Palomino: Competition for Flightgear

Jun 18, 2009

The GPL flight simulator Palomino from Jim Brooks has, with the integration of OSSIM and the 3D graphic tool OpenSceneGraph, become serious competition for Flightgear.

Written in C++ and LUA and using Cmake, Palomino is a multi-platform application with the option of OSSIM (Open Source Software Image Map) compilation, enabling on-screen rendering of satellite images like Google Earth or NASA Worldwind.

Tomcat landing
F 14 Tomcat Carrier Landing

Developed by US American Jim Brooks, the software is available in version number 20090615. Despite some impressive screenshots, handling and the range of functions suggests Palomino is still taking its first unsteady steps. An excerpt of the gameplay showing a landing on an aircraft carrier can be seen on YouTube. Brooks however, holds documentation close to his chest.

Translating the software from the sources: Version 2.8 of OpenSceneGraph library, Cmake and the optional FLTK, PLIB for the sound and OSSIM for the satellite surface, takes time. The source code, along with four packages of data regarding modules, interface and sounds, can be found at Sourceforge.

Palomino screenshot
Source: palomino 3d.org

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