Welcome to the 91st Hop Program

All Hops must be flown while connected to JoinFS 


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Your personal Log Book is the only acceptable Record of your Flight Activity

The Purpose of our Hop Program follows

The Hop Program is a series of 135 flight plans, divided into 5 Phases. Each Phase has a purpose, and as the pilot progresses, is awarded for completion of each Phase, primarily by advancement in rank. (See Rank, Promotions & Awards)

Three things to keep in mind.

1 - We are a B-17 Group and our first priority is to fly B-17s. Pilots are expected to be active in the Hop List in order to be able to fly Missions and Campaigns. Once you are active with your B-17, these other events can also be flown with a Fighter to provide Escort.

2 - The Hop Program is designed as a training tool for B-17 and of course should be flown with the B-17 in order to count.

3 - In the charts below, you will see, Hop Number. ICAO codes, Airport names, Distance, Est. time (@150 mph)

Note: The Hop Program is strictly voluntary, and is not mandatory. How far you go, is entirely up to the individual but you are expected to be active with the B-17.

Phase 1

Phase 1 is designed with the beginner in mind that may not be that familiar with the A2A Boeing B-17. The phase consists of 63 hops, most are under an hour in duration. Flight times determined using an air speed of 150 mph. These times are only a guide.  All of the hops in this phase, helps the pilot to get to know the B-17, and honing his skills in take offs and landings.

At completion of Phase 1, the pilot may apply for promotion to Staff Sergeant. Apply Here

Phase 2

Phase 2 continues the training for the individual pilot. Extended flight times.

At completion of Phase 2, the pilot may apply for promotion to the rank or 2nd Lieutenant and is placed in command of his B-17, complete with repaint of B-17 he had previously chosen. Apply Here

Phase 3

Phase 3 starts the beginning of training in Formation Flight. Pilots are required to fly with one additional pilot also in the B17.

Completion of Phase 3 the Pilot may apply for promotion to 1st Lieutenant and receives the "Air Medal" for Meritorious Achievement in the completion of Phases 1 - 3  Apply Here

Phase 4 

Phase 4 continues the pilot's Formation training with the addition of a third pilot to form a 3-aircraft Element of B-17's called the "V" element formation. 

Phase 4 is divided into 2 areas of operation. 4a starts Phase 4 in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of operations. 4b continues Phase 4 in the Pacific North West, the American Campaign.

Completion of Phase 4a awards the Pilot the "Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal" (Awarded Annually)

Completion of Phase 4b awards the Pilot the "American Campaign Medal" (Awarded Annualy

Note: Pilots having already flown Phase 4 prior to the current division and may apply for the "Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal", will automatically receive the "American Campaign Medal". (Awarded Annually)

Phase 5

Phase 5 continues the pilot's Formation training with the addition of a fourth pilot to form a 4-aircraft B-17 Element, called the "Box" element formation. 

At the completion of Phase 5, Pilots are awarded the "European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal". In addition, the Pilots earn the "Army Commendation Medal", for completion of all 5 phases, and has graduated from the 91st BG Hop Program. (both awarded annualy)

Note: Having graduated with honors, the Pilot may be called upon (requested) to accompany student Pilots that may require assistance in the Formation phases so they have the proper number of aircraft for that particular phase. 

                                   Hop Program - Phase 1

The Phase 1 Hops are ficticious and they are intended to polish flying and navigation skills. Start in daylight with clear weather and gradually convert to real time and weather as your skills develop

To begin Phase 1, spawn to parking at KBFI

 

Hop

ICAO Codes

Departure - Arrival

Airports

Departure - Arrival

Nms

Est. Time

HH:MM

1KBFI - KPDXBoeing Field - Portland Intl.11700:47
2KPDX - KEUGPortland Intl. -Mahlon Sweet 9200:38
3KEUG - KMFR Mahlon Sweet - Rogue Valley Intl. 10600:43
4KMFR - KACVRogue Valley Intl. - Arcata 10100:41
5KACV - KCICArcata - Chico Mun.12500:51
6KCIC - KOAKChico Mun. - Metro Oakland Intl.12600:51
7KOAK - KFATMetro Oakland Intl. - Fresno Yosemite Intl.13100:53
8KFAT - KSBPFresno Yosemite Intl. - San Luis Obispo Regl.10300:42
9KSBP - KNSISan Luis Obispo Regl. - San Nicolas Is. NOLF13400:54
10KNSI - KLGBSan Nicolas Is. NOLF - Long Beach7400:30
11KLGB - KEDWLong Beach - Edwards AFB6600:27
12KEDW - KBIHEdwards AFB - Eastern Sierra Regl.15001:00
13KBIH - KLASEastern Sierra Regl. - McCarran Intl.17201:09
14KLAS - KGCNMcCarran Intl. - Grand Canyon Natl. Park14400:58
15KGCN - KINWGrand Canyon Natl. Park - Winslow-Lindburgh Regl.9000:36
16KINW - KSJNWinslow-Lindburgh Regl. - St. Johns Industrial7200:29
17KSJN - KGNTSt. Johns Industrial - Grants-Milan Mun.8200:33
18KGNT - KSAFGrants-Milan Mun. - Santa Fe Mun.9200:38
19KSAF - KFSUSanta Fe Mun. - Ft. Sumner Mun.11400:46
20KFSU - KAMAFt. Sumner Mun. - Rick Husband Amarillo Intl.13100:53
21KAMA - KLTSRick Husband Amarillo Intl. - Altus AFB12400:50
22KLTS - KTIKAltus AFB - Tinker AFB10400:42
23KTIK - KOKMTinker AFB - Okmulgee Regl.7200:29
24KOKM - KROGOkmulgee Regl. - Rogers Mun.9900:40
25KROG - KBPKRogers Mun. - Baxter Regl.7900:32
26KBPK - KPOFBaxter Regl. - Poplar Bluff Mun.10600:43
27KPOF - KMWAPoplar Bluff Mun. - Williamson Regl.8600:35
28KMWA - KHUFWilliamson Regl. - Terre Haute Intl.12900:52
29KHUF - KSERTerre Haute Intl. - Freeman Mun.7300:30
30KSER - KSMEFreeman Mun. - Somerset-Pulaski Mun.12800:52
31KSME - KMQYSomerset-Pulaski Mun. - Smyrna11100:45
32KMQY - KCSVSmyrna - Crossville Meml.6900:28
33KCSV - KGKTCrossville Meml. - Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge7500:30
34KGKT - KIPJGatlinburg-Pigeon Forge - Lincolnton-Lincoln Regl.11800:48
35KIPJ - KSSCLincolnton-Lincoln Regl. - Shaw AFB9600:39
36KSSC - KVUJShaw AFB - Stanly Mun.8700:35
37KVUJ - KLHZStanly Mun. - Franklin Mun.9600:39
38KLHZ - KNKTFranklin Mun. - Cherry Point MCAS9800:40
39KNKT - KLFICherry Point MCAS - Langley AFB13400:54
40KLFI - KSBYLangley AFB - Salibury-Ocean City Wicomico8400:34
41KSBY - KWRISalibury-Ocean City Wicomico - McGuire AFB11000:45
42KWRI - KGONMcGuire AFB - Groton-New London14000:57
43KGON - KACKGroton-New London - Nantucket Meml.8900:36
44KACK - KBOSNantucket Meml. - Logan Intl.7800:32
45KBOS - KLEWLogan Intl. - Auburn-Lewiston Mun.10600:43
46KLEW - KBHBAuburn-Lewiston Mun. - Hancock-Bar Harbor Mun.8700:35
47KBHB - KHULHancock-Bar Harbor Mun. - Houlton Intl.10200:41
48KHUL - CYCHHoulton Intl. - Miramichi11100:45
49CYCH - CYGPMiramichi - Gaspe11300:46
50CYGP - CYLPGaspe - Mingan9200:38
51CYLP - CYNAMingan - Natashquan9100:37
52CYNA - CYIFNatashquan - St. Augustin13400:54
53CYIF - CYYRSt. Augustin - Goose Bay14200:57
54CYYR - BGBWGoose Bay - Narsarsuaq67304:30
55BGBW - BIRKNarsarsuaq - Reykjavik66704:27
56BIRK - EKVGReykjavik - Vagar41602:47
57EKVG - EGPAVagar - Kirkwall22701:32
58EGPA - EGPDKirkwall - Dyce10800:44
59EGPD - EGPHDyce - Edinburgh8400:34
60EGPH - EGNSEdinburgh - Isle of Man12000:48
61EGNS - EGTGIsle of Man - Filton17101:09
62EGTG - UK01Filton - Deenethorpe9600:39
63UK01 - UKBADeenethorpe - RAF Bassingbourn3200:14

To end Phase 1, Fly from UK01 to UKBA on your own

                                  Hop Program - Phase 2

Phase 2 is another ficticious route, a Southern adventure with great enroute scenery best flown with real time and weather conditions

 To begin Phase 2, Spawn to parking at KMCF

Hop

ICAO Codes

Departure - Arrival

Airports

Departure - Arrival

Nms

Est. Time

HH:MM

64KMCF - KMIAMacDill AFB - Miami Intl.17201:09
65KMIA - TJSJMiami Intl. - Luis Munoz Marin Intl.90806:04
66TJSJ - TFFFLuis Munoz Marin Intl. - Le Lamentin36902:28
67TFFF - TTPPLe Lamentin - Piarco Intl.24101:43
68TTPP - SYCJPiarco Intl. - Cheddi Jagan Intl.30702:03
69SYCJ - SBBECheddi Jagan Intl. - Val De Caes75305:02
70SBBE - SBFZVal De Caes - Pinto Martins Intl.61404:06
71SBFZ - GOOYPinto Martins Intl. - Leopold Sedar Senghor167411:10
72GOOY - GCLPLeopold Sedar Senghor - Gran Canaria80005:21
73GCLP - GMMXGran Canaria - Menara44302:57
74GMMX - LPPTMenara - Lisbon43302:54
75LPPT - EGLKLisbon - Blackbushe82805:32
76EGLK - UKBABlackbushe - RAF Bassingbourn5500:23

To end Phase 2, Fly from EGLK to UKBA on your own

                                   Hop Program - Phase 3

Lt Col Stanley Wray and his Ragged Irregulars flew this exact route between June and October of 1942 as the 91st was transfered from MacDill to Bassingbourn.

Must be flown in real time with real weather updating every 15 minutes to experience the same conditions these brave men faced

This Phase begins to develop Formation skills and all legs must be flown with at least 1 other aircraft in Formation

1

                   2        

To begin Phase 3, Spawn to parking at KCMF

 

Hop

ICAO Codes

Departure - Arrival

Airports

Departure - Arrival

Nms

Est. Time

HH:MM

77KMCF - KALWMacDill AFB - Walla Walla Regl.200913:24
78KALW - KBOIWalla Walla Regl. - Boise Air Terminal Gowen17601:11
79KBOI - KMTCBoise Air Terminal Gowen - Selfridge ANGB145409:42
80KMTC - KBGRSelfridge ANGB - Bangor Intl.62204:09
81KBGR - CYQXBangor Intl. - Gander Intl.63304:14
82CYQX - EGPKGander Intl. - Prestwick183712:15
83EGPK - EGSSPrestwick - Stansted27801:51
84EGSS - UKBAStansted - RAF Bassingbourn1700:07

 

To end Phase 3, Fly from EGSS to UKBA on your own

                                Hop Program - Phase 4

On 7 December 1941, a group of 12 B-17s of the 38th (four B-17C) and 88th (eight B-17E) Reconnaissance Squadrons, en route to reinforce the Philippines, were flown into Pearl Harbor from Hamilton Field, California, arriving during the Japanese attack. Leonard "Smitty" Smith Humiston, co-pilot on First Lieutenant Robert H. Richards' B-17C, AAF S/N 40-2049, reported that he thought the U.S. Navy was giving the flight a 21 gun salute to celebrate the arrival of the bombers, after which he realized that Pearl Harbor was under attack. The Fortress came under fire from Japanese fighter aircraft, though the crew was unharmed with the exception of one who suffered an abrasion on his hand. Enemy activity forced an abort from Hickam Field to Bellows Field, where the aircraft overran the runway and into a ditch where it was then strafed. Although initially deemed repairable, 40-2049 (11th BG / 38th RS) suffered more than 200 bullet holes and never flew again. Ten of the 12 Fortresses survived the attack

Phase 4a - The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign

We start Phase 4 historically correct but our return to route to Boeing Field is a fictitious route through the South Pacific and some great scenery

Phase 4b - The American Campaign

The second leg of Phase 4 continues through the Alaskian Aleutian Islands where Japanese forces attempt to occupy US territory 

Phase 4 will continue to hone our Formation skills and all legs must be flown with at least 2 other aircraft in Formation

1

3         2

To begin Phase 4, Spawn to parking at SRF

Hop Program - Phase 4a - The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign

Here is a link to Flight Plans for all Phase 4 and 5 hops.(Plan-G and FSX plans)

Here is a link to Phase 4 and 5 Airports modified for addition B-17G parking.

Hop

ICAO Codes

Departure - Arrival

Airports

Departure - Arrival

Nms

Est. Time

HH:MM

85SRF - PHJRHamilton - Kalaeloa (John Rodgers Field)209113:56
86PHJR - JONKalaeloa (John Rodgers Field) - Johnston Atoll70704:44
87JON - PKWAJohnston Atoll - Bucholz AAF141309:25
88PKWA - PGUABucholz AAF - Andersen AFB137309:10
89PGUA - RODNAndersen AFB - Kadena AB123208:14
90RODN - PWAKKadena AB - Wake Is.218514:35
91PWAK - PMDYWake Is. - Henderson Field102506:50
92PMDY - PHNGHenderson Field - Kaneohe Bay114107:37
93PHNG - PHNLKaneohe Bay - Honolulu Intl.1200:05

 

 Hop Program - Phase 4b - The American Campaign

 

Hop

ICAO Codes

Departure - Arrival

Airports

Departure - Arrival

Nms

Est. Time

HH:MM

94PHNL - PADKHonolulu Intl. - Adak203013:32
95PADK - PAAKAdak - Atka9300:38
96PAAK - IKOAtka - Nikolski AS20001:20
97IKO - PADUNikolski AS - Unalaska10000:40
98PADU - PACDUnalaska - Cold Bay15401:02
99PACD - PASDCold Bay - Sand Point7600:30
100PASD - PAPHSand Point - Port Heiden11700:47
101PAPH - PADQPort Heiden - Kodiak20501:22
102PADQ - PANCKodiak - Stevens Anchorage Intl.21901:28
103PANC - PAYAStevens Anchorage Intl. - Yakutat32302:10
104PAYA - PAGSYakutat - Gustavus13800:55
105PAGS - PAKTGustavus - Ketchikan Intl.22601:31
106PAKT - CYPRKetchikan Intl. - Prince Rupert7800:32
107CYPR - CYZTPrince Rupert - Port Hardy24301:38
108 CYZT - KBFI Port Hardy - Boeing Field 275 01: 50

 Phase 4 ends at KBFI

                                  Hop Program - Phase 5

Phase 5 must be flown with at least 3 other aircraft in Formation

1

3          2

4

 

Hop

ICAO Codes

Departure - Arrival

Airports

Departure - Arrival

Nms

Est. Time

HH:MM

110UKBA - LSGGRAF Bassingbourn - Geneva42702:51
111LSGG  - LFKJGeneva - Campo Dell' Oro28401:54
112LFKJ  - LEIBCampo Dell' Oro - Ibiza38602:35
113LEIB  - DAOLIbiza - Tafaraoui22001:28
114DAOL - DTTGTafaraoui - Gabes53403:34
115DTTG - DTTJGabes - Zarzis3400:14
116DTTJ - DTTAZarzis - Carthage 181 01:13 
117DTTA - DAUB Carthage - Biskra 251 01:41
118DAUB - DABBBiskra  - Rabah Bitat 158 01:04
119DABB - DAAVRabah Bitat - Ferhat Abbas 93 00:38
120DAAV - DABCFerhat Abbas - Mohamed Boudiaf 48 00:20 
121DABC - DAADMohamed Boudiaf - Bou Saada 131 00:53
122DAAD - DAAEBou Saada  - Soummam-Abane Ramdane 93 00:38
123DAAE - DAAGSoummam-Abane Ramdane - Houari Boumediene90 00:36
124DAAG - LEAMHouari Boumediene - Almeria 269 01:48
125LEAM - DAOOAlmeria  - Es Senia113 00:46
126DAOO - GEMLEs Senia - Melilla 117 00:47
127GEML - GMTTMelilla - Ibn Batouta 148 00:59
128GMTT - LXGB Ibn Batouta - Gibraltar 3800:15
129LXGB - LEMGGibraltar - Malaga 5200:21
130LEMG - LESO Malaga - San Sebastian 42002:48
131LESO - EGDG San Sebastian - St. Mawgan AB 44502:58
132EGDG - EGBO St. Mawgan AB - RAF Halfpenny Green162 01:05
133EGBO - EGTCRAF Halfpenny Green - Cranfield 66 00:27
134EGTC - EGWE Cranfield - Henlow AB 13 00:06
135EGWE  - UKBA Henlow AB - RAF Bassingbourn 11 00:05

  This completes the Hop Program

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