This one is especially dedicated to our French readers out there!
France has a supremely rich aviation history that encompasses all the fields in the industry, including a vast selection of military aircraft. Just a few days ago, we brought you the news about AzurPoly’s intention to bring the Transall C-160 to Microsoft Flight Simulator. Today, we’re introducing you to a recent freeware release that adds a fairly interesting rendition of the Dassault Mirage F1 to the simulator!
This free aircraft is brought to us by faf_Alex, a developer who picked up on the previous work of Kirk Olsson and Henk Schuitemaker for FSX and P3D and brought it to Microsoft Flight Simulator. It’s certainly an old artistic work, but it has been modernized to fit the higher visual standards in MSFS.
The result is an aircraft that certainly doesn’t match the visual fidelity of high-end payware products but surely stands well above the average freeware aircraft and even many low-grade paid airplanes! This Mirage F1 looks good and flies well, features a fairly interactive and detailed cockpit, good sounds, animations, and even a parachute-break and afterburner effect!
This model represents the reconnaissance version of the Mirage F1. Since the release earlier this month, the developer has issued a series of updates that have fixed or improved certain areas of the experience, which is a good sign for the future of this project.
Note that this is heavily work-in-progress, so take it as it is. Cold starts are not possible at this time, but there’s always the old and trusty ctrl+e command to help it get started. Ground maneuverability is quite good, as is the take-off roll and behavior in flight.
If you’re a fan of French military aviation history or simply of the Mirage F1 in particular, this freeware release proves to be a cool and casual introduction to the aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Worth checking out!