Handley-Page Hampden for X-Plane
The Handley-Page Hampden was an aircraft that was very nearly obsolete when it went into service. One of the first British bombers to see service in World War, it carried a payload similar to the Wellington and Whitley but was much faster and more maneuverable. Read more...
- X-Plane 11
- File size
- 46 MB
It was the newest design of these three, sporting a very slender fuselage and fixed guns. It was indeed faster and more agile but the defensive armament was inadequate and was later updated. Known as the "Flying Suitcase" due to its narrow fuselage and cramped crew positions, the Hampden was nearly as fast as the Blenheim but carried 4 x the load twice as far.
It was initially used in daylight raids until combat losses dictated an improvement in defensive armament as well as a switch to night ops.
At night, the Hampden continued with success in raids on Germany and participated in the first "1,000 bombers" raid before being withdrawn in 1942.
This old AlphaSim/Virtavia favorite has been completely overhauled for X-Plane 11. Whilst improvements have been made to the already very good exterior model, the main attraction is the all-new and highly detailed cockpit model.
The PBR textures and an FMOD sounds package really bring this 1938 British medium bomber to life. And totally VR-ready!
Extensive flight testing was done using the HTC Vive to hone the experience to perfection. The Hampden pilot enjoys superior visibility compared to similar aircraft of the era, making this a superb classic sight-seeing platform for VR users.
Two big radials and a taildragger configuration require some skill to master on the ground, this will appeal to those who enjoy sharpening their skills.
Once airborne, the Hampden, whilst certainly not fast, is agile and delightful to fly. A landing speed of only 70kts makes the experience very similar to modern GA types, but the roar of the old single-row radial Pegasus engines is a reminder that this early monoplane was not intended to be 'civil'...
Aircraft variants included
- B.Mk.1, 185 Sqn., Cottesmore, 1939
- B.Mk.1, 144 Sqn., North Luffenham, 1942
- B.Mk.1, 1404 (Met) Flight, Coastal Command, 1943
- B.Mk.1, Torpedo Development Unit, 1939
- TB.Mk.1, 415 Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force, 1943
- TB.Mk.1, 489 Sqdn, Royal NZ Force, 1944
- PBR materials/textures used throughout
- VR ready
- FMOD sounds package with 4-stage engine sounds, canopy muting, switch clicks, and other unique cockpit sounds
- very detailed cockpit with numerous animations and mousable controls
- working Automatic Controls (VS hold only, limited to 200kts)
- working Lorentz Instrument (uses DME/NAV1 LOC)
- animated automatic leading-edge slats
- togglable crew figures
- separate animated front and rear canopies, animated ventral hatch, and bomb bay doors
- animated cowl flaps with rotary handle control in cockpit
- authentic flight model with a checklist
- 19-page illustrated User Operating Manual
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.
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