NoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 7803 times:
Does anyone here remember their first FS addon?
I remember coming across flightsim.com back in '97 at college, and suddenly realising there was a whole load of aircraft you could download completely free for Flightsim! My first download was a BA 737-200 in their 'Rendezvous' world tail, and I remember flying it from the default BHX (in FS95 just a runway in the middle of nowhere! ) with the default 737 sound and panel (okay a tad unrealistic for the old "pocket rocket" but that was the moment that changed my FS life forever! The download was but 41K and after a few weeks I regularly had dozens of FS aircraft on a single floppy disk that I used to transport between home and college (no internet access at home back then!)...
I now have hundreds of aircraft as well as loads of scenery (and I've even started paying for addons now!!
What were yours?
And does this make me officially .....(in FS terms!)
AC21365 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 7800 times:
Some random DC-9 For Flightsim 5.1 It was the coolest thing that had happened to flight simming, as far as I knew. Heh, I never woulda thought I'd be making the screenshots that I have back then. Then again, I was only 10 years old at the time.
SWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7611 times:
Quoting Atco2b (Reply 7): I had a 747-400 add-on. Had the liveries of BA (Old and New), Virgin, JAL, Air France and so on. Was really good, even could activate seatbelts/smoking signs!
Woow... even seatbelt signs!
Fun to share but a little bit of topic,
My first "official IFR flight" was if I believe in 1994 ( I was 13 years of age!) on FS5.0 in the learjet 35a from Chicago to New York!
I'll never forget the style I used to get there,
Take a map of the USA, take a radiant ruler, put the ruler with the correct radiant to NY, it showed 110°, take of at KCGX, turn right to course 110°, tune in to JFK VORTAC (117.50?? if I remember correctly!) and wait till you get the VOR and cheer;
LAND IN SIGHT or better NY!
FSIM colombus style!
(Because between Chicago and NY there was nothing rendered of VOR's let alone airfields!)
and today I fly the PSS A340 merged with POSKY's A340 from Zürich to Bangkok and singapore, as real as the real bird just as routinely as going to the grocery store!
FSIM has come a loooooong way!
Web From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7479 times:
Mine was an Aero Commander 520 (or some 5xx model, I don't remember) for FS2002 from flightsim, and it took me forever to get it up and running because I didn't know squat about how to install it, but once it was there, I flew it and thought how cool it was and how realistic it looked compared to the default planes. Now I have around 100 planes (all AI, since I use AI planes for flying as well) each with an average of 5 repaints, and have written roughly 3,650 flightplans for them all. The only thing I haven't changed is the scenery (non-airport).
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9643 posts, RR: 42
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7485 times:
First add-on was probably Fireball XL5 (!) from Flightsim.com for FSS98 or FS2000. I don't bother with freeware aircraft anymore, having got a few excellent payware examples; PMDG 737 & 747, PSS A330/340, Abacus VC-10. I still take a few scenery updates, though.
The first payware was some potentially good but dreadfully executed BA stuff from a company whose name I can't remember. One of the flight magazines got so many letters of complaint about them that they asked for a comment. The company told them to get stuffed and threatened to sue if anything was published about them. I think they lasted a couple of months after that.
The first legit payware would have been World Airports, I think.
Jumpseatflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7292 times:
I feel so fresh here. Back in the FS5 days I was still... let's see... under the impression that girls indeed had cooties. I do, however, recall playing FS5 once. Couldn't even get the Cessna up. I must have been 7 or 8.
I learned on FS2000. First download was through my brother-- Meridian VA 737-300. Wonderful memories on all those flights around Memphis. A lot of the time I was using field-centered VORS as Localizers until I was visual w/ the field. I tried that in Pittsburgh. Clueless boy of twelve.
FS2002 was MY first sim... most memorable download has to be Mexicana 727. I find Mexico very attractive for its high field altitude/ocean environment.
FS2004... I've donwloaded so many hundreds of files by now I couldn't tell you what the first was, but my favorite thus far is the POSKY CRJ-200.
FaroeFlyer From Faroe Islands, joined Aug 2005, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7213 times:
Sorry can't remember my first addon but am pretty sure it was downloaded from www.flightsim.com.
I got my first pc in 1990 which came with FS3 on a 360k floppy. Yes those were the days. Played default for many versions. Not until FS98 (I thinK) did I start downloading addons. My first payware addon wasn't until recently. Probably ActiveSky 2004.