This is a blog about the worlds of aviation and PC flight simulation coming together into something magnificent. I write editorials, short historical pieces on aircraft and tactics, news and events from the simulation world, technology and more.

Now well into its second year in operation, I’m aiming to make Stormbirds blog a place to go for reliable (and sometimes timely!) information on some of the key flight sims that I’m following. I want to share my love of this hobby with you and help people find their way into flight sims. It can be a lot of fun and I hope you’ll join me in the virtual skies!

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War is a terrible thing. Its true horror is something we need to study and understand through the lens of history so as not to repeat it. Simulated combat flying is not like real combat flying but it does give us a chance to understand it through a more limited lens.

My goal with the blog is to promote the hobby of flight simulation. Flight simulators are more than just shooting. Its the flying, navigating, understanding the mechanical operations and the overall piloting experience that matters so much.

So I do not seek to glorify war but rather understand its history via interactive means.


15 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael says:

    How do I get IL-2 Battle of Moscow?


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Well, you can buy it direct through the IL-2 website (maintained by the developers) at http://il2sturmovik.com. The other option is wait for Battle of Moscow to appear on the Steam store. Should be any day now. IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad has been there for some time now.

      IMHO, I bought it direct from the devs and that works pretty well. Their auto update system is excellent.


  2. Michael says:

    thanks for the reply I check out steam thanks


  3. Thank you very much for your blog, like you I am a big fan ot IL2 BOX. I find your blog very informative and beautiful! keep up the good work!


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Thanks Neil for the kind words! Much appreciated!


  4. bonehead462 says:

    I visited via Battle-fields.com, thanks for linking your posts to the site, also what many people who play on B-F servers wont realise is how much hard work is done by certain individuals (yourself included) to provide the enjoyment they take for granted.


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  5. Joshua Cook says:

    Two thumbs up! I am very much enjoying this site. Keep the posts coming.


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Thanks Joshua! Lots of great stuff to post in 2017 so the updates will keep coming!


  6. Alex says:

    Hey, recently i found your blog, and i am so glad i did! Keep up the good work, really good writing, interesting topics and good screens. Makes me keep looking forward to your next post! Alex


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Many thanks Alex! I appreciate the kind words!


  7. Wlliam J says:

    would you ever consider adding another writer?


    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Hi William,

      I’ve thought about it before and I have divided opinions on it. On one hand, it’d be great to have a second writer contribute extra content. On the other hand, this blog was setup for me to stretch myself as a writer and its kind of a hobby for me so adding a second writer ups the complexities in terms of scheduling content and coordinating efforts. It gives me reason to pause and hold back on that.

      I have considered entertaining the idea of the odd guest writer with one-time articles. Could happen!


      1. Wlliam J says:

        I’d be happy to work on a piece analysing the mechanics of a specific aircraft in the series, from a “how does it work” standpoint. I think it would be a welcome break from the (amazing) norm (seriously, I’m not trying to downplay this blog, I love it. I love the stories and other pieces on IL-2 that you do, just wish you’d update the Gazetteer), and maybe even allow me a repeat section. I take great interest in aircraft (obviously) and how the pilot’s interactions are transfered into moving the hulking slabs of metal we fly, and I hope my enthusiasm will show if you give me the chance. Just realised this sounds like a pitch, so I suppose it is. 🙂

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  8. Ali says:

    Great blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Thanks Ali!


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