FlyingIron Simulations has released the F6F-5 Hellcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The carrier-borne Hellcat was used by the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War Two. It first appeared in August 1943, taking part in some of the greatest air battles of the Pacific. The aircraft was incredibly successful in battle, accounting for more than half of all airborne kills from the US Navy.
The aircraft from FlyingIron Simulations sports highly detailed 3D artwork to capture every part of the real airframe. It features a Wwise 3D sound set recorded from a real F6F Hellcat, an authentic flight model including a new ground handling physics and was extensively tested by real-world warbird pilots.
The engine and cockpit systems are realistically modelled, including water injection, automated flaps and supercharger so the aircraft must be flown as per real-world procedures. An optional engine damage model includes thermodynamics modelling to simulate the heating and cooling effects on the engine.
A custom tablet sports various options such as maintenance and live aircraft reports or swapping the integrated GNS530 GPS for a collimated gunsight. A comprehensive user manual is also included, along with reference tables, charts and procedures.
The F6F-5 Hellcat is available on the FlyingIron website for AUD$45.