Christopher Low

Flight Unlimited 3 memories

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My memories of Flight Unlimited go back to 1994 when I first saw screenshots of the original game in a computer magazine. At the time we only had a 386 PC and an Amiga 1200, so I could only fantasize. However in 1997 when FU2 came out I had a Pentium 133 so I bought the sim on release day. Still remember my first flight, sunset, clear skies, Beaver starting at Half Moon Bay. I was absolutely hooked on flight sims from then on.

Got FU3 when it came out in 1999 and was initially disappointed by the poor frame rates. However after getting a new PC, it became my main sim until about 2004. At this point, FS9 had come out, with decent ATC, and thanks to Megascenery, also passable photorealistic scenery. Yes, 5-6 years later, MSFS was finally catching up to FU2/3.

Then I was too busy with real life for a while, but in 2010 I started flying with OrbX scenery. To me, Prepar3D with OrbX regions and airports is the best thing at the moment. The frame rate issues and memory limitations of 32-bit are annoying, but when it works, it's amazing and just as atmospheric as FU2/3 back in the day.

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Nice to see you pop in here, Jimmi :good: 

 

On a side note....further back in this thread, I mentioned that I had written an updated article some time ago that combined parts of the PC Pilot FU2 and FU3 articles, with additional material. This is almost twice as long as the two articles that were published (close to four thousand words), and it might be the best way for any interested readers of this thread to get a flavour of those two articles now that the original magazines are out of print. Please let me know if any of you would like to read this, and I will post it :smile:

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Hello all, nice to see many others with Flight Unlimited memories. FU1 was my very first flight sim and I was hooked from the start. I'd spend many hours of my childhood doing loops and dives in the Sukhoi and Decathlon aircraft. Then FU2 came out and I enjoyed the realistic ATC and dynamic flight controls. I always took the Beaver out of Half Moon Bay and made runs to and around San Francisco.

After a while I finally got FU3, and was thrilled to learn I could reuse my FU2 CDs to return to the SanFran area once more. In the mean time I also tried Microsoft FSX, and while the aircraft and location selections were much better, the ATC really was disappointing compared to Flight Unlimited 2/3.

 

I'm really sad to learn that Looking Glass went under after Flight Unlimited 3, it was a great company and it really inspired me to learn more about aviation as a whole.

 

I apologize if this is seen as a necroing a dead thread, but I just wanted to express my appreciation to you guys for AVSIM having a Flight Unlimited section. Thanks guys! 

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It's nice to hear from another enthusiastic supporter of the Flight Unlimited series! I would love to see the FU series return, and I think that our best bet for that may be with Aerofly FS2. I am keeping a close eye on that one...

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I have the Best memories of the three: FU, FU2 and FU3 too, they certainly were a stonemarker in the history of pc-based flight simulation.

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On a side note....further back in this thread, I mentioned that I had written an updated article some time ago that combined parts of the PC Pilot FU2 and FU3 articles, with additional material. This is almost twice as long as the two articles that were published (close to four thousand words), and it might be the best way for any interested readers of this thread to get a flavour of those two articles now that the original magazines are out of print. Please let me know if any of you would like to read this, and I will post it :smile:

I like to read the article about this great sim.

Still have it installed on my W10 laptop and runs fine.

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Hey Chris! Long time no see. Been away from the flight sim stuff. I used to have the "Frank's Hangar" site. I was heavy into Flight Unlimited. Made a lot of scenery for FS 2004 than just decided I couldn't keep up with all the upgrades needed for the simulator. Besides making scenery after FS4 really changed. I just burnt out I guess. Now after years of laying low I have decided to build a really fast computer for once. Anyway nice making a visit here.

 

Frank B^)

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It's sad to see familiar names with "guest" in front of them now.....like ansgar, twsimfan, and staggerwing. All that remains are ghosts, and tumbleweed :sad:

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Hello Chris,

very nice to see you kidding and surrounding around here from time to time. :D

No "guest" in front of mine - still Ansgar - but with an attached "A" as footnote... ;)

As one of the basic founders of very nice time as FU3 free developer team you know the reason: It comes over us with the big HDD crash of avsim years ago.

Sometimes I also use my de-duster and start up our old nice baby with some of it's nice upgrades, or the "Reno race" - just to train my aged nerves .

Very kind greetings to all of you.

Ansgar Avermeyer

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Nice to see you again, Ansgar. I have not installed FU3 in over nine years, but the box still has a special place on my software shelf :smile: I am currently enjoying flying the PMDG 737 NGX and 747-400 around the UK and Ireland (plus a short hop across the North Sea to Amsterdam Schiphol), and I hope to add the PMDG 777F to my flight schedule very soon :cool:

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Wow some people still here and I'm still surprised i can remember by username and password.

I was clearing out some stuff off one of my old PC's a few weeks ago and came across a whole heap of FU3_UKS files and it got my mind ticking. I remember spending hours developing Lydd airport with a lot of help from Rob Driscoll and publishing it for other users, even though I had initially no idea what I was doing. After that I went searching and found 4 x CD's labelled FU3-UKS Base package .

I am tempted now to try and rebuild everything and start flying again but I suppose technology has moved so fast that it could be fraught with time consuming issues. I may try with FU2 and FU3 first and see where that goes and who knows maybe even try FU3_UKS if I have the patience.

It used to be a real pleasure to fly around on this sim, and one thing I remember was that most UK airports on the UKS version had Glidernuts hanger. Even Lydd had one half way down the taxiway to the runway. There was even one at Gatwick, in fact I think that's where you started.

Will come back and let you know if I managed to resurrect anything.

Happy Days.

Andy

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Just had a pleasant little flight, Coupeville Nolf, with Flt3 on my win8pro64bit pc today.Then started challenge 'Hikers Misadventure; challenge ran fine, but my flying skills didn't. :laugh:

Running dgvoodoo2 v2.5 got Flt3 functioning and looking right good. Brought back such pleasant memories; Flt3 and the fellas here at Avsim.

you all take care,

jimb

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My fond memories of FU3 began in the late 90's. It was around the time my nephew joined air cadets and I pitched in $ with my bro-inlaw and added lots of elbow grease to make him a virtual cockpit running FS 98. It was on one of my trips to local game and book stores while looking for FS addons and references that I noticed FU3 on the shelf of a videogame store. Later I sussed out reviews and read that it mostly covered greater Seattle, so decided it probably wouldn't be a game my nephew would enjoy. I'd been bitten by the flightsim bug while building my nephew's vc, so I'd just bought a CH Products stick and pedals and was looking to return to a hobby I hadn't enjoyed since the days of FS 3.1. That videogame store also sold used games and I noticed they also had a boxed copy of the previous edition of FU, which I'd read could be combined with 3 to extend it from Seattle to Frisco. I live in the Pacific NW, so that sounded very promising and I returned to snap up that FU2 box.

Shortly after on a trip to a book store that focused on computer books, I noticed a book dedicated to FU3 that was published by Sybex - a publisher I was familiar with for producing quality computer books. It looked like a sound read and was reasonably priced, so I snapped it up. When I finally got FU3 installed and running on my PC with my brand-spanking new Voodoo 3500, I was blown away by the visuals. I was even more impressed with the flight modeling which was a big step up from FS98. When I realized it had adventures that were a heckuva lot of fun to play, I deciced I also needed to get a copy for my nephew too which he enjoyed.

I still have that FU3 book, the 2 CD-ROMS, all the box inserts and the flattened game boxes buried somewhere deep in storage. I'm currently only flying FSX:SE for GA flight simming, but also fly Strike Fighters 2 and occasionally Falcon BMS, IL-2 CLOD and DCS. I'm tempted to reinstall FU3 just to play some of those adventures again, which IMO haven't been surpassed with anything available for FSX. Kudos to MS and the Aces dev team though, for embracing in FSX the potential Looking Glass Studios had tapped with FU3 adventures. I'm thinking it won't be easy to get it to work on the Win7 64 OS I run on my gaming rig. I might be disappointed for all the effort too, as fond memories of such games are usually viewed through rosy-tinted glasses. I did reinstall it about a decade ago on WinXP, but got a weird graphical line or 2 fouling up the cockpit display. I'm going to browse some of the threads here to see what other's experiences with resuscitating it have been like.

My absolutely fondest memory of FU3 is flying that adventure where you land on skis in a parking lot at Mt. Rainier lodge and rescue the park ranger - or was it a civilian.  😉 

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It's nice to see someone talking about FU3 after all these years. It has a very special place in my heart, and it always will ❤️

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