• On Tour With The World's Greatest FS Fanatics

    On Tour With The World's Greatest FS Fanatics

    By Bill Smith

    The term "flight simulation" was the first that I ever typed into an internet search engine way back in 1997. I was astonished to discover back then how many web sites were dedicated to this pastime and how many smart and generous people there were who shared my passion for PC-based flying.

    I could not have foreseen then how I would come to be connected with these people or the welcome that I would receive when I eventually travelled half way around the world from my home in Australia to meet them in person. Our shared passion for flight simulation has taken me (and my long suffering family) to some of the most fantastic aircraft facilities in the world and we have been hosted by people who initially only knew me from email correspondence.

    In this article I'll share some of the experiences I have enjoyed and introduce you to some of the people who helped make it happen. Let's start at the beginning.

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    10 Comments
    1. swanny's Avatar
      swanny -
      Now we need Peter to write that piece about visiting Hans in German!
    1. alastairmonk's Avatar
      alastairmonk -
      Fantastic article ! Probably the best videos I've seen, ever, in the history of time !

      But then I'm biased ...

      Alastair
    1. aviat fast's Avatar
      aviat fast -
      Outstanding! Big thanks to Tony for introducing you to our beautiful state of Oregon and a chance to go to one of the premier aviation museums of the world.
      SB (from beautiful central Oregon).
    1. trad's Avatar
      trad -
      I strongly suspect that this piece was authored by an imposter and not by the renowned flightsim raconteur, bon vivant and all around crackpot named in the byline. The palpable lack of sarcasm, obfuscation and insults to Lefty are a dead giveaway.
    1. billsmith's Avatar
      billsmith -
      I clicked on the "trad" link for more information only to discover "trad has not made any friends yet"
      Why does this not surprise me?
    1. trad's Avatar
      trad -
      He's too busy trying to build his Facebook following to double digits and training for his plan to hop across Oregon on his left leg.
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      If you want to make friends you should start by getting rid of that boring gray head in your profile :-)
    1. swanny's Avatar
      swanny -
      It's okay TRad, I went for an "exciting" avatar and still don't have any friends. Oh well.
    1. trad's Avatar
      trad -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nels_Anderson View Post
      If you want to make friends you should start by getting rid of that boring gray head in your profile :-)
      Don't you have to have hair to be gray?

      (Beware the covert agents of subterfuge who lurk in the shadows posting photos of their unwary prey)
    1. trad's Avatar
      trad -
      Quote Originally Posted by swanny View Post
      It's okay TRad, I went for an "exciting" avatar and still don't have any friends. Oh well.
      I figured my best chance was NOT posting a photo :-)
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