Peter Inglis in an RAAF F-111 at Amberley Air Force base, 1995.
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December 7th, 2001

History of Flight Sims Parts 1 and 2

Len Hjalmarson

Len Hjalmarson put together a great history of Flight sims - this first part runs from 1971 to the beginning of 3DFX. A History of Military Flight Simulations on the PC

Free manuals on the web

Free manuals on the web - from civil aviation to AH-64 Apache and F-16 manuals.

Caricature artist extraordinaire!


Rob "Bomber" Henderson Check out Rob's reminiscences of a whole swag of 1980's sims - then duck over to his website and enjoy his aircraft caricature art which has a focus on those British types!

Vicarious thrills


Cliffhanger- Whenever I want a huge adrenaline rush - to pit my flesh and sinew against the unforgiving precipice - to push my body to the limit of endurance - and beyond .. then I make a nice cuppa and watch Stallone in Cliffhanger.

Realistic hangliding

Microflight started out as a project by Ilan Papini to create a realistic sim for gliding, hangliding and ultralight fun. The open architecture has encouraged a host of addons so you can now do everything from ride a bicycle around San Francisco to fly an ultralight down the Grand Canyon: Microflight

Museum hosts the Indian Scenery for F/A-18 Super Hornet

F/A-18E SuperHornet by Digital Integration - 1998

The Indian scenery update disappeared from it's original home and after Edge helped me locate it again I decided to house it in the Museum at F/A-18E Super Hornet patches and scenery

No pilot voice patch

F/A-18E Super Hornet patches and scenery

Saitek X-36 analog config file

F/A-18E Super Hornet patches and scenery

Bond - That's James Bond!

Aircraft, aerial stunts, Jet Fighters, seaplanes, helicopters, Gyrocopters, Mini-Jets... it seems every Bond movie features some air action. And let's not forget the plethora of gadgetry! In the interests of science I hit the local video-rama and revisited these classics. I thought I'd seen them all, but not so!
  • 1963 - Dr. No
  • 1964 - From Russia with Love
  • 1964 - Goldfinger
  • 1965 - Thunderball
  • 1967 - You Only Live Twice
  • 1969 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • 1971 - Diamonds are Forever
  • 1973 - Live and Let Die
  • 1974 - Man with the Golden Gun
  • 1977 - The Spy Who Loved Me
  • 1979 - Moonraker
  • 1981 - For Your Eyes Only
  • 1983 - Octopussy
  • 1983 - Never Say Never Again
  • 1985 - A View to a Kill
  • 1987 - The Living Daylights
  • 1989 - Licence to Kill
  • 1995 - Golden Eye
  • 1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies
  • 1999 - The World is not Enough
Begin here: James Bond

Falcon series refurbished

I refurbished all the Falcon exhibits and added an image of the HUD in Falcon 3.0. For 1991 it seemed incredibly complex but compare it to the cockpits in later sims like F/A-18E Super Hornet or even F-15 by Janes Combat Simulations.

Versions of the classic F-16 combat flight sim "Falcon":
F-16 Fighting Falcon - 1985
Falcon AT
Falcon 2.2 - the Mac version
Falcon 2.5
Falcon 3.0
Falcon 4.0
Falcon 4 Allied Force

Falcon 4.0 gets a Super upgrade

Falcon 4.0

The release of the Falcon 4.0 Superpaktempted me back to this iconic sim. Here's some info to whet your appetite as I get under the hood of the Falcon again - Falcon 4.0

New hardware - Geforce 3

I finally got my hands on the top-of-the-line gaming card - a Geforce 3 with 64 MEG of DDR ram. He he he. Does it make a difference to the sims? Yep. The extra smoothness in Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2meant I was strafing and dogfighting with much more confidence. Look out virtual enemies! More here: Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500

Home Arcades

Food for thought for home cockpit builders. This guy - Mickster - has built his own video game arcade using PC emulators running in original arcade cabinets : Mickster's classic arcade web site - It shows what can be done these days using PC's and a bit of imagination and effort to create your own entertainment environment.