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Category Archives: Computer Flight Sim

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

A “SPRUCE GOOSE” FANTASY

HOWARD HUGHES disliked the term “Spruce Goose” for what he preferred to call the Hughes Flying Boat. And indeed, spruce was only one of the woods used in the Hercules … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · Leave a comment