Good day gentlemen. I would very much like to join your "band of brothers" (If, you will have me
) So without further delay, allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Michael Collins (as far as I am aware, no relation to the original) but I prefer "Mike". I have been flying "sims" since the invention of the home computer (and before that I was building Airfix models), my first was F15 Eagle on the Sinclair Spectrum, I then moved on to an Atari and thought all of my Christmas's had "come at once" with the release of Spectrum Holobyte's Falcon 4! From then on it's been a steady progression through various PC's and flight simulators. In 2000 I opened a gaming centre in Romford Essex called "Sierra Hotel" and yes, you've guessed; It was designed primarily for flight sim enthusiasts. In 2001 I co-founded IGamesUK (formally known as the Virtual Gaming Alliance) we hosted the Samsung World Cyber Games in London for three consecutive years. In 2003 my wife and I moved to Tenerife where we had seven wonderful years of getting p******d and making merry. We moved back to the UK in 2010. I joined the now defunct 74th Flying Tigers and had some great times flying the A10. I re-acquainted myself with FSX and all the joys of "tweaking". In 2009 I bought one of the first incarnations of ROF, but never really used it that much (and boy am I sorry for that, I can't believe what I was missing) I am currently flying FSX (still) ROF, DCS (P51 and A10) IL2 COD, ARMA3 and last but definitely not least, I have invested in IL2 BOS (Premium Edition). So Guys (and, maybe, Girls) I come to you ready packaged as a fairly experienced pilot, who won't need training (to much) and have my very own copy of Robert. L. Shaw's. "Fighter Combat"! I await your reply with baited breath