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  Mirage aircraft available
  for FlightGear

  (Reviewed September 2012)


I have seen on Facebook and other places a flight simulator program named ProFlightSim for sale for around $50.  I had never heard of it so I did some research.  It turns out that this program is nothing more than a rip-off of the free and open source FlightGear program repackaged for profit.

I had looked at FlightGear well over a decade ago when the developers first started making compiled versions available.  At that time it was still very much under development and not very interesting with only a few aircraft and locations available.  Based on the available screen shots on the website and forums the game has come a long way (just as MSFS has) and now features scenery and aircraft detail on a par with many of the popular flight simulation programs available now.  And it is still free of charge.

As part of my recent research I looked at the aircraft now available and was surprised to see that there was good representation of the Dassault Mirage and Rafale aircraft.  So I downloaded the latest version (639MB from a slow server), installed it, and added in the Mirage related aircraft. Below are in-game screen shots as well as information on each aircraft.  Aircraft from MSFS can be imported to FlightGear by using a conversion program.  However, the Flight Dynamics Model (FDM) of FlightGear is not the same as the FDE found in Flight Simulator so that part must be rewritten from scratch.

If you want to try FlightGear out download the real deal for free -- don't buy FlightProSim or ProFlightSim.


Mirage III
Filename: MirageIII_20120222.zip
Author: Emmanuel Baranger
Tested Version: v20120222
Features: Two textures: bare metal and camouflage.  Optional drop tanks and bomb.
 

Mirage 5
Filename: MirageIII_20120222.zip
Author: Emmanuel Baranger
Tested Version: v20120222
Features: Two textures: bare metal and camouflage.  Optional drop tanks and bomb.  Quite similar to the Mirage III above but packaged seperately.

Mirage IIING
Filename: MirageIII_20120222.zip
Author: Emmanuel Baranger
Tested Version: v20120222
Features: Continuing the evolution of the Mirage III/5 above but with reshaped wing leading edge and adds canards.  Two textures: bare metal and camouflage.  Optional drop tanks and bomb.
 

Mirage IVA
Filename: MirageIV_20120506.zip
Authors: Emmanuel Baranger / Flavien Blanc
Tested Version: v20120506
Features: Optional wing tanks and centerline weapon, sonic wave, landing lights, and drag chute.

Mirage F1
Filename: Mirage_F1_20101217.zip
Authors: Charles Ingels / Alexis Laille
Tested Version: v20101217
Features: Good panel and correctly retracting landing gear.  Flightgear wiki page.
 

Super Etendard
Filename: Super-Etendard_20120501.zip
Author: Emmanuel Baranger
Tested Version: v20120501
Features: Three texture sets included: original blue/gray, two-tone camouflage, and Arctic Tiger Meet.

Mirage 2000C/RDI
Filename: mirage2000_20101217.zip
Author: Fabrice Kauffmann
Tested Version: v20101217
(Early development)
 

Mirage 2000-5
Filename: Mirage-2000_20120527.zip
Authors: Emmanuel Baranger / Buckaroo
Tested Version: v20120527
Features: Nine texture sets.  Optional wings tanks and missiles.  Very good panel (see below).  Continually updated.  More information and changelog/schemes from author.

Rafale B
Filename: RafaleB_20101025.zip
Author: Fabrice Kauffmann
Tested Version: v20101025
Features: Good panel and two texture sets: EC 1/7 "Provence" (image at top of page) and 2008 Tiger Meet.  Optional wing tanks, center tank, wingtip missiles, weapons, and ground support equipment.  Development Thread
 

The detail and quality of the instrument panels/virtual cockpits runs from simplified with missing gauges to pretty good.  Below are examples of the better ones: Mirage 2000-5 and and Rafale.

      

All in-game images from FlightGear by Mirage4FS.
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