Fun in the Hurricane.
--/o\-- Finally managed a reasonable take-off --/o\-- To formate or not to formate, that is the question!
--/o\-- Tally Ho!
--/o\-- The cliffs of Dover
--/o\-- St. Margaret's Cathedral
--/o\-- Landing... they can buff that out!
Curtiss P-55 Ascender |Lockheed P-38J and P-38L Lightning | Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star | Martin B-26C (and F/G) Marauder | North American P-51B and D Mustang | Republic P-47D (early models) and P-47D-25 Thunderbolt
Dornier Do 335A-1 and Do 335B-2 | Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5 and Fw 190A-8 | Gotha Go 229A-0 | Junkers Ju 88A-4, Ju 88C-6, and Ju88P-4 | Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 and Bf 109G-10 | Messerschmitt Me 262A-21a and M2 262A-2a
de Havilland Mosquito B. IV, F.B VI, and F.B. XVIII | de Havilland Vampire I | Hawker Typhoon IB | Hawker Tempest V | North American Mitchell II (B-25C/D) and III (B-25J) | Supermarine Spitfire L.F. IXc and L.F. IXe
Nearly every notable pilot of the day flew the Vega, using the theretofore unprecedented combination of speed and range to set record after record. A short flight by MiGMan created on the release of the sim in 2004.
"Today we can easily imagine the exhilaration of that first flight, but we may not at first pause to consider the realities of the airborne experience: wooden propellors driven by bicycle chains, muslin-covered wings, an engine generating 12 horsepower. Takeoffs and landings are unpredictable at best, and the first successful flight lasted all of 12 seconds. The elegance of such astonishing success belies a crucible of self-sacrifice and daredevil perseverance."
Flyable aircraft included in Microsoft Flight Sim 2004: A century of flight
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 came loaded with historical aircraft covering the first 100 years of powered flight. Aircraft: 1903 Wright Flyer, Curtiss "Jenny", Vickers F.B.27A Vimy, Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis", Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor, Model 5B Vega from Lockheed, Douglas DC-3, deHavilland DH-88 "Comet" and the Piper J-3C-65 "Cub".
Breaking every rule in the book I fly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, through a football stadium, and frighten the diners 60 floors up in Centrepoint Tower's revolving restaurant! Oh, and it's at night in a Vought Corsair, which Microsoft thoughtfully provided for us in every copy of Flight Sim 2004.
And then I land at Sydney International Airport... probably in the wrong direction...