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Schimmer Blog

Mark Schimmer's Flight Sim blog

Role - Contributor

About - German based IT specialist, Mark Schimmer enjoys both virtual and real world aviation.

State of play: May 2011

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FSX flying has been a mixed bunch of experiences lately. My rig for flight simming is quite good now, I almost have no performance problems, but the flight controls just plainly suck. I went through all kind of expensive Yokes (Saitek Pro etc) and different sticks, but I came to find that all these modern, highly advanced controllers tend to act up and have some serious incompatibilities.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2011 03:55

Connecting game port rudder pedals to newer joysticks

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The article is about connecting game port rudder pedals to the Saitek X-45 but it may help with other game-port style rudders and newer sticks.

Connecting gameport rudders to USB
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2011 03:34

Peenemunde 2000

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Heavy Metal and Heavy Water...

MiG-23 Flogger

Mark Schimmer reported: August 8th, 2000 - " I have not been to the Luftwaffe airfield yet, but I had a week long trip to Berlin and also visited Peenemuende, where the "Secret Weapons" of the 3rd Reich (V1, V2 and others) were developed. Quite impressive place.

The Russians had an airbase there, too, and left a few old Migs and Sukhois when they departed a few years ago. I took a few shots (too few, I must say) and tonight I send you a couple of them.

The poor lad next to the planes is yours truly. I'd rather sat inside the Migs! But then, they are smaller than I thought, and the cockpit seemed like it was designed for dwarfs. I probably could not have squeezed my 6"2 frame inside of that!"

Read on: MiGs at Peenemunde

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2011 03:25

Flying T-6 Texans in Germany

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Mark Schimmer
Article - Flying T-6 Texans in Germany, 2006
Date - 2006
Author - Mark Schimmer
Description - "I was able to fulfill a dream last week, that is, I always wanted to fly in a World War 2 piston-powered fighter aircraft."

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2011 03:21