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Goto www.realairsimulations.com and check it out for yourself. Only 1 hour and 20 minutes until I get to go home and play!I've been waiting for this release, thanks to the folks at Real Air Simulations!JohnnyKTUS

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Saw the post, purchased straight away! Downloading now!Between Sean's preview shots, RealAir's Citabria for Fly!2 and Francois' mini-preview I knew that I didn't have to wait to see what everyone thought of it before buying! :-)Iain Spowart,Scotland.Webmaster and photographer,Scottish Claymores 2002Cheerleaders Fan Sitehttp://avsim.iainspowart.com/2002-s.jpghttp://www.claymorescheerleaders.comhttp://www.iainspowart.com

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Hope you didnt pay for that US paint scheme...USAF Nationalinsignia do not appear on both wings. Upper wing left sideand lower right side only.Eric

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If you look closer, you'll notice the 'N' number. This a/c is flown by Air Combat USA. Why do I bother?jb

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>If you look closer, you'll notice the 'N' number. This a/c >is flown by Air Combat USA. Why do I bother? >Just had to look up the one I flew....Back in 1996 and N402F (Combat USA's)L.Adamson

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FANTASTIC!! Flying it at night is awesome. Some of the best night lighting done to date. (multi-texture on to see the back-lit gauges) The VC Panel is stunning. The bar just went up again with this one.

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Let me add my initial reactions to this plane...an absolute 100% stunner!! I just had time to do a quick circuit around Meigs, but the flight was unlike any I've had with FS2k2--wonderful control response, great smoke effects that just encourage aerobatic experimentation, and yes, I managed a spin the first time out. Also, I approached Meigs hot and high and did a sideslip that I've never seen before in FS2k2--and on replay with smoke on, you can really see the dramatic and prolonged slips that are possible. This plane just opens up a whole new dimension. I must admit, the landing was hardly a greaser, but even an asymmetric bang down onto the runway looks, sounds and feels so realistic. This set of planes is worth every penny (or quid) of its price. I expected a lot--its more than I expected. Richard Ball

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Shane All I can say It you have the extra 25 in your wallet go for itI have had the good fortune to use their products in the past andit's worth it!!. Plus I know Mr Young and Co from Fly2K's V88 models(even helped a bit with the Navajo) and the attention to the flightmodel is amoung the best bar none. So in short get it!! I know I will. They were the first to get an AC to side slip just about asclose to the real thing as I have EVER seen BTW something that adds greatly to "reality" more than all the bells and wistles. Dan

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Hi Oyvind,You should find frame rates as good as any default aircraft, and that is the case here when we tested it on a few different systems. The Virtual Cockpit is almost the same frame rate as the 2d panels.If you want even smoother flying, turn "gauge quality" to "low" in the Fs2002 display/aircraft menu. Even at "low" quality settings our gauges are still sharper than many aircraft on "high" settings :)Rob YoungRealAir Simulations

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Thanks, maybe I'll try it out, as I love the Citabria package for FlyII.- Oyvind

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Downloaded it last night but unfortunately had to go to work today!Managed a few flights in it tonight and I am really impressed. :-)This is one of the first virtual-cockpits I have seen where I don't need to zoom out or move my eyepoint for a perfect view. Top marks!Iain Spowart,Scotland.http://www.iainspowart.com

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EarthDragon, Whether the $25 is a fair price depends on the pleasure you might get from this craft. I've had only a limited time with it, but can tell you I've gotten immense satisfaction from it. I like the heavy metal on occasion, but the real pleasure of flying for me comes from smaller craft whose flight characteristics seem well modeled, such that I sense a realistic simulation of flight. Boy, does this plane give that in spades. Also, the RealAir team seem to have made Microsoft look really good (but why didn't MS do this well)--the plane is beautiful, lots of eye candy (in vc view, you can open the canopy, see the latch mechanism operate and the reflective canapy slide nicely), all that we now expect. I also just noticed that Rob and team have really done so many details right. In flight, cutting back either the prop control or the mixture results in the correct response of fuel flow. All instruments are sharp and have smooth responses. As far as framerates go, with the Cessna at Meigs, with my setup am getting about 16 fps in vc view--the SM gives maybe 15 or so--maybe 1-2 fps less at most, no real difference in smoothness. And finally, the aerobatic capabilities are exactly as good as their website suggests. I tried the MS Extra a few minutes ago as a comparison--the Extra just doesn't respond logically--it spontaneously reverses spin rotation direction and does other erratic things--ugh! Anyway, if anyone has doubts about the value of this plane, give it a try--it reflects a real labor of love and to me is worth every penny.REB

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Richard,I wouldn't even mention the Extra 300 in the same sentence as the SF.260! MS probably spent less time on all the default aircraft than RealAir did on the SF! I don't think I've ever seen an ADI as smooth as the one in the SF.260 2D cockpit. This is closer to 'real' than I've ever seen in FlightSim!I wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow so I could spend more time flying it! :-)Iain Spowart,Scotland.http://www.iainspowart.com

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IainThanks for your comments and I am delighted that you like the SF260I know for a fact that over 2000 hours have been spent in creating this craft.Both Rob and Sean are masters and perfectionists in their trade.We were shocked at the very poor capability of flight models in MSFS and also the gaps and errors in the flight engine capability.Rob has beavered away refusing to give in and using his creative flight modelling capability to bring us this flight model.Quality never comes cheap in dollars or frayed nerves of the developers trying to push the limits of realism.knowing what has gone into this is $25 too expensive??? only the sales will tell.Peter

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