Watch out! Alabeo’s Gee Bee Model Z has landed on Steam this week. This is a very interesting aircraft in that only one of them was ever manufactured. The Granville Gee Bee Model Z was designed for the sole purpose of winning the Thompson Trophy, which it did in 1931. The Model Z was constructed in only five weeks. Essentially, the aim was to use the biggest engine and smallest airframe possible, which explains the tubby appearance of the aircraft.
Following the 1931 Thompson Air Race, the aircraft was fitted with an even more powerful engine than before, a Pratt & Whitney 750hp supercharger. The Model Z was flown primarily by Lowell Bayles, who was tragically killed whilst attempting a world record for speed in December 1931.. The crash was supposedly caused by the failure of the gasoline tank cap, which may have come loose and passed through the windshield.
Since 1931, two replica Model Zs have been constructed, one in Florida and one in Washington.
To experience the excitement of this early racing bird, check it out in the FSX: Steam Edition shop: http://store.steampowered.com/app/379231
In addition to Alabeo’s Gee Bee Model Z, we have two more fantastic SIM720 airports for you this week:
McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ)
McClellan-Palomar Airport, located in Carlsbad, California, is an excellent addition to the SIM720 airport family, especially due to its close proximity to Catalina and Santa Barbara Airports, and is a must-have for West Coast simmers. McClellan–Palomar Airport covers 466 acres and has one asphalt runway. The airport is the fourth busiest airport with one runway in the United States, and it named for Gerald McClellan, an aviator and civic leader in San Diego’s North County area.
The SIM720 version of McClellan-Palomar Airport has been created as a replica of the real world site. The package includes a wealth of custom created and placed objects and a high resolution ground polygon. In addition the precision placement of runways and taxiways and the custom night-lighting provide incredibly realistic take-off and landing experiences.
Check out SIM720’s McClellan-Palomar Airport in our Steam shop: http://store.steampowered.com/app/352200
East Frisian Islands (EDWZ, EDWR, EDWJ, EDWL, EDWY)
These five airports on the islands of Baltrum, Borkum, Juist, Langeoog and Norderney are all part of the East Frisian Islands off the coasts of Germany and Holland. Borkum is the largest of the islands, located just 30 kilometres from the mainland it is Germany’s most North-Westerly point. Although in the past, the island was popular amongst whalers and pirates, it is now part of a National Park, as are the rest of the islands, and is an ideal place to escape to, and fly from island to island. Borkum Airport, which is one meter above sea level, has one asphalt runway exactly one kilometer long and two grass runways just short of a kilometer each.
Additional features of both McClellan-Palomar Airport and the East Frisian Islands Airport pack:
- High-res ground polygon.
- Photo-real layout and textures (30cm resolution).
- Hand placed hi-res buildings within airport boundaries.
- Extensive library of airport clutter.
- Animated People.
- Accurate taxiway lanes.
- Custom made static aircraft.
- Custom night-lighting.
- Compatible with Default, MegaSceneryEarth California and Orbx Global.
The East Frisian Island Airport pack is now available for FSX: Steam Edition and can be found here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/352186