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Exhibit: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002

Crimean Peninsula - better than Su-27 Flanker 2.0?

Having spent some time flying Su-27 Flanker 2.0 recently I thought I'd see how Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 rendered the Crimean peninsula.

The first notable difference was that Microsoft only offer ONE airport - Simferopol. Su-27 Flanker 2.0 models about a dozen military airbases in quite some detail.

Secondly, the cultural artifacts are nonexistent, at least I couldn't find any bridges or buildings.



Cultural Artifacts in Su-27 Flanker 2.0
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TOP : Sevastopol in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002
BOTTOM : Sevastopol in Su-27 Flanker 2.0

Thirdly, the terrain is modelled about about the same standard in both sims, which is to say - pretty accurately! Not that I've been to the Crimea but the landscape is detailed enough for me to easily navigate by reference ot a real pilot's navigation chart. Of course these comparisons aren't strictly fair since Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 attempts to model the whole world and Su-27 Flanker 2.0 only one theatre.

So there you are - the Microsoft offering is ready to go for combat fans - except there are no weapons allowed. Hmmm ... there is Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 3 due out in 2002 - but that won't model fighter radar. What the heck - why reinvent the wheel!

Crimea in Su-27 Flanker 2.0 Crimea in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002

Crimea in Su-27 Flanker 2.0 | Crimea in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002

Crimea in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002
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Just East of Khersones on the Southern tip of the peninsula in a MiG-29 from the Luftwaffe Collection (1999)

Crimea in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002
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Approaching the South - East corner of the Crimean Peninsula in a MiG-29 from the Luftwaffe Collection