"One of the cool things about Microsoft Flight Simulator is the ability to do multiplayer flights with other players over the internet. I have done quite a few of these, most often group flights where we explore some interesting part of the world while we talk about flying or other things, over Discord or Skype. I've also done flights with my Australian friend Pete (a.k.a. "MiGMan"), often testing out routes in his ongoing MiGMan's World Tour (MMWT) Series. This is an enjoyable social aspect of flight simulation, where airplane nerds can talk with other airplane nerds about airplanes as they pretend to fly them!"
Recently I did some flying in Wales with my friend "MiGMan." We tried out a new "low and slow" airplane on his flight plan from Cardiff (EGFF) and then went back to our usual Italian jet trainers, this time with a new custom paint job.
Charles H. Cook flew a B-24D named "Cookie" with the 90th Bombardment Group in the southwest Pacific in 1942-1943. At that time, Allied forces were greatly outnumbered, and Japanese invasion of New Guinea and Australia was a very real threat. Bruce Irving has interviewed Charlie Cook and composed this valuable record of his aviation career. The entire article is also available for free download.
Sherman ""Tank"" Baldwin, the author of Ironclaw, completed his 2-1/2 years of Navy pilot training in December 1990, just prior to the start of Desert Storm. He reported to the USS Midway as a nugget pilot of the EA-6B Prowler.
This 2003 book is a sort of "oral history" of the BoB, little on the strategy/politics and hardware, mostly personal stories based on conversations, old letters, diaries, etc. of the fighter boys themselves. Plenty of flying and action, but focused on the personal stuff.
I still felt that some of my landing problems are controls related so I went looking. This guy is long winded but the gist is to find flight_model.cfg (I think) for your aircraft. Save a backup copy then edit elevator_effectiveness from 1 to maybe 0.1 and similar for pitch and rudder. Fast forward to find this part of vid. Then set the sensitivity to 0.0 so all are back to linear with no dead zone (for me). With my stick, this makes it feel and act much more realistic to me in the XCUB and C152.
"Other screen caps by me, FlyingSinger,
with standard Orbiter 2005 installation, plus high-resolution ""level 9"" earth textures, well worth installing (free of course, all Orbiter stuff is, amazingly, free).
(dates on page look old but tutorials work with 2005 version, worth installing from two zip files, probably the best intro to the basics, conversational style, starts on Mars, less gravity and atmosphere to deal with than earth - print it out and go find Phobos!)
A colorful picture book about humans going to Mars, how they might realistically go about this, and where this might lead in the future.
The missions were simulated with specially developed add-ons in the freeware Orbiter space flight simulator, and most of the graphics are screen captures from Orbiter, though some are real photos from NASA. Intended for ages 10 to adult, the book includes an appendix with details for each page, including information on the add-ons used in Orbiter to create the images.
"Here are some Apollo 14 pics from a tutorial on recreating Apollo missions.
The craft is a few years old now but still cool (the look is still much the same - I downloaded a lot of the Apollo stuff but have not tried any yet, as I'm still trying to achieve the orbit I want and maneuver with thrusters).
The addon people for this thing are maniacs, and the Forum is the one of the most multinational I have ever seen -- 12 year old kids in India to retired USAF guys in Colorado to all sorts of people around Europe, some Australia, etc.
"Orbiter (available from www.orbitersim.com) is a freeware space flight simulator for the PC that is fun, powerful, realistic, expandable, and educational. The download page directs you to several "mirror" sites that actually host the program zip files. "
I have always enjoyed reading military novels and techno-thrillers, especially those in which air combat figures heavily. I also enjoy building and flying missions for combat flight sims. A few years back I decided to combine these interests and build some missions based on scenes from a few of my favorite military action novels.
Something about the lighting and rendering in this sim just blows my mind -- although European Air War is very "painterly" (as you said in the museum, like flying in a Robert Taylor painting), Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2 is approaching photo-realism.
So I spent a good 90 minutes orbiting the earth for the views in the ISS (usually at 10-100x time warp) while listening to some classical theme music. So far I've been pretty literal - Strauss's Blue Danube - Holst's Planets - Mozart's Jupiter Symphony -- all seem suitable for space. I also have the Ravel Daphne and Chloe (suite), very nice moon mood music.
Bushtalk Radio Landmarks: 5800+ POIs for MSFS and LittleNavMap
" It is so cool to combine my love of geography, of learning new things, AND flying into one cool enhancement. I've added 43 POI's so far and learned about places I now hope to visit IRL once that becomes a thing again. One source of POI and flight ideas for me is the Bing wallpaper app on Windows 10. It puts up a photo of some place in the world, and if looks like it would be cool from the air, I fly there and make a POI. I've also revisited the s universities I've attended and places I visited as a child. Very nostalgic and amazing that MSFS is detailed enough to support this sort of thing. Now that I no longer fly as a pilot OR passenger (someday...), this is a great way to explore this amazing world." - Flying Singer
Sectional charts for the USA. Great to have displayed in your home cockpit!
Have you seen this site? It’s US charts only and I don’t think it’s set up for flight planning per se, but it’s great to have a zoomable sectional chart right on my iPad or PC for general orientation and planning. I used to buy these things on paper for my region and others like when I flew in California. The density and clarity of information on these charts is a work of aviation art!'