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- What's Free - Play game for 60 minutes.
- File Size - 172 MB
- Play It On - Win XP
Realistic Flight Sim
Looking for a truly high-quality flight simulator that also happens to be free? Well, search no longer because you've just discovered FlightGear!
With FlightGear you get an open source flight simulator that is in many ways right up there with its expensive commerical counterparts, such as Microsoft's Flight Simulator.
FlightGear is definitely no slouch when it comes to recreating the flying experience and you might be surprised by its attention to detail and commitment to realism. It's also one of the few simulators out there that will run on almost every major OS platform (Windows, Linux, Mac, UNIX), and it doesn't even demand bleeding edge hardware to run well either.
All in all, FlightGear is a feature-packed, top-tier simulator that just might bring out the ace pilot in you. Be sure to download it take your favorite bird up for a few test flights.
Official Features List:
- Over 20,000 real world airports included in the full scenery set.
- Accurate runway markings and placement, correct runway and approach lighting.
- Taxiways available for many larger airports
- Sloping runways (runways change elevation like they usually do in real life.)
- Accurate terrain worldwide, based on the most recently released SRTM terrain data.)
- Scenery includes all vmap0 lakes, rivers, roads, railroads, cities, towns, land cover, etc.
- Nice scenery night lighting with ground lighting concentrated in urban areas (based on real maps) and headlights visible on major highways. This allows for realistic night VFR flying with the ability to spot towns and cities and follow roads.
Download Hundreds of Additional Aircraft!
FlightGear only comes with a few aircraft models in the initial download. However, you can downloads hundreds of additional aircraft. Choose which models you want to fly including all kinds of planes throughout aviation history. FlightGear aircraft downloads
- FlightGear Flight Simulator's earliest stable release date was on July 17, 1997.
- FlightGear began as a freelance project by an independent developer named David Murr. It has since gone on to become a large open-source project put together by a great number of volunteers.
- This flight simulator is freely available for Windows, Mac and Linux systems.
- Modders have produced over 400 different kinds of aircraft that can be downloaded outside of the main package. They include a variety of commercial airplanes, biplanes, fighter jets, helicopters, and Zeppelin airships.
- FlightGear has been used as a research tool by a wide variety of professional and educational organizations, including India's Aeronautical Development Agency, Buffalo's Veridian Engineering Division, Pennsylvania State University's Department of Aerospace Engineering, and even NASA.
- FlightGear is considered to be such a good flight simulator, that it has been directly used as a source for several commercial products like Flight Pro Sim and Pro Flight Simulator.