I have this week off for the Holidays so I'm going to take a break and spend
the time with my family. Maybe I'll work on that Solenzara scenery or repaint
some Armée de l'Air Mirage F1Cs as well. May you and your loved ones enjoy the
of Christmas. Let's all give thanks for what we have and pray for
a peaceful year in 2003.
18 December 2002 - Cyril Pioffet has ingeniously added an afterburner visual effect to
his Rafale using FX files. The result is pretty realistic
looking. Also included in the update are wingtip vapor effects similar to those used
in the Mirage 4000 released by Romain Lucas and Eric Marciano this past summer. You
can download this effects update, and the latest versions of those updates mentioned last week,
With Cyril's permission, I have made this afterburner effect available for the
Mirage 4000 released earlier by Romain Lucas. As you
may recall from Romain's description in my preview, a visual
afterburner effect could not be reproduced using GMax. Here now is a working alternative.
12 December 2002 - Cyril Pioffet has made a couple of updates to his
Rafale. The first corrects a problem with the 3D Virtual Cockpit instrument
panel going black as you zoom back, and the second update (an *.AIR file edit by Benoit M.
Dubé of Québec) makes the Rafale M compatible with Arrestor Cable
[see May 16 below for full information]. You can get
these and future Rafale updates
7 December 2002 - Cyril Pioffet has released his new Rafale
designed using GMax. Included in the package are three (actually five --
read my review) aircraft, a new panel, and a complete sound
set. This is a very nicely made aircraft a with a lot of detail included.
2 December 2002 - As promised in my annual review last week,
I will be posting the images of Mirage aircraft that folks have sent me. Here now are
a series of images from Jason Ashworth of aircraft on display at the
South Africa Air Force Museum in Pretoria. Several Mirage and Cheetah are included.
Cyril Pioffet expects to release his new Rafale in about a week. Included with be
the all black Rafale C01 (perhaps also two-tone gray?), a prototype in Company colors, and a
Rafale M in overall gray Marine colors. The latest pre-release images are available
This past week J.R. Lucariny of Brazil released a new Mirage 2000
for FS2002. This new aircraft model is painted in fictitious Força Aérea Brasileira
markings. Brazil does not operate the Mirage 2000. The download file includes an
28 November 2002 - If you live in the USA, today is Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy
the day off. Today also marks the third anniversary of this website. As you
can see below, a lot has happened this year. Please take a few moments to
read my review of the past year.
21 November 2002 - Cyril Pioffet wrote to say he has added additional paint schemes
and versions to his upcoming Rafale project with screen shots to match. Have a look
here. If you read
French you should also check out the forums at
Cyril has also included Eric Marciano's interception radar in the 3D panel.
Earlier this year Jason Ashworth of South Africa sent me a new version of his
Mirage IIIEZ. As before it wears the camouflage
colors of his home country but is now armed with a pair of Dassault/Matra JL100 rocket
launcher/fuel tanks. I have converted the visual model and textures for use in
CFS2 and have created a DP file so that the cannon and rockets (by Martin Wright) can
13 November 2002 - I almost forgot. The election is over and my
candidate won. Yeah! More news for Rafale fans.
Alexandre Cadel sent me a note the other day telling me about a new Rafale
C01 being built. The designer is Cyril Pioffet of France. The aircraft
is being built using GMax and will include a 3D cockpit. Screen shots are
Cyril Pioffet also has a Super Etendard and a Mirage 2000 in the works.
9 November 2002 - Nick Delhanidis, a graphic designer from Greece, has
been working on a fictional Hellenic Air Force display team consisting of a foursome
of Mirage F1CGs. The work is now complete (except
for a follow-on cockpit Nick plans to build) and he has made the four ship formation
available. The aircraft used for the team is Kirk Olsson's original FS2000
Mirage F1. You can view a gallery of screen shots
4 November 2002 - I've been busy helping a friend with their political
campaign. Win or lose, it's finally over tomorrow. In the meantime,
all you repainters should have a look at this article that includes a series of
Rafale paint schemes featured at
www.aircraftresourcecenter.com. This is a great website to check out --
lots of articles, galleries, and walkarounds. The tools needed to start
your own repaint are available under the link "Map files" on Oxyd's
website. Of course
with a little more work you can apply these schemes to any of the the other
Rafale by Marc Siméon, Christophe Rosenmann, and Scott
Kiefer. Just remember to get their permission before releasing.
30 October 2002 - Bernhard Behle of Germany has released a new set of
repaints for the Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria IAI
Kfir C2. Included are three texture sets; one camouflage set for the
Fuerza Aérea Colombia, and two (one is a jungle scheme camouflage and the second
is low visibility gray) for the Fuerza Aérea Ecuador. As before, the download
includes only textures. You will need the
IAI_KFIR.zip file and you will need to modify the aircraft.cfg file (see 11
October below for an example).
The very tired looking desert camouflage Mirage 4000 that stood outside the
Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Bourget Airport has been restored and repainted
in the original red, white, and blue Super Mirage 4000 demonstrator colors it
wore in the early 1980s. The restored aircraft was
exhibited on October 7th.
25 October 2002 - Barry Magann has repainted the
Mirage III0 of Jason Ashworth in the colors of 75 Squadron of the Royal
Australian Air Force. This one is in a two-tone green/gray camouflage
17 October 2002 - Pat Grange has released a new panel
for the Mirage. The panel uses bitmaps from Mirage panel photos as a background
and works with FS2000 and CFS2. It includes gauges more likely found on a
11 October 2002 - Two new repaint packages this week. Alexandru Bucur
has repainted the Mirage IIIE of Jason Ashworth in the
somewhat fictitious markings of Armée de l'Air, l'Escadron de Chasse 1/2
"Cigognes", as it appeared in the 1960's
Tanguy and Laverdure bande dessine (comic strip).
Chris Coarse (Cygnus AeroWorks)
brought to my attention a trio of Kfir repaints by Bernhard Behle of Germany.
These are for the Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria IAI
Kfir C2. The colors and markings are very fictitious but Bernhard had done
a nice job and they look good in flight. The download includes only textures.
You will need the IAI_KFIR.zip file and you
will need to modify the aircraft.cfg file (or use this one).
6 October 2002 - As part of their efforts to update inventory as newer
models are released, Phil Perrot of
Alpha Simulations has decided to make their original Mirage IIIB-RV available
as freeware. It seems like only yesterday that I was providing technical
assistance on this one. Read my review from
December 2000 and then head over to the Freeware Downloads page at Alphasim.
29 September 2002 - I've been having hardware problems so I haven't been
able to test any new aircraft this week. If you like watching the Mirage
in flight and use FS2002 you should try this add-on by Andy Newman and Serge
Baye. It is called
and enables a "fly by" view. It's very cool.
21 September 2002 - Jens-Ole Kjølberg of Norway has repainted the
Mirage 5BR by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria as
a new Mirage IIIR2Z in the markings of the South
Africa Air Force. The file set includes a much improved flight dynamics
file borrowed from Jason Ashworth's Mirage IIIEZ.
15 September 2002 - Earlier in the year Jason Ashworth made several variations of
his Mirage III at the request of folks wanting to repaint it as a specific version.
One of those has recently been released. Daniel Leahy of Australia has released a
Mirage III0 painted in the markings of 76 Squadron of the Royal
Australian Air Force. Pay a visit to the
"aussim.com" website for
more Australian military aircraft and scenery files.
Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria have released a couple of upgrades and corrections for
their Mirage aircraft.
the exhaust effect in FS2000/FS2002, and
does the same in CFS2 (includes the DP file to call the new file).
11 September 2002 - In memory of those lost on
September 11, 2001. We will never forget!
7 September 2002 - With less than 2 months to go before CFS3 is released (and we
are again restricted to a WWII Europe era game) the CFS2 folks are starting to release
more and more modern aircraft and weapons.
Chuck Dyer has released a second Mirage by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira with weapons
added. This one is the Mirage IIIDBR two-seater.
The weapons load is similar to his Mirage IIIEBR mentioned below.
For Mirage 2000 fans, Ernest Laverdure of France has released CFS2 versions of both the
unarmed single and two-seat Mirage 2000 by Oxyd/Denis and
Daniel da Silva Oliveira. Weapons included are the AM39 Exocet, AS30L, ASMP nuke,
BGL1000 smartbomb, Matra Super R530F, R550 Magic II, additional fuel tanks, pylons, and a
PDL-CT Laser designation pod. These weapons would also be appropriate for any
modern French warplane.
31 August 2002 - Chuck Dyer has taken the Mirage IIIEBR
of Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira and converted it for use with CFS2.  Included
is an Interceptor version with twin Sidewinder rails(?) and an Attack version with very
appropriate AS-37 Martel air-to-ground missiles. The flight model is way too
maneuverable but still fun.
24 August 2002 - Ricardo Ruffa has adapted part of the textures of Osvaldo
Martinetti's Mirage IIIEA with the Mirage IIID of Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria
to create a Mirage IIIDA trainer in the colors of two
Fuerza Aérea Argentina aircraft. One in tactical camouflage and the second
in an overall gray scheme. Both aircraft are included in the same download file.
Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria have released updated aircraft.cfg files for
their initial Mirage IIIEBR/IIIDBR series to add radio,
effects and lights sections. Just overwrite the original aircraft.cfg file
with the new one.
18 August 2002 - Ricardo Ruffa of Argentina has been busy repainting several
Mirage aircraft in the colors of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina. Among these are
the Mirage III of Jason Ashworth in three schemes of
tactical, flight test, and anniversary colors (in the last case Ricardo used a IIIC but I
recommend that you use his textures with the more correct IIIEA). Ricardo has
also painted an IAI Dagger and
Mirage M-5P Mara in air superiority and ground attack colors using the
aircraft of Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria.
9 August 2002 - Kirk Olsson has modified his Mirage F1C released this past May
to the specifications of the Mirage F1B two-seat trainer.
I was involved with this project and was able to influence the choice of configurations,
scheme, and guided Kirk in the reshaping of some things along the way to make it an
even more accurate Mirage F1. Four configurations are included: clean (shown
below); air-to-air with practice Matra Super 530s; centerline tank and empty wing
pylons; and all empty pylons. My idea with the empty pylon configurations was
that some enterprising CFS2 fans will produce some weapons loads. The aircraft
is painted in the markings of Escadron de Chasse 3/5 "Comtat-Venaissin", the initial
OCU for the Mirage F1. This one is a real winner.
6 August 2002 - Andrew Whitney has produced a fictitious repaint of the
new Romain Lucas Mirage 4000 in the tactical
camouflage colors of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina.
1 August 2002 - T.Sima has repainted another of Denis and Daniel da
Silva Oliveria's Mirage based aircraft. This time he has selected the
IAI Kfir C2 and finished it in the early camouflage
colors flown by the Israel Air Force.
I have been informed that Flightsimmers.net will be closing down this month.
If you have been using the old web address of
http://www.flightsimmers.net/airbase/mirage please note that this website
has a new web address of http://www.mirage4fs.com. In just a few
days you will no longer be able to access this website through the old address.
Please update your bookmarks.
28 July 2002 - Francis Ponvert of France has released a new panel for
the Mirage F1. It includes some bitmaps from Mike McCormick's original
Mirage F1 panel but includes a new layout and
many more gauges. It is designed for FS2002 and can be integrated
seamlessly with the Virtual Cockpit in Kirk Olsson's new
Mirage F1. It requires the Concorde.gau gauge file from FS2000 Pro
for the Auto Throttle switch but can be used with only some loss of AutoPilot
function without it. An updated release includes Eric Marciano's functional
About Kirk Olsson's new Mirage F1 -- something very cool is coming soon.
22 July 2002 - T.Sima of Greece has repainted the
IAI Dagger of Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria in the tactical camouflage
colors of the Argentina Air Force as it appeared during the
Islands Conflict of 1982. Hard to believe that was 20 years ago this summer.
17 July 2002 - It's here and wait till you see it. Romain Lucas and
Eric Marciano (both of France) have released their
Mirage 4000 for FS2002. The beautifully sculpted aircraft was built
by Romain using Gmax and is painted in Dassault demonstrator colors. Eric
has outdone himself with a custom built HUD, MFD/autopilot, and search radar.
If you thought hunting down AI aircraft was fun before, wait till you try it with
10 July 2002 - Progress continues by Romain Lucas on his Mirage 4000.
Eric Marciano (who made the Mirage F1 AI panel) is
doing the panel and custom gauge work for the project. Romain recently sent
another beta to review along with some screen shots from Eric describing some of
the panel features.
6 July 2002 - Jens-Ole Kjølberg of Norway has repainted the new
Cheetah C by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria in markings for No. 2 Squadron
"Cheetahs" of the South Africa Air Force. The file set includes a much improved
flight dynamics file based on mods by Jens-Ole to the
Alpha Simulations Kfir. The file is included with the permission of Phil
Perrott of Alpha Simulations and may not be uploaded with other projects without
written permission from Alpha Simulations.
Legal stuff aside, this is a real improvement that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
29 June 2002 - Do Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria ever sleep? Luckily
for us Mirage fans it doesn't seem so. They have just released six new Mirage
variants. The first is a Mirage 50EV of the Fuerza
Aérea Venezolana. Next are two Mirage 5 versions from the Force Aerienne Belge:
a Mirage 5BR reconnaissance version and a
Mirage 5BA attack version (below). Painted in the colors of the Fuerza Aérea
de Chile are a Mirage 50 "Pantera" and
Mirage 5MA "Elkan". The final release is an
Atlas Cheetah C of the South Africa Air Force.
23 June 2002 - While searching for new Mirage aircraft I found the Jason Ashworth/
Marc Siméon Mirage F1 painted as a Mirage F1CE by Alvaro
Alea Fernandez of Spain. The aircraft includes three texture sets: a correctly
colored camouflage scheme, a low-visibility gray scheme with Tiger Meet markings, and
a version with special markings to commemorate 25 years of the Mirage F1 with the
Ejercito del Aire Español.
I have also found a Mirage IIIEP in Pakistani Air Force colors
by Mike Colclough for use with the original CFS1. The aircraft is based on the Paul
Kimberling/Joël Branchu Mirage IIIE and includes CFS1 compatible sound files and a panel.
18 June 2002 - Oops! Looks like I forgot to upload all of the aircraft files
when I moved the website to the new server. That's one way to decrease bandwidth.
But that's not what I had in mind. Anyway, the problem has been fixed. If you
find any problems downloading files please . Sorry about that.
16 June 2002 - Three new Mirage III aircraft have been released over the weekend
by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira of Brazil. The first is a
Mirage IIIEBR (F-103E) in a special Anniversary scheme to commemorate the 30 years of
operation by Brazil's first supersonic fighter. Also new are models of the two versions
flown by the Swiss: the Mirage IIIS interceptor and the
Mirage IIIRS reconnaissance version.
11 June 2002 - Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira have released two new aircraft this
week. Both are Mirage derivatives built by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI). The
first is an IAI Dagger (a Mirage 5 copy originally known as the
Nesher) in the current overall gray color scheme of the Força Aérea Argentina. The
second aircraft (below) is an IAI Kfir C2 in the two-tone gray
air superiority scheme of the Israeli Air Force.
8 June 2002 - I've taken the first step in making this website more affordable for me
to maintain. I have moved it to a new host and in the process acquired a domain name --
www.Mirage4FS.com. Please update any links if you have them. Any old ones
will continue to work but the new one will load faster.
On to new aircraft... Three new Mirage IIIEBR (F-103E) are
available from Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira in Brazilian Air Force scheme. These
are not just repaints of their earlier releases. Each is painted to represent a different
aircraft and each includes unique details and armament. For screenshots visit the Mirage
page of their
5 June 2002 - Since the Kirk Olsson Mirage F1 preview was announced on several
major portal sites: avsim.com, simflight.com, etc., average daily website visitations
have doubled. As a result I have been billed $59 for bandwidth overusage for the
month of May. As the saying goes, "be careful what you ask for". So some
changes will have to be made. More on that as it occurs.
Angelos Hatzikatakos has repainted and repackaged (why another 14MB download?) Kirk Olsson's
Mirage F1 as a Greek Air Force Mirage F1CG.
29 May 2002 - This website had its 100,000 visitor today. Thank you all!
To mark the occasion I present the final excerpt from
one of Michel Gérard and my many email conversations. Folks who have studied
Mirage aircraft and French military aviation for some time may recognize the accompanying
photograph. Now you will know who took the photograph and the circumstances (most
captions I've ever seen were completely wrong). Michel has some Mirage photos
in the Mirage IIIC book and I'm sure he'll have even
more in the upcoming Mirage IIIE book, maybe this same one shown
here. I don't know if Michel is still with us or not, but I hope that he is safe and
in good health.
25 May 2002 - Yves Raymond of France has taken the Oxyd/Denis and Daniel da Silva
Oliveira Mirage 2000B and repainted it in the wrap-around tactical camouflage and markings of
a Mirage 2000D of Armée de l'Air, EC 3/3 "Ardennes".
Included is a revised flight model by Benoît M. Dubé of Québec, Canada.
Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira have released two new Mirage III
as part of a series they are constructing to represent the types flown by the Brazilian Air
Force. These include a Mirage IIIEBR and a Mirage IIIDBR trainer. Both include
external stores and operating canopies (be careful not to open these in flight).
You can see screenshots they've prepared of the entire series
20 May 2002 - Kirk Olsson has released his new Mirage F1.
As previously announced, it is available in two versions; as a single
aircraft using default FS2002 sound files and as a three aircraft file set including a new set
of custom sound files. Both versions include a virtual cockpit, multiple weapons
configurations, and maximum animation.
16 May 2002 - If you like flying the Rafale M
and Super Etendard you'll like them even more when you use
Arrestor Cables to simulate catapult launches and cable arrested landings. It's
a lot of fun. And now Joel Maillot has made his
Charles de Gaulle (R91) aircraft carrier compatible with FS2002. He has also
put together the necessary files to use the Arrestor Cables with the R91. You
will also need Peter Dowson's FSUIPC.DLL.
9 May 2002 - Since late last year there has been a steady flow of new Mirage
aircraft for Flight Simulator. We've had some great aircraft from Colin Norwood
at Alpha Simulations, Jason Ashworth, Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira, Scott Kiefer,
and soon Romain Lucas. But it's not over yet. Have a look at the upcoming
Mirage F1 from Kirk Olsson and start saving hard drive space.
Philippe Magnier of France sent in desert schemes for the
Mirage 2000N (EC 2/4 Lafayette) and 2000D (EC2/3 Champagne)
as they have appeared during Red Flag exercises at Nellis AFB in Nevada, USA.
The textures are based on the previously released Desert Storm scheme by Justin Lamb.
Y-Raymond has sent another update to his Mirage 2000-5F
textures. If you download the full set of textures after today, the update is
included. If you downloaded before today you only need the update file.
As part of their cleaning house to allow more space for newer aircraft,
Alpha Simulations is making
many of their older aircraft available as freeware downloads. The latest
aircraft to become available includes their Mirage
IVA and IVP strategic bombers. These free downloads do not include the
original panels by Phil Perrott (being saved for a new release perhaps?).
5 May 2002 - Romain Lucas of France has been working on a new Mirage 4000 for
FS2002 since the beginning of the year. He has kept me informed on the progress
as the work continues. Since the visual model is nearly complete and work on
the panel and Virtual Cockpit continues he has agreed that it is time to announce this
upcoming release. Please read his description of the aircraft and view some
2 May 2002 - Y-Raymond has sent an update to
his new Mirage 2000 textures from yesterday. The update file includes only
the single file effected so you do not need to download the entire set again.
If you download the full set today you do not need this update.
1 May 2002 - I have received two new repaints over the past week; both from
Y-Raymond of France. In the first example, Yves has (with permission) enhanced
the texture files from Alexandre Cadel's Mirage IIIC
(see 17 April below) to achieve a more weathered appearance.
The second set of textures is for a Mirage 2000 with
the unit markings of Escadron de Chasse 1/2 "Cigognes" based at Dijon-Longvic AB.
EC 1/2 was the first unit to operate the Mirage 2000 beginning in 1984.
26 April 2002 - Scott Kiefer has taken the Oxyd
Rafale M, removed all external stores, modified the cockpit area, and brought
it into CFS2 using Chris Rosenmann's Rafale Marine weapons set. He has also
included a couple of effects files for exhaust and wingtip vapor trails. He
has again made the source file with his changes available
for anyone else wanting to make further modifications. He has applied the
same treatment to the Oxyd Mirage 2000C and has again
made the source file with his changes available.
17 April 2002 - Alexandre Cadel of Ajaccio,
Island of Corsica, has repainted Jason Ashworth's
Mirage IIIC in the sand and chestnut camouflage colors of Armée de l'Air,
Escadron de Chasse 3/10 "Vexin". This unit, operating from the east
Africa nation of Djibouti, was the last unit to operate the Mirage IIIC in
14 April 2002 - Scott Kiefer has modified the Oxyd Rafale M into a two-seater
Rafale B. This release is made for use with CFS2.
He has also made the source files available for anyone else wanting
to make further mods.
10 April 2002 - Thierry Romain and Sonny have updated the flight dynamics file
for Thierry's Super-Etendard to give a more accurate
flight in FS2002. And Y-Raymond has painted up a new set of textures in the
original Aéronavale Francaise Flotille 11F markings.
5 April 2002 - Benoit M. Dubé and Sonny have converted the CFS2
Rafale M of Christophe Rosenmann for use in FS2002.
Y-Raymond has made a new set of texture files for the aircraft in the mid-gray color
scheme that will be used by the Aéronavale Francaise. The aircraft is painted
to represent Flotille 12F.
30 March 2002 - No new aircraft today. I've done some maintenance on the
Links page -- adding a few new ones in each catagory and
"reactivating" a couple. I've also added a link to the bottom of the
Israeli Mirage vs. Syrian MiG dogfight description for a
pilot's recollection of his 17 aerial victories -- all in the Mirage and IAI Nesher.
27 March 2002 - Jens-Ole Kjølberg of Norway has repainted the Oxyd/Denis
da Silva Oliveira Mirage 2000B in the markings of a Hellenic (Greek) Air Force
Mirage 2000BG. Jason Ashworth showed me how to
correct a problem in FS2002 with the Mirage
2000 and Rafale sound file sets by Oxyd.
Click on the aircraft name above to download the new "cfg" files.
22 March 2002 - Jason Ashworth has modified his Mirage IIIEZ to the external
specifications of a Mirage IIIEBR (F-103E) as operated
by the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force). Denis da Silva Oliveira
(who has been very busy lately) has painted it up in two versions: the first, finished
in silver paint as they were delivered in 1972; and the second in the air superiority
blue-gray color scheme adapted in 1981.
15 March 2002 - Denis da Silva Oliveira has released three
variations of the Mirage 2000-5F of Oxyd. The aircraft
is now available with three new weapon loads: the first is armed with only a pair of
Matra Magic missiles; the second adds three fuel tanks to the missiles; and the third
adds a centerline fuel tank to the original armament load of two Matra Super 530
missiles and two Matra Magic missiles. Denis has also released a new version of
his Mirage 2000B with armament to correct a problem with
the landing gear animation.
9 March 2002 - Christophe Rosenmann has updated the visual model for his CFS2
Rafale M for "improved framerates and smoother animations".
I've received emails announcing several repaints of Mirage aircraft that are in the
works and should be available soon. A couple are a Mirage 2000BG (Greek 2000B)
by Jens-Ole Kjølberg of Norway and a Mirage IIIC of EC 3/10 (desert camouflage) by
Alexandre Cadel of France.
2 March 2002 - That was fast! Denis da Silva Oliveira has just released his
Mirage 2000B conversion. It is available as three
aircraft with different weapon loads: the first version carries two early style
wing tanks and two Matra Magic missiles; the second retains Oxyd's original armament
load of two Matra Super 530 missiles and two Matra Magic missiles; and the third is
configured with no underwing stores. All versions are correctly textured to
represent a 2000B assigned to Escadrille 2/5 "Ile de France" of the Armée de l'Air.
1 March 2002 - I've added the concluding comments regarding instrument
panels in Flight Simulator from a Michael Gérard
email conversation. And Denis da Silva Oliveira of Brazil is working on a
conversion of Oxyd's Mirage 2000-F5 to the two-seat
2000B (or possibly a D). I've sent him some suggestions (including one to
use the wing tanks from Oxyd's Rafale) and a set of
updated textures that represent a 2000B. This will be a welcome addition
and should be available soon.
23 February 2002 - After flying with the Mirage IIIB panel by Thinus Pretorius
(see February 6 below) I remembered a couple of emails I had received from
Michael Gérard discussing Mirage III panels.
The first was comparing the Mirage IIIB and Mirage IIIE panels. I have added
it to the other excerpts from our email conversations.
18 February 2002 - Jens-Ole Kjølberg of Norway has repainted Kirk
Olsson's Mirage F1 in the three-tone gray air superiority camouflage scheme worn
by the South Africa Air Force Mirage F1CZ. This
is a very striking scheme.
11 February 2002 - Erwin Welker has repainted the textures of Colin Norwood's
"Mephisto" Mirage 5BR of the Belgium Air Force. The
new textures provide more detail to the special 42 Escadrille "Mephisto" commemorative
6 February 2002 - Thinus Pretorius of South Africa has made a new
panel of the original Mirage IIIB based on photos
of a Mirage IIIBZ cockpit at the South African Air Force Museum.
30 January 2002 - I haven't been able to access the Internet for several days to
make this update, so it's a big one. First of all, sometime over the past few days
this website had its 75,000 visitor. Thanks everyone.
I've received two new repaints. Y-Raymond sent in a set of textures for the Alpha
Simulations Mirage IIIC depicting an aircraft of EC 1/10
"Valois" in an air superiority blue-gray scheme. And Jason Ashworth sent in a
repaint of his earlier black Mirage IIICZ in camouflage
colors as worn by South African Air Force aircraft beginning in the 1970s. Both
of these are add-on texture sets and require that you already have installed the
respective aircraft; the Alpha
Simulations Mirage IIIC or Jason's Mirage IIICZ.
Jason Ashworth made a few adjustments to his Mirage IIIEZ to configure it as a
Mirage IIIEA as operated by the Fuerza Aérea Argentina.
Osvaldo Martinetti has repainted the textures for two versions; camouflaged as it
appeared during the early 1980s (above) and overall low-visibility gray as it
20 January 2002 - Eric Marciano has modified the Mike McCormack Mirage F1
panel to include Rodolfo Arata's AIMap gauge. The
AI information is displayed on the radar screen area. If you have FS2002
you'll want to check this out. The panel is great for making AI aircraft
interceptions with the Mirage!
13 January 2002 - There have been a couple of Mirage repaints released.
The first is a repaint of the Anton Coetzee/Colin Norwood
Mirage 5. Eduardo Fadul has repainted it in the colors of the Fuerza Aérea
Colombiana (Colombian Air Force). The second is another fictional repaint of
Jason Ashworth's Cheetah D by Rainer Tschorn. This
time Rainer, an officer in the German Luftwaffe, has chosen the colors of JG71
"Richthofen" of the Luftwaffe.
7 January 2002 - Jason Ashworth has released his
Mirage IIIEZ in South African Air Force colors for FS2002. I've been
watching the development of this one for nearly a year and have put together a
review with images of this very well done model.
6 January 2002 - A busy week for Mirage fans. Earlier this week
Alpha Simulations re-released
their Super Etendard in a new set of Aéronavale Francaise
markings. The new set of textures were painted by Y-Raymond (of
Mirage F1 repaint fame). Visit the News section of the Alpha Simulations
site for more information.
Today Alpha Simulations has released their Mirage IIIB
in Armée de l'Air camouflage markings. I've put together a photo page
here. AlphaSim has also released the extra texture
files I painted for bare metal versions; one in Armée de l'Air colors and one in
Israel Defence Force/Air Force colors.
2 January 2002 - Happy new Year everyone. Welcome to another year.
Hopefully more secure and peaceful than the last. Starting off this year are
four new scenery packages released just before the holidays. The first is Paul
Roberts' scenery of RAF St. Mawgan in the UK.
This is followed by three scenery files by Fabien
Prevost. The first is new scenery for Lorient Lann Bihoue NAS in France.
He has also updated two earlier releases for use with FS2002 -- Reims-Champagne AB
and Cambrai-Epinoy AB.
- If you haven't already read my review of last year please
do so. In addition to providing a recap, there are also announcements of upcoming
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