About MiGMan's Flight Sim Museum

From this -

Flight Simulator 1

to this -

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 - The Flight Sim Museum looks at a sample of the many thousands of free aircraft and scenery available on the web, plus links to the most popular sites.

in 20 years !

What's next ?

The internet has enabled phenomenal growth of special interest communities such as that of Flight Simulation fans and professionals.

Ranging in experience from school children to career military pilots, they all share a passion for flight.

With an internet connection the sim fan now has at his/her fingertips thousands of free aircraft and scenery enhancements for Microsoft flight sims, and amazing enhancements to military flight sims which expand the scope and shelf life of the original products by a decade in some cases.

Where does the Flight Sim Museum fit into all of this?

History of the Genre

The Flight Sim Museum provides a permanent and growing overview of the entire genre all in one conveniently organised location. In the Flight Sim Museumyou can relive the "glory days" at the click of a mouse.

Using simulations to learn about flying
Can I learn to fly in a flight sim?

Beginners - (see main index: FAQ: Sticky)

Using the virtual cockpit

Using the Virtual Cockpit

Basic Button setup for Air Combat sims

Who is it for ?

  • Beginners - (see main index: FAQ: Sticky) to the world of flight simulation.

  • Old-timers in the sim community who may be nostalgic for the really old stuff as seen in the 1980s - Civil flight sims and 1980s - Combat flight sims galleries.

  • Folks looking for fun and a chance to work up their skills, and maybe not owning the latest and most expensive Hardware.

  • , who want to research the Flight Simulation genre.

Don't have the latest hardware ?

Plenty of history but also a living museum - the Flight Sim Museum features "case studies" on "moderately old" sims ( between 2 and 10 years old ) which still have lots of value today. These include step by step instructions on how to fly the sim such as these : .... and lots more - check out the Beginners - (see main index: FAQ: Sticky)gallery for free samples..

Many of the "older" sims still fly on someone's hard drive.

They may have a particular atmosphere and ambience, or a particular aircraft or theatre - and they are inexpensive!.

Develop your skills

It is worth digging up and even installing one of the older sims to learn skills that apply to newer sims, or to take advantage of the fact that a PC that barely sucks 10 fps out of the latest sims can give you the smooth frame rate ( 25 fps plus ) you need to learn how to clinch that Air to Air gun shot or Carrier takeoff, when running 2 - 6 year old sim.

Check out recommended sims, including the older ones, here - Flight Sims by genre This information can now be found at the main index: http://index.migman.com.

Your virtual library

The ways the Flight Sim community uses uses information is at the leading edge, pushing the envelope of technology in modern life. Flight Simulation itself pushes PC technology more than any other genre and has done since before 1980.

Why else did Bill Gates acquire Bruce Artwick's fledgling company in the 1980's?

Because - he saw that Flight Simulators would eventually model the whole world, and the software and human interface devices would eventually have application in all aspects of modern life.

Bruce Artwick, programmer of Flight Simulator I and Flight Simulator II.
Bruce Artwick

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New articles
Updated Articles
Latest Weblinks
News Feeds
New articles
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News: 1998 to 2009
Old site indexes



to see what you've been missing !

The Flight Sim Museum fits into this pattern of information usage as a virtual reference, available at your fingertips 24 hours a day and free. To print the site out would require a stack of paper over a metre high!

  • Flight Sim guides and articles
  • Travel down memory lane and relive the pioneering days of PC Flight Simulation!
  • Checklists and tutorials
  • Fearless and probing analyses
  • Fun to read !
  • The whole genre
  • Over 300 Flight Sims that have been published since 1980, and a few before.

MiG-Factoids

  • The web-site www.migman.comstarted in October 1998.
  • The Flight Sim Museumoriginally fit on FOUR pages !
  • Today it houses the world's largest Museum of the PC Flight Simulation Industry.

What is in the Museum?

There are four main galleries :
  • Software Gallery
  • Library
  • Industry Guide

Free content

As of June 18, 2005 the entire content of the Flight Sim Museum and www.migman.com
is again FREE to read and view.

Note - the contents of www.migman.com are protected under the relevant international copyright laws and agreements and the material contained therein may not be reproduced in any media without the express permission of www.migman.com.

  • Mission Statement
  • Why did the website cost money to read over a certain period of time?
  • The web used to be free, what changed?
  • Can I use your pictures?
  • MiGMan in the Press

Samples of the content

  • Really USEFUL stuff in the Museum
  • In the Cockpit
  • More In the Cockpit
  • Videos -


    VIDEO - Carrier Take-off in an F/A-18E Superhornet - This information can now be found at the main index: http://index.migman.com.

    Click on the image to see the video.


  • Beginners - (see main index: FAQ: Sticky)


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Dan Crenshaw made this generous donation of classic flight sims to the Flight Sim Museum Collection.


MiGMan recommends these Air Combat books:

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Fighter Combat - Tactics and Manoeuvering by Robert Shaw

The bible of air combat. Not an easy read, but rewarding for those who want to improve their kill rate in virtual air combat. It is an actual textbook used worldwide by military pilots.

NATOPS Flight Manual for the F-4J Phantom
NATOPS Flight Manual for the F-4J Phantom

A total reprint of the 1975 F-4 Phantom manual, about 3 cm thick. Endlessly fascinating browsing for those with an interest in the nuts and bolts of military aviating.

This index is not being updated at present. Use the SEARCH facility. MM, November 2016.