Speaking of comedy… I was trying one of the Wake Island Campaign missions where the Betty’s are coming in… Anyway, the mission goals are 1.) survive, 2.) shoot down 2-Betty’s, and 3.) for bonus points, inflict damage on the cruiser.
Well, somehow, I managed to down one of the Betty’s, and as I was pulling up into another, I sensed some incoming damage and experienced a drop in thrust. I was able to climb some, but not much. I even managed to get a few more rounds on a Betty, and then they pulled away rather quickly.
So, I figured I couldn’t catch ‘em, now I’ll go down and strafe the destroyer a few times, get some points, and land back at Wake with my measly small point total intact. The Wildcat started some buffeting and loss of speed. I checked the instruments and realized that the engine died. ‘Time for a restart.
‘Went through some of the motions…nothing. Tried again…still nothing. Now normally, I don’t do too many external views when playing for points (its an honor kind of thing… I’m no democrat! :rolleyes But I was perplexed. Next, I was absolutely astonished. I take a look from outside and realize my engine was gone! Not just shot up… it was gone!
Okay, so I can’t make it back to Wake like this, then I’ll drop down to about 1,500-feet and reluctantly bail out. I press O-O, the canopy slides back, my man jumps out and free-falls for about 100-feet, I press O once more, and then the real comedy starts…
I hear a serious whining and sniveling sound coming from my man… Oh no! Ahhhh! Ohhh! Jeez! Oh no! All the way to the last 20-feet or so and then the screen fades to black. It appeared that my chute was also damaged. And to boot, I repeated the same basic performance on 3-straight attempts, 1-shoot down, 1-probable, take the points and run, oops! somehow lost my engine, chute no-worky. Someone at Microsoft has a heckuva sense of humor. So much for those measly points.