• Member Focus: Sean McLeod

    Member Focus: Sean McLeod

    Sean McLeod

    Sean, could I being by asking how you got involved in flight simulation?

    The earliest memory I have is using Microsoft Flight Simulator on our family's PC, in the early to mid-1980s. That was the very first flight sim program I had the opportunity to fly.

    My imagination was of course fuelled by the fascination of aircraft in general. There was a healthy dose of wonder and enjoyment of old military/aviation themed movies and TV shows that would appear on the TV afternoon special: Baa Baa Black Sheep, The Blue Max, Flying Tigers, of course Top Gun, was never a big Iron Eagle fan, Catch 22, 1941, Kelly's Heroes, The Dirty Dozen, Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, The Sand Pebbles...the list goes on.



    What is your best flight simulation memory?

    Well from the early days, I was enthralled when a friend acquired Their Finest Hour, a LucasFilm Games production. I saved my paper route earnings and for the first time bought myself a software program - mail order - A-10 Tank Killer by Dynamix; I was obsessed. A short time later when LucasFilm released Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe I had saved enough paper route money and bought it for myself as well. I also acquired a Thrustmaster X-Fighter control stick to better enjoy the flight sims.

    I dabbled with early Falcon, Stealth Fighter F-117 2.0, and some Jane's titles.

    At some point I discovered an advert for X-Plane in the back of an aviation catalogue; X-Plane became my Eleanor of the computer flight sim world. At the time it was still RGB graphics and listed for $200USD but the idea that a regular person at home could have the power to build any aircraft shape they wanted and have it perform with a reasonable amount of accuracy on their PC made my mind reel with possibilities.

    It was around 1999 by the time I could afford the $200 to order (still mail order!) myself a copy of X-Plane. A short while later Laminar dropped the price to a more consumer-level $70...doh! Ultimately I didn't care, I thought it was worth every penny.

    I've been an X-Plane devotee ever since. Sure I've had some fun along the way with Crimson Skies, Fly!, Aces High and LOMAC but I always have been rooted in X-Plane.

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    2 Comments
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Thanks for all your X-Plane 11 conversions Sean, they are very much appreciated :-)
    1. Sean McLeod's Avatar
      Sean McLeod -
      You're welcome, Dom, I'm glad lots of people are enjoying them and the aircraft models aren't disappearing as the sim advances.
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