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JYAI MH-6M “Little Bird”

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JYAI MH-6M “Little Bird”

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For those that like US Army helicopters, Menno van den Boogaard’s AI package of Fort Campbell, Kentucky is one add-on to have. Not only does it feature detailed scenery, but several nearby training airfields too. These airfields provide destinations for a wealth of Apache, Blackhawk and Chinook AI traffic - possibly one of the most intense scenarios I have seen:

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The base is home to the US Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and the 101st Aviation Regiment that, between them, fly the helicopter types mentioned above. However the one helicopter that is missing from the package, is the MH-6M “Little Bird”, flown by 160th SOAR. I discussed this with Menno and although it was on his to do list, he was happy for me to press ahead with it. Although his scenery was built for FS9, again, with his agreement, it has been made to work in FSX, P3Dv4 and P3Dv5 also, with the minimum of changes. Tim has kindly done the P3Dv5 conversion.

I actually started work on the Little Bird models a few weeks ago, while Tim was still working on the Ahlhorn scenery for the NF-11 Meteors. All is now complete and the vacant ramp area at Fort Campbell, is now populated with 18 MH-6M’s that fly circuits of Fort Campbell, or travel out to the training airfields.

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3 models are included in the packages (FS9 and FSX/P3Dv4 and v5) – an unarmed version, an armed version with guns and rocket launchers and a version that carries 4 soldiers externally. The version with 4 soldiers was not the easiest of models to make and the figures themselves add nearly 3000 polygons to the count. The heads are animated which helps, but I’m not totally happy with them. I won't be offended if users prefer to substitute either of the two other models in the aircraft.cfg file entries instead.

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So, that’s another gap filled. I think it was Chris who suggested the model (M500) and that's another wish fulfilled. My thanks to Menno of course for providing the home and inspiration for the new models. Everything is documented and packaged up, but I’m just going to sit on the zips for a couple of days before uploading. I’ve left things out of recent uploads and I just want to try and make sure I don’t do the same again.

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You have created so many beautiful aircraft, John, thank you so much! Another jewel!
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That's a nice early Christmas present..

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Hey Jon, where is this package at?
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Nice surprise !!!

Wow !! Thanks a lot John. it's our Black Friday/Cyber Monday present ? ;-)

Thanks
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I could not click on this thread fast enough! Outstanding work John and agree Menno's Ft. Campbell is the basis for further Army airfield expansion in my sim for those untouched (Ft. Lewis, Drum, Riley). Thanks for working both AH/MH "Killer Egg" versions within your modeling standards.
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You make such good models John.

Are these retro or are these still in service today?
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Joseph29 wrote: 27 Nov 2021, 01:09 Are these retro or are these still in service today?
Yes of course still in service in first bataillon of 160th SOAR.
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This looks great, John!
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Wow,

Very nice! Another fantastic model.
Thanks a lot John :)

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KC10Pilot wrote: 26 Nov 2021, 18:33 Hey Jon, where is this package at?

Reread that last paragraph from John again.
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It's OK, I always intend the screen shots to speak louder than the words.

I've checked through the zips again this morning and I think everything is OK to go. The Little Birds are quite straightforward to set up, but it's making sure I have all the correct links in the manual plus some replacement files in the zips to enable Menno's scenery and additional aircraft, particularly in FSX and P3D, that's a bit more complicated.

I have uploaded the files, but as usual, please allow time for them to become available.

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Hey Jon, where is this package at?
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Reread that last paragraph from John again.
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I absolutely hate it when others do that and yet here I go doing the same thing. Oops, sorry.

Excited to see this come out Jon! Nice work!!!!
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I'm John, not Jon. That's a bit easier to spot.
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Strike two I see
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*hehehe* The day can only get better.
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I did giggle too. Don't worry about it.

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I'll just sit over here and doddle in a coloring book from now on...
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I think you mean "doodle", but carry on colouring, you'll get there.
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TheFoufure wrote: 27 Nov 2021, 05:09
Joseph29 wrote: 27 Nov 2021, 01:09 Are these retro or are these still in service today?
Yes of course still in service in first bataillon of 160th SOAR.
Thanks. I didn't think they were still in service because I haven't seen any recent photos of them.
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