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September 17, 2003 - EAA AirVenture Museum visitors will have a unique, exciting opportunity to enjoy the real and virtual worlds of flight in the same location on Sunday, September 28, when the museum hosts a Flight Simulator Day. Visitors can enjoy EAA's world-class aircraft collection and try their hands at Microsoft's new Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight software, which will be available at several stations located throughout the facility. The new simulator software was launched at EAA AirVenture this summer.

Microsoft and EAA collaborated on several features in the new version of the world's most popular flight simulation software, including:

    • EAA's Ford Tri-Motor accurately modeled in the new software;

    • EAA's Spirit of St. Louis replica provided flight data for the virtual airplane in the new software;

    • The Wright Flyer cradle cockpit was designed by EAA to showcase the capabilities of the first successful powered aircraft.

Just outside of the museum, many of the most popular airplanes featured in Flight Simulator 2004 will be on display. Several of the airplanes, including the actual Ford Tri-Motor used in the new software, as well as a Piper Cub and Spirit of St. Louis replica, will be available for passenger flights from the museum's Pioneer Airport (weather permitting; passenger flights require additional fees).

Learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 at http://www.microsoft.com/games/flightsimulator.

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