Mirage Aircraft for
A year has passed already. It was on November 28th, 1999 that I officially kicked off
this website. Fueled partly by my extreme interest in the subject matter, but more so
because there was nothing else like it out there among the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of
Flight Simulator related sites on the Internet.
I started out with about a dozen or so aircraft consisting of a few each Mirage IIIs, 5s,
and F1s. It has now grown to seven major types with over sixty aircraft now available
The Scenery and Panel sections have grown as well. The Links have also grown quite a bit
which just shows that there is an immense amount of information (most of it useful <g>)
available on the Internet. And all of it accessible thanks to an ever increasing number
of search engines. In fact, in the case of the latter I am always pleasantly surprised to
see this website referenced very near the top when searching for "Mirage", "Aircraft",
and/or "Flight Simulator".
This past week the website had its 25,000 visitor. The previous month it received another
award for website design and efficiency. And it consistently ranks among the Top 100 FS
sites at simFlight.com (not necessarily a good thing once you know how that works).
But the purpose of this page is not meant to be an opportunity for me to toot my own horn.
The real purpose is to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this site; those who have
made their work freely available for the enjoyment of others.
I'd like to thank the aircraft and flight model designers (listed in alphabetical order):
Jason Ashworth, Joël Branchu, Thomas Chao, Anton Coetzee, Vasco Ferreir, Yves Franckart, Paul Kimberling,
Washington F. de A. Kuhlmann Jr., Roger Lowery, Rémi Moreau, Daniel Mrawek, Alexandre Mugny, Colin Norwood,
OMC'99, Henning van Rensburg, Thierry Romain, and Marc Siméon.
I'd also like to thank the many repainters out there who have taken the designer's efforts one step further
and given us the great amount of variation in color schemes and national markings that we have:
Heitor J. Antunes, Neil Bainbridge, Eric Bressant, Spyros Diamantis, Sergio Kaiser, Francisco Fishwick López,
Marc-Antoine Manini, Gonzalo Oyarzun, Periklis Pagratis, Pierino Primavesi, Sigfrid Roig, Nicolas Sepúlveda,
Neels Smit, and Cherar Suarez.
I've had the pleasure of corresponding with many of those mentioned above to obtain permission to display
their aircraft and also to find out what projects they are working on. They've been very open and I've
passed this along on the What's New (Quoi de neuf?) pages and an occasional Preview page for a particular
aircraft I've been lucky enough to have an advance look at. You know who you are and I thank you.
Looking at well-made aircraft is one thing but flying them is another. Many of those named among the
designers above have also given us very realistic flight models so we can see just how demanding a supersonic
fighter is to handle. Having realistic instrument panels takes it even further towards being "as real as
it gets". Thanks to Dave Haskell, Johann Ludwig, Mike McCormack, and Michel Polski
for their impressive Mirage panels.
Not to be overlooked, the scenery designers who have provided military air bases for France, Europe, and other
parts of the world where the Mirage is flown. Too many to name but certainly appreciated.
Now a couple of especially deserved Thank You's. First to Michel Gérard, who has provided
many very interesting and equally informative articles on the Mirage in French Armée de l'Air service as well as
translating the What's New page to correct French for the Quoi de neuf? page. This has saved me from having
to use the embarrassingly incorrect translators found online.
And secondly a Thank You to the team of Simvol.org (Marc, René, Jean-Pierre, and Jacky) who's brief mention
of this website* brought it to the attention of the European, and more specifically the French, Flight Simulator community.
|Since we webmasters love statistics...|
|Highest Day of the Week||Sunday|
|Monthly Average Unique Visitors||1453|
|Highest Month Unique Visitors||2111 in Aug, 2000|
|Daily Average Unique Visitors||66|
|* Highest Day Unique Visitors||203 on 05 Jun 2000|
|Europe Unique Visitors||28.07% (3265)|
|North America Unique Visitors||22.80% (2653)|
|South America Unique Visitors||2.45% (286)|
|Asia Unique Visitors||1.68% (196)|
|Australia Unique Visitors||1.59% (186)|
|Africa Unique Visitors||1.04% (121)|
|Geo-Unknown Unique Visitors||42.32% (4922)|
And last but not least, a Thank You to the folks at www.flightsimmers.net who have provided the free hosting of this website.
This next year looks promising as well with several projects in the works. So make a bookmark and be sure and stop by again.
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