Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

Category Archives: Computer Flight Sim

EASTER EGGS—INCLUDING DAVIS, OKLAHOMA

THE EASTER EGGS I have in mind are computerized treats, proofs that programmers have a sense of humor. David Pogue described several examples in “The Secret History of ‘Easter Eggs,’ … Continue reading

August 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

CODY’S BAA 1—GREAT BRITAIN’S FIRST TO FLY PART 2

SAMUEL F. CODY ENJOYED development work on his British Army Aeroplane No. 1. And I’ve enjoyed GMax/Microsoft Flight Simulator renderings of his developments. Here in Part 2, my sources expand … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

CODY’S BAA 1—GREAT BRITAIN’S FIRST TO FLY PART 1

THE FIRST RECOGNIZED POWERED, heavier-than-air, controlled, sustained flight in the United Kingdom was accomplished by Samuel F. Cody’s British Army Aeroplane No. 1 on October 16, 1908. As with many … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

GMAX REVISITED—THREE AND 108 YEARS LATER

GMAX SOFTWARE is an example of CAD, computer-aided design. Indeed, it’s a simplified sibling of Autodesk 3ds Max, a professional 3D computer graphics program. Autodesk calls 3ds Max its “3D … Continue reading

May 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

AL MOONEY’S 1938 CULVER DART MODEL G

AL MOONEY’S AIRCRAFT included, among others, the Alexander Eaglerock and Bullet, the Bellanca Irish Swoop racer and its Airbus cargo plane, the Monocoupe Dart Model G and its Monocoach sibliing, … Continue reading

March 18, 2019 · 6 Comments

VOUGHT XF5U

THE XF5U “Flying Flapjack” was one of the might-have-beens of aviation history. Its designer, Charles H. Zimmerman, was a talented aerodynamicist and member of NACA, the National Advisory Committee for … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

A QUEST FOR LATERAL CONTROL: THE GOUPY II

EARLIEST AIRCRAFT were on a quest for control, especially laterally, from side to side, in roll. Wing warping was one choice; ailerons were another. Major court cases ensued (for the … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 5 Comments