Mirage Aircraft for
Five Years Old
Fifth annual "year in review"...
November 28th, 2004. "The Mirage site" is five years old.
My sincere thanks to all the aircraft, panel, sound, and scenery designers, aircraft
repainters, and others who have contributed this past year and the years prior.
By sharing your creations and your interest in Mirage aircraft with the rest of us
you have made this website possible. And thanks also to those who have written
to tell about new items available and to just say "hello".
This is my second attempt at publishing this page. I have had a lot of computer
problems over the past couple of months that has severely reduced my ability to make my
own contributions to the hobby both individually and in collaboration with others.
It has also slowed down the updates of this website. In the latest mishap I lost
my original draft of this page so this is from memory.
Last year there was a decline in the number of new aircraft but this year has more
than made up for it. The reason for this was the large number of new repaints
available. There were four main contributors in this area: Mathieu Bilquey,
Jean-Marc Mangiavacca, Pierre Marchardier and Garry Smith. Well
over half of the total new aircraft can be attributed to these four.
It wasn't all repaints that produced these numbers. There were a few new aircraft
- Jason Ashworth released a new version (the fourth) of his Cheetah C to
wear a new set of textures by Jens-Ole Kjølberg.
- Warwick Carter released a new Mirage IIIO for FS2004 designed with Gmax.
He teamed up with Garry Smith who painted well over a dozen texture sets.
Jean-Marc Mangiavacca also painted several texture sets for this new aircraft.
- Roland Laborie released four Mirage aircraft/instrument panel packages this
past year: a pair of Mirage 2000C's and a pair of Mirage IV bombers.
- Phil Perrott of Alpha Simulations decided to release all of their
aircraft not specifically designed for FS2004 as freeware. This is included their
Mirage IIIC and IIIB. Pierre Marchardier of FSFrance.com painted many textures
sets for these as well as others.
- Vasco Ferreira released a Mirage F1CZ with a new instrument panel by Thinus Pretorius.
- Wim Reeger released a Super Mystère B2 that resulted in many repaints by
Jean-Marc Mangiavacca and Mathieu Bilquey.
Roland Laborie released two versions of the Mirage IV, an IVA in early bare metal and an IVP in
the camouflage scheme. Both included a new 2D instrument panel and virtual cockpit.
Alpha Simulations also released a Mirage IV this past year designed by David Bushell.
The payware package included three versions and several special effects.
The Super Mystère B2 by Wim Reeger received a lot of attention including a
new page on this website and many repaints including this
one by Mathieu Bilquey.
Jason Ashworth released a fourth version of his Cheetah C. This one was
designed specifically to use the "Flag Cheetah" textures by by Jens-Ole Kjølberg.
All of the new instrument panels this past year were bundled
with new aircraft as mentioned above. There were however several modifications to existing
panels. The majority of these were based on the Super Etendard Modernisé by Romain Lucas
and the Rafale by Cyril Pioffet. Contributors included Chris Coarse, Sonny,
Siegfried Vlaminck, and myself. One of the more important modifications was by
Siegfried Vlaminck to the Rafale panel, correcting the ecran gauche (left screen) display problem.
Another important event for instrument panels this past year was getting the interceptor radar of
Eric Marciano running again.
Pete Dowson released freeware keys for his FSUIPC software.
The Scenery page grew a little this past year. There were only two new
airbase offerings but they are all very well made and add quite a bit to the overall experience. Several
existing sceneries were updated for FS2004.
So what's on the horizon?
- Bill Holker released a new RAAF Base Butterworth, Malaysia (WMKB) scenery for use with the
Mirage IIIO by Warwick Carter.
- Christian Santoni released his interpretation of Solenzara AB (LFKS) on the Island of Corsica
in two versions: a lite (frame-rate-friendly) version a fully populated version.
- Jean-Jacques Herve updated his Lorient Lann-Bihoué BAN (LFRH) scenery.
- Philippe Jacquot updated his scenery for Base ALAT d'Etain-Rouvres (LFQE).
- Fabien Prevost updated his scenery for Cambrai-Epinoy AB (LFQI) and Reims-Champagne AB (LFSR).
- The Island of Corsica received quite a bit of attention this past year. This began with the
in the Forum at Francesim. This resulted in Landclass files by Hotshot and
VFR sceneries for the island by Toni Agramont and Alexandre Cadel.
I want to say a special thank you to a few people who have helped out with this website by providing
English to French translations of the What's New page for the
Quoi de Neuf? page. These have included Michel Gérard, Sylvain Devidal,
Mathieu Bilquey, Philippe Gillet, and Siegfried Vlaminck. Without their
help I would have to rely on the terrible online translators.
- Cyril Pioffet continues to work on his Mirage 2000. You can read more about it
I have flown the latest beta version with the complete VC (November 2004). I have painted
eight add-on textures for it, six Armée de l'Air, one Hellenic Air Force and one Indian Air Force.
Pierre Marchardier is also painting texture sets.
- Roland Laborie will be releasing a set of two-seat Mirage 2000 including the 2000D and
2000N. There may even be a 2000B trainer. You can read more about it
- Kirk Olsson will soon release his Gmax Mirage F1. He is adjusting the flight model
and waiting for me to finish the 2D instrument panel (sorry). Images are available
- Pierre Marchardier is working a vast
Armée de l'Air AI Traffic project. As part of the project I converted the Mirage 2000C by
Oxyd (because of it's low polygon count) for FS2004 but the 2000D still have visible afterburner.
Since the da Silva brothers seem to have fallen off the planet Pierre has decided to make his own 2000D
and 2000N. You can read more about it
aircraft are being designed using a CAD program but will be imported into Gmax for use with FS2004.
Pierre is also working on a new Mirage IIIC.
- fmm40fr (Fernando?) is working on a pair of low polygon Mirage 2000 for use as AI
Traffic. You can read more about it
- Thinus Pretorius is working on a new MD450 Ouragan.
- I, your humble webmaster, will be releasing my own Solenzara AB (LFKS) scenery this year.
I also have been entrusted by Jason Ashworth with the source code masters for his
Mirage IIIC/E and Cheetah C
series. Between other projects I am in the process of animating these for use with FS2004.
As usual I got a little long-winded. This next year promises to be a good one for Mirage fans.
In November our 300,000th visitor passed through the Index page. There have probably been
more because when the website is mentioned in the Forums the writers point to a particular page.
That's fine. It adds a little fudge factor to the number on the main page. Thank you
everyone for continuing to visit. If you haven't already done do so, make a
bookmark and be sure and stop by again.
I hope I didn't overlook anyone. If I did, you have my apologies. Please
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