Remembering

Another year has passed and I feel it necessary every year on this blog to pay respect and remembrance to veterans around the world. On November 11 in most Commonwealth countries, we call the day Remembrance Day or sometimes Poppy Day or Armistice Day. In the United States it is known as Veterans Day. Whatever…

A lot of Pacific WWII media out there right now

I often find that there are waves of interest in different parts of history in popular culture. Right now, it seems that we’re having a slight uptick in interest in the Pacific theatre of WWII. I thought it’d be fun to point out a few of them that I’ve noticed recently including one that is…

New Top Gun: Maverick trailer is out!

Next summer I’m going to be heading to the movie theatre to check out Top Gun: Maverick – the sequel to the revered 80s movie that helped make the F-14 (and Tom Cruise) a household name and synonymous with fighter jets. Now the sequel is in production with the latest trailer dropping earlier today. If…

There’s a rocketship in your IL-2 hangar

One of the fun things that the 1CGS team has done over the years is include a few thematic additions to the hangar based on the time of year. For April 12, we have a rocket in the hangar! Cosmonaut Day Russia and several other former USSR countries celebrate Cosmonaut Day on April 12. The…

Remembering on this November 11

At 11:11 am on November 11, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after four years of nearly continuous combat. World War I would claim the lives of much of a generation and leave parts of Europe (and elsewhere) visibly scarred. It is on this 100th anniversary of the ending of World War…

Visiting Airshow London 2018

A bit off topic for the blog but not by too much. Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Airshow London 2018 located in London, Ontario, Canada (not that other London). This was my third year in a row that I’ve visited the show and I wanted to share a few of the photos…

Visit to the Great War Flying Museum

I recently had the opportunity to pay a visit to an aviation museum that I have never been to before and it was such a positive experience that I wanted to share on the blog. I’ve tagged this as an off topic post but I hope this will be of some interest to fans of…

Top Gun 2 breaks cover as Tom Cruise teases sequel

Tom Cruise, who needs no introduction as Maverick in the 1986 hit movie Top Gun, teased the long awaited sequel today with a post on Instagram featuring his helmet from the original movie with a F/A-18F Super Hornet in the background. Flight sim enthusiasts reacted across multiple communities with nearly unanimous excitement! Feel the need…

Battlefield 1 adds new air superiority mode

EA’s World War I themed shooter Battlefield 1 is nearing the end of its release cycle and the latest DLC pack is set to include a revisit of an old favourite game mode – Air Superiority. Shooter tuned for air combat Battlefield 1 isn’t a flight sim but I do play it quite a bit…

We remember

November 11 marks Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in Commonwealth nations around the world and Veterans Day in the United States. The sentiment is the essentially the same: To remember and pay respects to our veterans both living and dead, young and old. Though on this blog I often speak of the aerial battles of…