Airienteering with 13MIKE

by Fred J. Calfior and Douglas W. Miller

   Air Warriors

Oh Boy! Are you in for it now! Professor Calfior and I were talking about the theme for the third scenario when I mentioned military aircraft. Well, let me tell you, he started salivating on the spot and began talking with his hands like all those jet jockeys do! You know what I mean? After a couple of hours of this we decided that it might be fun for Professor Calfior to turn his hand jives into comments for Air Warriors! I cannot believe how he jumped at this opportunity to talk about his military experience and his love of combat flying. I wish we could include all the experience and information that Professor Calfior has about the art of combat flying. He has a ton of stories. But, unfortunately, we do not have the room. Maybe in the next Airienteering book we can turn Professor Calfior loose again for more stories that he tells with his hands!

Now, we are going to test your knowledge of not only WWI and WWII aircraft but also their drivers. You will probably need to breakout all the books you have on WWI and WWII.

This scenario is just full of hard, difficult, mean, terrible, nasty, and down right not easy questions and puzzles! Professor Calfior has gone off the deep end on this one. I tried to save you by requesting that Professor Calfior use a little compassion, when generating these questions and puzzles. But he just looked at me and grinned! Please do not blame me, poor Professor Miller! I have fought the good fight, but now it is your turn! Happy flying!

In this scenario, there are no free Go To statements! It's all questions and puzzles! Oh boy! The Air Warrior questions are all research intensive. Unless you have an encyclopedic brain, you'll have to hit some of the reference books to find the answers. Here, deviousness reigns! And we have succumbed to its call!

The Silly Sniglets, Puzzle Tribes, Mathematical Progressions, and chart interpretation puzzles are back in true form. But in addition, we have added The Gallery! This is a descriptive series of well known wartime airplanes, which you must match to a list at the end of the scenario. These will definitely captivate your interest and keep you flying on the edge of your ejection seat!



1) Choose “Cessna Skylane RG



1) Set Surface winds “DEPTH” to “7500

2) Set Surface winds “DIR” to “300

3) Set Surface winds “SPEED” to “12

Aircraft Position:

1) “NORTH” to “17031.6856” ____ [N040° 38' 56.9349]

2) “EAST” to “21071.2717” ----- [W073° 45' 39.7569]

3) “ALTITUDE” to “19” ---- [0]

4) “HEADING” to “130

note: At this point you may wish to save this setup for future use.

Set ZOOM to “1.0

For Version 4.0 - DPK VOR frequency is “111.2


“When undergoing jet flight training in the Navy, the most intense, incredible, adrenaline bashing, and panic pumping stage of all stages for me was the Air Combat Maneuvers! From the initial head-on engagement, it was pull, buffet, swivel head, sweat, pull, roll, reverse roll, buffet, grunt the G 's out, unload, pull, buffet, snap my head the other way, grunt, curse because I lost sight of the target, there he is! Pull, grunt the G 's out, buffet, roll, roll the other way, pull, and on and on! The art of making an instantaneous decision and jumping on a given advantage due to my opponent's mistakes were fine tuned and became as natural as breathing, or in this case, grunting! Sometimes, when intensely pulling a 6 to 7 G maneuver to set myself up, or evade someone on my six (behind me), a black curtain would roll in before my eyes, because all the blood rushed towards my feet or something! Listening to myself on the intercom microphone system, I'd hear wheezing and whistling and huffing and groaning and achy moans! By the end of a one hour hop, my flight suit would be dripping wet with sweat as I hauled my bone numbed body out of the cockpit and prepared for the debrief as to how I did, and where I missed my opportunities to bring down or kill the enemy! My blood internally felt alive and exhilarated with the fever pitched pace of the past hour! Though wiped out physically, at the same time I was spring loaded and crying out to jump in the cockpit again and fly another Air Combat mission exercise! Gosh, it was a glorious phase of flight training, and one that I'll never forget!

I understand what made these Air Warriors that you '11 be reading about do what they did, time and time again. You 'd think Baron von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, would have known when to quit and realize that his number sooner or later would come up. But it took 80 air kills before he finally got shot down to his death, and I believe there was not one single regret in his mind other than that one last mistake he made! So this is a section where your hand should be over your heart, and your head turned upwards towards the skies where these heroes poured their lives out, and lived until their last breath on the edge of combat readiness! The speed of thought is faster than the speed of light, and that's the mental pace and intensity internally in evidence of an Air Warrior. Be prepared to enjoy a historical flight of a lifetime which you will never forget, through this third and last scenario series!”

1) Which airplane saw service during World War II?

If your answer is “the P-51 Mustang”, go to AirLeg 104

If your answer is “the Focke-Wulf 190”, go to AirLeg 78

If your answer is “the P-61A Black Widow”, go to AirLeg 40

If your answer is “the Heinkel He. Ill”, go to AirLeg 13

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