Short Stirling for X-Plane
The Short Stirling was the RAF's first operational four-engined bomber of the Second World War and in its day it was reputed as an advanced and formidable aircraft. Read more...
- X-Plane 11
- File size
- 84 MB
The Short Stirling was initially conceived in 1936 in reply to advances made by the Americans and Russians in the area of quadri-motor bomber technology.
The first Stirling prototype was designed in 1938 and it eventually flew for the first time on 14th May 1939 but suffered a hard landing due to collapsed undercarriage, writing off the airframe and forcing a redesign in that area.
Despite being hampered by a poor choice of wing design (too-short span) which limited the aircraft to a medium altitude only, the Stirling went on to play a major part in RAF Bomber Command's strategic air offensive until 1943, when it was switched to transport duties. Even then Stirling crews valiantly played a major role in the Arnhem landing after towing gliders to Normandy, and again during the Rhine crossing.
Sadly, no Stirlings have survived to the present day.
Aircraft variants included
- Stirling Mk.1: W7451. 7 Squadron, RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England, early 1941. Manufactured by Austin Motors, Longbridge, Birmingham.
- Stirling Mk.3: EF411. 149 Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, England, late 1942. Manufactured by Short Bros., Rochester, Kent.
- Stirling Mk.4: LK117 570 Squadron, RAF Harwell, Oxfordshire, England, 17 September 1944. Manufactured by Short & Harland, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- PBR materials/textures used throughout
- VR config file included, 3 cabin teleport hotspots
- FMOD sounds package with multi-stage engines, pilot's slide window 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 235kts)
- working Lorentz Indicator (uses DME/NAV1 LOC)
- working Beam Approach Indicator (uses NAV1 LOC)
- crew ladder
- togglable crew figures
- 6 separate animated cockpit windows with unique sounds, animated bomb bay doors in both wings and fuselage
- togglable bombs
- animated cowl flaps
- authentic flight model with a checklist
- 22-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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