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If you really want to take off comfortably there is absolutely no way around the famous MS-Product - according to the public opinion. However, this short overview on the flight simulators currently developed under GPL for Linux will show that this opinion is not necessarily correct.


 
Flightgear

Flightgear might be the most out-standing flight simulator in development. Flightgear-Screenshot By using OpenGl and a large amount of textures, this game is able to create a highly realistic scenario. Obviously, work is still in progress, since there are many updates released regularly. Due to the high interest in this game, the homepage at http://www.flightgear.org has a lot of traffic and one of the mirrors at http://www.flightgear.org/Mirrors/ should be used instead. 

Joystick and sound are already supported. Unfortunately, the joystick-support does not include landing and taking off.
Similar to the big brother Microsoft it is also possible to change the scenery files. These can be downloaded from the internet for free.
Like in every "realistic" flight simulator the handling is rather complicated and before starting your first (or second) flight you had better go through the documentation at http://www.menet.umn.edu/~curt/fgfs/Docs/InstallGuide/getstart.html .
 

Sabre Flight Plane Simulator

Another flight simulator is Sabre for Linux that simulates the planes F-86 SabreJet, F-84 ThunderJet and F-51 Mustang.

Sabre-Screenshot
It is possible to run the game either under X-windows or on the console in SVGA-mode. The graphics look rather crude and neither sound nor network support have been included. This game is still in development and you can find the homepage at http://sabre.cobite.com .
 
ACM and TC

Two other simulators are ACM (Air Combat Simulator:  http://pw1.netcom.com/~Errainey/acm.html) and ACM-ScreenshotTC (Theatre Commander:  http://thor.cam.ac.uk/~ac212/tc/). Both games mainly support network options and are still in an alpha state. However, with your help the waiting time for these games could be seriously reduced.

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