3 July 2020 - I have been dealing with a computer that crashed while trying to upgrade
my graphics card. For some reason two drives (boot and main everything drives) decided
to quit at the same time. So while I deal with that there is no news although something
exciting is in the works. For those is the US, Happy Independence Day Weekend althought
it doesn't really feel like it this year.
21 June 2020 - Last week I mentioned that the folks at
Royal French Navy Design
were working on an update of the Etendard IVM and
IVP. Sylvain Parouty wrote to give me a status on the work so far. "Michel
(Panattoni) and BeeGee (Jean-Pierre Bourgeois) did a really great work on the flight model to
allow it to have dynamic drag according to workload configuration that match very closely to
the real life performances. The textures are beautiful; Bertrand Barbé, who worked
on some F-8 liveries, has redone a whole set of textures that gives a richer rendering.
The IVP is already well progressed, and it will be released some weeks after the IVM."
14 June 2020 - As most flightsim fighter aircraft enthusiasts know,
Royal French Navy Design released a fantastic
F-8E(FN) Crusader for FSX and Prepar3D a couple months ago. Now that that has been finished
Sylvain Parouty and the team are turning their attention to a rework of the
Etendard IVM (and a rework of the
IVP as well). I've been lucky enough to fly a work-in-progress build
in Prepar3D v4.5 and can say that it is just fantastic. It should be released
later this summer.
8 June 2020 - Mark (Tranquil) Beale has painted textures for the Atlas Aircraft Corporation
(now Denel Aviation) Cheetah D n°861 "Bandit". These special
2 Squadron markings were first applied for the SAAF Museum Airshow in 2003 and were retained to the
present day. "Bandit" is now among 12 ex-SAAF Cheetahs owned by Draken International.
1 June 2020 - Antonio Diaz has painted a new set of textures for the
Super-Étendard Modernisé by Roman Lucas and the FSX update
by Philippe Wallaert. Starting with previously painted textures of SEM n°44 by
Michel Merle, Antonia has painted the scheme that is
being worn by the five "new" SEM recently delivered from retired French Aéronavale stocks to
the Argentine Navy.
24 May 2020 - Here is the fifth and final 11 Flotille 100th Anniversary scheme for the
Rafale M painted by Bertrand Barbé. This particular one
was featured in the video
mentioned below on 22 March landing on the French Aéronavale Carrier
"Charles de Gaulle" (R 91).  This one is
Rafale M n°35. Like the previous four, this set of textures is for use with the original
Rafale M by Roland Laborie.
16 May 2020 - Mark (Tranquil) Beale has painted individual textures for the four aircraft
types operated by
Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC).
The included aircraft are the Hawker Hunter (13 aircraft), L-39 Albatros (4 aircraft),
IAI Kfir C.2 (5 aircraft), and their newly acquired
Mirage F1B/CR/CT (4 aircraft). Also included are flight plans by
Jim Rodger for their various bases of operations.
10 May 2020 - Kalyan Mukherjee has painted a set of textures for a
Rafale EH as will soon be operated by the Indian Air Force. The textures are for use
with the Rafale M by Bruno "Thor's Hammer" Merellé and specify
that the v2.2 patch has been installed (the patch corrected some texture mapping errors in v2.1).
3 May 2020 - Here is another 100th Anniversary scheme on a Rafale M
of 11 Flotille by Bertrand Barbé This one is Rafale M n°37 stationed at
BAN Landivisiau (LFRJ).
25 April 2020 - Mark (Tranquil) Beale has painted a second Mirage F1
in the new "desert" camouflage scheme applied to some of Draken International's newly acquired fleet
of Mirage F1's. This one is an F1B formerly operated by France. The camouflage pattern
is simuilar to that applied to the F1M mentioned below but with
a new color palette.
18 April 2020 - Five special schemes were applied to Rafale M assigned
to 11 Flotille to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the unit.  Bertrand Barbé has painted
another of the special schemes. This one is Rafale M n°11.
8 April 2020 - Bertrand Barbé has painted another of the special schemes worn by the
Rafale M assigned to 11 Flotille to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of
the unit.  This one is Rafale M n°10.
1 April 2020 - No April Fools joke this year because no made up prank could match the unbelievable
crap happening in the world right now. Stay safe everyone!
30 March 2020 - Bertrand Barbé has painted a set of textures for one of five special schemes
worn by Rafale M assigned to 11 Flotille to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of
the unit.  The aircraft is n°32 stationed at BAN Landivisiau (LFRJ)
and on board the French Aéronavale Carrier "
Charles de Gaulle" (R 91).
22 March 2020 - More Mirage related things are coming but I thought I would first share a link
to a video I received this morning featuring the
Rafale from Flotille 11F.
Serge Luzin, developer of vLSO sent the link.
Thank you Serge.
13 March 2020 - Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope everyone
is taking care of themselves (and keeping away from others when not necessary) during this
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
Mark (Tranquil) Beale has painted a Mirage F1M in the new "desert" camouflage
scheme applied to one of Draken International's newly acquired fleet of Mirage F1's from Spain and France
for use as adversary aircraft.
11 February 2020 - Olivier Anstett painted textures for a Mirage 2000C in
Special 75th Anniversary markings of EC 1/3 'Navarre' at BA 133 Nancy-Ochey (LFSO).
The textures are for use with the FSX/P3D M2KC by Metal2Mesh.
5 February 2020 - Hopefully things will speed up soon. In the meantime, I never thought I'd see the
day of Mirage F1's doing touch and goes at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
Might be time for a trip to Las Vegas?
Have a look at this former Spanish Air Force F1M now owned by Draken International, Inc. The F1M fleet
was decommissioned in February 2013 and stored at Albacete Air Base
until Draken's purchase in September 2017.
25 January 2019 - Roland Laborie has released a second "New Generation French Fighter" for Prepar3D v4 under
the product name "FF-RAF-M_P3D4". This new version of the "Marine" is highly detailed
throughout and includes five high resolution liveries and a full suite of external fuel tanks and air-to-air/air-to-ground
weapons. This is a new model with a new mapping for textures. Repaints for the
original FSX model are not compatible with this new model.
18 January 2020 - It's been a slow month for Mirage flightsim news so far. But there are several
interesting things in progress that I've been told about. In the meantime, Jens-Ole Kjølberg sent a link
to a YouTube video of Fuerza Aérea Colombiana Kfir fighters.
The video is a promotional for several magazine articles so follow the links in the video notes below.
5 January 2020 - Philippe Wallaert has updated another FS2004 vintage Mirage subject for use in FSX and
Prepar3D v3 (32-bit). This time it is the Mirage IIIE by Patrice Grange.
This complete package includes new gauges where needed and has standard and widescreen
1 January 2020 -
Best Wishes and Happy New Year to All!
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