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|NVIDIA-Powered PCs Power Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” and “Microsoft® Flight Simulator™” Virtual Wright Flyer Cradles
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As part of the interactive “Countdown to Kitty Hawk” exhibits, NVIDIA-powered PCs are also being used for specially-designed 1903 Wright Flyer virtual cradles running the soon-to-be-released “Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight” software. The cradles, which will be part of the touring pavilion, allow would-be pilots to operate the virtual aircraft from a horizontal hip cradle, using hand levers and a shifting hip mechanism to control virtual takeoffs and landings in front of a giant panoramic projection screen. NVIDIA’s GeForce4 graphics processing units (GPUs) were selected for the cradles for their ability to deliver an ideal blend of performance and features for bringing the historic flyer to life.
“NVIDIA’s commitment of technical resources and expertise allows visitors to EAA’s ‘Countdown to Kitty Hawk’ pavilion to virtually experience flying the way that the ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ programmers intended,” said EAA President, U.S. Centennial of Flight Commissioner and former acrobatic pilot Tom Poberezny. “Thanks to NVIDIA’s generosity and Microsoft’s realistic simulation software, the public can experience the thrill of flying as the Wright brothers did nearly 100 years ago."
David Roman, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA added: “Being a part of EAA’s ‘Countdown to Kitty Hawk’ is very exciting as it gives us a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of today’s sophisticated GeForce GPUs and bring aviation history to life.”
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July 4 - 20, 2003
Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at Inventing Flight Celebration, Dayton, Ohio
July 29 - Aug. 4, 2003
Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wis.
Aug. 23 - Sept. 2, 2003
Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, Wash.
Oct. 7-9, 2003
Tour Stop of EAA’s 2003 Wright Flyer at National Business Aviation Association’s 56th Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Dec. 13 - 17, 2003
About EAA’s “Countdown to Kitty Hawk Presented By Ford Motor Company”
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