Peter Inglis in an RAAF F-111 at Amberley Air Force base, 1995.
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December 15th, 2001

History of Flight Sims Part 3

As promised here is part 3 of Len "Viking 1" Hjalmarson's 20 Years of Military Flight Simulations on the PC : Combatsim.com founded, 3D wars heat up, Voice Control!, SimHQ.com founded, European Air War, DEBRIEF, F15, WW2 Fighters, Total Air War, Microsoft's first Combat sim, The Pace picks up, Falcon 4.0, USAF, Enemy Engaged, Su-27 Flanker 2.0, 3DFX and Nvidia, AMD, Nations, F/A-18 by Janes, Helicopters, Combat Flight Sim 2, Jetfighter 4:
History of Military Flight Simulations on the PC: The Mature Years 1997 - 2000

A free sim ignites a passion

""My first experience ever with a flight sim was when I had a job in the media department of a Toronto advertising agency doing research runs on an original IBM XT. Hiding in the corner with all of the other computer documentation was a copy of Microsoft's Flight Simulator 1- I guess the computer store threw it in for free?"
Read more about Mark's love affair with sims here: Mark Hermonat

Still experimenting

Mark Hermonat was already known to the Flight Sim Community as one of the driving forces behind Game Tool Technologies. GTT has gone but Mark is still experimenting with sims: "I am slowly developing my own sim. Nothing fancy, nothing cutting edge. Just something to fool around with to learn the various aspects of a flight sim. Spectrum Holobyte's Falconwas the basis for the landscape. It is modelled in detail down to the three airbases, all of the mountains and even the suspension and cantilever bridges. Those nostalgic for that sim may have fun exploring the world here."
Experimental Flight Simulator

Seems to fly by miracle force!

Satoshi "Bin" Hiranumais chronicling Japanese sims and has provided info on this sim from Systemsoft.: " It seems to fly by miracle force from another universe. The shape of level flight envelope is far different from real aircraft."
Super Air Combat

Rudder pedals working with a USB joystick

Bob Church has devised a way to get your separate rudder pedals working with a USB stick. I was hanging out for this so I could get my Thrustmaster Rudder Pedalsworking in tandem with the Top Gun Afterburner II. - Bob Church's Rudder fix

Mech My Day II

I was really looking forward to trying MechCommander 2. It promised all the elements of MechCommandertransformed into the 3-D type of game engine which is de rigeur for strategy games nowadays. Also I had just taken possession of a Hercules 3D Prophet III Titanium 500graphics accelerator card so I was ready for some spectacular graphical effects! - MechCommander 2

New Graphics Card links

I updated the Links to Graphics Card Manufacturers