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    Question Flight One Software "Pearl Harbor" Add-On for CFS2 - PBY Aircraft Missions Problem

    [Note to mods: I wasn't sure which subforum to post this to, please feel free to move this message thread if need be ]

    I just purchased Flight One Software's "December 7th, 1941! Pearl Harbor" add-on for Combat Flight Simulator 2 a few days ago.

    A problem that I'm having is with two of the missions that require an AI controlled PBY aircraft to land at an airfield (which is one of the goals of the two missions, that the PBY survive). The problem is, after advancing to the last leg of the missions, the AI controlled PBY aircraft ALWAYS crashes into the water!

    The two missions in question are the ONLY two in the Pearl Harbor add-on that require an AI controlled PBY landing...

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    Filename: "USN-PH5.mis"

    Title: "USN Pearl Harbor 5 (fictional)"

    Summary: "PBY rescue north of Hawaii on December 6"

    Objective: "One of the Navy's PBY's has fallen out of radio contact north of the island. CINCPac has called over for our assistance to send a P-40 flight to go find her and lead her in, based on her expected position."

    Intelligence: "Get this done well, and then maybe we can start to play nice with the Navy folks."

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    Filename: "H43US_02.mis"

    Title: "Hawaii 1943 - Mission 02"

    Summary: "A PBY on patrol to the Southeast has reported shipborne gunfire. Go bring her in."

    Objective: "One of our PBY's - following up on the sub sitings from last Friday - has reported unidentified hostile gunfire. Go out and make sure she gets back to make a full report."
    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

    The first mission listed above was one that was actually included with the Pearl Harbor add-on, while the second mission listed above was included with the official freely downloadable "Battle For Hawaii" mission expansion for Pearl Harbor ( http://www.flight1.com/esd-products....ct=FL1-PRL-DL1 / http://flight1software.com/pearlh/pearl_bfh.exe ).

    Anyhow, this makes the two missions in question broken and unwinnable, as the AI controlled PBY aircraft ALWAYS crash into the water before they finally land at Keneohe Bay Air Station

    Any idea of what could cause this problem (is it a known problem with these two missions?), and was there ever any fix for it?

    Thanks in advance for any help or info!

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    P.S. Another bug/problem that I have discovered, with the following mission:

    Filename: "USN-PH2.mis"
    Title: "USN Pearl Harbor 2"
    Summary: "Kenneth Taylor's flight over Hawaii"

    Each and every time that I click the "Advanced Info" button the game crashes. The only time that the mission doesn't crash the game is when viewing the "Advanced Info" AFTER completing the mission (at the debrief screen).

    I have NO idea what could cause this, as all of the airfield entries within the mission file seem to be proper and intact (they are identical to the airfield entries contained in the game's "AirBases.dat", that the PH configuration utility adds).

    All of the other missions (including the missions included with the free mission expansion) seem to function fine (no game crashes or lockups)... only the above mentioned one.

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    OK, I THINK that I have FINALLY SOLVED this annoying problem with the PBY crashing into the water with the "USN-PH5.mis" mission, which ALWAYS causes you to fail the mission!

    There are two mission files that are bugged: one is located in the "Campaigns" directory, and one is located in the "Missions" directory (note that they are the exact same file byte for byte, with the exact same bug), and the filename for both files is "USN-PH5.mis".

    1 - Open them in Windows Notepad.

    2 - Search for:

    [unit_type.1]
    type_id=3842
    unit_family=2
    name=F1_PH_PBY

    ...and change to:

    [unit_type.1]
    type_id=3842
    unit_family=1
    name=F1_PH_PBY FLY

    3 - Save the files, and ENJOY!

    The first problem was the "name=F1_PH_PBY"... there is NO "F1_PH_PBY" that ships with the addon. The two included aircraft are "F1_PH_PBY Fly" and "F1_PH_PBY Static".

    Secondly (and this was the MAIN problem/bug), the "unit_family=2 was incorrect... it SHOULD be "unit_family=1", which matches the entry in the aircraft's ".dp" damage profile file.

    The above FIXED the problem, and I have flown the fixed mission twice successfully

    READ ON:

    Now, that being said, I found that the matching "IJN" mission file had the same incorrect "unit_family=2" entry, and I ALSO corrected that one.

    1 - Open the two "IJN-PH5.mis" files in Windows Notepad (as above, one is located in the "Campaigns" directory, and one is located in the "Missions" directory).

    2 - Search for:

    [unit_type.1]
    type_id=3842
    unit_family=2
    name=F1_PH_PBY FLY

    ...and change to:

    [unit_type.1]
    type_id=3842
    unit_family=1
    name=F1_PH_PBY FLY

    Note that the "IJN" version of mission file ALREADY has the correct "name=F1_PH_PBY FLY" entry.

    3 - Save the files, and ENJOY!

    P.S. Hey Flight1 Software, do I get any freebie for FIXING this blatant show-stopping bug for you?

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    A BIG P.S.

    NOTE that the above fix did NOT fix the bug in the mission file "H43US_02.mis" (Hawaii 1943 - Mission 02), as that mission ALREADY includes the "unit_family=1" and "name=F1_PH_PBY FLY" entries in the mission file. I have NO idea what's up with that mission... the PBY ALWAYS crashes into the water!

    This leads me to come to this conclusion: The Flight1 Software PBY that is included with the addon SUCKS... the AI simply can't reliably fly/land it.

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