A Flight Simulator Odyssey

by Charles Gulick

Chapter 5 - Scenery Disk 11

Tiger Field

Chart: Detroit
Ground Coordinates:
   Aircraft: N17448 (17448.327), E18105 (18105.815)
   Tower: N17441.101, E18097.304
   Aircraft: 0
   Tower: 632 (Unreliable. Change to correct if needed.)
Heading: 251 (253)
Time: Daylight

So you can make an imposing debut in Scenery Disk 11, here's your own private flying field in the heart of Detroit. We'll call it Tiger Field because you're parked opposite Tiger Stadium, visible out the right front. We also could have called' it Riverside Field or Ambassador Field, because you're scenically positioned alongside the Detroit River, with the magnificently simulated Ambassador Bridge ahead of you. Behind-.; you is the equally well-detailed Renaissance Center, the relatively new 73-story symbol of Detroit's downtown resurgence

Detroit was founded in 1701 by Sieur Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (Don't you love those French names?). He selected it as a center for the fur-trading industry because of its location on the strait connecting Lake Huron to the north and Lake Erie. So now you know where Cadillacs got the name Cadillac.

For a fun takeoff, fly toward some part of the Ambassador Bridge as soon as you're airborne, and buzz the roadway traffic. An observer (if you have tower capability) is on the bridge, close to the center of the span. You can climb toward his position (and for some real thrills, keep the tower view and fly in various directions around the bridge, viewing your plane with the bridge structure in the foreground.)

After you've flown a bit, shoot a landing on a heading of about 250, in the same direction as your takeoff, passing the Renaissance Center on your final.

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