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Award Winning Stainless Games Brings New Levels To Wight Aviation Museum

Two flight simulators at Wight Aviation Museum (WAM) have been enhanced with the assistance of Island based videogame development studio, Stainless Games.

When WAM needed a high- performance graphics PC to run the latest software on a 3D flight simulation exhibit, Stainless Games provided us with suitable hardware.

The exhibit uses a 3D headset, enabling anyone who wants practice real-world challenges of flying.

It is housed in our genuine Bulldog fuselage, and visitors using it can experience taking off and flying above the Island.

Another fully playable exhibit is of Stainless Games' 2008 title, Red Baron Arcade.

The original Red Baron was released in arcade cabinet form by Atari in 1980, and was notable for being the first "first-person" video flight simulator.

A spiritual successor to this pioneering title, Red Baron Arcade was built on Stainless Games' advanced physics code, resulting in an experience that closely mimics the experience of flying these early planes.

"The Red Baron"; was the nickname of German ace-of-aces, Manfred von Richthofen - inspired by the paint schemes on his Albatross and Fokker planes.

Between 1916 and his death in April 1918, he had downed 80 planes.

His 39th attributed kill was 18-year-old pilot Keith Mackenzie, born in Ryde.

Neil Barnden of Stainless Games said:

"The Wight Aviation Museum is a brilliant celebration of the Island's rich aviation heritage.

"The founders of Stainless and many of our staff are Islanders by birth or marriage and can trace family lineage that has been involved in some way with that aeronautical heritage.

"Stainless is therefore proud to be able to help the museum in a way that brings our two industries together"

Stainless Games were welcomed to the museum and given a tour before being set free to put the Red Baron and other simulators through their paces.

Neil also volunteered to create new head-in- the-hole boards for the museum using graphic AI tools.

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