FGFS Photo Gallery (v0.8.0 - v0.9.8)

I will typically put the most recent images first. In general, the closer you get to the bottom, the older the code was when the image was captured.

January 2005

January 28, 2005 - Frederic Bouvier has created a very nice model of Alcatraz near San Francisco.
alcatraz-real
alcatraz-real
alcatraz-fgfs
alcatraz-fgfs
January 18, 2005 - Coinciding with the official Airbus A380 roll out and unveiling of the new Airbus livery, here are a few screenshots of the FlightGear A380. Currently the model is in development and is not quite flyable.
A380-1
A380-1
A380-2
A380-2
A380-3
A380-3
A380-5
A380-5
A380-6
A380-6
A380-7
A380-7
A380-8
A380-8
Syd Adams has built a nice deHavilland Beaver and a nice Citation-II. Frederic built a very detailed model of Alcatraz. Here are a few pictures:
Citation-II-3d-panel
Citation-II-3d-panel
alcatraz-flyover
alcatraz-flyover
alcatraz-pickup
alcatraz-pickup
Recent images from Erik Hofman:
3dcockpitview
3dcockpitview
4plane
4plane
glasscockpit
glasscockpit

December 2003

Pictures of some of the San Francisco area. The buildings and bridges are modeled by Frederic Bouvier.
SFO-1
SFO-1
SFO-2
SFO-2
SFO-3
SFO-3

November 2003

Here is a 110 second movie of Lee's YF-23 doing some canyon flying south east of Mt. Ranier in Washington state. (19Mb)
fgfs-movie2
fgfs-movie2

September 2003

Here is a 60 second movie of Lee's YF-23 cruising over some SRTM derived terrain. (12Mb)
fgfs-movie1
fgfs-movie1

March 2003

A new terrain approximation algorithm has been implemented which yields much nicer results than the previous (really stupid) algorithm. Here are some samples from near the SFO bay area. The new algorithm does a much nicer job at preserving the important underlying terrain structure including ridges and valleys.
terrain1
terrain1
terrain2
terrain2
terrain3
terrain3
terrain4
terrain4
terrain5
terrain5
terrain6
terrain6

June 2002

Quite a bit of work has been done in support of 3d aircraft models and animation which can be viewed from tower or chase plane views. Also a few of our ground cover textures have been recently reworked. Here are a few images:
a4-01
An A4 flying northwest out of Minneapolis.
a4-02
Same A4 showing some of the new crop textures.
a4-03
This is kind of neat. Zoom in on the cockpit from an external view and you can see a fully working, live instrument panel through the canopy. This is the same exact instrument panel you see when you are inside the cockpit. No illusions or tricks here, just a fully working 3d animated cockpit visible from inside or out.

April 2002

Here are a few new screen shots taken in the March/April 2002 time frame.
c172KSFO
A Cessna 172 climbing out from KSFO. Note prop disk.
c172shortfinal
Cessna 172 on short final to KSFO 28R. Note instrument panel details and sample runway lights (not yet correctly placed ... runway lights are a work in progress.)
c310u3a-panel
Detail of the Cessna 310 U3A panel.

Open Glass Cockpit Project

FlightGear now has an interface to the OpenGC glass cockpit displays.
opengc-turning
OpenGC displays: Making a turn in the YASim 747.
opengc-tower
OpenGC displays: Lining up an approach to KLAX in the YASim 747.

Taxiways

We have added taxiways to the major world airports. These are part of the airport and navaid database maintained by Robin Peel.
KSFO-Approach1
KSFO-Approach1
KSFO-Approach2
KSFO-Approach2
KSFO-Approach3
KSFO-Approach3
KSFO-Approach4
KSFO-Approach4

Photo-real airport environments

FlightGear has some initial support for chopping up aerial/satellite photos and using them for scenery. Here is an example from KSJC (San Jose, CA) showing what can be done with a 64Mb video card.
KSJC-overhead1
Overhead shot showing Terminal A, the air cargo area, the end of runway 12R, and the new runway construction.
KSJC-overhead2
Another overhead shot with a Tucano in the foreground. Mipmapping is turned on which is causing the bluriness in the distance.
KSJC-DC-3-departing
A DC-3 departing KSJC. Note mipmapping is turned off which preserves much more of the image detail, but also introduces aliasing artifacts.
KSJC-DC-3-final
DC-3 shooting an ILS approach to runway 12R.
Here are a few screen shots from around the pattern. Note, these were used for a presentation on runway incursion issues. The final approach to Taxiway 'Y' is bad, bad, bad and will probably result in the loss of your ticket unless you have a really good excuse. Still, take offs and landings do mistakenly happen on this taxiway from time to time.
KSJC-pattern1
Departing runway 30L (view is from a tail mounted cam.)
KSJC-pattern2
Continuing the climb out.
KSJC-pattern3
Turning toward the down-wind leg of the pattern. Looking out the left window.
KSJC-pattern4
Heading down-wind (looking out the left window.)
KSJC-pattern5
Abeam the touchdown point.
KSJC-pattern6
Turning toward the base leg. This image is zoomed in a bit.
KSJC-pattern7
Final approach to taxiway "Y". Taxiway "Y" is the dark pavement straight ahead. The runway construction to the left is light. Taxiway "N" to the right is also light. Runway 30L even further to the left is dark. Runway 29 way to the left is easy to miss. You can almost see why taxiway "Y" can sucker in the less attentive pilots.
KSJC-pattern8
Continuing final approach to taxiway "Y".
KSJC-pattern9
There are no standard runway markings visible on taxiway "Y" which should be a tip off, but by now the pilot is (maybe?) noticing the commercial jet taxiing head on and has bigger problems to deal with. :-)
We have also created a method to easily place runway signs using an ascii text file, rather than having to do any 3d modeling. Here are some (sparse) examples.
KSJC-signex1
Runway <- 30L - 12R ->
KSJC-signex2
On taxiway F, about to intersect with taxiway Y.
KSJC-signex3
On taxiway Y, about to intersect with taxiway C.
KSJC-signex4
Zoomed in.

Multiple Display Synchronization

FlightGear has native support for synchronizing multiple displays via a network.
3panelFlightgear
3panelFlightgear
trucksim-comp-setup
Testing out some hardware ...
display-syncing
Flying up a river valley is *much* more exciting with the side views.

Land Use / Land Cover

David Megginson, recently added support for a global land cover/land use database. Here are some of the early results showing a variety of scenery types.
boston-night
Approaching Boston, MA at night from the NNE. Note, the thumbnail here does not show much because the subtle point lighting in the full size image does not shrink down well. Go ahead and click, trust me, it will look cool. :-)
florida
A satelite view, perched high above Miami, Florida. This is an actual screen shot taken from with the FlightGear program. It shows a variety of land cover and our extremely accurate coast lines.
lc1
Land of 10,000 lakes (Northern Minnesota, lakes, farmland, and forest)
lc2
50 miles SW of Las Vegas (desert, mountains, not much vegetation)
lc3
20 miles north of San Diego looking south back down the coast.
wh-tux
TuX patrols Woods Hole harbor (Elizabeth Islands, just north of Martha's Vinyard.)

Historical Images

Click here to see historical images chronicaling the development of Flightgear from 1996-2001.

Curtis L. Olson