Lawn Dart has been simming since the early 80s when he started flying Flight Simulator on one of the first Macintoshes. Other early titles include A-10 Attack and A-10 Cuba, F/A-18 Hornet, Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter, Chuck Yeager's Air Combat, Red Baron, Out of the Sun, and Falcon 4.0. In 95 he discovered the wonders of multiplayer WWII simming in Mac Air Warrior Open Beta and was for evermore hooked on online flying! Since then he’s traveled the cyber skies of AirWarrior, Warbirds, LOMAC, the IL2 series, and most recently DCS A-10C and a return to Falcon 4.0 thanks to Benchmark Sims' efforts.
He is the current C.O. of the 51st Fighter Wing, and was previously the C.O of Air Group 51, IV/JG51 and the 339th Growlin’ Gators.
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Born while Nixon was being re-elected on Korat AFB Thailand his father was a "Thud" pilot (later Phantoms) assigned to the 13th TFS (388th TFW). Lulled to sleep nightly by thunder of afterburners, you could say that military aviation has always been a part of him.
He started in flight sims with titles like Chuck Yeager's Air Combat, Fleet Defender, Jane's F-15, Jane's F/A-18, Jane's WW II Fighters, Aces High Online.
The world of combat flight sims was put on hold for a decade while serving multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq with the USMC. And later returning to Iraq with the US Army several times.
With all that behind him now, he returns to the virtual skies with DCS A-10C.
I was born and raised in the Air Force. I fell in love with military aviation living between the thrilling worlds of Strategic Air Command and Tactical Air Command. My first true love was the slick and sexy F-106 Delta Dart, which often screamed over my childhood home, with afterburners blazing, headed for the DEW line on a Cold War scramble.
I “served” the Department of Defense as a security specialist and have a graduate education in history. I have taken many career paths, but I always seem to return to aviation. I just love the smell of jet fuel!
I am married and have four teenage children who often ridicule and poke fun at me for my hobby of on-line flight, especially when I have my Track IR going and I am screaming “Check your six, check your six.” They call me crazy on nights when there is a mission and I am unplugging phones and disabling computers mumbling the mantra "must preserve the ping, must preserve the ping my precious!" Those without the affliction cannot begin to understand.
I built my first flight simulator out of a card board box following my first screening of “Midway” as a child. I was of course hooked on sim flying the first time I took hold of a basic flight stick and flew Microsoft’s flight Simulator. Since then, I have flown every flight sim I could get my hands on and have upgraded computers to keep up. I am a confessed "kit" junky buying every hardware peripheral I can get my hands on.
I jumped at the opportunity to fly with AG-51, now the 51st Fighter Wing, and love every minute of time spent on-line with this loveable group of drunken degenerates - the 51st Fighter Wing is simply the finest group of pilots on the internet...
I'm 25, live near Los Angeles, California and am a huge aviation enthusiast. I'm learning to fly and loving it, although simming is a lot cheaper.
I've been playing sims since the mid 90s. Falcon 3.0, Falcon 4.0 and Jane's F/A-18, IL-2, FSX. I've been a member of many squads, but none like Air Group 51, what now has become the 51st Fighter Wing. I've made life long friends across the country and it's been a blast.
mikula is relatively new to flight sims, having dabbled with the IL-2 series back in 2005 while flying with AG-51. He now spends his increasingly scarce sim-time with DCS: A-10C Warthog, but also enjoys many other PC-gaming titles, including Team Fortress 2.
mikula works full-time for a local marketing agency as a web developer, and is pursuing a B.S. with a major in Computer Engineering at Portland State University.
Cheese has been simming for about 20 years, from Chuck Yeager's Air Combat to Falcon 4.0 and now DCS A-10C. He is an active duty Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator (think The Hurt Locker), and has trekked around the world as a result, touching every continent except Antarctica. He's still trying to finagle a trip down there to complete the tour! When not planted in front of his computer raining death on pixels, Cheese likes to run (5 marathons in the books), and defend the free world from evil doers (6 trips to the sandbox, and counting). He also enjoys sleep, food, beer, and the company of beautiful women. Cheese joined the 51st VFW in July of 2011.