O.K. I'm sure some of the sceptics out there are saying, sure Steve, where did you come up with a Lear Jet? And what's up with New York? You live in Vegas. Well, I can swear that I took this picture and flew this Lear Jet under that damn bridge.
I suppose a critical missing part of this story was that I was sitting behind my computer playing on Microsofts Flight Simulator. I mean to say, this is the most fun you can have on a computer without a real plane. I mean the detail and reality is beyond amazing. Just view this panel in LARGE and you can see that every guage is spot on. Things like speed, altitude, attitude, direction, wheels, flaps and every other thing a good panel should tell you about. It even starts out with full tanks and dares you not to run out of fuel.
I stopped flying five years ago and my son just recently sent this to me to keep me "up in the air" The planes include everything from a gas powered hang glider up to a 747. For sport, P-51 Mustangs, the Extra 300 stunt planes which I have some good knowledge of and even some F/A 18 Hornets with which I've been buzzing the Las Vegas Strip with. If you have some wanderlust, there are over 24,000 different airfields.
I could go on and on with this speech, so suffice to say I'm enjoying the game.
P.S. I don't work for Microsoft plus I believe they don't make these anymore.
P.P.S. The picture is made by hitting a pause button and then just taking a picture of the screen.