Saturday, March 31, 2012

Flying Tigers' at the Relay for Life Mardi Gras!

While Mardi Gras is in February, Relay for Life is keeping the spirit going and is holding a 3 day Mardi Gras event for teams! The Flying Tigers' Relay for Life team has been very active in today's events! Colonel Whitewuff Mumfuzz was the builder of the official Relay for Life mentor's fl The Relay for Life mentors invited Col Mumfuzz on board the float today and made him an honorary mentor:





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Later Amelias' Pilot Lounge DJ Anakin, played a special set at the Flying Tigers' fundraiser at the Bourbon Street location. Yours truly was the host and the Flying Tigers' Relay for Life team raised 10,000 lindens throughout the two hour fundraiser! Below are photos of the event:




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You can still donate to Relay for Life and the Flying Tigers' team by paying any of the kiosks on our sims!

Military Expo - Closing Day Ceremonies Recap!

Yesterday was the end of our Military Expo and the day started and ended in style! Events kicked off at 10 am slt with a 2 hour event by DJ Anakin! Guests danced to rock tunes and waited for the Metallica Tribute Band Concert, which started at 12pm slt! Everyone danced and rocked it out to their favorite Metallica tunes:








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Later that night, the 88th Squadron (Chinese Army) did a great reenactment event! 88th Squadron CO Marcus Ho, kindly provided a multimedia presentation of this event:



General Ho also provided two excellent multimedia presentations on the Military Expo and on the Chinese Army at the Expo:





We would like to thank everyone who attended our Expo and for making it a success this week! Join us again for exciting events in the upcoming weeks and months!


Friday, March 30, 2012

SL Airport Exhibition!

We are pleased to announce a new event in the month of April: SL Airport Exhibition! Below is more info and a link to the signup form for this event!


EVENT: AIRPORT EXPO

DATES:  APRIL 25-APRIL 30

LOCATION:  WW2 MEMORIAL PARK/WW2 TRIBUTE

PURPOSE:  To bring awareness to the various types of SL airports to a wider audience.  This event is for airport owners who wish to promote their airport.  All airport owners will be given a hangar where they can set up promotional materials about their airport.  This event has been submitted to SL Destinations as part of our April events. There will also be music, events, live DJs and other contests.  Promotion will occur as much as possible for this event.

COST:  This event is free of charge for all proved airport owners.

SIGNUP FORM:
SL Airport Expo Signup Form

Military Expo Spotlight: Skye Tracer


1.  What inspired you to start your business in Second Life?
I had purchased a home in SL and asked the owner if he would add a deck to it.  I was watching him work and thought I could do that. I started to build structures and it all started from there.

2.  Tell us about business, what were your aims and goals in Second Life when you started the brand?
I originally started building structures. Garages, boathouses and hangars but got into aircraft building by accident. My original goals were to build the best possible products that I could and at least make enough $L to pay SL expenses.

3.  How long have you owned your business in Second Life? 
A few years. I started the business 4.5 years ago.

4.  We are thrilled to have your business come to our military expo this year! What about the expo inspired you to take part?
The jets I make are the first swept wing jet fighters to see aerial combat in RL.

5.  What are your future plans for  your business in Second Life?  Any new and exciting things on the horizon?
Ideally I'd like to build a few more vintage jets.

6.  How long have you been in Second Life?  
  5+ years

7. What made you first join Second Life?    
I was looking for a new game and wanted to try out a virtual reality.

8.  What are some of the strangest things you have experienced or seen in Second Life?  
I've seen desolate wastelands, slum cities, and whimsical fantasy lands. Wheat fields, battlefields, fairy tail lands, marinas and airports. I have enjoyed seeing most all of it.

9.  Other than owning a business in Second Life and making awesome products, what are some other things you like to do while you are in Second Life?
I like to fly jets in aerial combat, sail, and watch movies.

10.  If you could invite anyone from RL into SL, who would it be?
 My best friend.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Military Expo Spotlight: Anthony Beatty & Brutal Weapons!

1. What inspired you to start your business in Second Life?
The lack of quality I was seeing in sl

2. Tell us about business, what were your aims and goals in Second Life when you started the brand?
To make realistic weapons a step further than anyone else and give people what they want and ask for.

3. How long have you owned your business in Second Life?
5 years

4. We are thrilled to have your business come to our military expo this year! What about the expo inspired you to take part?
Jessi convinced me to do it and I wanted to display the new mesh weapons we are developing

5. What are your future plans for your business in Second Life? Any new and exciting things on the horizon?
There are always new and exciting things in the works, we will continue to constantly improve and innovate. Right now the main things to come are mesh weapons which are amazing.

6.   How long have you been in Second Life?
8 years

7.  What made you first join Second Life?
Curiosity

8. What are some of the strangest things you have experienced or seen in Second Life?
Too many to list

9. Other than owning a business in Second Life and making awesome products, what are some other things you like to do while you are in Second Life?
I normally observe and watch the different people who come to my sims


10. If you could invite anyone from RL into SL, who would it be?
Nobody


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Military Expo Spotlight: Muto Maggs & T.M.B Industries!

In this edition of our Military Expo Spotlights, we spotlight Muto Maggs, owner of T.M.B. Industries:


1.  What inspired you to start your business in Second Life?
I wanted to make a propeller plane for myself, so made one.

2.  Tell us about business, what were your aims and goals in Second Life when you started the brand?
We want people to be happy and love the planes that we have made, that is our main goal, to make the customers happy.

3.  How long have you owned your business in Second Life?
I have been making planes for about 6 months.

4.  We are thrilled to have your business come to our military expo this year! What about the expo inspired you to take part?
I wanted many people to see the types of planes we have available.

5.  What are your future plans for  your business in Second Life?  Any new and exciting things on the horizon?
More planes are on the way!

6.  How long have you been in Second Life?
Five years

7.  What made you first join Second Life?
I can't really remember!

8.  What are some of the strangest things you have experienced or seen in Second Life?
Lol, I have to say that I am one of the strangest things in Second Life1

9.  Other than owning a business in Second Life and making awesome products, what are some other things you like to do while you are in Second Life?
I like to make tattoos

10.  If you could invite anyone from RL into SL, who would it be?
I can't really think of anyone..

Metaverse TV Live Show Recording!

If you did not catch the Metaverse Tv Live show yesterday, which was broadcasted live from our WW2 Memorial, then you can catch the video on Youtube! Special thanks to everyone from Metaverse, for broadcasting and highlighting our sims and the Flying Tigers!  Be sure to check out the final moments, you can see some great combat action:


Monday, March 26, 2012

Magwe Airfield is a Second Life Destination!

The Flying Tigers' are in the SL Enquirer!

Special thanks to the SL Enquirer and it's awesome writer, Lukes Lionheart for a great article on their site today! You can read the article by clicking on the photo below:


Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Military Expo Photos!

Special thanks to our very own photographer, Maddy Maskelyne for taking some really awesome photos of the exhibitors at the Military Expo! You can view the photos in the slide show below:




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Military Expo Kick Off Party Recap!

Today was the the kick off party for the Military Expo! Events kicked off at 10 am slt with a 2 hour event with DJ Anakin and Host Cathlace from Amelias' Pilot Lounge! After the event, guests were treated to a special Aerosmith Tribute Band Concert.  Everyone danced and sang along to some of their favorite Aerosmith tunes:







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Of course Aerosmith is awesome enough but, guests were delighted even more with a special aviation event form the 23rd Wing! The 23rd Fighter Wing demonstrated its combined arms capabilities by repelling an attempted Soviet invasion of Kunming Air Base. The event featured air-to-air combat with jet fighter aircraft, rescue and combat helicopters, heavy lift aircraft, tanks and other armored vehicles, and infantry/paratroops. We were lucky enough to Live Stream this event on our official Live Stream channel and to also post it on Youtube for everyone to view:



Kudos to the 23rd Wing for an awesome event and for flying myself, several SL reporters, and members of the Relay for Life in SL team today!

And despite all the fun, the day was not over yet...the partying continued well into the night, with a special two hour performance with DJ Anakin making a return, this time with Host Lilly and the Second Life Cheerleading Squad (SLCS)! The SLCS performed a variety of stunts and demonstrated why they are the best cheerleading squad in SL!





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Special thanks to all our members, guests, and exhibitors for being patient throughout the sim problems we had and for partying with us throughout the day! Join us tomorrow for another jam packed fill day of events and exhibitions!

New Promotions!

From the desk of Major Detox Exonar:


"I hereby announce due to their dedication to duty and committment to FT and 11th BGP - Ist Lt. Yan Aboubaker is promoted to Captain and 2nd Lt Kahn Umaga is promoted to 1LT by order and concurrence of 11th Bombardment Grp and Command Staff of Flying Tigers.

I also announce that due to his exceptional recruitment skills 1lt Kahn is hereby awarded the Recruitment Ribbon.

CONGRATULATIONS :

Maj Exonar"

Military Expo Spotlight: Avadan Grantham & GAF!


Today's Military Expo Spotlight is on Avadan Grantham, who also owns GAF:

1.  What inspired you to start your business in Second Life?
I started as an experiment in making aircraft.....after 2 years and a bit i had one flying...lol. I've been selling them mainly for charity. I was always interested in flying in SL..that led me to the Pacific Fleet Group.....re-enacting the period of the Pacific war in 1942. Thats when I noticed the uniforms available were....well....i thought i could do better...so i learned clothes making and put a lot of research into each uniform. I have concentrated on no prim attachments for ease of movement and flying in sl etc.

2.  Tell us about business, what were your aims and goals in Second Life when you started the brand?
GAF..."Grantham Aeroplane Facsimile" was the initial branding but has now diversified into clothing and developement of aircraft in a cooperative manner. I dont have a lot of time in world...but its good to be able to turn a request into reality.

3.  How long have you owned your business in Second Life?
About 2 years now.

4.  We are thrilled to have your business come to our military expo this year! What about the expo inspired you to take part?
Role play in SL is an exciting component of the overall experience.  Most of my work is orientated around the period of WWII....and so it wasn't a huge stretch...lol.

5.  What are your future plans for  your business in Second Life?  Any new and exciting things on the horizon?
Continuing as I have been most likely....the time factor is my main enemy...i'm happy with the way things are at the moment. If I can supply goods that meet the quality and demands...all the better....

6. How long have you been in Second Life?
Overall about 3 years now...on and off

7.  What made you first join Second Life?
I saw an article in a computer Mag....looked interesting...left it alone for a while...then came back to enjoy the wonders...lol

8.  What are some of the strangest things you have experienced or seen in Second Life?
Not so much things or places...although there are mighty strange things in both categories....but some people in here are.......well........committed...or should be....lol

9.  Other than owning a business in Second Life and making awesome products, what are some other things you like to do while you are in Second Life?
I have a group of regular friends in here and we have fun....and sometimes I DJ......I also can provide services for functions  eg weddings.

10.  If you could invite anyone from RL into SL, who would it be?
hmmm......a tough one.....there are many great musicians in here....but damn it would be good to see Mick Jagger....LOLOL

You can find GAF products on the SL Marketplace:
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/91697 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nexgen Aviation is Mentioned in Levity Magazine!

Special thanks to Levity Magazine for mentioning our great CO's Second Life business, Nexgen Aviation in this month's issue! To view the article, click on image below and turn to page 15, the article ends on page 16.  Levity Magazine are also non Military exhibitor's at our Military Expo this week and will feature the Flying Tigers' in their upcoming April 2012 edition!




Military Expo-Kick Off Party Schedule!


**Join us at WW2 Tribute for almost 8 hours of  flying, events, contests, and music, as we open the Military Expo!**

DATE:  SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

LOCATIONS:

MILITARY EXPO CONCERT LOCATION: http://slurl.com/secondlife/WW2%20TRIBUTE/128/221/2518

FLYING TIGERS SQUADRON HANGAR:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/WW2%20TRIBUTE/56/97/25


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

10AM SLT - GOLDEN TIGERS FLYOVER

10AM TO 12PM SLT - 2 HOUR AMELIAS' PILOT LOUNGE EVENT

12PM TO 130PM SLT - AEROSMITH TRIBUTE BAND CONCERT

2PM SLT - 23RD FIGHTER WING  EVENT (23rd Fighter Wing will demonstrate its combined arms capabilities by repelling an attempted Soviet invasion of Kunming Air Base. This event will feature air-to-air combat with jet fighter aircraft, rescue and combat helicopters, heavy lift aircraft, tanks and other armored vehicles, and infantry/paratroops. The event will simulate as closely as possible actual SL combat conducted by professional forces, and will be conducted as an actual battle, with casualties on both sides).

4PM TO 5PM SLT - SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY NON MILITARY EXHIBITORS THE SLCS

4PM SLT TO 6PM SLT -2 HOUR CLUB CAPITAL EVENT

CHECK OUR LIVE STREAM CHANNEL FOR LIVE STREAMING OF AVIATION/COMBAT EVENTS:
http://www.livestream.com/slflyingtigers

http://militaryexpo.blogspot.com/

http://slflyingtigers.blogspot.com/


Military Expo Spotlight: Christi Charron & SLCS!

The Military Expo also has a non military section for people who wanted to show off non military items and services. The purpose of doing this was so that military and non military content creators could network and meet each other and of course so our Expo guests would have plenty to look at!  One such exhibitor are the Second Life Cheerleading Squad or SLCS for short.  SLCS owner and creator, Christi Charron was kind enough to answer a few questions about SLCS and what she likes to do when in Second Life:

1.  What inspired you to start your business in Second Life?
I wanted to be on an active cheerleading squad in Second Life and I could not find any. so with the help of many friends we started our own!

2.  Tell us about business, what were your aims and goals in Second Life when you started the brand?
We promote other businesses around the grid by performing there and inviting our 2700+ member VIP Group. Our cheerleaders are friendly and entertaining while our VIPs are a fantastic diverse group of friends,
some of which are quite entertaining themselves, lol.

3.  How long have you owned your business in Second Life?
Just over four years.

4.  We are thrilled to have your business come to our military expo this year! What about the expo inspired you to take part?
We always want to be a part of professionally put-together events and enjoy meeting new people!

5.  What are your future plans for  your business in Second Life?  Any new and exciting things on the horizon?
We are always moving forward, both technically in our performances and within our business plan.  We are always trying new ways to entertain and insure we can generate a full sim of traffic for our fantastic customers and business partners.

6.  How long have you been in Second Life?
Just over four years.

7.  What made you first join Second Life?
After being home-bound for several weeks following an auto accident. I went looking for a MMO that was like real life and found Second Life!

8.  What are some of the strangest things you have experienced or seen in Second Life?
Well, it's the range of people it attracts I think that is unusual. Some of the nicest people I've ever met have been some of my SL friends, while some of the meanest people I've ever met enjoy using Second Life to bully others by doing things like griefing sims for 8 months straight. The spectrum range from the sane to the insane is rather wide I guess I'm trying to say, lol.

9.  Other than owning a business in Second Life and making awesome products, what are some other things you like to do while you are in Second Life?
I love shopping and just hanging out with my friends and teammates in the stadium usually. it doesn't get any better than that, lol.

10.  If you could invite anyone from RL into SL, who would it be?
Well, I wish my brother would get on SL, but he he so computer  illiterate and uninterested that it's never gonna happen.

Catch the SLCS at the Military Expo Opening Day Events at 4pm slt! To learn more about the squad check out their official links below:


FB:
http://www.facebook.com/secondlife#!/pages/SLCS-Cheerleading/148772721843639

Web:
http://www.slcheerleadingsquad.com/

Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/SLCheersquad?ob=0&feature=results_main

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Military Expo Spotlight: Aeon Voom & Amok Dynamics!


Throughout Military Expo week, we will highlight many of our exhibitors.  Today's spotlight is on Aeon Voom, owner of Amok Dynamics.  Aeon was kind enough to answer a few questions about Amok and what he likes to do in Second Life:


1.  What inspired you to start your business in Second Life?
I'm a real life modeller in aircraft and military models. At some point i did started 3d modelling and Second Life is just the right platform for this to express yourself in a simple enviroment. It is just naturally that, if you are good in what you are doing, people want to pay you for your work.

2.  Tell us about business, what were your aims and goals in Second Life when you started the brand?
I did not had any particular aim as i started AMOK. And i still have none besides to make a decend living off it, as it is now my full time job.

3.  How long have you owned your business in Second Life?
I am in business in SL now for aproximatly 3 1/2 years.

4.  We are thrilled to have your business come to our military expo this year! What about the expo inspired you to take part?
I do know the Flying Tigers and their events. Who am i to not take the offer?

5.  What are your future plans for  your business in Second Life?  Any new and exciting things on the horizon?
We will have a couple new tanks coming soon (BTR-90 - Challenger II) - Since we got the B1 out we plan to make a soviet equivalent (probably a TU-95 'Bear' or a TU22M3 'Blackfire').  We also got the IL76 Candid and derivates coming up as well as a KC-10 to feed those kerosine thirsty jets! everything in mesh - naturally.

6.  How long have you been in Second Life?
Hey wait. Don't we got that printed into our profiles? *looks* It says: 03/12/2007 (4 years 11 months; 1822 days) FINE. Now i feel OLD.

7.  What made you first join Second Life?
It was an AD on GMX. Which is a email provider in Germany.

8.  What are some of the strangest things you have experienced or seen in Second Life?
You do not want to know this. You really do not. But let me put it like this: There is hardly anything that can surprise me anymore.

9.  Other than owning a business in Second Life and making awesome products, what are some other things you like to do while you are in Second Life?
I used to enjoy a couple things. But due to the nature of my work in SL now, i usually log off and do something different in my freetime. Like reading a book!


10.  If you could invite anyone from RL into SL, who would it be?
My best buddy forever. Unfortunatly he is not big with computers. I think thats why he is still my best buddy too. He is great in explaining me that it is 'completely nuts how you can make money with THAT!'

Be sure to look for the Amok Dynamics shop at the Military Expo and for more information about Amok, please check out the following links:
http://olds-afb.mixxt.us/

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Undine%20State/16/217/23

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Flying Tigers Chosen to Build RFL Mentors Float!

Kudos to the Flying Tigers! The Relay for Life Mentors have chosen the Tigers to build their parade float! Special kudos to Col. Whitewolf Mumfuzz for being lead builder and to Brig. Generals Devyn Smythe and Deidre Faulds for offering usage of their sim for building space for parade floats for Relay for Life! The float will be for the Relay for Life Mardi Gras event, which will be held on the American Cancer Society island from March 30 to April 1.

The Flying Tigers also has a Relay for Life Team for this year's relay.  You can donate by paying any kiosk you see on our sims or you can donate via online at the team's page online:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY12SL?team_id=1144306&pg=team&fr_id=42558

Please also spread the word as we work hard to find a cure for cancer! Check out the official SL Relay for Life page below:
http://rflofsl.intuitwebsites.com/ 

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Flying Tigers' Live Stream Channel!

We are pleased to announce the creation of our own Live Stream Channel! The purpose of this channel is to bring you live coverage of special events on our sims.  On our blog you can find a handy player embedded so you can watch live streaming or you can go straight to our Live Stream Channel:


http://www.livestream.com/slflyingtigers

Our first Live Stream was of the very first Magwe 1941 Reenactment, enjoy some of the footage:



Watch live streaming video from slflyingtigers at livestream.com
You can catch our next streaming events during the Military Expo and at next month's Flying Tigers' Academy graduation!

Military Expo Blog Goes Live!

Our Military Expo, which is a featured Second Life Destinations event, kicks off this weekend! To keep you up to date on events, we have created a special blog for the expo.  You can access the blog at the link below:

http://militaryexpo.blogspot.com/

On the blog you will find the official schedule and a list of military and non military exhibitors.  We have also added RSS feeds on this blog, so that you can also keep up to date with the expo! Of course join the Flying Tigers' group in world for up to date events information!

Allies Vs. Axis Winners!

This past weekend two days of Allies Vs. Axis was held in our sims! Winners of the first day of the competition were:


1st Place: Aviator Leon Qvetcher
2nd Place: Captain Yan Aboubakar
3rd Place: Brigadier General Vickster Kuhn

Brigadier General Vickster Kuhn also had the most kills on day!

Winners of the second day of the competition were:



1st Place - Navy LT Bret Darklace
2nd Place - 1st LT. Yan Aboubakar
3rd Place - 1st Lt. Paul Partridge

All winners received linden cash prizes and gift cards.  First place winners also received trophies! Special thanks to all of our winners, spectators, participants, and to our event moderator, Brig. General Deidre Faulds!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Flying Tigers are in this Month's Prim Perfect Magazine!

Special thanks to Prim Perfect Magazine, a leading Second Life publication, for doing a story on the Flying Tigers! You can read the story by loading the magazine and going to page 103 of the magazine! You can view the latest edition of Prim Perfect by clicking the cover of the magazine below.


Prim Perfect Issue 40: cover

Flying Tigers Academy News!

From the desk of LT. Col. and Flying Tigers' Academy CO SilentG Wonder:

"I would like to announce that the following Cadets have completed their OCS  training and are now promoted to 2nd LT:

2nd LT. Sylviasdesire Resident
2nd Lt.  Frederiko Laval
2nd Lt. Starrunner Gothly
2nd Lt. Susie Mystiere

2nd Lt. Xiolin Skytower has completed FT 401 and is now eligible to test one week from today.


Congratulations to  2nd Lt. Kahn Umaga ! 2nd Lt. Kahn Umaga has completed the SLFT Flight Academy, passed the final Flight Test, and earned the AVG pilot wings on 3-17-2012"







St. Patrick's Day Party at Amelias Pilot Lounge!

Yesterday, Amelias' Pilot Lounge held a St. Patricks Day party! The lounge as well as all of the guests, were dressed up in as much green as possible! DJ Anakin and Host Cathlace kept everyone in a dancing and high spirited mood throughout the event:





Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show -Days 4 and 5!

Friday, March 16, 2012 marked the end of the Nexgen Aviation Airplane show in London! Guests had turned out on Thursday and on Friday in huge numbers! On Thursday DJ Neilio with host AJ packed London's Hyde Park, while avis danced to a variety of top 40's and dance tunes.  On Friday the event was closed by DJ Anakin, who also had the honor to open the event! DJ Anakin played a variety of rock tunes and soon the park's numbers swelled to 100! Nexgen Aviation thanks the London team, guests, and residents for welcoming us the past week.  Special thanks to Debs Regent for allowing us to exhibit in the park! Below are photos of Thursday's and Fridays events:




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100 Avis on Day 5 of the Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show

Nexgen Aviation also has replaced and provided a Spitfire replica on the London Sims Tower Hill Memorial:




Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blog Spotlight: London Sims Owner Debs Regent!

Nexgen Aviation is currently holding it's FEATURED Second Life Destinations event in the London Sims this week.  Debs Regent, owner and operator of the London Sims was kind enough to answer some questions about London:

1. So tell us about the London Sims? How long have they been here, what inspired you to start the sims?
Goodness, we have been here for 6 years, since 2006, it seems such a long time now! I was inspired to start London after meeting a very dear friend at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. At the time she was an avid Second Lifer and suggested I join. I love the London vibe and architecture in real life, and if I wanted to do anything, it was to bring that into Second Life too.

2.  What are some interesting things to do in London?
Wow - big question. There are a lot of interesting things to do in London. Many I have forgotten because they are always there. We focus on realism, so the London bus is important and taxis too. However my treat is always the Expo. When we have an Expo there is an opportunity to see amazing things that someone has created, such as the Nexgen Expo, where you can look at, and go in, World War 2 and modern planes. You get a sense of how cramped it was for the pilots during WW2 and the skill they needed to fly these things.

3.  Obviously Nexgen is thrilled that you opened up Hyde Park for our expo! Are you an aviation enthusiast?
I would love to fly! I plan to go for glider lessons first in real life. At present my flight experience consists of being a passenger while other people fly. One day... I promise myself. In fact I have hoped that I might get a flight as a passenger in Second Life. I would love that opportunity. I have to confess that as a little girl, I used to by modelling kits of planes, and put them together. Very un-girlie I know.

4.  There are many favorite planes in Hyde Park, any particular one catch your eye?
The plane I love best is the Spitfire. Of course it’s a British plane and Nexgen has recreated the sense of it so accurately. It looks like the real thing (I saw one fly at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford - which used to be a US Airforce base). When my mother was a child, she used to watch them as they flew over London and, as everyone knows, the Spitfire was the decision maker of the Battle of Britain. It’s great to know that when you buy one of these planes from Nexgen, you also get a brief history of the actual plane itself.

5.  What are some fun things you love doing in Second Life?
I haven’t done them all yet. I have tried a hot air balloon ride, a racing car ride, shooting targets and also clubbing, and shopping – which all women love, but I haven’t flown yet and that is next on my list of ‘must do’s’.

6.  What are your future plans for London? Any exciting or new things on the horizon.
London is always changing and growing. I am working on making it a more interesting place to visit and a better place for merchants to gain awareness and sales. It is also a growing community and we will soon be outgrowing the 4 regions that we currently have now. So watch this space... as people say.  As for recent future. Come to the Nexgen expo this week!

You can learn more about the London Sims by visiting their official blog:

Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show - Day 3 Recap!

Yesterday was Day 3 of the Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show in the London Sims! Events kicked off at 12pm slt with a 2 hour event by Scottish DJ Keith with Host Lilly! DJ Keith kept the busy streak at the expo going and packed the park with 100 Avis! Below are photos of yesterday's event:




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Another 100 AVI day!

Introducing Magwe Airfield 1941!

We are pleased to announce the creation of Magwe Airfield 1941 on the WW2 Battlefield sim! Magwe is ran by Brig. Gen Devyn Smythe, who also provided an overview of the sim:

WW2 Battlefield sim is a joint effort by SL's Flying Tigers and  Department of War to recreate and reenact historical military events of the World War II era. This year's events will focus on the Chinese and Pacific theaters. The theme on the sim will change monthly and coincide with historical calender dates. This is the creators' contribution to our continuing effort to recognize our veterans.

 This month's theme is Magwe Airfield which was located in Burma in 1941. This was a Royal Air Force base that was used in the Flying Tiger's retreat into China. Below is a short historical quote from Wikipedia:

"After Rangoon was lost to the Japanese at the end of February, the AVG relocated to Magwe, a small British airfield more than 300 miles north of Rangoon. Chennault started moving elements of the now reconstituted 3rd Squadron to Magwe as reinforcement to his worn down 1st and 2nd squadrons. Aircraft attrition became so high that at this point, individual squadron distinctions became meaningless, and all three squadrons had elements based there, along with a number of RAF aircraft. In total, the Allies had 38 aircraft, including eight P-40s and 15 Hawker Hurricanes. Opposing them were 271 Japanese aircraft, including 115 fighters. Although the AVG and the RAF scored some successes against the JAAF, Magwe was continuously bombed, including a very heavy raid on 21 March by 151 bombers and fighters. On 23 March with only four aircraft left, the AVG was forced to relocate to Loiwing, just across the Chinese border."

Magwe will also have reenactments and combat events, please message Devyn Smythe in world if you are interested in roleplaying in the sim.  

The event schedule is as follows:

March 18th Reenactments--a short dedication to all those that served in the AVG and veterans of all wars.
March 21st Reeneactments--Bombing campaign by Japanese aircraft on the date Magwe was heavily bombed.

March 23rd--closing words and preparation of the retreat of the AVG into China.

Times: TBA

Below are photos of Magwe:





Last Man Standing Results!

Last weekend, pilots participated in two days of Last Man Standing! Day one saw a hard fought competition with pilots flying and avoiding being killed, in the end only three pilots were standing, all three which were winners:

1st Place: Brig. Gen. Devyn Smythe
2nd Place: Capt. Cyberella Dubratt
3rd Place: Col. Whitewolf Mumfuzz

On Sunday, day 2 of the competition continued with Brig Gen. Vicky Kuhn being the winner, after a brilliant show of sportsmanship conduct by Lt. Col. SilentG Wonder.  The other winners of Sunday's event were:

1st Place:  Brig. Gen. Vicky Kuhn

2nd Place: Cadet Orion Celestial Being
3nd Place: 1st Lt. Paul Patridge

All winners received linden prize money and BlakOpal gift cards! Join us this weekend for 2 days of Axis vs Allies. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show - Day 2 Recap!

The Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show in London continued yesterday, with everyone commenting on the awesome planes and of course having fun! Yesterday's music event featured DJ Anakin with Host Hazel.  Guests were treated to a rousing 2 hour rock set and everyone had fun dancing in the makeshift airstrip in Hyde Park! Below are photos of the music event:





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While it was not another 100 avi sim day, DJ Anakin was in true form and filled the park with the still awesome number of 97:



London Sims Owner, Debs Regent, generously created a video of the festivities of the day! Special thanks to Debs for making this great video:




Blog Spotlight: Maj. Gen. Giano

Today's blog spotlight is on our CO, Major General Guarocuyo Giano:


SL NAME: Guarocuya Giano

MILITARY RANK:  Major General
SQUADRON (S):  HQ, Central Command (CENTCOM)
YOUR POSITION (S) WITH THE TIGERS:
FLYING TIGERS Group Commander

TELL US HOW YOU FIRST BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE TIGERS:
My buddies and I used to fly at 1944 and also at the old Wilder sims. We watched each others' six and a strong bond of brotherhood emerged. Being a veteran and former club biker in rl, I felt it would make sense to organize a group which distinguished us from the rest and demonstrated our loyalty to each other and to our group. So in 2008, along with three other friends, I founded the Flying Tigers because I had read Sonny Barger's book, "Hells Angel" and understood what Sonny meant about brotherhood and loyalty and how the biker club got its name. Having read about the RL Flying Tigers distinguished history, it was obvious to me that I would have volunteered to serve in that unit had I existed back then.  We became famous (or infamous depending on who you talk to) by shooting down just about anything else in the skies.  The legend of the SL Flying Tigers brotherhood was born under fire in aerial combat; fire purifies and we are under constant fire every day. To me there is no stronger bond between humans than those which are forged between brothers in arms.

YOUR FAVORITE PLANE TO FLY:
Jets: F-15 Eagle from NEXGEN (Single seat), NEXGEN JAS-39, NEXGEN  A-10
WW2:  NEXGEN P-51, NEXGEN P-40 (sqdn issue), THI, KUROE, E&I

Helicopter: Spijkers EC 635, UH 72 Lakota

IF YOU COULD INVITE ANYONE FROM REAL LIFE AVIATION INTO SECOND LIFE, WHO WOULD IT BE?   WHY?
Sir Richard Branson, f
or his vision, courage and innovation.
Sonny Barger (founder of the Hells Angels MC) to teach about loyalty.

BESIDES LOVING TO FLY, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN SECOND LIFE? I love to build. I began building space ships and sci fi stuff shortly after joining sl in 2007 a friend (Rogue Harsley) taught me how to get off the ground. I began dogfighting in space ships, then looking for a place to game I came across 1944 where there was lots of dogfighting going on back in those days.

Being a pilot In SL, I have flown and collected just about every builder out there (and still do) and although some are more realistic than others, I enjoy flying them all.

I began to build ww2 because the planes that I wanted to fly did not exist. When I approached some of the existing builders at the time with requests for this paint scheme or airplane or another I was flat out rejected.  So I decided that if I wanted to fly a Flying Tigers p-40 I would have to build it myself and that is how I got started building ww2 and modern airplanes.

Now I prefer to fly airplanes that have a more realistic feel. I am former USARMY Air Cav (67YCrew Chief), USAAF ATC/OPS and USNAVY (Line Plane Captain) and have had 20 years of rl aviation experience as a crew chief and plane captain.  Although SL cannot duplicate the exact physics of a RL aircraft, it does allow fair "imitation" and some builders, such as THI and even some EG (civilian) really come close.  Others are extreme UFO's.  That being said, I enjoy flying them all as long as its a level playing field.  My favorite planes are rated "B" class which allow realism and gaming but are not too extreme in either direction.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show Day 1 Recap!

Yesterday was the start of the Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show in Hyde Park! Nexgen Aviation is a quality maker of V.I.C.E. combat enabled WW2 and Modern aircraft maker in Second Life! The company is a joint effort by Flying Tigers' sim and group owner Guarocuya Giano, Spijkers Aviation & Marine owner Tig Spijkers, and 3D modeler Phadrus Karu.

London residents and guests have been delighted to see the various types of realistic aircraft from Nexgen! Below is a slideshow of some of the planes which are on display and you can purchase (photos taken by Second Life and Flying Tigers' photographer Maddy Maskelyne):








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Each day at the expo will also featured a 2 hour music performance, after all who does not want to party and look at planes? Yesterday's performance featured DJ Anakin with host Cathlace from Club Capital! Guests danced to a variety of top 40's tunes and of course slapped the loaded contest board!  Below are photos from yesterday's party:








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Of course a party is not without people and DJ Anakin soon filled the park, topping it off with 100 avis:


100 AVIS!!




We were also very happy that Gabrille Linden stopped by in the hub and was near the planes, it's always great to see a Linden in world! 


Gabrielle Linden chilling at the Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show!



Thanks to everyone who made our opening day at the Nexgen Aviation Airplane Show a success!

Updated Tribute Band Concert Schedule!

Amelia's Pilot Lounge is pleased to announce three new tribute band concerts that will be coming to our WW2 Memorial Park! Below is the schedule:


  • Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 12pm slt - Aerosmith Tribute Band Concert
  • Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 12pm slt - Madness Tribute Band Concert
  • Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 12pm slt - Iron Maiden Tribute Band Concert


Before each tribute band concert, there is always a special pre-concert show that kicks off at 10 am slt and with a loaded contest board so you can win free lindens as you party and rock it out with us! You can always find information about our non combat events and tribute band concerts by going to this link.

Axis Vs. Allies Flying Competition!

If you loved last weekend's Last Man Standing Flying Competition, then join us this weekend for 2 days of Axis vs Allies! To signup please contact jessii2009 Warrhol in world for a registration notice or check the Flying Tigers' group in world.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Motley Crue Tribute Concert Recap!

Yesterday, guests and vips in our sims were treated to a rocking event--a Motley Crue Tribute Band Concert at WW2 Memorial Park! Events kicked off at 10 am slt with a 90 minute pre concert show with DJ Anakin playing 100% metal tunes! The Motley Crue Tribute Band hit the stage around noon and kept everyone dancing to their favorite tunes and of course gawking at SL's version of Tommy Lee! Check out photos in the slide show below:




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Solemn Remembrance...

Last week Flying Tigers' CO Maj. Gen. Giano stood watch at the replica of the Tomb of the Unknowns in Second Life.  This solemn replica is located on Patriot Island. Patriot Islands runs the US Veterans Center in Second Life. 

According to the official Arlington National Cemetary Site, The Tomb of the Unknowns is :"The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, is also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and has never been officially named. The Tomb of the Unknowns stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. On March 4, 1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American soldier from World War I in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater. " You can read more about this memorial by clicking here.


First Documented Triple Ace!

From the desk of Brig. General Deirdre Faulds:


"FLYING A THI  BF 109 CONTINENTAL ( CLASS A), WITH 8 KILLS AND NO  DEATHS, HP :60 /DAMAGE DEALT 655 LTC SILENT G WONDER IS OUR FIRST DOCUMENTED TRIPLE ACE!!!   ONCE IN  C CLASS, ONCE IN B CLASS , AND TONIGHT HE TOPPED IT OFF IN A CLASS. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!"

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Flying Tigers' Academy February Graduation!

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, the Flying Tigers' Academy held a graduation ceremony and welcomed their new pilots! The following LT's graduated and were received warmly by their fellow Flying Tigers:


2nd Lt Fauster Frieman,
2nd Lt Willie Fall,
2nd Lt Sodak Xeltentat

The graduation started with the Flying Tigers' CO, Maj. General Giano being choppered into the ceremony and escorted by LTC SilgentG Wonder and Colonel Whitewolf Mumfuzz. Everyone was then treated to a fly over by the Golden Tigers team, lead by Brig. General Vickster Kuhn.  Ceremonies then kicked off with a welcoming speech by CO  Maj. General Giano, which reflected on the history and spirit of WW2.

The following graduates were cited for various honors:


OCS GRADUATES
Officer Candidate School grads
2nd Lt Fauster Frieman
2nd Lt Willie Fall
2nd LT Sodak Xeltentat


FT 301 GRADS ( PILOT WING RECEIPIENTS)
--  2nd LT Sodak Xeltentat has completed his non combat portiom of the Flight acacemy and earned his Pilots wings and he has chosen the 1st Pursuit " Adam& Eves" Squadron under the command of Captain Cyberella Dubratt as his intern squadron.  He is enrolled in the combat class FT 401
on the way to earning his AVG Fighter pilot wings.

-- 2nd LT Humprey KNOTS Murrdon Smythe has completed his non combat portion of the Flight academy and earned his Pilots wings and  he has chosen the 11th bombardment sq for his internship under the command or Major Detox Exonar.  He is enrolled in the combat class FT 401 andon the way to earning his AVG Fighter pilot wings.

Check the blog and the Flying Tigers' group in world for information about next month's graduation ceremony and view photos from this historic day:






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ISTE Tour Group Visits the Flying Tigers!

Last Sunday, the ISTE Tour Group of Second Life paid a special visit to the Flying Tigers' sims.  Brig. General Deidre Faulds and Col. Whitewolf Mumfuzz were tour guides for the day and introduced the ISTE Tour Group to WW2 history in Second Life! Tour guests learned about WW2 Aircraft and toured the sims. Special thanks to ISTE Tour Group Director Esme Qunhua for organizing the tour! Below are photos of the event:



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Blog Spotlight: Whitewolf Mumfuzz


SL NAME: Whitewolf Mumfuzz

MILITARY RANK: Colonel

SQUADRON (S):  3rd Squad, 23rd Wing, 901st Space Squad

YOUR POSITION (S) WITH THE TIGERS:  CENTCOM Staff

TELL US HOW YOU FIRST BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE TIGERS:
Met the Flying Tigers by chance while doing combat at what was then the 1944 group of sims, back in 2008. Eventually got into a friendly squad-vs-squad competition with the FT (I had my own squad back then), then joined the FT as a liason shortly after. Went on to assist with the FT academy and now I'm here~

YOUR FAVORITE PLANE TO FLY:
WW2: Bf-109, Hawker Hurricane
Modern: A-4, Su-25
Helicopters: A109, RAH-66
Seaplane: Savoia S.21, Turbo Beaver
Large craft:

IF YOU COULD INVITE ANYONE FROM REAL LIFE AVIATION INTO SECOND LIFE, WHO WOULD IT BE?   WHY?
Too many to mention, so I'll list the top few:
Kurt Tank
Giora Epstein
Saburo Sakai
Would be interesting to hear what they have to say about how aviation has evolved and what experiences they would share.

BESIDES LOVING TO FLY, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN SECOND LIFE?
Exploring, marking trees, wuffing, fooling around and helping others out if possible! (not in that order)
I also do some building and generally spending time just enjoying what SL has to offer.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Flying Tigers Academy Commander!


From the desk of Brig. General Deidre Faulds:

"LT Colonel SilentG Wonder has accepted the post of Flying Tiger Academy Commandant, Hua LTC Wonder!"

New 75th Fighter Squadron Member!


From the desk of Brig. General Vickster Kuhn:

"Hua! Please join the 75th Fighter Squadron 'Tigersharks' in welcoming our newest member, 2nd Lt. Walker Littleboots of the Hell's Angels! Hua Lt. Walker!"


New 38th Search and Rescue Squadron Hangar!


From the desk of Col. Gagi Binder:

"38th Search and Rescue Squadron have moved from Honah Lee Field to the Flying Tigers hangar at Hollywood, Santa Catalina, which we will be sharing with  Nexgen Aviation Airplanes."