A Flight Simulator Odyssey

by Charles Gulick

Building Contract

Chart: San Francisco
Title: BLDG CONTRACT En Route Coordinates:
   Aircraft: N17423, E5072
   Tower: --
   Aircraft: 587
   Tower: --
Heading: 135
Time: Daylight

This is another assignment from film director Steven Spielhof. A chopper is chasing you, and you are to fly between the twin sets of buildings straight ahead of you (the second two are very tough), then to the right of the next building you see (black in most versions). When you pass that building, bank left sharply and fly between the first two buildings that come into view. Then continue across San Francisco Bay and land on the little strip of green at the foot of Bay Bridge.


Golden Gate Bridge to the rear

Seeing you are a professional stunt pilot, you will certainly have checked out the elevation on that little patch of ground, but I'll remind you: It's 17 feet.

After you land, and with the chopper still chasing you, you jump out of the plane, run straight ahead, dive into the bay, and swim to the nearest point on the opposite shoreline. To enhance realism, the marksman firing at you from the chopper is, of course, using live ammunition.

Did you remember, by the way, to empty your pockets? In particular, did you put that advance paycheck in a safe place?

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