20 December 2003 - I have two Mirage repaints this time. The first is a
repaint of the overall gray Mirage F1 originally by
Manuel Marín Carrión and myself. This new version, repainted by Oscar Onrubia,
represents an F1M of the Ejercito d'Aire Español at Los Llanos AB with Tigermeet paint.
The second is a repaint of the Mirage IIIEBR by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira
painted as a Mirage IIIEE of the Ejercito d'Aire Español.
10 December 2003 - I put up the annual Holiday Season's Greeting on the
Home page. I found a nice winter looking image of a Mirage 2000D at Exercise Joint-Winter 2003
in Bodo, Norway. The image is from the
Escadron de Chasse 2/3 Champagne website.
Daniel Nole has taken one of the older Mirage III (1998 by Paul Kimberling and Joël
Branchu) and repainted it as a Mirage IIIEA as flown by
the Fuerza Aérea Argentina during the Falklands Conflict of 1982. Daniel had
added animation and reworked the flight model. The aircraft is intended for
use with CFS/CFS2 and includes a DP file and two missions. Using this simpler
visual model should keep the frame rates down.
7 December 2003 - Y.Raymond of France sent a set of
textures for the freeware Alpha Simulations Super Etendard.
The aircraft represents No. 51 and carries the unit badge of Flotille 17F. This
Flotille is stationed at Landivisiau BAN. I've been
using the Landivisiau BAN scenery by Sonny for some time and just realized that I had
not added it to this website. It is available here now.
3 December 2003 - It won't be freeware but for those Mirage enthusiasts with a
little extra in the wallet after the new year,
Alpha Simulations has a Mirage IV for FS2002/FS2004 in the works. Two versions will
be available, an IVA and an IVP. The designer is David Bushell who made their
awesome SR-71. Visit the
News and Preview pages of the Alphasim website for images. Even though Alphasim
is a payware company they have from time to time made their payware titles available as
freeware. Examples on this website are their earlier
Mirage IVA and IVP,
Mirage IIIB-RV, Super Etendard
(Aéronavale Francaise and
Aviones Armada Argentina), and
IAI Kfir C2.
29 November 2002 - Yesterday marked the fourth 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.
23 November 2003 - Jens-Ole Kjølberg of Norway has put together a package of
four different liveries that span the 17-year career of the
Cheetah D with the South African Air Force (SAAF). The package uses the “old”
(FS2000) Cheetah D model made by Jason Ashworth. Three different models of the
aircraft are included. The package also includes two different
instrument panels; an early Cheetah D cockpit with canopy frames and a new frameless cockpit
of the updated Cheetah D. The aircraft is for FS2002 only and includes all new textures.
14 November 2003 - Thinus Pretorius (Mirage IIIB and Cheetah
C instrument panels) of South Africa recently toured the South
African Air Force Museum at AFB Swartkop and sent a few images. I've added them to
those sent earlier by fellow South African Jason Ashworth
(Mirage III and Mirage F1).
There were some problems reported with downloading the Mirage III
and Kfir/Cheetah aircraft released by Denis and Daniel da Silva
Oliveira. I have updated the links to download the aircraft directly from this website
so there should not be any further problems getting the aircraft. There were similar
problems reported with the Mirage F1 converted for CFS2 by
Chuck Dyer. I have corrected that problem in a similar fashion along with the Mirage
F1 instrument panel and sound package
11 November 2003 - To celebrate the first year anniversary of his website, GmaxFlight,
Cyril Pioffet has updated the design. It looks good.
See for yourself.
6 November 2003 - Gregory "Bill" Lugan of France has released a set of textures
for use with the Rafale M of Cyril (Gator) Pioffet. The
subject aircraft is N°18 (not yet in service) of 12F Flotille in an operational (and
weathered) scheme. Installation instructions in English and French are included.
Jean-Jacques Herve has updated his scenery of Lorient Lann-Bihoué (LFRH) for FS2004.
Visit his website to
download this latest version.
30 October 2003 - It has been a slow week. The big news is the wildfires
in my back yard here in San Diego, California. We could easily see the Paradise Fire from
our home in Escondido during the day and at night.
Greg McEwan of South Africa is working on a repaint of the Kirk Olsson
Mirage F1C in the early camouflage colors of a South Africa Air Force Mirage F1CZ.
It should be available in November. Greg sent some FS2004
screenshots to show the
18 October 2003 - No new aircraft this past week. Cyril (Gator) Pioffet
continues to work on his Mirage 2000 and has displayed
several new images of the Virtual Cockpit and instrument panel
website. They are starting to look so real that I'm surprised Dassault has
not contacted him to create a VC for their own use. It looks great Cyril.
Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira released three instrument
panels earlier this year. But they have not been available for download
from their website for a while. I have located copies of the files and they
can now be downloaded from this website.
11 October 2003 - Andrew Whitney has painted a fictitious version of the
Rafale M by Cyril (Gator) Pioffet in Argentina markings. The textures include the traditional
blue and white rudder stripes of the Armada Argentina.
Benoit M. Dubé of Canada has modified the instrument panel of the
Super Etendard Modernisé by Romain Lucas. The modifications
add a GPS, an HSI, a new ADI, and a new green/red HUD.
7 October 2003 - The lastest edition of
FSIn-flight Magazine has been released. There are no articles on Mirage aircraft but
there is a good review of Kirk (Mirage F1) Olsson's newly released
F-16. One of the images sent in by Nikos Delhanidis shows an
unfortunate Hellenic Air Force F-16 squarely in the gunsight of a Mirage F1CG. This latest
edition also serves to introduce a new readership debate – Payware vs Freeware – a long time
concern of Flight Simmers, which will no doubt coax some interesting opinions in the
5 October 2003 - I have repainted the original Mirage IIIRS
by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira in the special colors worn by R-2103 beginning in early
1998 to mark it as the first Mirage IIIRS to reach 3000 flying hours. This scheme was
retained for the remainder of the aircraft's career.
29 September 2003 - Eduardo Fadul has updated the textures for his Fuerza Aérea
Colombiana Kfir C7 and Mirage M5 COAM,
both designed by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira. He has also released another
version of the Mirage M5 COAM in an overall low-visibility
20 September 2003 - Mukherjee Kalyan painted a series of combat aircraft representing
the modern Indian Air Force. Included is a Mirage 2000H of
No.7 Squadron. For the visual model he used the Mirage 2000 by Oxyd with the flight
dynamics file by Benoît M. Dubé.
Cyril (Gator) Pioffet has been working on the instrument panel Multi-Function Display gauges
for his upcoming Mirage 2000. On display
at his website
are several images showing autopilot, radios, engine status, fuel, navigation, etc.
15 September 2003 - Earlier today this website had its 200,000th visitor.
Thank you all for making this website a success.
14 September 2003 - Mukherjee Kalyan of Switzerland has repainted the
Mirage IIIRS by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira.
The new schemes (two texture sets are included) are of the Swiss Air Force
R-2110 "black over white" and R-2116 "white over black" schemes seen at Special
Recce Meet 2003.
has just made their Israeli IAI Kfir C2 available
as a freeware download. I wrote a review on this
aircraft when it was released in January 2001. I have updated the links from
when the aircraft was originally offered to reflect this new freeware status.
11 September 2003 - In memory of those lost on
September 11, 2001. We will never forget!
6 September 2003 - Daniel Borrego has painted up a
Mirage 50DV trainer in the colors of the Venezuelan Air Force (FAV) using the
Mirage III trainer by Denis & Daniel da Silva Oliveira.
has made *all* of their CFS2 modern weapons (bombs and missiles) available for
download free of charge. These files can be used by freeware designers to
enhance their CFS2 creations. Included are many types of bombs and missiles,
various dumb and laser-guided bombs, and all come with their own textures and .dp file.
As with all Alphasim freeware, these files are strictly *not* for resale. You
can download these files and all of their other freeware files by clicking on
the "Freeware" link on the
Alpha Simulations website.
2 September 2003 - Ricardo Ruffa has been very busy painting a series of
Mirage IIIEA and IIICJ in the colors of the Fuerza Aérea
Argentina. Using the Mirage IIIC and IIIE by Jason Ashworth, Ricardo has
released six aircraft representing various units.
28 August 2003 - One of the first "Mirage" aircraft released for Flight Simulator
was the special "Spotty" Cheetah C by Anton Coetzee in
early 1996. Jens-Ole Kjølberg of Norway has now repainted the new Cheetah C
by Jason Ashworth in the colors of this famous aircraft. This
new version by Jens-Ole includes two sets of textures to represent the initial scheme
with white tail for the SAAF 75th Anniversary and the later (and final) version with
the tail graphic.
Leigh Jackson of South Africa has shared his description and images
of the final flight of "Spotty" as well as images of an operational SAAF Cheetah C.
23 August 2003 - Marcel Ritzema of the Netherlands has made a small modification to
the already great instrument panel included in
Super Etendard Modernisé by Romain Lucas. The modification adds a VOR1 gauge for
Marcel has also brought to my attention a scenery he made for the
Dutch Naval Air Station Valkenburg (EHVB) located near the capital city Den Haag. The
scenery is well made, very detailed, and includes charts and navaids.
Cyril (Gator) Pioffet has returned from his vacation and is working on his Mirage 2000 again.
He has posted new instrument panel images as well as two videos showing the canopy/pilot animation
and the aircraft in flight. You can view these on Cyril's
17 August 2003 - Frédéric Hauger of France has extensively reworked and upgraded his
scenery of Colmar-Meyenheim Air Base (LFSC) released earlier
this year. He has rebuilt the base from the entry gate to the control tower and all
roads in between (literally).
Eduardo Jarabo of Spain has created an AFCAD file for use with the
Los Llanos Air Base (LEAB) scenery by Manuel Marín Carrión released earlier this year.
Jean-Jacques Herve has updated his scenery of Lorient Lann-Bihoué BAN
with new details and has also made it FS2004 compatible.
13 August 2003 - On June 30th the Mirage F1CG ended 28 years of service with the Hellenic Air Force. For
the end of service ceremonies two aircraft received special paint schemes. Nick Delhanidis has scanned some images and
I have added them to the Mirage F1CG gallery page.
9 August 2003 - Alpha Simulations
has decided to release their Aéronavale Francaise
and Armada Argentina Super Etendard aircraft
(without panels) as freeware. The aircraft include all necessary files for use in
FS2000/2002 and CFS2 (the latter including missions and the add-on fuel tanks and weapons:
Exocet, Magic II, SNEB rocket pods). I wrote a review on this
aircraft when it was released in May 2001. I have updated the links from when the aircraft
were originally offered to reflect this new freeware status. Maybe someone will
adopt these weapons to the new Super Etendard from Romain
Lucas? If you do, let us know.
2 August 2003 - It's hard to believe it is already August. Thinus Pretorius of
South Africa has completed a new instrument panel for the Cheetah E.
The background and gauge faces were made using photographs of the real aircraft. What
makes this panel most interesting to me is that all of the gauges were coded in XML language.
27 July 2003 - I have moved the News from the first half of the year to a separate page.
That will make this page load faster (for a while). You can view the
earlier news here or use the links below for all news going back to the day this website started.
Several people have asked for sounds for the Mirage. On occasion designers of aircraft
have provided sound files in their aircraft packages. So I have added a
new page listing those sound file sets that are available. In some cases the sound
files have been separated from the original aircraft to keep the filesize down. In these
situations permission to do so has been granted exclusively. So please do not upload these
22 July 2003 - Here is another destination for your Super Etendard
flights. Jean-Jacques Herve, who lives near Lorient Lann-Bihoué BAN
in the Bretagne region of western France, has updated his scenery of the BAN for FS2002. It is
very detailed. AFCAD files and Mesh textures are also available for
download from his website.
Pierre Marchadier of the FsFrance.com group
has completed eight texture sets in Armée de l'Air markings for inclusion with the upcoming
Mirage 2000 by Cyril Pioffete. Pierre has sent a few screenshots which I have added to the
Preview page. Cyril has now added an animated pilot figure to
his Mirage 2000. You can
view new screenshots (in addition to an important announcement) at his website.
16 July 2003 - FSIn-flight Magazine
has published their 4th online issue. Among the usual interesting and timely mix of articles
and reviews is a review of the Super Etendard by Romain
Lucas. OK, I admit that I wrote the article but due to my involvement in the project I
drew the line when it came to the final score. The editorial staff gave it very high marks
none-the-less. Congratulations Romain on a job well done.
12 July 2003 - Eduardo Fadul and a few friends have started a virtual Columbia Air Force.
Three Mirage aircraft designed by Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveira are included in the list of available
equipment. These include a Kfir C7,
Mirage M5 COA and Mirage M5 COD. All have been repainted
in current Fuerza Aérea Colombiana colors and markings.
Cyril (Gator) Pioffet continues the work on his upcoming Mirage 2000. He has posted
several new images
of the cockpit on his website.
6 July 2003 - No new aircraft today. I'm enjoying the new Super Etendard. When
I come upon something interesting I like to tell others about it. I've been experimenting
with a program for FS2002 called TrafficTools by Lee Swordy.
With this you can easily make the AI traffic do what you want (within limits). It is very
easy to add new AI aircraft, airports, and flightplans. I added several flights of Rafale
and Mirage between the airports on Corsica. Then I intercept them from Solenzara in the new
Leigh Jackson, a photographer in South Africa, has offered to share some of his images of the
Mirage taken at various events and air shows in South Africa. For this first installment
I've selected two special Mirage F1AZ.
3 July 2003 - If you downloaded the new Super Etendard Modernisé
by Romain Lucas prior to today you may have noticed that there is no clock on the upper left canopy
frame. This has been corrected. Instead of downloading the entire aircraft again,
a patch is available to add the missing gauge to both
the 2D instrument panel and the 3D Virtual Cockpit.
1 July 2003 - Romain Lucas of France, who gave us the outstanding
Mirage 4000 last year, has released his Super Etendard Modernisé
(SEM). Included in the package are three versions: clean, small external tanks, and large
external tanks. Each version includes a unique set texture files as well. Also included
is a new instrument panel and virtual cockpit made using new gauge files by Romain, his brother
Laurent, and Eric Marciano. You can read my earlier preview here.
Better yet, download the aircraft and experience it yourself.
28 June 2003 - A year ago this month Frédéric Hauger of France wrote to me asking if I had any
information on Colmar-Meyenheim Air Base (LFSC) for a scenery project. Sadly
I was not able to offer any assistance. But Frédéric continued on with his project and has just
released a new scenery. It is very detailed (thanks in part to static elements by Fabian Prevost)
and is framerate friendly. He has also provided AFCAD files for complete ATC interaction.
LFSC is home to the F1CT squadrons EC 1/30 "Alsace" and EC 2/30 "Normandie-Nieman".
I made a mistake in the numbering of the South Africa Air Force Mirage IIICZ from about a week
ago. Anyone downloading the complete aircraft now will get the correct textures. To download
only the corrected textures click here.
23 June 2003 - Eric Marciano has completed some additional work on his Mirage 4000 radar and HUD
gauge for the upcoming Super Etendard by Romain Lucas. To our immediate
benefit, Eric has made the updated radar and HUD gauge available now. The
big news in this new version is that is that the radar gauge is now visible in Virtual Cockpit mode,
making interceptions even easier. This update is a very good reason to experience the
Mirage 4000 by Romain Lucas with instrument panel by Eric Marciano
if you haven't already done so.
21 June 2003 - Earlier this year Jason Ashworth sent two unreleased
Mirage IIICZ visual models and gave me permission to repaint textures for them and make
them available when I had the time. The first one is now available. It represents a
Mirage IIICZ as it appears now at the SAAF Museum in Pretoria
and is armed with a pair of Kukri air-to-air missiles.
18 June 2003 - Hopefully this page will be visible on the date I've indicated. Sorry
for the downtime of this website for the last couple of days. I'm not unveiling a visual
overhaul. Someone at my
website host company screwed up. Other than this slight
inconvenience, they are a good company and the hosting is a
great deal. I'll pay the bill even earlier next year so
this doesn't happen again.
14 June 2003 - Ernest Laverdure has updated the CFS2 Weapons Package he released last year
for use with the unarmed Mirage 2000B and C versions by Denis and Daniel
da Silva Oliveira based on the original by Oxyd. He has also released a CFS2 Weapons package
for use with the RFN Super Etendard by Sonny (available exclusively
from the 'la Royal French Navy' website). Both
packages increase the visual effectness of the weapons.
I have revised the scenery downloads section to no longer depend on the
"I'm too busy to serve you" nature sometimes experienced
with the remaining IFSA servers. The scenery files are now stored locally so availability
should be 100%. Please let me
know if you encounter any problems.
10 June 2003 - After a brief pause, Cyril (Gator) Pioffet has returned to the Mirage 2000 project
and is giving it his full attention. Cyril has sent me updates during the development of this
Mirage 2000 model and just sent another beta version. While flying it around I've made a few
screen shots (below). You can view more of them here. Cyril
has also made new images
of the virtual cockpit available on his website.
7 June 2003 - Since returning I've been surfing around to see what news there is. Here are a
couple of items. While visiting Eric Marciano's website
I found a very easy way to enhance the readability of the Mirage 4000 HUD display in Virtual Cockpit mode.
You can read Eric's description here.
I tried it and it should work really well for any panel using the M4000 HUD gauge.
Cyril (Gator) Pioffet has posted several
new images of his upcoming
Mirage 2000. These all show a Mirage 2000C in the markings of EC 1/2 "Cigognes" and carry a mix of
Matra Magic and Matra Mica air-to-air missiles in addition to fuel tanks. The in-flight images are
very good and you may have to remind youself that it is only a simulation.
Additional images showing the development of the model from the beginning are also
available for viewing.
4 June 2003 - Things haven't come to an abrupt stop, I've just been out of town for a couple of
weeks. Romain Lucas wrote to say that work continues on the
Super Etendard. He and his brother have been working on some new gauges for the project.
Romain has also been working on the Dynamic Virtual Cockpit (DVC). I have added some new images
showing the progress to the earlier Preview Page.
17 May 2003 - We have three new Spanish Mirage F1 texture sets this week. The first is a two-seat
Mirage F1BE in the latest low-vis overall gray scheme worn by the Ejercito d'Aire
Español. This set was put together by Pablo Fernandez de Bobadilla of Spain (with some adjustments
by myself) based on the earlier F1M textures by Manuel Marín Carrión. The second set is by Manual
and depicts a Mirage F1CE of the Ejercito d'Aire Español in the original
Lagarto (lizard) camouflage scheme worn by the Spanish Mirage F1 when delivered in 1975 (shown below).
And finally, I have adapted Manuel's Lagarto textures to make a two-seat
Mirage F1BE as originally delivered in 1980. I will be away until the first week of June
so enjoy the remainder of May, the year is going by fast.
16 May 2003 - A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity by the editors at
FSIn-flight Magazine, a new Flight Simulator Ezine,
to write an article to describe and promote the Mirage website.
You can read it here. Oh yea, three new aircraft texture sets coming tomorrow.
11 May 2003 - Nick (Nikos) Delhanidis, who last year designed a fictional
Hellenic Air Force display team using the Mirage F1CG, sent several images of the real Mirage F1CG in Hellenic Air
Force service. I've compiled them with some comments in a Slide Show.
And I've made a new set of textures for Jason Ashworth's Cheetah C in the lighter air-to-air camouflage
scheme and in the markings of Cheetah C No. 344 assigned to the TFDC.
3 May 2003 - A repaint of Cyril Pioffet's Rafale is available.
It is painted in a camouflage scheme with fictitious markings for EC 1/2 "Cigognes". The
repaint is by Aurélien of the FSFrance team. Another member of that team, Pierre Marchadier,
will be painting several texture sets for Cyril Pioffet's upcoming Mirage 2000.
FSFrance have also released a very nice
model of another famous delta winged aircraft, the Concorde. Be sure to pay them a visit.
By the way, Cyril (Gator) Pioffet has redesigned his
GMaxFlight website again. Have a look.
27 April 2003 - As an exclusive to this website, Jason Ashworth has made his trio of
Cheetah C versions available here as an early release. As described
in the earlier preview, the three versions represent a clean aircraft,
one configured for air-to-air, and one armed with a full load of bombs (below). These will not be
available anywhere else until next month.
Another exclusive! The version uploaded for wide distribution will be bundled with the new
Cheetah C instrument panel from Jens-Ole Kjølberg. Why wait?
You can get it here now.
25 April 2003 - Jason Ashworth, who has produced a steady stream of Mirage aircraft over the
years, is getting ready to release a series of Cheetah C fighters in the very near future. Three
armament versions will be included to demonstrate the varied roles of this very capable fighter-bomber.
I've had the opportunity to preview them. Have a look.
18 April 2003 - Manuel Marín Carrión has released his own set of replacement textures for the
Mirage F1 by Kirk Olsson. This aircraft is also an overall gray F1M
of Ala de Casa 14, Ejercito d'Aire Español located at Los
13 April 2003 - Pablo Fernandez de Bobadilla of Spain, who helped Manuel Marín Carrión
with information and testing of his updated scenery for Los Llanos AB (see April 5 below), has sent
a set of replacement textures for Kirk Olsson's Mirage F1 in the low-vis
gray colors of the Ala de Casa 14, Ejercito d'Aire Español. Pablo's father is a Mirage F1M
pilot at Los Llanos AB.
5 April 2003 - Manuel Marín Carrión of Spain has updated his scenery for
Los Llanos Air Base. The air base, located
near Albacete in southwest Spain is the home of the Mirage F1 wing, Ala de Casa 14.
The new FS2002 scenery includes new textures, details and static aircraft.
1 April 2003 - I wish this was an April
Fool's joke accidentally played a day early but it is not.
Merrill C. Meigs Field (KCGX)
in Chicago, for years the default startup airport for Flight Simulator, is closed.
Shortly after midnight Sunday, (de)construction crews moved onto the field and marked the
runway with large "X"'s to close it. This time they did not use paint. The
runway and connecting taxiways were destroyed as huge trenches were cut across them.
Using the excuse of "homeland security", and so he can build one more park area, Mayor
Daley has closed down Meigs. For more information visit the
Friends of Meigs website.
29 March 2003 - Jason Ashworth (Mirage F1,
Cheetah D, Mirage IIIC and E)
recently completed the requirements for a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He
has now started on his Masters degree project and when he has some spare time he is working on
an FS2002 Cheetah C. Jason sent some photos of the Mechanical
Engineering Lab where he had classes and close to where his new office is located.
Short of joining the Air Force or working for a museum, this is about the only other way I
can think of to be able to see and sit in a Mirage F1 any day you want.
23 March 2003 - As I mentioned last month, Romain Lucas of France (who gave us the superb
Mirage 4000 last year) has been working on a new Super Etendard.
As progress has continued, Romain has written and sent images. Recently he sent a beta
version of the aircraft followed by another with fuel tanks and camouflage textures.
The instrument panel and possibly a virtual cockpit are all that remain to be completed.
In the meantime, I have put together a preview of this outstanding rendition.
Have a look.
18 March 2003 - Cyril Pioffet has put his Rafale update on the back burner for a short
time as he pushes forward with work on his Mirage 2000. I have been looking at the MDL as
progress continues and must report that he has captured the shape very well. The model
includes full animation including very realistic looking exhaust nozzels. He has already
completed a preliminary set of textures in the markings of Escadron de Chasse 1/2 "Cigognes",
the first Armée de l'Air unit to operate the aircraft back in 1984. He has made some
screen shots available on the
News page of his website. Have a look. You will be very impressed.
10 March 2003 - Eric Marciano has released an update to his radar and HUD for the Mirage
4000. Changes to the radar include keyboard control of the radar mode and range as well
as an easier to read amber colored display. Changes to the HUD include a new, more
legible, HUD ladder and a new CLosing Speed (CLS) display. The upgrade is available as
a small download
with only the effected files. I have also revised the panel.cfg file for the
Mirage 4000 with afterburner effect and the
Mirage F1 panel by Eric and myself.
1 March 2003 - In my wanderings around the Internet I came upon the
website of Manolo Machuca Medina of Spain.
The main focus is aircraft operating in Spain and among them is a repaint of Jason Ashworth's Mirage
IIIEZ in the camouflage and markings of a Mirage IIIEE (C.11) of the
Ejército del Aire Española. Manolo has done a very nice job of reproducing a weathered
camouflage finish in the correct colors.
23 February 2003 - Cyril Pioffet is working on an update to his
Rafale to add fuel tanks and a revised fuel gauge for the instrument panel to accurately
show the internal and external fuel status. The work is nearly complete. Images
can be viewed
on his website.
Cyril has also been working on a new Mirage 2000. Below is a preview image from a test
flight I made. The aircraft hasn't been textured yet but even at this stage you can see
that he is accurately capturing the smooth outline of this fighter.
14 February 2003 - Y-Raymond sent me a series of photographs of the
Mirage IIIEX prototype displayed at the Musée Européen de l'Aviation de Chasse.
Similar to the Mirage IIING proposal by Dassault, I don't believe there were any customers.
The closest aircraft we have visually in Flight Simulator is the
Mirage 50EV. Enjoy the photos.
9 February 2003 - Denis and Daniel da Silva Oliveria have released an upgrade
for their entire line of Mirage aircraft. The file,
up_grade_air_mirages.zip includes new *.AIR and *.CFG files for all 16 of their Mirage aircraft.
When the da Silva brothers aren't
making new aircraft they are building instrument panels. They have just released
three new instrument panels designed to compliment their Mirage
IIIEBR (upgraded), Mirage IIIRS, and Denel Cheetah C / IAI Kfir 2000.
5 February 2003 - I was testing some of the Links this
week and found that Sonny had added a newly painted Super
Etendard to his La Royal French
Navy website (look for it under "Avions/Avions Actuels"). This one has a very
nice set of textures and is the sixth Super Etendard based on the model by Thierry Romain.
There are two new Super Etendard in the works. Romain Lucas, who released the great
Mirage 4000 this past summer, wrote to say he was working on
one. And Cyril Pioffet, who released the new Rafale this
past year, also has one in the works. Images of Cyril's version can be viewed at his
GMax FS2002 website.
Have a look.
1 February 2003 - Today is a sad day for aviation with the tragic loss of the Space
Shuttle Columbia and crew
of seven during re-entry. They are at peace now but my prayers, and I hope yours as
well, are with their families in this time of grief.
25 January 2003 - For the past couple of months I've been working with Chuck Dyer
(Mirage IIIEBR & IIIDBR for CFS2 last year) and Kirk Olsson on
a set of CFS2 conversions of Kirk's awesome Mirage F1.
There are plans for six versions. The first three are available now and include the F1B,
F1C-200 (below), and F1CR. FS2002 versions will also be made available.
Most will include textures for a new aircraft. Each aircraft MDL file has been optimized
for CFS2, and features improved frame rates along with some visual tweaking. The weapons
packs are very extensive with unique loadouts for each aircraft type depending on its role with
the Armée de l'Air. Chuck has also received permission to modify Francis Ponvert's Mirage
F1 panel for use in CFS2. The panel, combined with a sound file
set, is available as a separate download. Be sure to visit Chuck Dyer's
15 January 2003 - In the past I've been asked if there was a Virtual Airline (VA) designed
around flying French military aircraft. There is one now and it is called L'Armée de l'Air
Virtuelle. If you are interested (and read/write French)
pay them a visit.
While looking around their website I found a new scenery file for Dijon-Longvic AB, a very important
Armée de l'Air airbase. I've added it to the scenery page.
Last year Y-Raymond painted a nice Mirage 2000-5F in the colors on EC 1/2 "Cigognes" based at
Dijon-Longvic. For something new to fly from Dijon-Longvic, I have repainted his textures
in the markings for a Mirage 2000C of EC 3/2 "Alsace" as it appeared
in 1990. EC 3/2 "Alsace" now flys the Mirage F1CT. Stand by, an F1CT is coming soon.
6 January 2003 - Just after the release of the Mirage 4000 this past summer, Eric Marciano
sent the parts for an update to his earlier Mirage F1 panel. This new version included his
functional radar gauge. I have finally assembled the necessary gauges, added a couple I
thought would be useful, and the new Mirage F1 panel is now available.
Here also are some images of the Musée Européen de l'Aviation de Chasse
sent in by Y-Raymond. The museum has a quite a collection including the Mirage IIIA No. 9, Mirage
IIIC No. 55, and the Mirage IIIEX prototype.
2 January 2003 - Happy New Year to all virtual pilots. I like this page when it is new
and loads fast.
We're off to a slow start but things will soon pick up. Between painting projects for
Alpha Simulations, I spent a couple
of hours repainting Jens-Ole Kjølberg's Mirage 2000BG textures as a
Mirage 2000TH trainer of the Indian Air Force.
- 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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