A Flight Simulator Odyssey

by Charles Gulick

Top Secret Base

Chart: Jacksonville
En Route Coordinates:
   Aircraft: N11536, E19272
   Tower: --
   Aircraft: 1500
   Tower: --
Heading: 274
Time: Daylight

Tell you what. There are what sure look like rocket gantry towers out there. There are even nine of them. Even at this distance you can count them. But I'll tell you something else: That isn't the Kennedy Space Center, and its nowhere near Cape Canaveral. You're well west of both. If you check your map, you'll see the Cape area and the ocean are far be-hind you.

So what are those rocket gantry towers doing out there in the middle of Florida swampland? Have we stumbled on a secret rocket installation? Is this some kind of camouflage, or a trick done with mirrors? There's only one way to find out. I recommend we fly straight ahead and land just this side of the towers for a closer look. That may solve the mystery.

So, unpause and do just that. We'll continue this conversation when we're parked down there by the towers.

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