by Charles Gulick
|North Position: 21000||Rudder: 32767|
|East Position: 6429||Ailerons: 32767|
|Altitude: 4000||Flaps: 0|
|Pitch: 0||Elevators: 36863 (64 and Atari)|
|Bank: 0||Elevators: 34815 (Apple only)|
|Heading: 350||Time: 15:00|
|Airspeed: 126||Season: 3-Summer|
|Throttle: 22527||Wind: 4 Kts, 160|
|You're about 34 miles from
Spanaway Airport, and all set to pick up a
heading to McChord OMNI. But then you glance off to your right and see
a weird-looking object. Just have to fly over and see what that thing
is-a crashed aircraft, fallen-down skyscraper, chip off the old block?
When this mysterious object is straight ahead out your windscreen, pause to look at it a bit. It looks like an inclined runway, with a snow bank at the end of it, or a ledge that drops off rather abruptly to punish those who don't get airborne quickly enough. (In the Apple version, you won't see anything remotely resembling a snowbank.) If it's a mountain, it sure has an odd shape.
Unpause and continue flying straight toward it.
|No, no! I said fly straight
toward it. Hey! Fly toward it!
Where'd that thing go, anyway? And what was it, or is it?
My guess is that it was-or is-a hole Bruce Artwick tore in his orthogonal coordinate grid overlaid on his Lambert Conformal Conic Projection. Maybe one day in frustration....