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While on my lengthy Etihad Dreamliner flight from KIAD to OMAA my route took me overhead London. Shorlty after departure I went to bed as a) it was dark and there was nothing to see and b) it was late. When I woke up in the morning we were approaching Ireland and the sun was rising.

First up was an El Al jumbo on it's way from the US to Tel Aviv

It Smeeeeee!

La Compagnie 757, not many of these about, probably returning from the East Coast to Paris

Definitely over Ireland now...

Wow, don't know whether this is a glitch in my AI setup or those guys over at the MilitaryAIWorks have done an amazing job with the C17 plans. Either way, a tight formation of US C17s on their way back home...

Local traffic with a little Canadian in the background.

Nice view of the Isle of Wight...

A Gulfstream approaching Farnborough, looks a bit high to me but I always underestimate those AI pilots (and their super strength landing gear).

Another local approaching Heathrow from the north... from the North? how can you tell? well... the weather's rubbish.

Sunair Dornier 328 Jet (not many of these around either) over the South Coast.

Aurigny ATR making it's way down to the Channel Islands.

The real reason I wanted to make this post. While browsing Super Traffic Board for any interesting AI traffic I noticed a few entries for a Spitfire!!??? I recall the RealAir Spitfire came with an AI model, some retro scenery of West Malling and some AI plans. I share my FSX and P3Dv4 AI setup so here they are in all their glory. It's not very realistic, West Malling was turned into a housing estate.

On approach to West Malling where, in it's less residential moments, it was home to Spitfires, Mosquitos, Vampires, Meteors, Mustangs, Hurricanes, Beaufighters and Typhoons (the first one's, not the most recent).

P3D doing a good job of rendering the rolling green hills of Kent (all while I fly overhead in an airliner)

Very short final

Touchdown! I take back what I said about the AI pilots, they were doing a really nice job handling these Spits, probably more due to do with the extremely well tuned flight model but there we go, it looked good.

For reasons I never established they started landing and taking off from different ends of the runway, somehow managing not to crash into each other (that I noticed).

Turning crosswind...

Leaving the UK now with the busy port of Dover beneath us and the delights of Dungeness Nuclear Power Station and Beachy Head in the background.

I was amazed that P3D didn't bat an eyelid while my viewpoint danced around all these aircraft as I flew overhead, I'd never dare do that in FSX. Orbx Global made Kent look like the Garden of England it really is (I can't imagine how much better Orbx England would make it look) and as we left the UK on our way to the Middle East I was really glad I invest all that time, money and energy in sorting out my AI setup (and Super Traffic Board which made finding them all so easy).

Back to A340s now....


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Very cool series... we don't see nearly enough AI in the Screenshots, they are very often astounding (John Young's military modelling springs to mind but he is not alone).

And they add so much to the sim.
Nice post. 

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Great collection of shots.  Love the sky colors in the first screenshot.


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