Flight Simulator Screen Shots

 
The Golden Gate Bridge (near San Francisco), as seen from the cockpit of a Mooney Bravo. You can click on this picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return.   A Beechcraft Baron on approach to Metro Oakland International in Oakland, California. You can click on this picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return.

 
Parked on the ramp at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. My airplane is the Cub in the middle (since it has tail numbers); the other two airplanes are autogenerated. The Oshkosh airport has dozens of airplanes parked on the grass, plus lots of tents and booths, to simulate the Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in.   A DC-3 parked on the ramp at Seattle-Tacoma International, the default airport. This is where I park the DC-3 after I land.

 
I'm flying the Cub, and a huge 747 is number two behind me. It's fun to fool around with the autogenerated air traffic—if you cut in line in front of a 747 and jam on the brakes, the 747 pulls up as close as it dares and stops. Then when you move ahead a few feet, the 747 moves ahead a few feet. If you hold up traffic for too long, though, the autogenerated traffic suddenly disappears. Autogenerated traffic waiting to depart automatically disappears after a few minutes, so in case you're at the end of the line, you won't have to wait forever. Sometimes Flight Simulator autogenerates a large amount of departing traffic, depending on the airport and time of day.   This is a posed shot at Princess Juliana International on the Caribbean island of Saint Maarten, in the Netherlands Antilles. This airport is well-known to airplane spotters, because the huge airplanes skim over a public beach at very low altitude just before landing, affording good close-up views of landing aircraft. The sign warns people on the beach to watch out for the jet blast.

 
A lineup of expensive airplanes (including my King Air) at Sion Airport in Switzerland. It's fun to fly through the deep mountain valleys in Switzerland, but you need an airplane with robust climb capabilities in case a valley dead ends and you have to climb your way out of it. The King Air does very well.  


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