1. Chemy JMHT's Avatar


    Taking control of a flight simulator can be hard work when you don't know a thing about airplanes, but for retired military pilots, it seems that controlling a virtual plane is still second nature. On Reddit, user jwsimmons has been describing occasional ventures over to assisted living homes with a full flight simulator setup so that seniors, including a number of veterans, can try taking to the skies. Jwsimmons says that it's been quite successful, and that with a few tweaks to make the controls a bit simpler, the experienced pilots he's shown it to have had few problems recognizing all of the dials, throttles, and other commands needed to fly.



    Setting up the game and teaching vets and other seniors how to play it is apparently a hobby of jwsimmons, who says that it has been brought an assisted living home every month or two for close to a year now. The game it uses, War Thunder, is a massively multiplayer flight and battle sim, but jwsimmons says that all of the planes used during the assisted living demonstrations have been disarmed, so there's no combat. "Wanted to keep it all positive," jwsimmons writes. "They'd fly and reminisce." The setup also includes an Oculus Rift, so that its users can feel just like they're actually flying, though jwsimmons seems to start people out just flying on a TV for the sake of simplicity.



    Jwsimmons published photos and write-ups of the initial experiences with War Thunder at assisted-living homes last year, but one photo rose to attention on Reddit late Sunday night. In updates in that thread, jwsimmons says that the setup has been improved since then, which can be seen in a recent series of photos and a video (below) showing that it's become a bit more involved. Jwsimmons says that the photo above, which gained attention on Reddit, shows a pilot named Jack who flew Wildcats, Hellcats, Corsairs, and a number of other planes and helicopters during World War II. "Hell of a pilot on the PC as well," jwsimmons writes.



    Source:
    - Oculus Rift lets elderly veteran pilots fly again | The Verge

    PS.: I know this is a pretty old article, but pretty good know than now we all have more options.
    09-09-2016 01:37 AM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    Now THAT is a flight SIM! Anyone old enough to remember Microsoft Flight Simulator?
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    09-09-2016 01:11 PM
  3. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    Of course I remember MS Flight Simulator, I have two brothers, me and my older brother used to play Master of Orion 1, and the other brother used to make fun of us because it was the only war where the action is just about clicking, but he played Flight Simulator, and he makes the take off and once in the air he started the autopilot with the coordinates and then he used to go to see TV after a 4 hours flight until the airplane needs again a pilot to the landing and that kind of stuff.
    09-09-2016 02:42 PM
  4. pkcable's Avatar
    Of course I remember MS Flight Simulator, I have two brothers, me and my older brother used to play Master of Orion 1, and the other brother used to make fun of us because it was the only war where the action is just about clicking, but he played Flight Simulator, and he makes the take off and once in the air he started the autopilot with the coordinates and then he used to go to see TV after a 4 hours flight until the airplane needs again a pilot to the landing and that kind of stuff.
    I always preferred the Red Baron game from Sierra. It wasn't as accurate as MS Simulator, but DAMN was it fun. I used to belong to a long since defunct online service that Sierra used to run called TSN (NOT that Canadian sports channel!), then INN, and eventually owned by AT&T. We would play against other people and you got to fly over Paris, so what some of us used to do was before we started fighting we would have to go once around the Eiffel Tower, which was actually a little ways away and you HAD to know the way, but experienced players did. It was so cool!

    It was FAR from VR, but it kinda felt like you were there. Besides the flight sim, they had a couple RPG games too. And a ton of card and board games. Here's a video I found about it....

    09-12-2016 10:23 AM

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