FlightGear livery database
Only liveries that flew, fly or are certain to fly in the near future are accepted, adding to the realism of the whole simulation. All liveries and paintkits are released under the GNU GPL license and are free to download.
The database was started in February 2009 by Gijs, as a place to collect liveries. At that time there was no standard in how to name liveries, not much support in how to create liveries and no place to submit liveries and share them with other users. The initial database was hosted on a free domain, which had its obvious disadvantages.
In December 2009, a paid domain was offered by Airborne Technologies. This brought a whole lot of new possibilities, including a MySql and PHP driven database. Nowadays those are the languages used to run the database. Over the past years, the database has been extended with many functions. Including personal pages - listing an author's liveries, thumbnails, and more recently an option to control various layout aspects has been added.
On January 20, 2012 all liveries that lacked a download were deleted from the server. Most of those got lost when the former server suddenly quit (all the way back in December 2009). As we were able to save the list of liveries, they ended up in the database eventough the files got lost. To save liveries from future server failures, backups are nowadays made on a regularly basis.
As of May 2012, the nearly 800 liveries have a combined size of little over 1 GB.
- February 2009: database started
- December 22, 2009: moved to the current domain
- June 29, 2011: 500th livery
- October 8, 2011: 600th livery
- March 9, 2012: 700th livery
- October 20, 2013: 1000th livery