Exhibit: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
Purpose-built by British Manufacturer deHavilland to win the MacRobertson Maidenhall to Melbourne race for 10,000 Australian pounds, the DH-88 Comet looks like a speed demon to this day. Made entirely of wood (except for the engines and landing gear), the Comet carried all of its fuel in the fuselage ahead of the cockpit. This allowed for very thin, dagger-like wings... and very limited forward visibility.
Using barely a third of the horsepower available to the DC-2 that served as their stiffest competition, deHavilland engineers had to keep the Comet light and sleek at all costs -- hence the anorexic wings. The red "Grosvenor House" Comet that won the MacRobertson made its inaugural voyage just 11 days before the race. The pilots fought sleeplessness and engine trouble for the last half of the three-day marathon, but still made it in...on one engine.
Descriptions from - www.microsoft.com/games/flightsimulator/aircraft.asp >> 2009 update - web page is gone <<
These images were taken using a GeForce 6600 GTgraphics card,
on a Pentium-4 - 3 GHz - rigged for silent running