Gloster Javelin for FSX/FS20042 reviews
As the first aircraft of its kind, the twin-engine delta-winged Gloster Javelin at one stage served as a key part of the Royal Air Force, having been a key part of the 50s and 60s air force. Its T-tail made it stand out from the crowd and this was a significant part in its reputation becoming so popular. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 58 MB
With this model, you get to finally take on the Javelin in a way that does it some genuine justice - as far as the aircraft goes, you'll struggle to notice a difference between this and the real thing. With authentic flight specifications included throughout, you'll now finally be able to get into the cockpit of one of the 427 Javelins that were produced in the end, giving you the most effective way to finally try out an aircraft that is much loved but did not serve for as long as many people presumed that it would have.
With this excellent package, you will gain access to the Gloster Javelin in its various formats and styles - this includes the absolutely outstanding Gloster Javelin in all of its glory in the following forms;
- FAW.9, XH770/K, 11 Sqn, Geilenkirchen (Germany) 1964 (4 Firestreaks)
- FAW.9R, XH887, 64 Sqn, Tengah (Singapore) 1966 (2 Firestreaks, 2 tanks)
- FAW.9, XH898, 228 OCU, Leuchars (clean)
- FAW.9, XH897, A&AEE, Boscombe Down (clean)
- FAW.5, XA699, 5 Sqn, Laarbruch, 1961 (clean)
If you wish to fly this aircraft, you can do now do so through the extensive usage of the various liveries included. With each package you are gaining access to a real-life equivalent of this aircraft that has taken to the skies in the past, making a truly perfect rendition of this aircraft come to life and ensure that it looks as truly outstanding as it can, and maximizing the attention to detail.
Within this selection, you are given access to the full FSX version along with the most needed features to maximize the graphical output. This includes bump mapping, self-shadowing and reflective bloom FX to really bring the aircraft up to the highest possibly standards of realism, design and style throughout the model.
This is backed up perfectly by the addition of so many HD textures. Designed with the real aircraft in mind, this ensures that you are left with a model that looks brilliant and manages to really capture the depth and detail of the real thing. This also ensures that each texture included manages to really give you access to this aircraft in all of its glory, capturing the real style and format of the model whilst ensuring that it can come to life and really give users an appreciation of just how much of a unique aircraft this is.
The addition of the authentic soundset is another important factor, too. This boosts the audio and the overall realism of your flights in the cockpit of this aircraft and this in turn makes it much easier to fly later on down the line. Because of these features and additions, you will start to see an aircraft come to life that is very easy to fly thanks to the fact that every sound you hear is a direct relation to something that you have asked the aircraft to do - naturally, this improves flight capability and the strength of flight almost immeasurably.
Thanks to the sound and model quality, you are left with a huge level of performance that is hard to beat. The quality of the virtual cockpit, for example, means that you can easily take off in this model and easily fly around with every feature you need made accessible.
This includes an all-XML sound panel that is fully 2D; it's got total mousabiltiy as well as pop-up features for use of the autopilot as well as use of the radio. This makes it ten times easier for you to control the aircraft and get used to all of these much-needed features when you are flying at top speed.
You also get to use a manually-controlled afterburner visual affect that will actually come with a genuine performance boost. Many afterburner effects in a flight simulator are just visual and offer no real boost - but with this model, you'll fly faster. Please note that this is not available on the FAW.5 model.
This is helped by the inclusion of the brilliant addition of the animated speedbrakes and the extra animated canopy. Both of these features look great and make it really easy to control the aircrafts look and feel, making sure that you feel as if the whole model is operating as one and that everything that you press has a genuine reaction and consequence. Nothing has been included in this model that does not have some kind of response to it - giving you unprecedented levels of control across the board.
A highly authentic flight model that comes with truly working dynamics that ensure you will be flying an aircraft that feels fresh and invigorating whilst giving you a real boost to the way that it tends to feel during the flight. The dynamics and operational performance are based on reality.
Virtual cockpit rain effects are added in for those who are using FS9. This adds another little layer of realism to the aircraft whilst managing to capture the look and feel of the aircraft perfectly without reducing anything such as performance quality or the speed that your FSX operates at.
Working taxi and recognition lights that make it even easier to control the aircraft and give it the level of depth and performance that you need when you are flying this model, fully equipped with extra features to ensure that your flight - taking off or otherwise - can feel truly authentic.
An automatic smoke trail effect that ensures you'll get the help that you need in putting the whole thing together, as your flights will now feel far more natural. If you need help in seeing just what kind of power the Javelin is capable of hitting, try viewing the smoke trails!
Realistic crew figures that can be turned on/off at your own request helps to add that extra little layer of realism and class to the whole picture, making the most realistic and enjoyable model of this aircraft on the market feel even more realistic than it did in the past.
Founded in 1999 by Phil Perrott and originally named Alphasim who developed freeware aircraft for FS2004/FSX. Now rebranded as Virtavia who now publish payware add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D based on the old heavily modified Alphasim stock.
Virtavia has a focus on military aircraft add-ons compatible with FSX, Prepar3D, and X-Plane. Focusing on historic and modern military aircraft, their add-ons have been well received by flight sim pilots and rated highly.
SimShack stock the entire range of Virtavia add-ons and continue to list any new versions or releases announced by Virtavia.
Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
First and foremost let me say that the attention to the detail of the design of this model is brilliant. I've spent a lot of time researching the Javelin for my work in the past, and it was massively interesting to get to more or less fly inside one having spent a lot of time reviewing the aircraft from the wheels to the cockpit.
All of this realism and integrity to the authentic design was something I found really interesting in general and would recommend that anyone who wants to see a classy aircraft decides to check it out if they would like to see a first-class rendition of one of the most iconic aircraft of its time.
Each livery is timeless in their design and ensures you can easily enjoy a whole range of different models of this brilliant aircraft, whilst giving you all the aid that you need in getting used to the brilliant effects. The animations and features that roar into life from time to time are hugely impressive, and give you all the help that you could possibly need in giving your aircraft a real shove in the right direction.
I really was getting quite bored before using this so it was a lovely little shift in a new direction for me to try out something fresh and exciting, instead allowing me to get a bit of new perspective on something that I had spent researched before. I can say it's about as accurate as you'll get!
5/5 Verified Purchase
Very easy to fly aircraft in the pattern. Brakes on, power to 85%, release brakes, lift at 150 no flaps. Don't touch the throttle again. If you are a little hot on final, the air brake forgives your sins, your dad's and your grandpa's. Kiss the runway and release the airbrakes. 150 comes soon enough, and you're back in the pattern. Max juice it at sloppy 350 to 400 4 minutes to 30,000, immelman back to the airport and you'll exceed Doctor Mach, but not in level flight. Power on stall (@85%) at 10,000 happens at 100. Pitch forward recovers in 500 feet! This is a safe airplane. Transitioning to slow flight is easy with Javelins religious airbrake, but until you learn that trick, the Javelin is a petrifyingly perilous pest of the pattern that provokes profuse perspiration. Power management is difficult due to slow throttle response engines. Her pitch manners are challenging, and her roll is exceedingly quick. Her yaw axis is very stable, though. That stability, combined with her panel of two vors plus a glideslope and dme with a commendable HSI and radar altimeter make this an all weather aerobatic airplane. Buy it
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