Poetry in motion
The iconic Supermarine Spitfire has been represented in flight simulation form ever since the very beginning of the hobby, both in standalone combat simulations and in civilian platforms as warbirds. Today, you will find add-on examples of this beautiful aircraft for FSX, Prepar3D, X-Plane, DCS World, IL-2 Sturmovik (to name but a few), and now, thanks to FlyingIron Simulations, Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS). For any developer, such a popular aircraft brings with it the challenge of making their individual example stand out from the crowd. So, the question that first has to be asked at the start of any Spitfire project is ‘what are the key and distinctive elements of the aircraft?’ In this review, we will be examining those unique traits and characteristic features of Reginald Mitchell’s masterpiece and then see how well these elements have been modelled in FlyingIron Simulations’ Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX?