Peter Inglis in an RAAF F-111 at Amberley Air Force base, 1995.
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March 29th, 2002

Jagdverband 44 - Screaming Eagles was released in 1999 by Hammer Technologies. Translated into English it means "Hunting Group ' 44" and features the Luftwaffe super-weapons. Francisco J. Campos points out : "Flight sims always have high sales in Spain and a videogame shop isn't complete here without a specific simulation section. That's why, at the end of 1999, when I heard first time about Jagdverband 44 - Screaming Eagles I jumped for joy. The bad thing about being a flight sim collector is that you buy everything just for the sake of having it... and sometimes you get bad surprises in nice boxes! " Despite Francisco's feelings about the quality, a flight sim is a flight sim so we covered it in the Museum's usual detail (over 60 pages). Flyable aircraft are :
  • Avro Lancaster
  • B-17 Flying Fortress
  • B-24 Mitchell
  • Bachem Ba-349
  • Douglas Dakota
  • Henschel HS-132
  • Horten
  • Junkers Ju-88
  • Messerschmidt Me-163 Komet
  • Messerschmidt Me-262
  • Messerschmidt Bf-109
  • P-47 Thunderbolt
  • P-51 Mustang
  • Spitfire Mk-IX
  • Typhoon
Jagdverband 44 - Screaming Eagles

BAe MR2P Nimrod in RAF 2000

Royal Air Force 2000
I added the BAe MR2P Nimrod to Royal Air Force 2000. " A Derivative of the DH Comet developed as a successor to the ageing Shackleton, The Nimrod first flew in May 1967and entered service in 1968 as the MR1. 35 were upgraded to MR2 Standard and were delivered from August 1979. " I've yet to look at the Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator (1998) campaign - the arrival of my Thrustmaster H.O.T.A.S. Cougar threw a spanner in my flight testing regime!! - BAe MR2P Nimrod

Strike Commander - Heart of Darkness?

Strike Commander

It's hard to believe today but I the public (including myself) was absolutely awestruck by the graphics in in this sim in 1993.I know one (Danish) fellow who upgraded his PC about 9 times in order to play it! To quote the creator, Chris Roberts: "To make RealSpace truly revolutionary we decided to gamble on two major graphics techniques: Gouraud shading and texture mapping. Both of these techniques are used extensively on high-end military flight simulators costing millions of dollars.. . .. our biggest mistake was thinking that we could achieve all of this in a single year." - Chris Roberts: "Recently, I watched the film Heart of Darkness.. "

FREE AREA (note that the entire content of the Museum is free to read now).

Sims written for Japanese PCs

Friend of the Flight Sim Museum - Satoshi "Bin" Hiranuma
Satoshi "Bin" Hiranuma hails from Nagoya in Japan and his website opened a new world to me - that of simulators written for the Japanese market and running on Japanese PC's.

AVIONICS  for PC combat flight simulation - Japanese Flight Simulation - -  >> 2010 update - web page gone << 

Specs :

Australia is first in the world to get hands on with the Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar Thrustmaster Cougar H.O.T.A.S.
Thrustmaster H.O.T.A.S. Cougar. I just had to say that. It's not often we get anything first down here! What can I say about it?
  • it's great
  • it's heavy
  • it's solid
  • versatile
I've been neck deep in Su-27 Flanker 2.0 since I got the unit and I have to say the spring tension (about 18 lbs) really helps create the illusion of flying a 30,000 lb beast! More next week on this.