More Science from Spooked911
This time he's got a challenge:
1) Obtain the Microsoft Flight Simulator Software and install it.
2) Learn to fly a Cessna 172 prop plane (if you already are a pilot, you can skip this).
3) Download and install the Boeing 767 plug-in, and take-off from Boston Logan airport.
4) Navigate to Manhattan as fast and efficiently as possible, then accelerate to 540 mph-- and on your FIRST ATTEMPT, fly perfectly through the middle of lower Manhattan, where the WTC used to be.
5) Let me know if you succeed.
If you DO succeed, also try a run taking off from Washington Dulles with a Boeing 757, going west for an hour, then turn around, and navigate to the Pentagon and try the "Hani Hanjour maneuver" (a 270 degree turn at 500 mph, then level off and approach the Pentagon on a flat approach, only a few feet off the ground.
Of course, you know what the toughest part of this challenge is? No, it's not buying Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's the part where you have to "take-off from Logan Airport". I've got an older Flight Simulator program; I think the name was F-2000, which simulated the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Drove me crazy trying to learn how to take-off with that plane. Apparently the designers realized that this was difficult, because they included an option where you could just take over the controls in mid-air (as happened on 9-11).
And when that difficult part was removed, flying the plane itself was actually quite easy.