There are certain releases in the flight simulator community that just shock me. Either the release was unexpected (at least by me) or the quality of the aircraft was so good, I wonder how it could possibly be released as freeware. Another one of these shocking releases happened.
Boeing’s 797 is a fictitious double deck, blended wing airliner with seating for 1,000 passengers. Capable of flying 8,800 nm, the 797 can move a lot of people around the world efficiently. Whether or not the 797 is actually real, or ever will be real has been a debate for quite a while, with rumors and discussions popping up across the internet.
Lionheart Creations has taken the 797 design and made it a reality for the Microsoft Flight Simulator family, FSX & FS9. William Ortis left no detail behind when he created this monster. The windows, landing gear, engines, virtual cockpit, and stairs are of superb quality. Flying this distinct looking bird around the virtual skies is an experience that you will never forget.
The only drawback is the size of the model. Not only is it a 65mb download, but the model itself contains 32-bit textures and tips the rendering scales at 65,000 polygons. While the user can improve frame rates by converting to DXT-3, the sheer size of this model will leave low-end systems stuttering. Still, the flying experience is worth it.