox is based on the military attack against Iraq in December of 1998. You'll be flying a Navy F-14 Tomcat over Iraq striking several different targets.

    Download from the link above or from the Main Missions Section here.

    Thursday, 08 FEB 01
    Two New Voiceover Training Missions | 17:25 MST
    You may remember Gielle from his 'Finnish Sauna' mission. He's back with 2 Voiceover Training missions.

    Gielle and Manbat bring you tutorials on:

    The use of the FAC (Forward Airborne Controller)

    and

    Employment of the AGM-62 Walleye TV Guided Glide Bomb

    Both of these topics generate a lot of questions on the message boards, so head over to the Training Area and get these questions answered!

    Saturday, 20 JAN 01
    4-Mission Set | 00:00 MST
    LeadTurn_D sent us another of his fine multi-mission sets. This one is called "Operation Scorched Earth". You can download it here.
    Wednesday, 03 JAN 01
    New Mission | 22:45 MST
    Bob "Recluse" Tullman has contributed a mission called "Smart Pigs". You can find who/what the smart pigs are and download the mission here.

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