Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Launch party

On an unusually grey Sydney afternoon in October 2006 I was a guest of Microsoft at the launch of their new flagship product - Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
The creme-de-la-creme of Australia's gaming journalists gathered at Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney, and embarked on a champagne flight over Sydney Harbour in a C-47, the military transport version of the Douglas DC-3.
On landing at Bankstown, Sydney's second major airport, we were treated to a hangar full of classic aircraft.
But the best was yet to come..... at the back of the hangar were two full motion cockpits. Yes, that is 360 degrees of motion with a roll rate of 360 degrees per second. I had some happy aerobatic time in there with Junglist, host of ABC Television's "Good Game".
Flight sim fans turned up dressed most appropriately and a good time was had by all.

Launch party gallery

October 2006
F-86 Sabre Jet
F-86 Sabre Jet
F-86 Sabre Jet