…So Where Would You Put Your New Authentic Flight Simulator?

“T here’s no room for anything else — that’s why my wife had to go!” said John Davis, who reportedly built a Boeing 747 flight simulator in a room in his house to use for a full-time business back in 2007, according to this article written by AddyDugdale of Gizmodo.


There is no need to be jealous, as you too can own your own genuine Boeing 747-200 flight simulator if you are the winning bidder from this auction — there is actually a second one available as well — but when René deLambert first alerted his readers to the auction through this article at Renés Points, the bidding was at $110.00.

Now both of those flight simulators are bid at $750.00 at the time this article was written — which does not include an Internet premium of 18 percent and sales tax of 7.125 percent. While that latest bid increased the price by almost seven times — and Shirley another bid will raise the price further within the next five days during which the auction will remain active — that is still a good deal on a piece of equipment which originally cost millions of dollars.

I know, I know — don’t call you Shirley. I lost myself there for a moment…

…So Where Would You Put Your New Authentic Flight Simulator?

…but now lose yourself for a moment: let us say that you won the bid for one of those two flight simulators. Where would you put your new authentic flight simulator?

For starters, you will need a space of at least two stories which can house it — and because of the hydraulics below, you will need a clean and level surface where you can build a raised platform and a “gangplank” of sorts to get from your platform to the entrance of the flight simulator…

…and what about regular maintenance of the equipment? What if something goes wrong? What if you need parts or a repair? Who are you going to call? Ghostbusters?!?


I have been in real flight simulators multiple times. They are fun to experience — unless you are a pilot seeking to renew your certification — but there is only so much time you can spend in one until you tire of the experience…

…unless you are an enterprising individual who seeks to forge a business opportunity out of it — and even that is fraught with its own problems.

You are probably better off paying $425.00 for an hour for an unforgettable experience in an authentic Boeing 737-200 full motion flight simulator at the Delta Flight Museum to simply have some fun with it — and walking out afterwards without having to be concerned about maintaining it.

I have written extensively about the Delta Flight Museum in this article and this article; and those articles contain plenty of photographs and links in which you might be interested.

You could have also participated in this flight simulator outing at Heathrow Airport with FlyerTalk members — courtesy of British Airways — for a fee of £425.00 per person; and one of those sessions occurred earlier today.

In the meantime, if you are still interested in bidding for a genuine flight simulator, there are no fewer than nine from which to choose of several different aircraft models which are currently up for auction — including this Boeing 747-400 flight simulator

…but hurry, as the auctions are scheduled to end on or before Thursday, October 13, 2016 — and if you have the winning bid, be prepared to arrange — and pay for — shipping of your new toy…

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

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