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The High King Lives

Virtual Friday: Old Europe, Flying Tigers, and Transilvania March 30, 2012

Hello friends and welcome to another Virtual Friday. Today I’m taking you to some historical sites in Secondlife. Note: most of my posts have pictures so if you’re getting email don’t forget to turn “display pictures” on 🙂

#1 Old Europe Market Fair

This sim may be temporary….atleast the fair is. You’ll find several nifty vendors and the streets have a nostalgic feel at night. I really like that this sim uses sound effects…street noises etc….makes you feel like you’re there. Unfortunately I did not get to look at all the vendors. My viewer is slow so it took awhile for things to load. But I managed to get these two pics for you. Below is the Ferris wheel. There’s also a place to dance and a large castle you can explore.

Visit Old Europe (51, 207, 23)

#2 Kunming Airbase- home of The Flying Tigers

Usually I’m not big on historical sites but this sim was nifty. Right now they have a WW2 tribute. You can try out different planes from WW2 and there’s a museum with lots of facts about The Flying Tigers.

The Flying Tigers were real pilots back in WW2 and I’ll tell you more about them later. Did you know that Second Life has it’s OWN Flying Tigers? Yep, there is a SL group called The Flying Tigers and they not only fly planes…they also have combat sims. You can visit the museum for info on how to get involved.

Here is a pic of the REAL life Flying Tigers:

Here’s what Wikipedia says about the REAL Life  Flying Tigers:

“The 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941–1942, famously nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots from the United States Army (USAAF), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC), recruited under presidential sanction and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault. The ground crew and headquarters staff were likewise mostly recruited from the U.S. military, along with some civilians.”

“The Tigers’ shark-faced fighters remain among the most recognizable of any individual combat aircraft of World War II, and they demonstrated innovative tactical victories when the news in the U.S. was filled with little more than stories of defeat at the hands of the Japanese forces.

The group first saw combat on 20 December 1941, 12 days after Pearl Harbor (local time). It achieved notable success during the lowest period of the war for U.S. and Allied Forces, giving hope to Americans that they would eventually succeed against the Japanese. While cross-referencing records after the war revealed their actual kill numbers were substantially lower, the Tigers were paid combat bonuses for destroying nearly 300 enemy aircraft,[1] while losing only 14 pilots on combat missions.[1] In July 1942, the AVG was replaced by the U.S. Army 23rd Fighter Group, which was later absorbed into the U.S. 14th Air Force with General Chennault as commander. The 23rd FG went on to achieve similar combat success, while retaining the nose art and fighting name of the volunteer unit.”

Read the rest of the article at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Tigers

Make sure to visit this great sim by going to the link below in SecondLife:

Visit WW2 TRIBUTE (68, 78, 25)

#3 Transilvania (no vampires I promise!)

Lastly, we have Transilvania. They spell it either wrong or this is a different place altogether. Thankfully there were NO vampires. It was just a peaceful country village. First I took a buggy ride:

Then I checked out a nifty villa:

Lastly, the beautiful country side:

It’s a simple place but pretty. You’ll also hear foreign music though I have no idea what language they were singing in. 🙂

Visit Ethereal Cove (77, 227, 24)

Well God bless and remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

 

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