OK, I got you!
Thanks for your assistance, now I understand. When I first saw a VC ghost in place of the bombardier, I did not take off, just exited FF. So you are correct, I took the shot at 0 altitude standing in the water.
As you said, I saw this happen with other models, not specifically with the VC but often, prop blurred disc and exhaust effects are displayed below 100' of altitude. Once the aircraft climbs above 100' they disappear.
The Fiat Cr.32 project Gius and I are working on behaves the same way. Prop and exhaust flames are visible at about the gunsight level in 2D mode and they disappear above 100'.
It's another one of those CFS2 unsolved mysteries.......:rolleyes-new: