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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight Screenshots (Windows)

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Windows version

Cessna C208 Grand Caravan in Flight Simulator 2004
DH88 Comet screenshot 1
DH88 Comet screenshot 2
DH88 Comet screenshot 3
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Lake District UK, with VFR Photo Scenery and VFR Terrain add-ons.
This is the Welcome screen that's displayed on entering the flight simulator for the first time. On subsequent flights the default start screen is the create / select a flight screen.
The News section. I was connected to the internet at the time, I guess that by 2012 the web site had moved on to flight simulator X
The simulation is tagged 'A Century of Flight'. This is the section where the player can access the key planes of that century. Here the 'Spirit of St Loius' is targetted for selection
Opening up the 'Spirit of St Louis' from the 'Century of Flight' menu brings up the story of Charles Lindberg's epic flight. From here the player can follow a link to the recreation of the flight.
The Spirit of St Louis has two historic flight links. In practice they are the same flight because selecting either one takes the player to the same flight in the Flight Selection menu.
The Flight selection menu showing the Spirit of St Louis' historic flight all pre-planned and ready to load.
Having selected the flight the simulation brings up a description and, further down, a list of way points and course headings.
When starting out on a new flight the simulator goes through the process of loading all the relevant scenery files. Depending on the machine and the number of add-ons this can take seconds or minutes
When all the pre-loading is done the plane is ready to fly. The briefing notes are still available to read now or in-flight. There are icons on the dashboard to access the notes and other controls.
This plane is a pig to fly and with no forward view its a miracle that Lindbergh made it at all. In the simulator the player can opt for an alternate view so they can see where they're going.
The menu bar at the top of the screen gives access to in-flight controls. Here it's been used to access the view options menu to select a 'spot plane' view of the Spirit of St Louis
An in-flight view of the Spirit of St Louis. The player can move around the plane and view from any angle
The player can also zoom in & out to a ridiculous degree. This is the space between the dot and the 'i' in the word Spirit that's painted on the plane's nose
The main screen of the Flying Lessons section. There are lessons for Student, Private, Instrument, Commercial & Airline pilots, each with half a dozen sections
An example of one of the student pilot lessons. There's a lot to the lesson which is illustrated with charts & pictures and is very readable
The Learning Centre is accessed via a tab on the left. It is a series of over 30 well illustrated 'How To' articles
The settings menu allows the player to adjust the keyboard command assignments, realism settings and much, much more
This is the Scenery Library. It's where add-on scenery packs are listed. Areas of the world that are not being used can be deselected to improve performance
The Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny " from the 1918 Hell's Stretch historic flight. The flight can be paused to allow the date, time, weather, view and even the plane to be changed via drop down menus
Mid flight the player can access this menu from the menu bar and change the plane they're flying. This is the same plane selection screen that's used in the 'Create A Flight' section
After using the 'Change Aircraft' menu option the de Havilland Comet replaces the Curtiss JN-4 'Jenny' in the skies over the New York airfield
The simulator features two Beechcraft planes, the Baron 58 and this, the Beechcraft King Air 350 seen here shortly after taking off from Orlando airport in Florida at dusk
This is the Bell 206B JetRanger taking off from Manchester airport (UK) at dusk. As it's Manchester naturally it's raining.
The Boeing 737-400 is one of three Boeings included in the simulation, each comes with a choice of livery. Here it's American Pacific livery on the tarmac at Hawaii's Hilo International airport.
The Boeing 777-300 in Pacifica livery climbing away from Hawaii's Hilo airport
The Bombardier Learjet 45 on the tarmac at General Jose Antonio Anzoa airfield in Venezuela
There are three Cessna aircraft in the simulation, The Skyhawk Sp 172, the Skylane 182S and this the iconic Caravan C208B seen in it's amphibian role
This is the weather selection screen. It can be accessed in-flight or in the Flight Creation section. It allows real-world real-time weather information to affect the flight
The Douglas DC3 'Dakota' taking off from the Queen Alia International airport, Jordan. The Dakota comes in four different liveries
This is the Extra 300S, an acrobatic plane that's flown by Patty Wagstaff on the tarmac at Crown Point airport, Trinidad and Tobago
This is the Ford Trimotor just after take-off from Crown Point airport, Trinidad and Tobago. It's default scenery but the waves lapping on the shore really adds to the realism.
Amelia Earhart flew this Lockheed Vega 5C around the world in 1931. Here it's just taken off from Damascus International airport, Syria
Mooney is an aircraft manufacturer I hadn't heard of. They made fast planes powered with Porsche engines. This is their Bravo model flying over Suriname
The Piper J-3 Cub is the plane that, allegedly, 75% of all American airmen in WWII learned to fly in. Here it's flying a circuit around Bratsk airport, Russia
This is the airport selection menu. It can be accessed when creating a flight or during a flight. The next plane will be flying from an airstrip in Australia
The Robinson 2-seat Beta II helicopter is the second helicopter included in the simulation. Here its on the tarmac of Eilat airport, Israel
The Schweizer 2-32 sailplane is the only sailplane included in the simulation. It's been included in the series since 1989 when it was introduced in Microsoft Flight Simulator (v4.0).
This plane made the Vickers Vimy that made the first transatlantic crossing and the first flight from England to Australia. Here it's landing at Melbourne International.
Fittingly the final aircraft in the simulation is the one that started it all, the Wright Flyer.
The cockpit of the Boeing 737. On the display just below the windscreen are seven icons, one of them is labelled in this shot. These are toggle switches which display additional instrument panels.
Here the icons for the throttles and the GPS have been selected. The player can use the mouse to drag these panels around the screen so that they do not obscure the view
All cockpits feature 'clickable' controls so the player can use one hand to pilot the plane while the other uses the other controls. Controls are labelled but these can be turned off for added realism
One of the great things about the flight simulator series is the ability to add to it. Here a 3rd party Concorde is flying over the default New York scenery