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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002

My first flight

After an uneventful takeoff I wandered in a generally North east direction until I picked up the East to West motorway and Prospect reservoir where I turned East to have a look at the Olympic stadium at Homebush Bay.
To my disappointment it wasn't there.

Olympic Stadium image © MiGMan

Olympic Stadium image - photo by MiGMan

However I could see the Sydney C.B.D. off to the East and the main bridges seemed to be there. But first I wanted to head up to the Northern Beaches. Recreating a coastline is a pretty demanding task fro a flight sim. I remember the first "realistic" coastlines in US Navy Fighters

US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims. US Navy Fighters- circa 1995. When I say realistic - well - they didn't resemble the actual coastlines but they did have generic beaches and rocky outcrops - check it out here - US Navy Fighters. Well standards had gone up since then and in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002I expected reality!

Around Sydney in a Cessna

What I found wasn't "reality" but it ws pretty good. I could follow the main roads and waterways and the particularly complex lagoons and inlets on Sydney's Northern Beaches were recognisable. The main thing lacking was elevation data. This is a very hllly region in real life - a bit flat in the sim. So it seems there is still work for the 3rd party add-on publishers!

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