Tu-160 'Blackjack' for FSX/FS20041 reviews
The Tu-160 'Blackjack' supersonic strategic bomber was originally built from 1980 to 1992. Production has been restarted, and delivery of new Tu-160s to the Russian Air Force commenced in May 2000. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 24 MB
Fourteen aircraft are in service with Russia at the present time. A single aircraft is under construction and scheduled for delivery in 2006. Ukraine dismantled the last of its fleet of Blackjacks in February 2001.
The aircraft is gargantuan when compared to similar planes such as the B-1B, operating in the weight class of heavy transports.
Despite being refitted, the plane still has no HUD or MFD displays, retaining analog gauges for conveying information to the pilot and crew. Control is by means of a joystick rather than a yoke.
- THREE texture sets - White, weathered prototype, and all-black - detailed virtual cockpit with animations (sticks, pedals, levers)
- the highly detailed and photoreal 2D panel, all-XML gauges, fully mousable, custom pop-ups for radios, autopilot / ECU, GPS
- four pop-up Navigator's Station panels, including working moving map and fwd-looking 'TV' (TV FS9 only). These panels created by a real Tu-160 Navigator. NOTE: they have low functionality but are highly authentic in appearance and are mainly for 'effect' only
- FPS-friendly construction throughout
- animated refueling probe in the nose (shift-e)
- animated swing-wings, leading-edge slats, flaps (automatic with speed)
- animated engine AB nozzles
- animated bomb bay doors with authentic missile launcher equipment inside
- amazing animated afterburner flame fx
- automatic smoke and vapor trail fx (wingtip and flaps)
- simulated Tu-160 soundset included
- high detail undercarriage with realistic retraction sequence
- specular reflectivity ('dynamic shine')
- highly authentic flight model with a checklist
- authentic landing and nav lights
- v-c rain fx (in FS2004 only)
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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Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 1 customer reviews
I've always been a big war fan (not in that way!) and for many time I've liked to get involved in my flight simulation with the old-school aircraft from back in the day. The modern era is a huge part of flight history for me so it's always nice to pop in and try out something from this era properly, giving it a real chance to show what the power we have available to us today in comparison to what we had back in the day.
I hopped into the Blackjack to try it out and found that the whole thing felt quite easy to fly given the rather sleek look and feel of the aircraft. Add in the rather outrageous boosters that it has compared too many models of its style and I felt like I was flying something from another planet or civilization - it looked completely different to anything I am used to! Lol.
However it flew like a dream as I was able to more or less control the whole thing to do exactly as I asked, creating an easy and simple way to build up a nice rapport with the aircraft itself. In general I would say that this was one of my more enjoyable aircraft out there purely because it's so simple to fly around with and easy to make my own, whilst easily getting to grips with the way that it flies and the way that it tends to act up in the skies.
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