Exhibit: Royal Air Force 2000
BAe Hawk T.1A
BAe Hawk advanced trainer/ground attack aircraft. The Bae Hawk (previously referred to as the HS1182) T.1A is an advanced trainer aircraft with two crew seated in tandem with a maximum speed of 627mph, and a range of 1,575nm.
- Length: 36ft 7in
- Wing span: 30ft 9in
- Weight: empty 8,845lb, max 12,566lb
- Power: R.R. Turbomeca Adour turbofan
- Detail: s/n XX238/238, 4 FTS, RAF
Executive creator: Shigeru Tanaka
Email to: email@example.com
Flight Model: Bruno Duffort.
Copyright owner: Shigeru Tanaka
Production date: June 7 - July 28, 1999
After zooming past the Great Pyramids and Sphynx for a while I pulled up the ATC menu and found there are a few aiports close by. Re-starting I used Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002's Flight Planner to lay in a flight from Cairo International to Port Said, at the mouth of the Suez canal.
Seeing as I'm yet to plumb the mysteries of the navigational gear in FS2002, I reverted to IFR technique.
"I Follow Roads"
"I Follow Rivers"
"I Follow Railroads"
I head off at 030 degrees until I met the Suez canal and then folowed it North, passing a cargo ship at 150 feet and 400 knots. That was a buzz - especially with the virtual cockpit zoomed out one step with the " - " key to 50%.
On reaching the sea Port Said airport was off to the left and I was instructed to enter right base and land on RWY 010. I could see the lights of another aircraft to the North and the radio revealed it was a Cessna. I took my time getting set up for landing - the Hawk slows down dramatically when you lower the gear. Flap settings also dramatically affect trim - and entered a slow right turn to final. I was told by ATC to follow the aircraft in front - which I could see, still on the runway.
Now here's where the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 drags you in... at about 200 feet altitude and focussed on the approach I was suddenly told by ATC to abort the landing - "Go around", I think they said, I can't remember exactly what but I got the message!
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