Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Corsica International Air Show 2018

Since 2016 the Blue Angels have had the unique privilege of demonstrating to the Second Life public the precision techniques of Naval Aviation, hoping to inspire a culture of excellence and service to country. We are honored to make a quick detour from our FIRST SECOND WORLD TOUR in progress and jump to Corsica from France where we currently are located for this unprecedented Blue Angels event (see here soon for the first stop of the BLUE ANGELS FIRST SECOND WORLD TOUR!). 

The CORSICA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW is part of the Cannery Cove grand opening and this program is air show centered. For complete details of all that is happening at Cannery Cove for the grand opening please contact Tealcie Annibles! ( Profile here! )

Corsica International Airport (SLCI)
Xobite / Marlif - Corsica
July 21 and 22, 2018


Anemone Wing Walking Team
Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL
Hawks Aerobatic Team
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Aircraft, Pilots and Crew

Anemone Wing Walking Team 
Aircraft: WACO YMF-5
Pilots: Mr Pilot Sinn / Destiny Bellarosa
Wing Walkers: Diana266 / Flora Fraina

Hawks Aerobatic Team
Aircraft: B.A.E. Hawk
Pilots: Johnny Numberfive / Blueskind / Kara Petrovic / Mila Kowalski / Cartor94 / Romy Writer / Lukeflywalker Fittinger

Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL
Aircraft: Dassault-Dornier Alpha Jet E
Athos 1 - Lieutenant-Colonel Mara Klaber - Leader
Athos 2 - Capitaine Ariel Ramyss - Intérieur Droit
Athos 3 - Capitaine Tidus - Intérieur Gauche
Athos 4 - Colonel Rhea Thor - Charognard

U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Aircraft: Boeing F/A-18D Hornet
Angel 7 - CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron

BLUE ANGELS jet team
- U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Aircraft: Boeing F/A-18C Hornet
Angel 1 - CAPT. Vickster "Speed" Kühn
Flight Leader
Angel 2 - CDR. An "Mistell" Rainbow
Right Wing / Opposing Solo
Angel 3 - LCDR. Jenny "QB" Kaz
Left Wing / Lead Solo
Angel 4 - CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Slot / Narrator

BLUE ANGELS Fat Albert Airlines
- U.S. Navy Blue Angels
Aircraft: Lockheed C-130T Hercules "Fat Albert"
Angel 8 - Major Dominique "Alba" van Dongen
Fat Albert Airlines pilot / Alternate Narrator


DAY ONE - Saturday, July 21

Start 10:00 hours (10:00 am) - End 22:00 hours (10:00 pm) 
Open House day - all areas accessible. 


Anemone Wing Walking Team ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

Hawks Aerobatic Team

Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

Navy Flight Demonstration Team The Blue Angels

Day One Events:

Static display of all the aircraft involved in the air show with fly ins by airlines and helicopter rides around the SLCI perimeter (air show level - 350 meters alt).

Press conferences held by the demonstration teams at their assigned SLCI locations at scheduled times. This initiative is optional - Teams can skip the press conferences if they wish. Scheduled press conferences show below.

Anemone Wing Walking Team Press Conference Times
- 16:00 hours (04:00 pm)
Location of the AWW Press Conference Area:

Patrouille de France en SL Press Conference Times
- 13:00 hours (01:00 pm)
Location of the PAF Press Conference Area: ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

Blue Angels Press Conference Times
- 12:00 hours (noon)
- 15:00 hours (03:00 pm)
- 18:00 hours (06:00 pm)

 Location of the Blue Angels Press Conference Area: ( CLICK HERE FOR SLUR! )

Fly in display of interesting aircraft open to all.
Happening at the GTFO level of SLCI (below the air show level) during all day one hours.

Pre-Show Party at SLCI starting at 19:00 hours (07:00 pm)
Party will take place in the Glass Terminal - passenger terminal - at SLCI, Marlif sim. Fireworks provided by Chris Azrikam, Roleplay & Rides owner.

Party area location

DAY TWO - Sunday, July 22

 Start 10:30 hours (10:00 am) - End 18:00 hours (06:00 pm)
Please arrive early and use the AUDIENCE assigned locations! 

Day Two Events:

10:30 hours (10:30 am)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels #7 VIP Ride
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

11:00 hours (11:00 am)
Anemone Wing Walking Team
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

11:45 hours (11:45 am)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Fat Albert Airlines
Centerpoint - Rooney w/ incursions into Xobite

12:15 hours (12:15 pm)
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet Team
Centerpoint - Rooney

13:10 hours (01:10 pm)
Armée de l'Air Patrouille de France en SL
Centerpoint - Rooney

14:10 hours (02:10 pm)
Hawks Aerobatic Team
Centerpoint - Rooney

15:10 hours (03:10 pm)
Air show ends.

15:30 hours (03:30 pm)
After show party with LIVE concert.
16:00 hours (04:00 pm) Lexus Melodie sings live.

Concert location: Cannery Cove Town Square






McRITCHIE (off SLCI open water) - ONLY on DAY TWO
U.S.Navy Self-Sustained Platform U.S.S. Hoover



CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Blue Angel #7

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Pushing the Envelope

An open letter from Blue Angel 7.

On the eve of our third Independence Day Air Show, I came to realize how far we have come as a squadron and why we managed to get this far. Each year we are presented new challenges and at each turn we fight the demons that live in the clouds as much as those living in our souls. How each of us handles that reality and keeps pushing the envelope to the extent our lives and limitations allow it is what defines us as mirrors of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in Second Life.

Here we are again, standing tall and humbled by those who like ourselves fly the skies of this virtual world in ways most people never will, pressing on at each practice and demonstration to achieve what lies ahead seemingly in our reach but yet unreachable: the perfect demo.

In ways that resemble real life aerobatic flight more than you'd expect, we go up every time facing many adverse factors that range from our physical and mental shape, the state our aircraft is in and this virtual world's conditions - that we call "weather" in jest. And Second Life has some nasty weather as you well know. But we keep going up again and again and that's part of the envelope we choose to push, just as our own limits are. So add all these factors up and you understand being a demo pilot is not for everyone. Now, on top of all that, add the fact that we as Blue Angels represent the finest naval aviation squadron in the United States Navy.

Any real life naval aviator who had the privilege of flying a blue and gold jet will tell you that the Blue Angels is one of the most democratic units in the military, due to its exclusive nature and the close bonds that exist among their pilots and crew. But they will also tell you that the time they spent with the Blues was perhaps the hardest in their military careers, albeit the most rewarding and exciting period in them. In Second Life, we proudly follow that tradition and stay true to the Blue Angels (and U.S. Navy) values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. This simply means that we carry ourselves as a naval officer would while enduring all the challenges our choice brings with it.

The success rate of a Blue Angels candidate in our squadron is 20%. Out of every 10 candidates, only 2 make it past internship and the first year as a newbie with the demo team. They all know what is expected of them and what the conditions are - there are no surprises. All the veteran Blues in the squadron have been flying under those exact same conditions for years and any of them can tell you that as far as the squadron is concerned we remain the same. The same in our way of portraying a Blue Angels demo pilot, the same in our way of tackling the obstacles that come before us and the same as individuals. Through the years we became a very tight group, and to become a part of it is one of the many hurdles a Blues candidate has to overcome, and after internship, when all of the commissioned Blue Angels vote to let someone in, that hurdle is often still to be faced.

Under these circumstances it was no surprise to me that in a period of practically 30 days, recently, two interns and two newbies decided to resign from the squadron. I was however, disappointed. It always hurts to see someone give up after all the work and effort you put into helping him or her, but it is thanks to that process that we keep our standards as high as they are. And when you keep standards high, chances are some will drop out when they realize they are not getting any lower. It is just a fact of life, even if second life.

I am very proud of my fellow virtual naval aviators in the Navy Flight Demonstration Team, veterans and newbies, and to the best of my abilities will keep on working with them to make us better each day, just as they do. And in doing so, I sincerely hope that we can carry on this great tradition and remain the ambassadors of the United States Navy in this virtual world, much like the true Blues do in the real one. It has been my honor and privilege to be one of the keepers of this flame for the last two and a half years. May it shine ever bright in the ones to come.

Go Navy! Go Blues!

CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Blue Angel #7 / NFDTXO

Friday, June 29, 2018

ID4 Air Show 2018

The 2018 Independence Day Air Show is almost here!
ID4 2018 will take place at CinSal International Airport, Agrippa, where it was held last year. The first ID4 Air Show took place at the now gone Tuarua Fiji International Airport, Maho Beach, in 2016 (see here!). For this third edition the SL Patrouille de France and the Anemone Wing Walking team join Second Life's United States Navy Flight Demonstration Team Blue Angels for two days of excitement and fun!

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels in SL have been the ambassadors of the United States Navy in this virtual world since 2016 and have taken their aerial demonstration across the grid to inspire audiences to both the art of flying and the United States Navy, just as the real Blues do in real life. The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Team in Second Life is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

The Armée de l'Air in SL Patrouille de France is the longest standing aerobatic team in Second Life, their aerial demonstrations are a tribute to the real PAF and their skill and commitment are outstanding, marveling audiences all over the grid since 2009. They have participated in several air shows alongside the Blue Angels and they rejoin the ID4 celebrations again this year. For last year's edition check this page! (click on the link)

Anemone Wing Walking is a wing walking performance and training team. The group is not only intended for its team members, but also for all other wing walking performers and enthusiasts. Anemone Wing Walking activities include performing shows, training of wing walkers and pilots, while also providing personal wing walking experiences. They are based out of Fiji Islands Airport, in Tuarua Fiji, and join the 4th of July air show for the first time this year!

Complete layouts to follow! Stay tuned!

CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Blue Angel #7, NFDTXO

Saturday, June 9, 2018


The Blue Angels join Second Life's 15th Birthday (SL15B) celebrations and we have set up a small stand in the Stupendous region, where several aerobatic teams are also represented.
The event runs from June 17 to 24 but from June 25 to 30 the exhibit stays open for viewing only. June 17 at noon SL15B opens. June 23 - official 15th Birthday.
Come visit us and enjoy the expo. Happy Birthday, Second Life!

SLUR: Click here to go!

CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron

Monday, May 28, 2018

That Monday in May

Observing today's remembrance, a Memorial Day ceremony took place at Naval Air Station Miramar, attended by SL US Navy and SL USMC service members from Third and Seventh Fleets, as well as USCG in SL members. Here is a record of the event. As usual, click on the images to enlarge.

The guests started arriving early at Miramar.
CDR. An Rainbow is escorted by CAPT. Vickster Kühn for the Memorial flight.
Miramar's main entrance was the stage of the ceremony.
CAPT. Sidney Pobieski delivers her remarks.
CAPT. Sidney Pobieski's remarks.

Good morning. I only found out I was going to speak about an hour ago, so I am going to have to be uncharacteristically brief. I should wrap this up in 45 mins or so.
I was speaking with a woman at Church yesterday who is rather on in years, and she was lamenting that we no longer call today "Decoration Day". Which is used to be called until, I think, 1970, at which time it was renamed and moved to a Monday to give the Post Office a long weekend.

A lot of people think Decoration Day refers in some way to military medals or badges. It does not. In fact the name came about when groups of women in the South began to "decorate" the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers in the years after the Civil War. In 1868, a group of women in northeastern Georgia were doing just that when they noticed the intended cemetery containing the graves of Union soldiers nearby. It was in sad disrepair and many of the women were appalled by this. So they took to "decorating" the graves of all fallen soldiers, (...). It caught on with a National Union Veterans Group and became a National Holiday from there, with the intent of caring for the physical graves and the communal memory of all soldiers who gave their lives in all wars.

That is what we need to be remembering today. That real people, children often, died a real death so that we can behave as disgracefully as we do today - politically, socially and personally. We've made a game of it here, but its not a game to many families. So as you go about your SL military careers, try to do so in a way that reflects credit upon the institution and the people who have been part of it.

I will conclude with this... "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." - Revelations 20:13. I do not concern myself that any of our war dead need be concerned when their time to be judged arrives.

Senior Commanding Officers of the USS Kitty Hawk and NAS Miramar.
CAPT. Vickster Kühn making her speech, after CAPT. Pobieski.

CAPT. Vickster Kühn's remarks.

Thank you Captain Kron, thank you Captain Pobieski also.The fact is I know a lot of veterans and the fact is memorial day rooted in history though it is well, unfortunately, the roles of the honored dead continue to grow. All the lives spent on those battlefields - and lets face it not always well spent but honorably - and the shattered families who eventually heal and move on.

It is not a game what we do if we do it right, its a living memorial to the men and women who served as well as those who died. It is rather Memorial Day every day for us if you push it that far because this place, this navy, is a living memorial and monument to them, and its appropriate to remember that it's done with reverence and respect. Thank you all for your attention. 

View of the ceremony ground with USCG vessels off the coast.
The USCG cutter "Scimitar" and a USCG fast boat joined the ceremony.
CAPT. Asra Kron delivers the closing statements before noon.

 CAPT. Asra Kron's remarks.

Thank you CAPT. Pobieski and CAPT. Kühn for your words. At this point we would have a chaplain come forward and grace us with his words as well, but unfortunately he is not available so I will close the remarks as we approach noon and the restoring of the flag to full staff.

Distinguished commanding officers, fellow service men and women, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining us at Naval Air Station Miramar for this year’s Memorial Day ceremony. We are into our third year of existence and proudly look forward to many more, remaining one of the finest mirrors of the United States Armed Forces in this virtual world. As such we carry on our shoulders the responsibility of portraying the real life institutions we represent honorably and this particularly comes to mind in days like this one.

Memorial Day is the time to celebrate the lives that were given for a greater cause in the ultimate sacrifice one can make for one’s country. We should remember those fallen heros always and not just today, but on this day we choose to collectively pause and think about their service and their precious gift to us all. Yesterday I placed a little flag on the grave of a family member who served in the United States Navy, like his father before him. It is a beautiful cemetery, very large and well kept, long and wide stretches of well tended grass with old luscious oaks. Very near is the military memorial site with all branches represented and an enormous American flag waving majestically up on high. It made me think of what I wanted to say to you today.

We honor all those who served, and neither of my Navy family members lost their lives in the line of duty, but today in particular we honor those who did so, and in honoring them we must also remember what their sacrifice was for. We live in controversial times, difficult times. We are faced every day with a myriad of news that tell us of a troubled world and a troubled country, where so many are pitched against each other and fail to find common ground. In such times we must hold ourselves in an even higher standard and stand fast for what we believe in and represent.

The lives selflessly given by those whose memory we honor today were given for what our country stands for, above all freedom. Freedom that is ensured by a system that at its core has both democracy and the rule of law, for you can not have a free society without representation and justice. In these troubled times we must stand fast in the defense of these values and what makes them possible, and more than ever represent our real life mirrors with dignity and pride, but also with humility and responsibility. This is what gives the sacrifices we honor today meaning and does them justice.

In remembrance of our fallen service men and women we had our flags at half staff for the first twelve hours of the day. We shall now restore the flag to full staff so it waves high proudly once more. Remember this when you look at it. Remember what it means. Lest we forget.

Miramar's flag was raised to full staff at noon as the National Anthem played.
Gathering for champagne at the end of the ceremony. A fine day it was.

Thank you to all the US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard in Second Life service members who attended this ceremony.

CAPT. Asra Kron

Sunday, May 27, 2018

AAR Exercise - Blake Corridor

Today there will be an air-to-air refueling exercise on the Blake Sea corridor (see route map below). This exercise is a regular event organized by USN 7th Fleet SL with Third Fleet participation. Briefing for the mission will take place at NAS Miramar's Map Room. Participating squadrons from both fleets will take off from Miramar and the tanker(s) from SNO.

Meeting at NAS Miramar for debriefing at 1430 Hours SLT (2:30 pm).
Participating units:

Third Fleet:
VF-84 and VFC-13
Tanker flown by a Third Fleet civilian contractor

Seventh Fleet:
VF-114 and VF-213

[UPDATE: See the mission record on NEPTUNE magazine #5, May 2018 - click here! ]

CAPT. Asra Kron

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day Ceremony - NAS Miramar

A ceremony dedicated to our veterans and fallen heroes will take place at NAS Miramar on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at 11:00 SLT. Dress code is full dress whites (gloves, sabres, medals and ribbons - NO name tags). If you plan to attend be early - Du Sud region capacity is 20 people.

There will be a fly by with aircraft from NAS Miramar at the start of the ceremony, after which they will land on site so the aviators can join the ceremony for the National Anthem and senior officers' remarks on Memorial Day, its meaning and observance, and the return of the flag to full staff at noon.


Third Fleet follows the real life flag status. For Memorial Day, orders are as follows for all stations, facilities and bases:

By order of the President of the United States, in accordance with Section 6 of the U.S. Flag Code, all flags at all State facilities are to be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 28, 2018 until noon that same day in recognition of Memorial Day.For locations that display illuminated flags that remain up at all times, these flags need to be lowered to half-staff for the morning of May 28, 2018 and returned to full staff at noon that same day. For flag locations at which the flags are not illuminated or for other reasons are raised and lowered each day, the flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position, and returned to full staff at noon.


CAPT. Asra Kron

Monday, April 30, 2018

US Navy liveries available to all!

The "Jolly Rogers" F/A-18D AG/200 POW MIA marks the release of :: 8SB :: U.S.N. paint jobs to the public.

The "authorities" have decided to give the general public access to United States Navy liveries through our official supplier, Eight Shades of Blue ( :: 8SB :: ) that up to the release of Shana Carpool's new Hornet only supplied Second Life naval officers, in particular those serving in Third Fleet. This decision was already in the making as the Hornet was released with a VFA-25 set of liveries, hinting what was to come. However, the gift paint kit you get by purchasing Shana Carpool's Hornet, included in the aircraft box, remains special as it contains a REPLICA livery (see here). This was a one of a kind occasion - and this set is still available for 0 L$ in :: 8SB :: market place store and vendors across the grid.
The opening salvo of this new release policy belongs to ALTERNATE SERIES VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers" C and D Hornets in a POW MIA color scheme, but other U.S. naval aircraft paint jobs will be available in the future, depending on :: 8SB :: listings and work load.


U.S. Navy VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers" POW MIA F/A-18D Hornet (in the main picture above)

U.S. Navy VFA-103 "Jolly Rogers" POW MIA F/A-18C Hornet (in the picture below)

click image to enlarge

Eight Shades of Blue will now create :: 8SB :: ALTERNATE SERIES United States Navy liveries for the market, available to all. The ALTERNATE SERIES are paint jobs inspired by real life aircraft that have served or still serve in air forces and navies across the globe. They are not replicas.

U.S. Navy paint jobs related to Third Fleet squadrons, ALTERNATE or REPLICA, are never available to naval officers serving in other fleets than those mentioned below or to the public in general.
U.S. Navy aircraft replicas, in the :: 8SB :: REPLICA SERIES, are only available to naval officers serving in the Second Fleet, Third Fleet and Seventh Fleet in Second Life's United States Navy, with the caveat that Third Fleet, as the main procurer, has special prices. SL naval officers serving in the fleets mentioned also have access to SL active duty ALTERNATE liveries, Third Fleet ones remaining exclusive to the squadrons in the fleet. These are not accessible to all.

We hope in this manner to further spread the image of the United States Navy throughout Second Life with quality liveries now available to all aviation enthusiasts - naval aviation in particular.


CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
NASMCO / TFCOM / :: 8SB ::

Saturday, March 31, 2018

NEPTUNE No.3 out at last!


link on the image

Editor's Note:
My apologies for the untimely fashion NEPTUNE no.3 came out. March was a particularly hard month in real life but here we are and catching up. Thank you for your support. Go Navy! 

CAPT. Asra Kron

Luxor Blue Angels Airshow 2018

Welcome to the Luxor International Airport Air Show, March 31, 2018.

Participating squadrons and schedule:

Navy Flight Demonstration Team Blue Angels - 12:00 SLT (noon)
Bull Rock Hornets - 13:00 SLT
Phoenix Aerobatic Team - 14:00 SLT


Luxor International Audience (limited audience please check with local officials)

Marine Corps Base Quantico (Tkachiev)

USS Defiant (Maxwell)

Blue Angels Demo Layout:


Sapas < Nepthys < Muta < Mentha
Lanig > Maxwell > MELIA > Abeona

Base sim: Tseshkovsky (Luxor)
Bingo: Aleksandr Intl Airport - Svidler

Demo - 75/85 meters
Waiting - 120/130 meters
Ceiling - 140 meters - DROP
Deck - 70 meters - PULL UP

Luxor alt - 65 meters

Arrow (reversed) 2-1-3
Arrow - smoke on
Half Cuban 8 - smoke on

5 up dirty roll on take off
6 up vertical pull


360 Pass - smoke on

Opposing horizontal roll - smoke on


In-formation aileron roll - no smoke

** Solos
Section high alpha pass - smoke on


Dirty loop - smoke on

Fortus - no smoke


Single Farvel - no smoke

Tuck away cross - smoke on


Echelon left 3 parade pass - smoke on *
* Possible Tuck Under Break

High Speed Roll - smoke on
Opposing Solo joins the Diamond after this pass to pass six


Diamond parade pass - smoke on

** Solos
Solo Leader sneak pass


Diamond Loop - smoke on

Solo Leader free style


Diamond Star Burst reforming to Echelon right 5 - smoke on

Solo Leader joins after


From Echelon Right 5 formation with smoke on (Melia)
Carrier break 180  from ABEONA and East may extend to Theia


Thursday, March 15, 2018

The fleet's Vipers

The Navy does have operational General Dynamics F-16's, only they are named "Vipers" to set them apart from the U.S.A.F. "Fighting Falcons". Used in real life first at N.A.S. Miramar and the Navy Fighter Weapons School and to this day at N.A.S. Fallon with the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center (Topgun's heir), the "Vipers" serve in dissimilar air combat tactics (D.A.C.T.) training in the adversary role, providing the fleet with a light and highly maneuverable aircraft to fly against the front line naval fighters during TOPGUN engagements.

"Bad Girl 24" at N.A.F. Eagles Nest.
Vipers on the tarmac at Miramar before an intercept exercise - class 1 of 2017.

As in real life, N.A.S. Miramar has a number of F-16N Vipers used for D.A.C.T., increasing the capacity and options of the local aggressors. At this time we have 4 naval aviators assigned to the aggressor squadron (VFC-13 Saint Adversaries), who also fly the F-5E Tiger, the A-4 Skyhawk, and occasionally soviet fighters "acquired" for D.A.C.T. engagements in Vietnam with 7th Fleet. The VFC-13 squadron leader, CAPT. Vickster "Speed" Kühn, also flies an F/A-18B Hornet assigned to the N.F.W.S. (Black Zero Zero).

VFC-13 aggressors at Eagles Nest: F-15N Viper and F-5E Tiger.
Bad Girls 24 and 26 over the Aldabra Sea, North of N.A.S. Miramar.

Aggressor pilots come from front line squadrons at Miramar and also from TOPGUN crews that made top of their class, whom are given the option of becoming aggressors with VFC-13 as well as N.F.W.S. instructors. You can see the Viper's profile here!

CAPT. Asra Kron

Sunday, February 18, 2018

NEPTUNE No.2 in a news stand near you!


Armée de l'Air: French Air Power in Second Life

EPAA 20.300/312 (Equipe de Présentation de l'Armée de l'Air 20.300 et 20.312) aka the Patrouille de France in Second Life is the Armée de l'Air ambassador squadron and together with training squadron GE 314 (Groupement-École 314 "Christian Martel") share BA 701 as their home. Recently, the squadrons were relocated near Paris and got a small overseas base with open skies practice characteristics at Gordon Regional Airport in the small Sharp Continent.

Base Aeriénne 701 Salon-De-Provence is now, in Second Life, located very near Paris! The layout is exactly the same as it was for the last years and in one region manages to recreate the atmosphere of the real life BA 710: the academy building, the hangars, the gardens, the tarmac and runway... all the elements found in the real life air base and school are present and, in a nutshell, remind us of it in a very clever and emotional way. A reference in Second Life's aviation history.

Click on the images to enlarge.

BA 701 Salon-De-Provence. Tout-prés de Paris en SL! February, 2018.
One of the older Alpha Jets on display by the EPAA fallen heroes monument.
The Alphas lined up on the apron at the previous BA 701. August 2017.
Close up of the EPAA memorial. Lest we forget.
Full line up at Salon during the 2017 American Tour season! Things of beauty.
One of GE 314 Alphas captured during the Daystar International Air Show 2017.
A PAF Alpha Jet in the maintenance hangar at Gordon's. 01/30/2018.
CAPT. Asra Kron and Lcl. Paterne Lefavre at Gordon's. 01/30/2018.
A rare moment and honor. Cougar with all the squadron at Gordon's. 02/15/2018.

I was privileged to be invited to a rare occasion (documented above) at Gordon's, where the Patrouille de France en SL has their open skies base. On February 15, the squadron assembled there for the official team photo and I had the honor to take a photo with them during the session. A once in a lifetime moment. On that photo, from left to right, Lt. Chipoune, Cne. Patoulou, Lt. Tidus, Lt. Ariel, Lt. Jeremie Hottaling (Jenny), Col. Rhea Thor, yours truly "Cougar", Cdt. Aethalia Malies, Lcl. Mara Klaber, Cne. T'Sar Kanto, Lcl. Paterne Lefavre, Cdt. Gwenblonde and Cdt. Myrisse Loon. Oh happy day!

To all my friends at BA 701 best wishes for the 2018 Season. We will meet in the great blue sky and under it as well. Merci bien, de tout mon coeur!

CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
Angel 7

SLURs to the Air Bases of the Armée de l'Air in Second life:
To BA 701 Salon-De-Provence - SLUR here!
To Gordon Regional Airport - SLUR here!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Few and Proud in Third Fleet: Upcoming USMC Squadrons

An illustrated guide to new squadrons assigned to the United States Marine Corps detachment in Third Fleet. VMM-262 The Flying Tigers, equipped with MV-22 Ospreys, and HMH-466 Wolfpack operating the MH-90 MHF (NH Industries NH-90), both stationed at MCAF Quantico, the marines air facility that together with MCB Quantico will be inaugurated next March.

You will find the profiles of the aircraft flown by the two squadrons following the links below:
                                  MV-22 Osprey, VMM-262                          MH-90 MHF, HMH-466

It's a very exciting time in Third Fleet as we receive news that marines that served in SL before are turning to Quantico as a valid option to rejoin the Corps. We will welcome them into the fold and provide the support they require to once again represent proudly the real life naval institution that is the United States Marine Corps.

The same standards that govern Third Fleet apply to the 5th Marine Division, and we have a very capable officer in charge of this Third Fleet detachment, base and air facility. The options on the table are for the moment rotary wing, tiltrotor and heavy transport and cargo. Together with VMM-262 The Flying Tigers and HMH-466 Wolfpack, Quantico will mirror real life and become the home of HMX-1 The Nighthawks (Marine One) with MV-22's, and NAS Miramar will provide support for VMGR-152 Sumos, a KC-130/C-130T Hercules unit, and last but not least, Fat Albert Airlines, that is part of the Blue Angels demo squadron, flying a very special C-130T. More details on the remaining squadrons soon, along with a preview of MCBQ / MCAFQ. Stay tuned.

CAPT. Asra Kron

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NH Industries MH-90 MFH Block 18 NH

NH Industries MH-90 MFH Block 18 NH, DD-80, BuNo 18003, from HMH-466, Wolfpack, stationed at MCAF Quantico. The 80 was the first MH-90 MFH delivered to MCAFQ and is flown by USMC Major Dominique “Alba” van Dongen. This model provides the Wolfpack with a wide range of operational options in the North Satori, South Nautilus area where Quantico is located but also enhances Third Fleet capabilities in the PATROU role in Tuarua Fiji, and provides CSAR in southern COMNAVAIRNAU.
The MH-90 size, range and workload makes the NH 90 an ideal alternative for the heavy helicopter role in the Fleet. MH-90 MFH is the SL USMC designation for multipurpose helicopter, NH90 the manufacturer designation, and MFH the USMC version indicator. The MH-90 MFH Block 18 NH is AAR enabled, and can perform hovering extractions of material and personnel by using the built in belly and side winches.

Real Life Notes:

The NH90 NFH is the most modern and the best naval helicopter in its class. It has been designed with safety and versatility in mind in order to fulfill the most demanding missions in the harshest
weather conditions for the XXIst century. The NH90 features a redundant fly by wire system, a full composite corrosion free airframe, two powerful engines, a fully integrated weapon system
as well as a wide cabin easily reconfigurable. It can operate from a
shore base or a Frigate up to sea state 5.
Among the multi-missions the NH90 NFH is capable of executing are Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW), Search and Rescue, Maritime Surveillance and Control, Limited Airborne Early Warning, Logistic Transport and Utility support, Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC), and Special Ops, including Counter Terrorism and Anti-Piracy.

CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Wild Blue Yonder! SL USAF Thunderbirds

The tricolor Falcons in their hangar at CinSal. Home of the T-Birds.

After a wrong foot start, the USAF Thunderbirds are back in Second Life with a more solid structure and a purposeful leadership that may in time lead to the establishment of the United States Air Force modern day counterpart in SL, but will certainly represent the Air Force from the get go in no uncertain terms. With a small base at CinSal International Airport, the T-Birds rise from the ashes under Lieutenant Colonel Volt Voltaire's command.

I met Lt. Col. Voltaire at Honah Lee airport and we flew together to NAS Miramar after which we traveled to CinSal Airport in Agrippa - a place the Blue Angels hold close to their hearts - where T-Bird One gave Angel 7 a tour of the modest but solid and well placed base that is home to the Thunderbirds. Future interchange between the two American demo squadrons was one of the many topics covered. Below are a few mementos of the occasion (as usual, click on the images to enlarge).

Cougar and Volt at Miramar after the flight from Honah Lee.
The T-Birds hangar and support building at CinSal Airport.
Support building first floor meeting room and reception area.
The Thunderbirds briefing room on the second floor.
CAPT. Asra Kron and Lt. Col. Volt Voltaire.
The United States Navy Third Fleet in SL welcomes the Thunderbirds back to the Second Life aerobatic community and hope this squadron will become the corner stone of a modern age United States Air Force in SL. Best of luck, Lt. Col. Voltaire!

CAPT. Asra "Cougar" Kron
NASMCO / TFCOM / Angel 7

SLUR to the Thunderbirds new home - SLUR here!