Tom Weiss, creator of LockOnFiles, has passed away

An announcement is rippling across the flight sim community today as news that Tom Weiss, the creator of LockOnFiles and a long time community contributor, has passed away. Notice posted An announcement has been posted on LockOnFiles, a community website offering files and downloads for DCS World, IL-2, and FSX/P3D as well as (as the…

Flight sim pilots come together in solidarity

I’m always impressed by the level of solidarity that the flight sim community can show and none more than in difficult times. Last week I wrote a post about the ITAF Italian Fighters squadron coming together to do some aerobatics to show solidarity among their members. I thought it was a great idea and I…

Top Gun: Maverick trailer 2 is out!

It’s not often we get a fast jet based movie to go and see in theaters so when there is one on the horizon I get excited to see how it progresses and if it will end up being an enjoyable piece of Hollywood film making. The second trailer for the movie came out just…

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…