RAF Station Pocklington (1943) Scenery for FSX/P3D3 reviews
Microsoft Flight Simulator X provides users with a huge variety of different aircraft to take to the skies with and to garner experience with – however, not even the developers were able to cover each & every aircraft in its full glory. This is where the modding community has stepped in, to create a truly engaging environment for all users of the FSX series. Likewise, the realism of specific airbases has been a letdown for some – but with many scenery packs available, this can be changed in an instant. Read more...
- Media Format
- Immediate Download
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X inc. Steam Edition & Prepar3D
- File size
- 12 MB
- Team SDB
Not all airbases created are purely fictional, though. For example, this alternate recreation of the famous SDB RAF Station Pocklington shows what the airfield may have looked like many years ago in 1943. With accurate re-designs of architecture like hangers and storage to fit the era, you can feel like you have flown back in time with a trip to this re-designed RAF Station. The bomb stores & technical stations are completely designed by the creator, using many inspirations from that timeline to create an iconic and very enjoyable air base to fly from and over.
The RAF Station Pocklington was an operational flying station that was mostly used by Wellington & Halifax bombers for the RAF during the Second World War. It was a big part of the Bomber Command operation, and was used from 1941 until 1946. Today, it’s part of an industrial state and a restricted usage airfield. Although today it may not hold the same significance, this scenery package transforms the airbase back into its original form. It’s found just along from the village of Pocklington.
The Royal Canadian Airforce was the first to use the airfield, as they deployed a 405 squadron for eighty four raids across an eleven month period. It was at this point that the airfield was at its peak, working as a hugely important part of the bombing runs that were so successful during the war. It was used by Halifax bombers later, and the last squad to use the airfield was the Royal Air Force 102 squadron.
The Second World War was a war which seen huge numbers of aerial attacks take place, and this is why this timeline is so enjoyable for flight simulation fans. You get to take part in old-school environments that are impossible to fly over today – so why not enjoy the next best thing? Using historical evidence and a series of experts to create the base layout and the models & textures used from scratch, this is an ideal representation of what an airbase may have felt like back in the Second World War.
The scenery is a hugely important part of FSX, and this RAF Station scenery pack adds a whole new layer to the game. With high quality textures used and a huge amount of analysis and research into the history of this type of airfield, you can really feel like you are part of the old-school airfields that so many brave soldiers would have used many years ago. You get many useful additions to help recreate the true atmosphere of an airfield, such as;
The ground textures created for this airfield and the surrounding areas are created from scratch, and are designed to show a significant difference when the seasons change – this means that if you fly in on a summers day, it will totally different to how it will in the autumn and even more so in the winter!
At night time, many FSX users feel that some airports are a little bit hard to visualize properly regardless of the aircraft they are flying. Well, this base has been designed with extremely bright and easy to post from a distance lights that make it much easier to come in and land properly on, as you will have maximum visual awareness from as far away as possible – make your landings much easier in the Pocklington area with clear and high-up lighting sources at night
A huge amount of work has gone into re-creating Second World War style buildings, with large hangers designed in the military style we are all so used to seeing in popular movies based on this timeline. If you want to bring your FSX experience back seventy years, then this is the way to do it through reimagined buildings and intricately placed layouts that stay as true as possible to the sources that could provide more detailed information on the base itself
Weapons areas and storage sites have been included, as unlike many of the airports in the game this is a military operation. This adds another layer of realism to the entire airfield, and makes it feel far more authentic. All these buildings have been designed from the creators own mind, although they have used many different inspirations from the same timeline to create the layout and style
Navigation aids have been included as well, to make it even easier to land. If you tune the NDB frequency to 383.0 kHz, you will be able to get guided instructions on finding your way back to the base – just like you would have done back in the day! This is a brilliant feature that helps really push the authenticity, and can make that flight back a little bit easier if you aren’t quite sure where you are going!
A team of Al Handley age Halifax bombers are included, of the 102 squadron. They fly around the airbase and make various touch-and-go landings along the main body of Halifax, and really help make the airfield feel like it’s in the right time zone. The flights will take place regularly throughout the day and night, so why not tag along and see how you handle alongside a team of professional bombers?
These bombers will also depart to carry out a bombing on Frankfurt at 19:47 Zulu, so if you want to see a great addition to the game then follow along and witness a brilliant piece of AI scripting take place!
About Team SDB
Team SDB, a joint effort from developers based in the UK and USA but primarily consisting of Mike Dews in the UK and Frank Safranek in the USA have been developing flight simulator scenery add-ons for over a decade. Originally beginning with work published by Alphasim (Phil Perrott) also known for Virtavia, they now release independantly.
Team SDB generally focus on UK/US airfields, airbases and military precenses and bring them to life as scenery add-ons in the simulators. They have released many titles that have been well received by the community compatible with a range of simulators such FS2004, FSX and Prepar3D. They also have other projects releases such as aircraft carrier add-ons compatible with the latest sims.
Team SDB also hope to remaster and release their scenery add-on portfolio for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020 release.
Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
5/5 Verified Purchase
Very early days yet but it looks great. I loved the Halifax circling & trying to land but couldn't because I was still on the runway, so he had to go round again!
5/5 Verified Purchase
I'm very impressed with RAF Pocklington, the detail is good & it's a wonderful asset to complement my Handley Page Halifax.
5/5 Verified Purchase
Only had a brief look at it so far but I'm very impressed so far.
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