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Category Archives: Computer Flight Sim

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 · 1 Comment

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

MILLIKEN M-1 TAKES TO THE (VIRTUAL) AIR

BILL MILLIKEN built and flew his own airplane. Maybe that’s not so remarkable, but he was a college student at the time and the year was 1933. And this is … Continue reading

September 4, 2012 · 3 Comments

VISITING “SCARIEST” AIRPORTS IN FLIGHT SIM

ACCORDING TO southern California’s Orange County Register newspaper, our local John Wayne Airport (KSNA, Santa Ana) makes the list as one of the scariest. This appellation comes from a travel … Continue reading

August 19, 2012 · Leave a comment