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St. Paul Airlines Adventure Packs

Adventure Pack SPA1

  • Lost Piper Cub [Flight# AP11]

    • Aircraft: Amphibious
    • Weather: Set your visibility so you can see the surrounding terrain because you'll want to stay a few thousand feet or lower to spot the accident site.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: You are needed to help in search and rescue effort. A yellow Piper Cub was en route from PAKT direct to PAKW with two onboard. More than halfway through the planned flight time the pilot radioed in that he was having engine problems and would be trying to find an area near the water flat enough to make an emergency landing. Find the downed plane, rescue any survivors, and deliver them to the nearest airport (original destination or origin).

  • Sinking Fishing Boat [Flight# AP12]

    • Aircraft: Amphibious
    • Weather: Feel free to set this to a rainy (if it's not that way already), but leave at least a few miles visibility to see your victims.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: You're flying your Amphibious aircraft from PANC to PAWR when you receive information of a fishing boat sinking in Passage Canal (the waterway to Whittier (PAWR). In addition to hypothermia, one of the fisherman has been injured in the accident and requires advanced medical treatment not available in the remote town of Whittier. You must rescue the fishermen, drop the two relatively healthy fishermen off at Whittier Airport, then fly the injured fisherman back to Anchorage (PANC). Passage Canal is fairly narrow, so you should still be able to find them in limited visibility, find the airstrip to land at PAWR and return to an ILS landing at PANC.

  • Climbers Lost on Glacier [Flight# AP13]

    • Aircraft: Skis
    • Weather: Clear.
    • Time: Dusk or Nightime.
    • Scenario: Some mountain climbers are missing in the mountains north of Juneau. They were dropped off by another pilot within 40 miles of the Sisters VOR off the 10 radial. Depart PAJN Rwy 27, follow that heading while you gain altitude (8500-9500), banking north to follow the shorline and pick up the outbound 10 radial from Sister's Island and follow that into the mountains. If you go past 40 miles from the VOR you went too far. Fortunately the climbers have lots of flares. Rescue the climbers and return them safely to PAJN.

Adventure Pack SPA2

Flight of Gold Alaskan Adventure

On the night of March 12, 1948, Northwest Flight 4422 carrying a crew of six and twenty-four Merchant Marines crashed into Alaska's Mount Sanford, thus ending prematurely a flight from Shanghai to New York, and starting a gold legend and adventure that continued into the 1990's. This adventure is based on the book, Flight of Gold , that recounts the crash, and the adventurers who discovered the wreckage in 1995 after it emerged from the glacier. While I highly recommend the book, here is a quick video summary of the real-life adventure that Adventure Pack 2 is based on.

From cf.alpa.org/internet/alp/2001/June-July01pg16.html:

F/O McGregor notes that, since the Air Line Pilot story, the two pilots have received considerable feedback from fellow pilots, speculating on the cause of the crash. The Civil Aeronautics Board report at the time listed the probable cause as "the pilots' failure to see Mt. Sanford" because of cloud cover or being blinded by the aurora borealis.

The research of F/Os McGregor and Millican determined that the latter could have been a factor - the northern lights were reported to be extremely bright on that date. But the pair also suspect the Flight 4422 crew, who were off course, may have mistaken Mt. Drum (at the western end of the Wrangell range) for Mt. Sanford. They may also, the pair speculate, have been thrown off by faulty altimeter settings in the mountain range's sub-zero temperatures.

"They normally flew the correct route at 9,000 feet MSL, but the airplane actually hit the mountain at 11,000 feet MSL," F/O McGregor points out. The cold-weather altimeter error at 13,000 feet and -35 degrees Fahrenheit could have been as much as 1,500 feet, he adds. Although cold weather altimeter error was a known phenomenon in 1948, several years passed before pilots completely understood it and routinely made adjustments for flying in these extreme temperatures. Not all of the pilots in the 1940s had the benefit of that knowledge.
  • Fateful Route of Northwest 4422 [Flight# AP21]

    • Aircraft: DC-4 or similar (helpful to have aircraft that can follow gps heading)
    • Weather: Crystal Clear - as it was the night of the crash
    • Time: Nightime. Make sure to set your sim to night for this one!
    • Scenario: For this scenario you will fly the fateful leg of the six leg flight where Flight 4422 was lost, only we will complete this ill-fated flight leg from PAED to CYEG. The FSX flight plan file is included with this package. Set your altitude for 11,000 feet - the cruise altitude for Flight 4422. This is important to enjoy this scenario. Lastly, make sure to watch closely as you fly past Mount Sanford on the leg from PAGK to ORT . Off to your right the first mountain you'll see is Mount Drum, followed by Mount Sandford. Also included is a freeware of DC-4 for those wishing to add another level of realism.

  • PAGK to the East Landing Zone [Flight# AP22]

    • Aircraft: Bush - Preferably Tundra Wheels
    • Weather: Your discretion, but clear might make it easier to find the site.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: In Scenario 2 you will seek out the East Landing Zone. Fly from Gulkana (PAGK) to the base of Mount Sandford. This was later used as a backup landing zone for the real mission, second landing site they used after the West Landing Zone on the opposite bank (wrong side) of the river. Look for the campfire smoke and use the flight map for guidance. Also note the Nav data at the top of the map for general heading and distance information (though not exact). You may wish to save your flight if you are stopping at this point because the last Scenario starts at the East Landing Zone.

  • East Landing Zone to Cub Valley to wrecksite to PAGK [Flight# AP23]

    • Aircraft: Bush - Preferably Tundra Wheels
    • Weather: Your discretion, but some natural clouds floating by can add a neat experience.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: In Scenario 3 we will fly to the "Cub Valley" Landing Zone, then fly to the wrecksite before returning to Gulkana (PAGK). In addition to the flight map from scenario-2, you should watch for lines of caribou that will guide you in the general direction (up the correct glacier) to find Cub Valley. When you "run out of caribou" continue up the glacier looking for the campfire of Cub Valley Landing Zone. After stopping there for a while, it's time to find the wrecksite. Follow next line of caribou to locate the wrecksite. After photographing enough artifacts to confirm your 'find', return to PAGK to tell the world of your discovery.

Adventure Pack SPA3

Journey Back In Time

In this Adventure 3-pack we will go back in time to intervene in three historic disasters - but fortunately we'll bring our state of the art plane with us (and some support ships). You will have the opportunity to 'change history' by rescuing people who might otherwise have perished.

  • Titanic Adventure [Flight# AP31, AP32, AP33, AP34]

    • Aircraft: Amphibious Aircraft (helpful to have aircraft that can follow autopilot heading)
    • Weather: Crystal Clear - as it was the night of the disaster
    • Time: Nighttime. It's up to you if you wish to fly the first two legs in the day, but fly the final one at night.
    • Scenario: On April 10, 1912 RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk on her maiden voyage. She foundered off the coast of Newfoundland, far from shore. Even with our modern amphibious aircraft the flight there (over 3 hours) is longer than the ship had left to live (and longer than we want to fly in one sitting), so we will break this flight into four segments. Fortunately we have brought along support in the form of two aircraft carriers, so brush up on your carrier landings.


      These targets are easy to miss in the wide expanse of ocean you'll be flying over, so I've included a FSX flight plan with waypoints marking the various stops. The flight plan, "VFR St John's Intl to Titanic.pln", is included in the file package.

      Flight AP31 (CYYT to AC1) - Take off from St. John's Intl Airport and fly on a 201 heading for 119 miles to the first aircraft carrier. You can use the included flight plan and flight map to verify approximate locations, distances and headings for these flights. Once parked safely on the carrier, feel free to save your flight, so you can load and go from that location on your next flight leg, and file your pirep. Note: After loading the saved flight, make sure to set your sim's date to the current date before starting the SPAACARS application (If you're using it), otherwise your flight pirep will use your previously saved flight date.

      Flight AP32 (AC1 to AC2) - Take off from carrier #1 and fly on a 209 heading 138 miles to carrier #2. When parked safely on the carrier, save your flight and file your pirep. Don't forget to refuel your plane on the carrier. Aircraft like the Beaver will not make the entire flight on one fill.

      Flight AP33 (AC2 to Titanic) - Set your local time for 11:40pm with clear skies. The Titanic has just sent out an SOS call (the first SOS that was used in place of CQD). Take off from carrier #2 and fly a 212 heading 117 miles to the sinking Titanic. Can you get there in time and how many passengers can you save by safely flying them back to carrier #2? Plan your weight and fuel carefully so that you can carry the most people but still make it safely back to carrier #2. If you can find the ill-fated ship, take some pictures to share, and stop near the stern of the wreck and listen for the ship's orchestra that bravely played until the end to help calm the passengers. Note: Setting your environment sounds up, and your system volume up, while turning down the engine sound a bit can improve the audio effects for Adventure 3.

      Flight AP34 (Titanic to AC2) - Ok, you've got a plane full of thankful passengers who are awed by your modern technology. Now try and bring them safely back to carrier #2 and change history! Just fly your reciprocal course of the 212 heading you flew out on.

  • Sinking of RMS Lusitania [Flight# AP35]

    • Aircraft: Amphibious
    • Weather: Your discretion, but clear might make it easier to find the site.
    • Time: Daytime (1410 Hrs Local Time).
    • Scenario: In Scenario 2 your plane is stationed at Cork Ireland (EICK). It's May 7, 1915 at 1410 Hrs. and a distress call is heard. The RMS Lusitania has been torpedoed by a German submarine and is sinking quickly (Those Royal Mail Ships sure took a beating back in the day). This flight will go from EICK, land at the distressed ship and then return to EICK (see flight map ). Take off and fly the short distance (26 miles) on a heading of 189 to the sinking vessel. Land at the rescue site and pick up as many passengers as you can fly on a return trip to Cork (and a few pictures). Be careful though... that German sub might still be lurking nearby.

  • Last Flight of the Hindenburg [Flight# AP36]

    • Aircraft: Bush aircraft with wheels (or similarly slower aircraft to enjoy the sights)
    • Weather: Cloudy - perhaps even light rain.
    • Time: Evening (1830 Hrs Local Time)
    • Scenario: In Scenario 3 it's May 6, 1937 and the German airship Hindenburg has almost completed her journey to Lakehurst New Jersey (KNEL). Your plane is stationed at Bridgeport Connecticut (KBDR), and you have been directed to fly escort for the Hindenburg (see flight map ). Your flight takes you along the coast on a path toward Newark Liberty Intl Airport (KEWR), but you should intercept Hindenburg over Manhattan (NE of KEWR) and continue on to KNEL after taking in the sights (and photos) of the Hindenburg over the Manhattan skyline. The Hindenburg's cruise altitude was a mere 650 Ft., so you'll want to be flying relatively low. After you're done enjoying view over Manhattan, fly on to Maxwell Field (KNEL) to see the Hindenburg to a safe landing. Unfortunately (spoiler alert) the Hindenburg didn't quite make it to the mooring platform. Land at KNEL to get some pictures and listen to news reporter Herbert Morrison's dramatic broadcast as the event unfolds. He's by the giant hangar with the rest of the crowd who came to watch the great airship land.

      Finally, your modern aircraft is needed to lift some of the critically burned passengers to larger city hospital (Philadelphia) where they can get better treatment. Fly from KNEL to your final destination (KPHL) where your injured passengers can receive treatment. Share your pictures and harrowing tales with other pilots on the SPA forum.

Adventure Pack SPA4

Devil's Triangle Adventure

In this Adventure 3-pack we exlore the mystery of the Devil's Triangle (Miami-Bermuda-Virgin Islands). While many aircraft and watercraft were lost in this area, we search for three "ghost ships" that went missing.

  • S.S. Marine Sulphur Queen (KMIA-MYGF)
    [Flight# AP41]

    • Aircraft: Amphibious
    • Weather: Your choice, but you'll be looking for a ship on the water.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: The S.S. Marine Sulphur Queen was a tanker bound for Norfolk, Virginia from Beaumont, Texas carrying 15,000 tons of molten sulphur in heated tanks. Its last communication took place on Feb. 3, 1963, when its captain radioed a routine position report. Fly from KMIA to MYGF and find the ghost of the Sulphur Queen.

  • USS Cyclops (TUPJ-TJSJ) [Flight# AP42]

    • Aircraft: Amphibious
    • Weather: Your discretion, but clear might make it easier to find the site.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: USS Cyclops was built for the United States Navy several years before World War I. The loss of the ship and 306 crew and passengers without a trace within the area known as the Bermuda Triangle some time after 4 March 1918 remains the single largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history not directly involving combat.

      To find the Cyclops, fly from TUPJ on a 312 heading until you find the ship. After exploring the ghost ship, fly to TJSJ to complete scenario. If you fly past Puerto Rico or about 105 miles from TUPJ, then you missed the target. Note: You will have to fly past your final destination (TJSJ) on the 312 heading to find the Cyclops, then backtrack to TJSJ.

  • SS Cotopaxi (MYNN-KMIA) [Flight# AP43]

    • Aircraft: Amphibious
    • Weather: Your discretion, but clear might make it easier to find the site.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: The SS Cotopaxi was a tramp steamer named after the Cotopaxi stratovolcano. She vanished with all hands in December 1925 while en route from Charleston, South Carolina, United States, to Havana, Cuba.

      To find the Cotopaxi, fly from MYNN on a 294 heading towards KMIA until you find the ghost ship. If you fly within 50 miles of KMIA you missed your target. After exploring the ghost ship fly the remaining flight to KMIA to complete the scenario.

Adventure Pack SPA5

Not In My Backyard!

In this Adventure 3-pack we focus on airplane crashes that occurred in area local to the 3 members of SPA Mgt. Team (Yoland, Mike and me).

  • Alaska Airlines Flight 261 (KNTD - Crash site - KLAX)
    [Flight# AP51]

    • Aircraft: Amphibious
    • Weather: Your choice, but you'll be looking for plane crash debris on the water.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: We start in Mike's "backyard". On January 31, 2000 Alaska Airlines Flight 261 (an MD-83) crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, CA killing all aboard.

      You are stationed at Point Mugu Naval Station (KNTD) and receive a report that a commercial aircraft is down in the area of Anacapa Is. A Coastguard cutter is responding to the area as well. Fly from KNTD on a 240 degree heading and help search for the wreckage (look for smoke and if you go past the islands you've gone too far). Land and assist in the recovery effort. When done assisting, fly on to KLAX to turn over recovered items.

  • Northwest Flight 307 [Flight# AP52 and Flight# AP53]

    • Aircraft: Your choice - but recommend freeware Martin 404 (a freeware similar to the Martin 202)
    • Weather: Light Freezing Rain
    • Time: Night (2000 Hrs local time).
    • Scenario: Part-II of the this adventure pack will focus on a historic air crash that happened in my own neighborhood, but ten years before I was born. My father told stories of this crash, hanging out at the local gas station and hitching a ride with the tow truck driver who was going to drive over to see what was happening about a mile away. My father talked of jumping from fire hose to fire hose to stay out of the water that had flooded the street.

      On March 7, 1950 Northwest Flight 307 was enroute to KMSP when it crashed killing all aboard and two children sleeping in a house that the plane hit. It is believed that the pilot was attempting a visual landing when the plane struck the flag pole at Fort Snelling Na. Cemetary. The plane turned left and its left wing separated from the aircraft, landing near the Washburn Park Watertower.

      The plane traveled another 2,640 feet before slamming into a house along Minnehaha Parkway.

      [Flight# AP52] (KMSN-KMSP)

      Set your time at 2000 Hrs and light rain weather. Actual conditions were: weather conditions: a precipitation ceiling of 900 feet, visibility variable 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, and the wind from the north at 27 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

      Fly from Madison, WI, (KMSN) to Mpls - St. Paul Airport (KMSP) - landing on Rwy 31 (L or R).

      [Flight# AP53] (KMSP - Crash Site I - Crash Site II - KMSP)

      After successfully making the flight to KMSP we will now seek out the crash sites. Hop into your favorite bush aircraft, set your time to daylight and the weather to clear.

      Fly from Mpls - St. Paul Airport (KMSP) - Take off on Rwy 31 (L or R) and fly heading 300 degrees to Crash Site I. This is the Wasburn Park Water Tower. Fly low and watch for the distinctive tower.

      It's only 300 feet tall and there's no smoke or flare to guide you in. Note: both crash sites are very close to KMSP (less than 10 miles I think), and KMSP and its PAPI lights are visible from each site while airborne

      After successfully finding the separated wing of Flight 307, fly a very short distance on 90 degree heading to Crash Site II, where the main aircraft crashed into the residential area.

      Finally return to KMSP to complete part II of this adventure pack.

  • Swiss Alps Rescue (LSMM - Crash Site - LSMM) [Flight# AP54]

    • Aircraft: Bush with skis - but wheels will work. (Recommend the payware Fieseler Storch)
    • Weather: Your discretion, but clear might make it easier to find the site - and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario: The final part of this adventure pack takes us to Yoland's "backyard" - the Swiss Alps, where we fly a flight with a happy ending and the most beautiful scenery as well.

      On November 19, 1946 a DC-3 crashed on the Gauli Glacier after getting lost in a snow storm. The plane - thought to be lost in the French Alps, took four days to find.

      It had actually strayed into Switzerland. Efforts to rescue the passengers on foot proved near impossible, and when the would-be rescuers finally reached the plane they were hardly in condition to save themselves let alone bring down injured passengers, women and children.

      Two Swiss army pilots had been experimenting with the German-made Fieseler Storch by adding skis to it.

      They flew two of these planes multiple times to the crash site and rescued all the victims.

      Here is a short 2.5 minute video recalling the crash by it's last living survivor.

      Take off from LSMM and fly on a heading of 165 degrees to the crash site at about 11000 feet. You will probably have to circle around until you gain enough altitude to clear the peaks to the crash site. The crash site is a mere 7 miles from LSMM (horizontally). Pick up the survivors and fly them back to LSMM to the waiting ambulances - a daring feat and beautiful flight.

Adventure Pack SPA6

1950's - Building the American Dream

In this Adventure 3-pack we focus on three plane crashes that occurred during the 1950's when aircraft technology - including navigation and Air Traffic Control struggled to keep up with the growing air travel industry.

  • The Crash of TWA Flight 260.

    • At 7:05 a.m. on February 19, 1955 TWA Flight 260 crashed into the Sandia Mountains within minutes after takeoff from Albuquerque on what should have been a short flight to Santa Fe. This crash resulted in a controversial ruling of pilot error that was later overturned when a pilot proved that the compass used was prone to error. Additionally there was controversy regarding weather conditions - the report claiming that the weather should have been clear enough for the pilots to see the mountain that was clearly visible to ground crews at the airport. Pilots disagreed with this as well, and found that weather conditions over the Sandia Mountains were often quite different than on the ground. One pilot, confronted with airport ground crew reports of clear conditions, retorted "We fly airplanes not airports". (Recommended book The Crash of TWA Flight 260).

    • [Flight# AP61] Complete the ill-fated flight to KSAF(KABQ - KSAF)
      • Aircraft: Martin 4-0-4 (recommended)
      • Weather: Your choice, but the actual flight was in partly cloudy conditions
      • Time: Daytime.
      • Scenario:
        Flight# AP61 recreates the flight of TWA 260, only this time hopefully you will complete the flight successfully. Start at KABQ, climb to cruise altitude of 9000 feet and follow the ABQ VOR 10 radial (victor 19 airway) to Aden intersection where you pick up the SAF VOR 240 radial. Follow that to KSAF.

        Note: It has been brought to my attention that ADEN doesn't exist on modern charts, so I might suggest V611 from KABQ to KSAF (ABQ - NODME - NELGE - LIYIR - SAF). This looks approximately like the old standard flight path depicted in the book. Alternatively, if your plane is equipped with two nav radios, you can find the old ADEN intersection by tuning nav1 into ABQ and flying out on the 10 with nav2 tuned into SAF VOR and set to the 240 radial. As you track outbound on ABQ 10 you'll see your nav2 needle begin to move until it's centered.  Provided nav2 is set to SAF and the 240 radial, when the nav2 needle is centered, you're crossing the 240 radial and have reached ADEN. At this point select Nav2 as your autopilot source or change nav1 to the nav 2 settings so your plane begins to track the SAF 240 radial.

    • [Flight# AP62] Find the crash Site (KABQ - Crash Site - KABQ)
      • Aircraft: Helicopter (recommended)
      • Weather: Your choice, but relatively clear will help find the wreck site.
      • Scenario:
        On Flight# AP62 we will seek out the crash site of TWA 260. You will find the wreckage on the Sandia Mountain Range approximately along the 50 radial from ABQ VOR. Note, the terrain there is not suited for landing even a bush plane, so either view the wreck site from the air or try a helicopter flight that might allow a landing on a flat area nearby. After locating the crash site, return to KABQ to complete part-I of this adventure pack.

  • The Mysterious Disappearance of Northwest Flight 2501

    • Around midnight on June 23, 1950, Northwest Flight 2501, a DC-4 with 58 persons aboard, crashed into Lake Michigan. The DC-4 was en route to Minneapolis (KMSP) from New York's La Guardia airport (KLGA) when it flew headlong into a severe thunderstorm while crossing the open water. To this day the plane's final resting place remains a mystery although human remains and crash debris did wash up on the beaches of West Michigan, and other debris was found out on the lake. (Recommended book Fatal Crossing).

    • [Flight# AP63] Complete the ill-fated flight to KMSP(KLGA-KMSP)
      • Aircraft: Your choice - but recommend freeware DC-4
      • Weather: Set severe thunderstorm over Lake Michigan.
      • Time: Night (2035 Hrs local New York time).
      • Scenario: In Part-I of this second adventure we complete a long flight (about 4-5 hours) from KLGA to KMSP and fly through the thunderstorm over Lake Michigan. The cruise altitude is from 3500 to 6000 so you should be able to see some sights out your window (although it will be nighttime). Feel free to break this flight into several segments and land at various stops along the way. Just use the identical flight number (AP63) for all the flight segments from KLGA to KMSP. If you really want to increase realism - fly VOR to VOR using the Nav radios. For approximate altitudes of this flight, records indicate that Flight 2501 flew to cruise altitude of 6000 feet after leaving New York. As 2501 Approached Cleveland (VOR DJB) they requested and received permission from ATC to descend to 4000 ft. to stay below clouds of the approaching storm. Over Litchfield, Michigan (VOR LFD) 2501 was ordered down to a mere 3500 feet to avoid conflict with a Lockheed Lodestar in the vicinity. It was at this altitude that 2501 crossed Lake Michigan into the face of the approaching storm. This VOR to VOR flight plan approximates the route flown by 2501.

    • Locate Debris Site of Flight 2501 on Lake Michigan [Flight# AP64]
      (KBIV-Crash Site-KBIV)

      • Aircraft: Amphibious
      • Weather: Your discretion, but clear might make it easier to find the site.
      • Time: Daytime.
      • Scenario: Part-II of this adventure is to find the wreck debris out on Lake Michigan. Join Coast Guard Cutters Woodbine, Frederick Lee and Mackinaw in the search. Fly from West Michigan Regional Airport (KBIV) to the crash site (a 255 degree heading). Note: if you fly 30 miles away from the Pullman VOR (PMM - 112.1) then you've gone too far. Return to KBIV to complete part two of this adventure pack.

  • United Flight 718 & TWA Flight 2 - The Grand Canyon Disaster

    • Around 11:30 Hrs. on June 30, 1956 two airliners collided over the Grand Canyon killing 128 people. TWA Flight 2, a Lockheed Constellation and United Flight 718, a DC-7 left KLAX at about 10:00 a.m. with TWA's first stop at Kansas City and United's first stop in Chicago. At a time when the wide open skies seldom presented a problem ATC was limited and pilots had a lot of discretion. Flying in partly cloudy skies the planes collided with each other over the Grand Canyon and plummeted to the ground.(Recommended book We Are Going In: The Story of the 1956 Grand Canyon Midair Collision).

    • [Flight# AP65] Complete the ill-fated flight of TWA 2 from KLAX to KMCI (KLAX-KMCI)
      • Aircraft: Your choice - but recommend Constellation for FSX
      • Weather: Partly Cloudy.
      • Time: Day - 10:00 Hrs Local Time.
      • Scenario: In Part-I of this third adventure we successfully complete a long flight (about 4 hours) from KLAX to KMCI. Feel free to break this flight into several segments and land at various stops along the way. Just use the identical flight number (AP65) for all the flight segments from KLAX to KMCI. Cruise altitude FL210.

    • [Flight# AP66] Locate the crash sites of the two planes(KGCN-Site1-Site2-KGCN)
      • Aircraft: Your favorite bush aircraft.
      • Weather: Clear or real world weather if you choose.
      • Time: Day
      • Scenario: In Part-II of this third adventure we seek out the impact sites of the two ill-fated airliners. Take off from Grand Canyon National Park Airport (KGCN) and follow the GCN VOR radial 34 outbound about 20 miles to Temple Butte where the crippled TWA plane crashed to the ground. From there fly easterly in valley to the Colorado River, then veer left (north) and follow the Colorado River to where the Little Colorado River branches off to the right. Stay with the main Colorado River a bit farther north to Char Butte where the United Plane fell to earth. Finally, return to KGCN to complete this last part of AP6.

Adventure Pack SPA7

Operation Catechism - Sink the Tirpitz

In this Adventure we refly the military mission, Operation Catechism. Operation Catechism was the last of nine attempts to sink or sabotage the Kriegsmarine battleship Tirpitz during the Second World War. On 12 November 1944, RAF Bomber Command dispatched 30 Avro Lancaster heavy bombers from No. 9 Squadron RAF and No. 617 Squadron RAF (including a film unit aircraft from No. 463 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force) from RAF Lossiemouth to the Tirpitz's mooring in Tromsø, Norway. Each bomber carried a single 5-ton Tallboy bomb. At least two bombs hit the Tirpitz, which suffered a violent internal explosion. The battleship capsized and remained bottom upwards. Approximately 1,000 of the 1,900 men on board were killed or injured and one No. 9 Squadron RAF Lancaster was severely damaged by flak; it landed safely in neutral Sweden with its crew unhurt. Watch a short 4:46 minute video about the Turpitz and Operation Catechism.

While the actual mission was about a 10-hour ordeal, we probably don't want to fly that long so we will break the 10-hour mission into five flight segments with landing stops along the way (something not possible during the actual mission because much of the flight was over German-occupied territory). Also, if you don't wish to fly using VOR and topographic navigation, you can use the included flight plan.

  • [Flight# AP71]
    RAF Base at Lossiemouth to Alesund Airport(EGQS - ENAL)
    • Aircraft: Avro Landcaster (recommended)
    • Weather: Your choice
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario:
      Take off from RAF Base at Lossiemouth (EGQS) on 46 degree heading for 403nm (about 2 hour flight at 200kts). To follow current nav devices (other than GPS) tune in the VIG VOR 115.8 on the island of Vigra, Norway - and fly to it. Land at the Alesund Airport (ENAL) on the east side of the island (2nm 82 degrees from the VIG VOR).

  • [Flight# AP72]
    Alesund Airport to Kiruna Airport (ENAL-ESNQ)
    • Aircraft: Avro Landcaster (recommended)
    • Weather: Your choice
    • Scenario:
      Take off from Alesund Airport (ENAL) and fly 48 degree heading for 475nm to Kiruna, Sweden (about 2:18 hr flight at 200kts). To follow current nav devices (other than GPS) tune in the KRA VOR 115.2. Kiruna Airport (ESNQ) is right near the VOR. Land at the Kiruna Airport (ESNQ).

  • [Flight# AP73]
    (ESNQ - Lake Tornetrask - Balsfjorden fjord - Tirpitz - ESNQ)

    • Aircraft: Avro Landcaster (recommended)
    • Weather: Your discretion, but clear might make it easier to find the site.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario:
      This flight leg is where the action starts. Take off from ESNQ and fly on a 314 degree heading for 38nm to Lake Tornetrask.
      This is the rendezvous area where you meet up with the other squadron. Remember to fly low to avoid radar contact. With your full attack force, fly a 350 degree heading and climb to a safe altitude (about 6000ft) to clear the mountains and proceed to the town of Balsfjord where you pick up the Balsfjorden fjord (the long narrow inlet of the sea to the right). The attack force actually climbed to 14000 ft to bomb and clear mountains - but regardless, even at 6000 ft you're now visible on enemy radar so beware!

      The Balsfjorden fjord is about 92 miles from the KRA VOR on about its 336 degree radial. Although the real bombers flew at 14000, we'll drop down to 2500ft when we reach the Balsfjorden and follow the water northerwesterly about 25nm to our target - the German battleship Tirpitz.

      Note: Fly the leg along the Balsfjorden waterway to the Tirpitz at 2500 ft. for full effect.

      . The Tirpitz is near the island of Hakoya, just west of the city of Tromso. You will see the VASI lights of Tromso Airport ahead on the right and Tirpitz to the left as you fly down the Balsfjorden. After sinking the Tirpitz take some victory pictures to share and then return to ESNQ to complete AP713.

    • [Flight# AP74]
      Fly return leg from ESNQ to ENAL (ESNQ-ENAL)
      • Aircraft: Avro Landcaster (recommended)
      • Weather: Your choice.
      • Time: Daytime
      • Scenario:
        Fly return leg from ESNQ to ENAL (ESNQ-ENAL).

    • [Flight# AP75]
      Fly the return leg from ENAL to EGQS (ENAL-EGQS)
      • Aircraft: Avro Landcaster (recommended).
      • Weather: Clear or real world weather if you choose.
      • Time: Day
      • Scenario:
        Fly the return leg from ENAL to EGQS

      Youtube Video of AP73 - Bombing the Turpitz

Adventure Pack SPA8

The Doolittle Raid Over Tokyo

In this Adventure we refly the famous Doolittle Raid over Tokyo.

The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on Saturday, April 18, 1942, was an air raid by the United States of America on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on the island of Honshu during World War II, the first air strike to strike the Japanese Home Islands. It demonstrated that Japan itself was vulnerable to American air attack, served as retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941, and provided an important boost to American morale. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle of the United States Army Air Forces.
Here is a very nice 5-minute video about the raid.

In addition to the related Adventure Pack scenery zip file from our downloads area, you will want to consider the following addons for this mission:
Corsair Fighter - This freeware plane is easy to fly and works well on the carrier used in this adventure.
B-25J Bomber - This freeware plane is the same model used to fly the Doolittle Raid and is easy to fly.
Carrier Catapult/Arrestor Cable - This very useful freeware addon is a great addtion for this adventure and any other carrier flights past and present (like the previous Titanic mission). It has been tested with the Corsair and the B-25 Bomber also recommended for this mission. While this mission can be flown without this addon, the landing of the Corsair back on the carrier is much easier with it.

  • [Flight# AP81]
    Carrier - Patrol Boat - Carrier (About .75 hours)
    • Aircraft: Corsair (recommended)
    • Weather: Your choice
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario:
      For this flight we start on the carrier Enterprise in a fighter aircraft. Load saved "AP81" flight into FSX. The flight will start with you sitting on one of the carriers in the task force group in a powered kite. You may now change to the aircraft of your choice. I recommend the freeware corsair. I also recommend the addon program for launching and landing on the carrier. I recommend testing out the plane and the addon catapult/arrestor before flying the mission - especially if you'll be flying with other pilots and videoing it.

      Now load the flight plan AP81, but DO NOT click ok button to move to that airport because you want to stay on the carrier! Note: The flight plan loaded into the GPS shows starting and ending at Tokyo Intl airport. This was necessary for the intermediate non-airport waypoints to show up in the GPS. You will want to change your GPS flight plan leg to the leg from the carrier waypoint where you are sitting to the target - a Japanese patrol boat, if you want to use an autopilot linked to GPS.

      If you've loaded things correctly, you are now sitting on the escort carrier with the flight plan loaded that directs you to your target of the patrol boat. You'll notice that the rest of the taskforce is all around you, and the carrier Hornet with Doolittle's bombers will be to your right. Directly ahead a Japanese patrol boat was spotted and has just been attacked by the taskforce.

      Take off from the carrier and fire upon the patrol boat (not the one already attacked and burning, but the one further away) until it explodes. Note: You cannot use the addon for catapulting the corsair from the deck because it doesn't work with tail-draggers, but it will be very useful upon your return to deploy the arrestor cables to stop your aircraft from rolling out over the side of the ship on landing.

      Regardless of your aircraft type, the patrol boat attack is simulated if you attack it at an altitude of about 1000 ft.

      . Upon successful destruction of the patrol boat, return to the carrier to complete AP8-1.

  • [Flight# AP82]
    USS Hornet - Yokohama Oil Tanks - RJTT (About 1.5 hours)
    • Aircraft: B-25J Bomber
    • Weather: Your choice
    • Scenario:
      In Scenario 2 you will load files similarly as described in AP81, but you will be loading saved flight AP82 and loading flight plan AP82. This time you'll be picking out a bomber to fly. I recommend the freeware B-25J, the type of plane that actually flew the mission.

      If you've loaded things correctly, you're sitting on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in your bomber and have the flight plan loaded on your GPS. Again, you will want to have your GPS skip to the second leg of the flight plan to be from the carrier to the target, which is the oil storage tanks in Yokohama.

      Take off and fly to the target. As you approach your target, the first land you'll fly over will be the Boso Peninsula. As you fly across Tokyo Bay to the target you'll want to adjust your altitude to about 1,200 to 1,000 ft. Higher than this and your bombardier will not be able to drop his bombs on the target.

      As you approach the target you will see three groups of white storage tanks. Your mission is to drop bombs in a line along these three sets of tanks. Regardless of aircraft you use, the bombing of these tanks is simulated if your altitude is correct and you fly over your three targets.

      Upon successful bombing, we will end this flight by landing at Tokyo Intl Airport (RJTT). During the real mission, our plane continued immediately to Russia, as the pilots would not have been well-received had they landed in Tokyo. Due to distance and time however, we will land at RJTT to complete AP82 and complete the flight to Russia in AP83.

  • [Flight# AP83]
    (RJTT-UHWW) (About 3 hours)

    • Aircraft: B-25J Bomber (recommended)
    • Weather: Your discretion.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario:
      Take off from RJTT and fly to UHWW. This 3.5 hour flight across the Sea of Japan ends flight AP83 and the Adventure Pack 8 Series. We will be landing at Knevichi Airport in Vladivostok, Primorskiy because the I don't believe the actual military airstrip in modeled.

    Youtube Video of Doolittle Raid Part-I

    Youtube Video of Doolittle Raid Part-II

Adventure Pack SPA9

Operation Hailstone - The Attack On Truk Lagoon

Sailing undetected to a point 90 miles east-northeast of Truk, Task Force 58 launched 72 F6F Hellcat fighters that arrived over Truk at 0800 on 17 February, 1944. Mitscher’s strategy called for the Hellcats to fully engage the enemy fighters and soften up the ground defenses, clearing the way for the bombers. That idea worked perfectly, as 30 of the 80 A6M Zeros that rose were downed against the loss of just four Hellcats. After brushing the air opposition aside, the F6Fs headed for three principal airfields where they destroyed about 40 planes. On the heels of the Hellcats, 18 TBF Avengers dropped incendiaries on the airfields.

Japanese ammunition ships in Truk Harbor explode following a torpedo attack by a US carrier based plane. The pilot and two crew-members of this plane are presumed to be lost since their plane were caught in this terrific explosion. 17 February 1944

A Japanese freighter in Truk Atoll is hit by a Mark XIII torpedo dropped from a Grumman TBF Avenger of Torpedo Squadron 17 (VT-17) from the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), 17 February 1944. Fighting alongside VT-17 in task force 58 was VT-10. Including the ground-breaking night attack of 16-17 February, VT-10 accounted for one third of the total shipping destroyed by the Task Force 58 attack on Truk Atoll. Note the several torpedo wakes, including one very erratic one ending with the torpedo broaching. The photograph is discussed by the photographer W. Eugene Smith in the June 1944 article entitled Camera on a Carrier that appeared in Popular Photography. The aircraft that dropped the successful strike shown in the photo was flown by Lt. Paul Eugene Dickson

Devastation: A recon photo taken on the second day, showing damage to the shore facilities on Dublon Island.

Here is a very nice 9-minute video about the raid.

Today Truk Lagoon is a shipwreck divers paradise, which led to my personal interest in this event. Below are underwater photos I took of these amazing shipwrecks in 1994. The 50th anniversery of Operation Hailstone.

Youtube Video of Truk Lagoon Shipwrecks

In addition to the related Adventure Pack scenery zip file from our downloads area, you will want the following addons for this mission:

FSX/P3D 3/4 Chance Vought F4U-7 Corsair package - This freeware plane is easy to fly and works well on the carrier used in this adventure.

FSX Truk Atoll Scenery - This freeware scenery covers WWII Truk Lagoon following the attack by US forces. This is vital scenery to install for this adventure.

Carrier Catapult/Arrestor Cable - This very useful freeware addon is a great addtion for this adventure and any other carrier flights past and present (like the previous Titanic mission). It has been tested with the Corsair also recommended for this mission. Note: There are two version of this program, one for FSX called "ArrCab_26.zip" and the one I created for P3d v4 called "SPARRCAB_P3dv4".

  • [Flight# AP91] Strafing Flight
    Carrier - Truk - Carrier
    • Aircraft: Corsair (recommended) with gun effect addition included in SPA scenery folder.
    • Weather: Your choice - but I would suggest clear so you can enjoy the scenery.
    • Time: Daytime.
    • Scenario:
      For this flight we start on the center carrier in a fighter aircraft. Load saved "AP9" flight into you simulator. Note that there is a separate folder for the flight and flight plan files for FSX and P3d. P3d calls their flights "scenarios". Put both files for your correct simulator into the directory where the rest of your flight files are located. Load the flight (not the flight plan). The flight files for each simulator have been saved with the flight plan loaded at the correct flight leg of the flight plan. The flight will start with you sitting on one of the carriers in the task force group. If you have the Corsair installed you should also already be sitting on the carrier deck in the Corsair.

      If you've loaded things correctly, you are now sitting on the carrier with the flight plan loaded that directs you to your target of the 3 airfields at Truk Lagoon. In the actual mission the planes were about 100 miles away from the target, but we've shortened the distance to about 50 miles.

      Take off from the carrier and make your way to the target sites. Upon arrival you can strafe away at the many targets available (both water and land). Note: You cannot use the fsx addon for catapulting the corsair from the deck because it doesn't work with tail-draggers, but it will be very useful upon your return to deploy the arrestor cables to stop your aircraft from rolling out over the side of the ship on landing. I think the P3d version I created will work for catapulting, and it will probably work for FSX too if you wish to try that instead.

      . Upon successful attacks on the 3 airfields and surrounding water targets, return to the carrier.

  • [Flight# AP92] - Reconnaissance Flight
    Carrier - Truk Lagoon - Carrier
    • Aircraft: Amphibian
    • Weather: Your choice
    • Scenario:
      In Scenario 2 you will load files similarly as described in AP91, but this time you'll be picking out an amphibious aircraft to fly.

      We will be flying a reconnaissance flight to survey and photograph the success of Operation Hailstone. Although not the type of aircraft that actually flew the reconnaissance flights, we will fly the amphibious aircraft because it's low and slow and will allow us to land in the water and on land so that we can get a better view, and perhaps rescue some of our downed pilots who might have survived.

      Take off and fly to the target. Survey the damage at the 3 airfields and take pictures to share at SPA website. Feel free to land various places to affect a rescue or two.

      Upon completion of your reconnaissance, fly back to the carrier to complete this Adventure Pack.

Adventure Pack SPA10

Deep Water Horizon Search & Rescue (AP101)

At 9:45 P.M. CDT on 20 April 2010, during the final phases of drilling the exploratory well at Macondo, a geyser of seawater erupted from the marine riser onto the rig, shooting 240 ft (73 m) into the air. This was soon followed by the eruption of a slushy combination of drilling mud, methane gas, and water. The gas component of the slushy material quickly transitioned into a fully gaseous state and then ignited into a series of explosions and then a firestorm. An attempt was made to activate the blowout preventer, but it failed. The final defense to prevent an oil spill, a device known as a blind shear ram, was activated but failed to plug the well.

At the time of the explosion, there were 126 crew on board; seven were employees of BP, 79 of Transocean, there were also employees of various other companies involved in the operation of the rig, including Anadarko, Halliburton and M-I SWACO. Eleven workers were presumed killed in the initial explosion. The rig was evacuated, with injured workers airlifted to medical facilities. After approximately 36 hours, Deepwater Horizon sank on 22 April 2010. The remains of the rig were located resting on the seafloor approximately 5,000 ft (1,500 m) deep at that location, and about 1,300 ft (400 m) (quarter of a mile) northwest of the well

  • [Flight# AP101] Rescue Flight Mobile Regional to Deep Water Horizon and back to Mobile Regional.
    (KMOB-Deep Water Horizon-KMOB) (Approx 2.5 hours)
    • Aircraft: Amphibian (However, if you wish to use a helicopter you may use this also, but only the helo platform at the rig will allow landing).
    • Weather: Your choice - but I would suggest clear.
    • Time: Nighttime (10:00pm to be exact).
    • Scenario:
      You are with the US Coast Guard's Gulf Strike Team based at Mobile Regional Airport. It's 2200 Hrs. on April 20, 2010 and you have just received an emergency request regarding the offshore oil rig, Deep Water Horizon. There are reports of multiple explosions at the drilling site located approximately 117 miles due south of your base (186-deg bearing).

      A rescue helicopter has also been sent to that location from a different base. The message came from the rig support vessel, Damon Bankston. The Bankston has begun rescue operations and reports many oil rig workers in the water and still on the burning rig.

      Take off from KMOB and find the burning rig. Land your amphibious aircraft in the waters alongside the burning rig and rescue the rig workers. Then return to KMOB with the rescued workers. Take some pics to document the incident for your report (and the photo gallery)

Youtube Video of Deep Water Horizon Multi-player Flight

Prinsendam Fire Search & Rescue (AP102)

MS Prinsendam, a Holland-America liner built at Shipyard de Merwede in the Netherlands in 1973, was 427 feet long and typically carried about 350 passengers and 200 crew members. The liner was sailing through the Gulf of Alaska, approximately 120 miles south of Yakutat, Alaska, at midnight on October 4, 1980, when a fire broke out in the engine room. The vessel's master, Cornelis Dirk Wabeke (April 13, 1928 - August 16, 2011), declared the fire out of control one hour later and the Prinsendam sent a radio call requesting immediate assistance. The United States Coast Guard at Communications Station Kodiak, Alaska requested that the Prinsendam send out an SOS, but the captain declined. Chief Radio Officer Jack van der Zee sent one out anyway about a half-hour later, which alerted nearby vessels.

United States Coast Guard, USAF Air Rescue Service, and Royal Canadian Air Force CH-113 helicopters which had greater range, rescued the passengers and crew. Two USAF pararescuemen were inserted into one of the lifeboats. This boat was the last rescued and was spotted only when the Air Force personnel signalled the on scene cutters. The cutters USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719), USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717), and USCGC Woodrush (WLB-407) responded in concert with other vessels in the area. The Sohio Intrepid and the Williamsburg assisted on scene. The Williamsburg served a vital role as a communications platform and was the first vessel to arrive on scene and take passengers on board. The Sohio Intrepid served as a platform for one of the USAF helicopters that was unable to refuel in flight. The rescue took place during a period of steadily deteriorating weather. The passenger vessel capsized and sank a week later. The rescue is particularly noteworthy because of the distance traveled by the rescuers, the coordination of independent organizations, and the fact that all 520 passengers and crew were rescued without loss of life or serious injury.

  • [Flight# AP102] Rescue flight from Sitka (PASI) to sinking Prinsendam and back to Sitka.
    (PASI-Prinsendam-PASI) (Approx 2.75 hours)
    • Aircraft:While the actual air rescue was flown by helicopters, we will fly amphibious aircraft.
    • Weather: Your choice - but I would suggest clear. Real weather was worsening.
    • Time: Dawn (daylight just arriving)
    • Scenario:
      You are with the US Coast Guard based at Sitka, Alaska (PASI). It's early dawn and the morning light is just breaking. You receive information that the cruise ship Prinsendam is burning out of control and they are abandoning ship and an SOS has been sent out. The SOS indicates the position of the Prinsendam about 168 miles northwest of Sitka (heading of 263 degrees).

      Take off from PASI and find the burning ship. Land your amphibious aircraft in the waters alongside and rescue the passengers from their lifeboats. Then return to PASI with the shipwreck victims. Take some pics to document the incident for your report (and the photo gallery)

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