Magazine article National Defense

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000-Professional Edition

Magazine article National Defense

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000-Professional Edition

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This is not your father's flight simulator, but a whole new, more capable, realistic and improved flight envelope. Yet, it remains compatible with a plethora of add-ons and works with previous versions.

The professional version contains more aircraft and cities. It adds Boston; Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Berlin; Tokyo, and Rome. It has more than 20,000 airports and lots of editing tools.

Terrain details must be classed as amazing (considering that the database is global), both in its accuracy, as well as day and night textures that include city lights and vehicles moving on roads. Fly down to Las Vegas, and as you pass over the strip, you'll see such landmarks as the Luxor and the MGM Grand hotels.

You get to fly everything from helicopters (Bell 206); private planes that include Cessna, Mooney, and King Air; business aircraft, such as the Learjet; all the way up the scale to commercial airliners, such as the Mach 2 Concorde and the Boeing 777. …

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