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P-51 Mustang Fighter Leader for FSX

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition logoThis addon is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator X. It should also work with Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition. Some developers have explicitly stated compatibilty with Steam Edition but others haven't. Check the product description below for guaranteed compatibility. Just because it doesn't mention it, this does not mean it will not work with the Steam Edition.
P-51 Mustang Fighter Leader for FSX

Media format: Immediate Download
Compatibility: Microsoft Flight Simulator X
File size: 140 MB

In this comprehensive package, you will get access to the P-51 B, C & III aircraft. This manages to capture all of those tiny little details and inclusions that we all love to see in a flight simulation project, bringing it all to life and taking into count things you might never even noticed. With hours of hard work and commitment put into this complete package, you will easily get to see the difference between the original FSX aircraft and what is achievable when you use modifications and add-ons to ramp things up.

Outside of the various graphical improvements over the original, this also comes with far better functionality and general quality than what you would have considered before. Within this one package, you will gain access to so many different aircraft to take off into the skies with! You’ll get access to the P-51B, the P-51C and the Mustang III aircraft. This all comes together in the most stunning fashion possible and really puts all of this features that you need – and want – in place to give you accurate, agile and professional aircraft. As some of the original fighter aircraft that have been used in the past these were used regularly for low-level attacks as well as numerous dogfights throughout the Second World War.

This brings into everything stunning, sharp contrast and makes it easier than ever before to master the aircrafts features. With everything laid out in such clear and decisive fashion, you’ll be able to get a completely representative version of the aircraft included – from the small and insignificant to the absolutely necessary; this creates the perfect package for any WW2 enthusiasts, or for those who want to fly something retro.

About The Mustang P-51

The aircraft included in this package first came on the scene as a prototype in 1940; roughly 102 days after the original decision to create them had been agreed. Seen as the next step up in aviation quality and the ability to conduct warfare far more efficiently than in the past, these long-range war vehicles were seen as a key part in the development and growth of aviation as a whole. They provided speed, agility, strength and firepower all in the one nimble fighter and ensured that military aviation could move on from the First World War in some style.

This made a massive change to proceedings, and the P-51 Mustang family was officially born. Originally flying with an Allison V-1710 engine, these aircraft were limited to high-altitude performance and therefore were seen as a little bit tricky at first. However, the P-51 got through its early teething pains and by 1943; the P-51B was on the scene. It was a massive improvement over the original and was used in things like escort bombings and raids across the German countryside. It helped to sway the tide of the aerial battles and helped to guarantee that the Allies would be the victors of the air battles, and eventually the whole war.

By early 1945, the P-51C was on the market and was being used by various companies such as the Chinese Nationalist Air Force. They were used to attack various Japanese targets and became a hugely reputable member of the US Air Force for a period. While it was a relative latecomer to the wars in the Pacific, it was a turning point in the battle and made sure that it was capable to break through enemy lines and give them a fair fight in the skies, resulting in eventual victory.

What’s included?

Inside this bumper package, you will gain access to ten awesome aircraft all in varying styles of the main three provided. This will give you all the help that you need in becoming more than familiar with the aircraft on display here

  • A Packard Merlin soundset that makes the whole thing come to life perfectly and ensures you will have no problems in hearing, as well as seeing, the massive effect and change in FSX

  • A full livery package that delivers many different skins and models (discussed below) so that you can get the perfect look for your chosen aircraft

  • Accurate and original manuals that make sure you will have no problems whatsoever in deciphering how to fly these aircraft, as the original pilots learned

  • In-cockpit checklist feature to make sure you don’t forget to do anything during the flight; this can be the difference between either landing or crashing!

  • In this package specifically, you gain access to three main ranges of aircraft with various styles and liveries for each;

    • The Mustang P-51B comes  with five liveries, giving you the Factory Delivered, Ding Hao!, Shangri-La, Sleepytime Gal and old Crow liveries

    • The Mustang P-51C comes with the Princess Elisabeth, Dodgy and Ina the Macon Belle liveries

    • The Mustang P-51 II is delivered with the 112 Squadron FB-309 and 133 Wing FB-382 designs to give you the perfect selection of liveries

Each aircraft comes fitted with stunning designs and various other features to make sure you can really understand what is going on and how they operate. With hours wroth of learning from historians and experts about each aircraft, this acts as the definitive listing in terms of operational quality, realism and class. If you want to see how the old pilots fought – and won – World War II, start with these!

Aircraft Information

Each aircraft was naturally different from the others, and performed at a higher level than the last. Even if the differences seemed small, it was enough to make them unique from one another with various changes such as;

North American P-51B-5-NA Mustang

Flown by the 23rd Fighter Group, this aircraft was eventually lost in China after only being created in Inglewood in 1943. It served as a memorable part of the battalion before being destroyed.

North American P-51B-5-NA Mustang

Flown by Major James Howard of the 356th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group. It was also part of the 9th Air Force.

North American P-51C-10-NT Mustang

This equivalent of the Mustang was used by Dan Friedkin of the Comanche Warbirds in Texas. It was made in the colors of Bill Whisner’s P-51B, and served in the 487th Fighter squadron, 352nd Fighter Group.

North American P-51C-10-NT Mustang

This version of the Mustang was part of the Fantasy of Flight group in Florida, and was flown by Kermit Weeks. It was the personal aircraft of Lt. Lee Archer, too, was part of the 302nd Fighter squadron, 332nd Fighter Group.

North American P-51B-5-NA Mustang

Flown by Captain Don Gentile of the 336th Fighter squadron, 4th Fighter Group, it was part of the 8th Air Force and served a key role for many years to come.

North American Mustang Mk.III, FB-309

Flown by Flight Lieutenant Raymond V. Hearn of the RAF 112 Squadron.

North American P-51B-10-NA Mustang

Flown by Lieutenant Clarence E. Sullivan Jr. of the 376th Fighter squadron, 361st Fighter Group. Was based in Bottisham, UK, and this is based on a sighting from the middle of 1944.

North American P-51C-10-NT Mustang

Flown by Captain Hans Zachmann of the 2nd Fighter squadron, 52nd Fighter Group. Was part of the 15th Air Force of the USAAF and was based in Madna, Italy.

North American Mustang Mk.III, FB-382

Flown by Lieutenant Eugeniusz Horbaczewski, as part of the RAF 315 Squadron (Polish Division). It was fitted with a Malcolm Hood Canopy, making it distinctive from others on the list.

North American P-51B-15-NA Mustang

Flown by Colonel Clarence E. Anderson of the 363rd Fighter squadron, 357th Fighter Group. Was used by Anderson and was, like the above, fitted with a Malcolm Hood canopy.

Basic Features

  • Truly accurate representation of all three aircraft using their flight dynamics to get the perfect fit and style. This feels just like the real thing, and will make you get a real appreciation of the challenge of flying an aircraft like this back in the day! You can easily see why taking part in dangerous flight missions in the Second World War was so tough as these are far less concise and accurate than the modern aircraft we are all so used to

  • To match this level of certainty when flying comes with a devilish speed that will really put you on the back-foot if you aren’t used to it. Remember, these were built for battle so they carry that innate ability to fly around, make a nuisance of themselves, and get out of tight situations at relatively quick speeds – it would be easy to describe these as unhinged

  • Models that are designed and managed to look just like the real thing, giving you a total appreciation of just how epic flying an aircraft like this can be! Your life will instantly become a whole lot easier when you get used to just how awesome the designs look – they can be quite off-putting at first, such is the attention to detail!

  • An armada of minor props added in to make the whole aircraft feel even more enjoyable to be inside. This will ensure that you can take off with the absolute minimum of fuss knowing that everything from your helmet to the proper dashboard in front of you is going to be present

  • Take this aircraft on and truly enjoy it – it feels far more realistic than other iterations over the years and will let you see the massive changes in aviation since the Second World War ended

  • Nothing here is reused or rehashed, either – this is an entirely unique mod which exists purely for the basis that people have put in the hard work and the effort to bring it all together from scratch. With hours of footage and thousands of images used as references, this takes on all of the features and qualities of the real things

Sound Effects

  • Using a truly dynamic Packard Merlin sound engine, this creates the thundering noise of the original aircraft perfectly and encapsulates everything that comes with it in stunning, sublime detail. It’s simple to get to grips with and makes thr whole thing seem a whole lot more realistic, engulfing you in the experience

  • The engine carries that characteristic growl that made these aircraft heard before they wer seen – you will get to control that sheer untapped power that really is a far cry from the tamer engines we have today

  • Listen to the noises change as they match the dynamic nature of the flight; nothing here will feel certain or simple as you roar through the skies with your aircraft bringing the nigh air with it as you go. This captures the atmosphere of the old Mustang aircraft just perfectly

  • When you start to pick up speed, or slow down, you will hear the aircraft start to change the sounds that it is emitting. This lets you know just how far you are pushing the aircraft, allowing you to diagnose the situation on the sounds as well as the sights

  • All sounds that are coming from outside the aircraft have been manufactured and changed to make sure that the sounds are coming from the right position – it’s not all about just having sound in general. This manages to capture the authentic sound, and direction of the sounds, with incredible accuracy

  • The sound inside the cockpit that you can hear has been recorded from the ground, during and actually after takeoff has occurred. This means that the sounds you are hearing are just what you would be hearing if you were taking off in the real thing with things like the wind and buffeting all rolling into the experience for a truly organic sound system

  • You’ll be able to learn how to manage your aircraft purely through the sounds that it makes – this becomes much easier as time goes on, as  you will start to notice things like metal clanging together as you pick up speed

Rendering & Lighting

  • By making the most of the stunning graphical capacity of FSX, this captures the attention and the mood perfectly. Rather than just basic textures or standard HD additions, this uses a unique level of bump texturing rarely seen in flight simulators to truly remake the look and feel of the textures both inside and out. This makes sure that the models, hugely detailed already, feel even more realistic than they did in the past. This brings everything into sharp contrast when compared to the rather muddy textures that you can spot with the original aircraft

  • The reflections are made to work with everything around you, giving a genuine look and feel to the textures that is more than just a simple graphical gimmick. Instead what you will be seeing is authentic and fits with the world around you, taking the textures far beyond anything originally included within the flight simulator. This makes a rather significant difference and will ensure that things such as the bar metal is about as translucent as it should be. It catches the style and quality of the flight simulator at its very best, allowing the aircraft included to look sublime

Modeling

  • Textures that spark to life regardless of what quality of graphics you are using or what you decide upon

  • Hugely accurate wing profiles that help the whole thing come together with an unerring accuracy

  • Wing aerofoil that comes with the unique shape and specific characteristics of the real aircraft, looking absolutely brilliant at the same time

  • Wing tip speed vortices effects as well as grass and hard landing effects to add another little layer of realism when you takeoff or land

  • When you land a little bit too quickly you will see sparks squealing out from under the wheels, making a really impressive change to the previously nonchalant landings that were possible

  • Retracting gear pulls up by using a phased delay to get the timing exactly right for whenever you actually pull the gear

  • Glazed canopies that look just like the ones that would have been used on the real things, completing the nice little cosmetic effects off perfectly

  • Drop down gear doors, a prominent part of the original design and used to save wear on the doors hydraulics

  • Accurate flap drops and a characteristic radiator scoop shaping, making sure that the exterior is true to the real thing

  • Massive Browning guns attached to the site with 350 and 280 rpg sizing, just as they would have been back in the day

  • A Hamilton standard prop added in there to tick all of the boxes imaginable

  • Different former numbers on each aircraft are shown to make sure they all feel fresh and unique

  • Battery vent tube for extra efficiency and class along the way, as well as to make sure that every box is ticked in terms of features

  • Static ground wire at the tail of the aircraft, making it all come together perfectly

  • Electrics and start switches illuminated with cockpit fluorescent lighting, making it really easy to see what you are doing and what you need to press when flying at night

  • Many minor features in the cockpit like clocks, compasses, throttles and even a crash pad to keep you nice and safe!

  • A huge range of indicators and controllers to help you manage the flight and get more information from the aircraft; his requires a lot of manual checking, but makes the flight as realistic as possible

  • Gauges all over the place to make sure you can find out what details you need

  • And much more!

Special Additions

  • A gun camera has been included, too, so that you can go on reconnaissance missions and actually pick up live footage! This brilliant little feature allows you to save footage to the movies folder and get a first-hand view of what you have just seen when patrolling through the skies

  • Drop tanks included for those who want to go on much longer flights and need the tools, or to be used as an armed weapon if you want to cause a bit of damage on the ground below. Thinking of going for a bombing run? Then you need drop tanks!

  • The clam shell door release is a feature that only ramps up the realism on show, giving you a chance to open the doors with protocol as you would need to on the real thing. Once you land, you need to use the hydraulics to get the door to open via the hyd release that is included inside the cockpit

  • This can also be finished off with a n authentic N-3B gunsight that is just what would have been used on the original – it even comes with an A1 head assembly that lets you use just what people were shooting through during the Second World War

  • A wide range of extra features and additions have been included as well as what has been mentioned above – for example, the overall dynamics and features of the aircraft play a massive role in making tis feel secure and enjoyable to be using;

  • Truly authentic to the manual and the real-life aircraft, you need to be incredibly careful with the way that you manage tight turns. These aircraft weren’t built with the quality that we have today so it’s pretty tough to use them in a fashion that would be considered “normal”. You’ll need to really adjust the way that you fly to get the most out of this as they operate in a wholly different level compared to the more modern equivalents

  • You can hit rapid speeds of up to 440mph and get to around 25,000ft giving you all the help that you need in climbing the sky and seeing the world from a whole new angle. These aircraft reputed for their nimble and easy to manage nature, making them a huge hit for anyone who wants to see what old-school military aviation was like

  • A snap roll feature has been added in there, too. This makes it nice and easy for you to force a snap roll if you are going too fast or dealing with the wrong weighting when flying! 

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Customer Reviews

Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 1 customer reviews

06/22/2020
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5 of 5 Stars!

The P-51B is a nice looking sim, realistic cockpit with all instruments nicely represented. The plane has accurate flying characteristics (matching what I've read about them). It is easy fly, but, when you're landing, you must be exactly on speed, angle of attack and glide path. If not, chances are this is what will happen. Most likely, it'll bounce like a demented rabbit. If it bounces, DO take it around, CAUTIOUSLY opening the throttle. Get gear and flaps up ASAP and TRIM! If you open the throttle too quickly, you'll likely crash, inverted. Even good landings are fraught with hazard. I had a fairly smooth landing on my 3rd attempt, but the right landing gear collapsed as I touched down and I went sliding off into the boonies. Fortunately, the plane stayed upright, but that flight was over. Have fun and good luck!

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