Flight Unlimited is a 1995 flight simulator video game developed and
published by Looking Glass Technologies. It allows the player to pilot
reproductions of five aircraft and to perform aerobatic stunts. A
virtual instructor teaches basic and advanced flight techniques, such as
Immelmann turns (diagram pictured) and Lomcevak tumbles. The first self-
published game released by Looking Glass, Flight Unlimited was intended
to establish the company as a major video game publisher and to compete
with the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise. Project leader Seamus
Blackley, a particle physicist formerly of Fermilab, used real-time
computational fluid dynamics calculations to code a simulated atmosphere
for Flight Unlimited. Previous flight simulators had often used wind
tunnel data to determine a plane's motion, which precluded complex
maneuvers. The game was a commercial and critical success that spawned
three sequels: Flight Unlimited II (1997), Flight Unlimited III (1999)
and Jane's Attack Squadron (2002). Soon after Flight
Unlimited 's completion, Blackley was fired from Looking Glass;
he went on to design Jurassic Park: Trespasser for Dreamworks
Interactive, and later spearheaded development of the Xbox at Microsoft.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_Unlimited>
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