40 Great Flight Simulator Adventures

by Charles Gulick

Manhattan Bridge

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
Throttle: 9760

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 anything once.
    But sometimes, in the real world, only once.

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