by Charles Gulick
A Game of
|North Position: 17058||Rudder: 32767|
|East Position: 20995||Ailerons: 32767|
|Altitude: 76||Flaps: 0|
|Pitch: 358||Elevators: 40959|
|Bank: 0||Time: 9:00|
|Heading: 250||Season: 2-Spring|
|Airspeed: 81||Wind: 10 Kts, 270|
|At times the simulator simply
will not accept this mode, and the plane
will crash due to a rapid drop in airspeed. However, the parameters are
correct for a safe flight as described. If you experience repeated
failures, I'd suggest you try another adventure, and then try this one
again later. Sometimes, just a moment or so in Adventure 12, for
example, makes this mode work properly.
You are at a hairy altitude in slow flight over the East River, just where it bends west under Manhattan Bridge. The southern extremity of Manhattan is on your right and Brooklyn is on your left. The people in all the buildings have come to their windows at the sound of your throttled-back engine. The people in the streets have all stopped to watch, too, wondering if you're going to buy it (and I don't mean purchase it). The phones are also ringing off the hook in every police precinct in the area.
Because, yes, you're going to fly-or try to fly-between the superstructure and the roadway of Manhattan Bridge, passing just to the right of the center pier. You've only a few feet to spare.
The chances are excellent if you don't touch the controls, because you're pretty stable just as you are. Sit this first one out and watch. The actual fly-through happens pretty fast, because Manhattan Bridge is, after all, only a road's width on the landscape.
|Relive this adventure a few times using reset (Recall on IBM).|
|Take different views each time
you make the pass to see the event from
several angles. Try a radar close-up, too. And if you nave any doubts
that you're actually just above the traffic level, take a straight-down
view and see the bridge go by under you.
|After a few passes, take the
controls and try some variations. Maybe
fly under some sections. Maybe over at other points. You can try
But sometimes, in the real world, only once.