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Tag Archives: Microsoft Flight Simulator

A SHARP RIGHT, THEN SET ‘ER DOWN

THESE DAYS, most commercial aircraft landings are thankfully bereft of drama. A long, straight, and gentle descent. Even St. Thomas’s relatively short 7000-ft. runway comes after a gradual straight-as-an-arrow approach … Continue reading

March 8, 2018 · 10 Comments

CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR–1933

HAVING MENTIONED MY Cleveland heritage yesterday, Cubs’ fans may rightfully clamor for equal time. (Indeed, Daughter Beth and her family live in Chicago.) With them in mind, today let’s celebrate … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

PORTSMOUTH AEROCAR, PART 2

THE BEAUTY OF a good hobby is never knowing where it might lead. And so it is with my GMax/Microsoft Flight Simulator hobby and the Portsmouth Aerocar. Yesterday I offered a … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

PORTSMOUTH AEROCAR, PART 1

THIS IS a tale of post-World War II aviation optimism, the independence of India and, seven decades later, serendipity of the name Portsmouth in researching my GMax/Flight Simulator hobby. This … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

THE POTENCY OF COLOR

IT WAS the color scheme that attracted me to the Vulcan American Moth. Its photograph in Classic Airplanes of the Thirties: Aircraft of the Roaring Twenties (Flight, Its First Seventy-Five … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

CAUDRON G.3 TECHNICALITIES

I UNDERRATED technical nuances of René Caudron’s G.3, the aeroplane flown by Frenchwoman Adrienne Bolland in her 1921 conquest of the Andes. Describing the G.3, I termed it “of the … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · 5 Comments

MAPANARE—IN THE TROPICAL FOREST AND IN THE AIR

THANKS TO a Facebook colleague sharing aeronautical and flight-simulation interests, I came to learn about the mapanare, a species of pit viper found in the tropical lowlands of northern South … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 1 Comment