It feels kind of odd…such a long period with so few new scenery files released – either freeware or otherwise. Indeed, it feels as if freeware files are simply drying up altogether…at least new files coming from long established developers. But – maybe that’s a good thing, assuming payware devs are about to release a bunch of new files for the holidays
Payware heavy metal? The market for rumors runs high, with various 747s still in the works and Fly-J-Sim allegedly working on a major upgrade to the Dash-8 Q400. The SSG CRJ-700…? It could be months before we hear more or it could release next week, because the business model for such things thrives on secrecy.
On the scenery front, we’ve still got aeroSoft’s two biggies on the near horizon – Genoa and Geneva – as well as Short Final’s EDDM München, but I’d like to make a request…no, a plea…that aeroSoft fully update EHAM Amsterdam. As you’ll see below, this early v10 airport is simply crying out for the full PBM/HDR treatment, and with some further mods to night textures and additions to the surrounding area, this file could once again be the class of X-plane.
Anyway, here we go again…off on another tangent!
So, up first today: one of the most famous airliners in U.S. aviation history.
The Spirit of Delta story begins in 1982 when three Delta flight attendants began a fundraising effort to raise 30 million buckeroos – so that employees could buy the airline a brand new 767; the effort was called Project 767 and it was an all-volunteer effort. Astonishingly, the project succeeded – quicker than expected, too – and not long after the new aircraft showed up in Atlanta. After a brief ceremony, N102DA flew off to Tampa and into revenue service, and she continued to do so for the next 24 years. After a brief farewell tour in 2006, N102DA retired to Delta’s Flight Museum, and you can visit her in Atlanta any time you like…or you might just watch this video instead:
Anyway, fscabral brings N102DA to X-plane in a new paint for the new FF 767-200ER. This version is for the original 1982 paint-scheme, and though the aircraft wore many paints commemorating special events during her time in the skies, she was repainted in this version one last time before moving to the museum. fscabral’s paint captures all the details you’d expect, and she’s imaged at Short Final’s KLAX.
Also at LAX, the default MD-80 wearing her last pre-merger AirCal paint.
AirCal MD-80 here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/48448-aircal-xp11-md-80/
Next up, a 1990s Finnair paint for the Rotate MD-80, seen at Helsinki, a Baboo Dash-8 Q400 at Lugano, and Fly-J-Sim’s 732 at KABQ wearing three different Continental paints. The first is the newest version, and the third is an older version of the same livery…the primary difference being the size if the font used to spell out Continental. I think the older paint is more accurate, but that could just be me. The Baboo paint is a rare one in X-plane, and the carrier had an extensive route network both in the Alps and around the immediate region, so you might consider this one a Must Have. Of course, the Finnair paint is pure class. The Continental paints imaged at the Short Final KABQ, our pick for Scenery File of the Year last year.
Now, another rarity, for the Finnish carrier Blue 1. This paint for the Avroliner Project’s RJ-85, and we’ll end today with a few more odds and ends for the FF 767 series after this.
Get the payware Avroliner Project RJ85 here: https://avroliner.com
And the Blue1 paint here: https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/48455-airliner-project-rj85-blue1-oh-saj/
And last…for the FF 767 Extended series, a Martinair package with all three variants packaged in one folder, this imaged at EHAM; a revised SAS Star Alliance, then UTAir and fscabral’s reworked cockpit textures.
These new cockpit textures are weathered, a little brighter, and a little less green at night. Worth experimenting on further.
Really…can you imagine a brand new 767 for only 30 million buckeroos? What are they running now? 300 million? Jeez-Louise!
Hasta later! – C