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Flight Simulator FS2004 Aircrafts / FS2004 Downloads Military Aircraft
Compatibility: Flight Simulator FS2004
Filesize: 5.27 MB
Added on: Jul-07-2007
A bit about the aircraft depicted in this repaint:
Once in'a While was a Boeing B-17G assigned to the 349th Bomber Squadron of the
100th Bomb Group, stationed at Thorpe Abbotts in England during World War Two.
Some 100bg records list her as being named Boomerang, but Once in'a While was
the name on her nose.
She was built as one of a batch of aircraft at the Boeing plant in Seattle (many
other B-17s were built at satellite factories by Lockheed and Vega). Thus, Once
in'a While was a genuine 'Boeing' B-17G.
The aircraft was so named because it often failed to pass regular maintenance
inspections, which endeared her to the crew. Nevertheless, Once in'a While was
certainly no 'Hangar Queen', as she passed enough checks to manage well over
forty bombing missions.
However, eventually her luck ran out when she was hit by flak on a raid to
Saarbrucken on November 9, 1944, finally crashing near the town of Perle in
Belgium. All the crew managed to bail out of her on that occasion, but sadly her
pilot, 2nd Lt Lewis C. Williams, hit the vertical stabiliser during his egress
from the aircraft and was killed. Two other members of her crew were also
injured whilst bailing out of the crashing aircraft.
Please remember the sacrifices the crews of the B-17s made when you take this
simulated version up for a flight.
To install this repaint:
If you are familiar with installing repaints, you can just go ahead and do what
you normally do, but if you are unfamiliar with the process, below you'll find
step-by-step installation instructions, don't worry, it's just a case of copying
and pasting stuff in the right places.
Installation is simple, but first, copy your 'WoP_b17g' folder and paste it
somewhere safe, that way if you cock up somewhere, you can start again without
wanting to find me and kill me for messing up your lovely B-17G. Typically
you'll find that 'WoP_b17g' folder here:
'C:Program FilesMicrosoft GamesMicrosoft Flight Simulator XSimObjectsAirplanesWoP2_b17g'.
Note that on your computer, it may be on a drive other than 'C' if you didn't
install FSX in the default location.
Put the contents of this repaint folder into your 'WoP2_b17g' folder. (i.e copy
and paste the folder named 'texture.paint2' and the thumnail image 'Boeing B-17G
Paint2' into your B-17 main folder).
Next you have to add something to the B-17G's configuration file in order to get
FSX to recognise this repaint. This is very easy to do with a simple text
program such as Notepad. To do this:
Open the text file which came with this repaint which is named 'Add this text to
your aircraft CFG file', then copy all of the text in that file (highlight it
all and press Control+C), then open your 'Aircraft' CFG file in the 'WoP_b17g'
folder. Place your cursor somewhere in that text in a nice clear spot and paste
the text you just copied into that config file (press Control+V). Be careful not
to overwrite anything already in that file. I recommend pasting the new bit of
text near the top of the CFG file, just after the other two bits of it for the
default paint jobs is the most sensible spot. Close and save the Aircraft.CFG
file. If you make a mistake and accidentally mess your config file up in the
process, don't panic, simply close it without saving it, then open it up again
and try again!
That's it, you're done, but you'll most likely have to restart FSX in order for
it to recognise you have a new aeroplane installed.
The Shockwave Wings of Power2 B-17G is payware, which means that you can only
use this repaint if you have purchased that B-17G model from them, if you
haven't done that, you can buy it here:
And you really should buy it, as like the real B-17G, it is indeed very cool and
Also note that if you haven't bought the WoP2, these files are completely
useless to you. Nevertheless, as useless as they might be, they are still the
property of Shockwave, and covered by their copyright. Shockwave is good enough
to allow people to produce repaints based on their work, but please do not abuse
their good nature by using these files unless you have coughed up the cash for
their original product. Piracy is not funny and ultimately you will only end up
hurting yourself if you try and hack software and use things you haven't paid
for. And in addition to that, I will not be very happy if you use my repaint on
a hokey copy of Shockwave's fine work.
If you've followed the instructions on how to install this repaint, you should
have no problems whatsoever with these files, they are completely virues free
(and yes, I did scan them to check that). But if you do have problems, that aint
my fault, you install it at your own risk (don't want to worry you, but I have
to put that in a legal bit of text).
Alan 'Chock' Bradbury -2007