Reviews & Testemonials

"Happiness is the realization of infantile desires" Sigmund Freud

My childhood dream was to fly. Somehow, someway, I had to find a way to fly or at least simulate flight. At ten years of age, I couldn't have known or even guessed that I would wait nearly forty years for others to bring the magic of simulated flight to the world via that modern marvel, the computer.

All of us that have flown flight simulators over the years, have our own pet peeves about the aspects of the sim that get in the way of "immersion". My pet peeve is the presence of a keyboard and mouse in the cockpit. The planes I llike to fly - the World War II propeller babies - simply didn't have such devices. Just seeing them in a vintage cockpit irritates me. Having to use them to fly is worse. The very machine that is making flight simulation possible, is also ruining the immersion.

So what was the difference between the Spitsim and my own generic rig at home (in the USA).
Number One - The Tangible. I could fly the plane like a real plane without looking at a keyboard or groping around for a mouse. When I wanted to raise or drop the landing gear, I didn't look down, I just placed my hand on the lever and activated it. Same with the flaps. The greatest realization for me was that suddenly I understood why the throttle and the elevator trim wheel were adjacent to one another - because every change in throttle setting required a change in elevator trim.

Number Two - the Ineffable, The Inexplicable. Once the light was dimmed, there was no room, no walls about me. Only a big engine cowling up front, a blurred propeller disc,
a wing to either side seen through the internal reflections of the canopy. Below me was a sun drenched Malta and ahead the blue Mediterranean Sea. Once again it is the spring
of 1943........

Anyway, I signed up for a Spitsim. It won't be cheap, and it'll take a while to get.

But it's the closest I can get to flying a Spitfire for less than two million dollars.

I think Sigmund was right.

John N. (aka The Buff) North Carolina. USA

  (John has since taken delivery of his Spitsim & installed it in a cockpit section)

" The whole thing is very well engineered and a delight to fly (I've averaged 50hrs a month online with it in Aces High since getting it in Dec 08)"

Simon S.
To see Simon's full set up go to www.swift72.co.uk

Since buying my Spitfire simulator, I would like to say how much pleasure it has given me over many hours.

What I like about it is it is so realistic and gives a real flight experience. I sit down to enjoy flying the spitfire for an hour, only to find I have been flying for four hours.

I was in the RAF and have always enjoyed flying. I thoroughly recommend the Spitsim as it is the next best thing to actually flying a real Spitfire, and I expect to enjoy my purchase for many years to come.

David H. Shropshire.

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