Yakovlev Yak-52 for FSX/FS20041 reviews
Although not the most commonly recognized or attributed aircraft of the previous era, the Yakovlev 52 Russian military aircraft is one worthy of the respect and acclaim of many. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 33 MB
Designed as a location that is a must follow for various reasons, this military trainer was used for various features that made sure it could be followed - and revered - without any problems by those who took part in the massive expansion of the Russian (at the time Soviet) designs.
It was thanks to the likes of the Yakovlev that so many people were able to get full control and appreciation for these stunning machines, making it much easier than ever to buy into the full philosophy and format of what they stood for.
The aircraft itself first took to the skies in 1976, and with this mod you can now trace back to the late 1970s when the aircraft was abruptly ended and try it out for yourself.
Originally thought up and then created as an acrobatic aircraft that would prefer Soviet pilots for the rigors and challenges of dogfighting, this aircraft was eventually used for both civilian and military training such was its popularity as an aircraft. However, the Yak 52 has since become an aircraft that was well loved by the West as much as the East.
Following the end of the Soviet Union, the Yak 52 made its way to the rest of the world and the largest majority of the 1,800 produced now reside in the US, UK and Australia. This operational aircraft is one that many pilots would have loved to have had the pleasure of using back in the day when they were still fresh designs, and now you can finally get access to this unique yet somewhat rare aircraft with all of its associated features - and limitations - included.
This mod brings together a wealth of new features to make sure that anyone flying in these models is going to be feeling as capable as possible along the way.
Indeed, this makes it easier than ever for the flights to occur and to ensure that the quality and depth of each flight can become far more consistent as you fly thanks to the additions of features such as;
Ten outstanding texture sets that look wonderful and make it easier than ever to buy into the format and style of this unique kind of aircraft. Each livery is designed on a style of aircraft that was loved by the pilots of the time.
Two models are included, as well. Both models fully represent the real thing with a solo model and the dual pilot model being included to give you a true appreciation of the aircraft' variety and style.
A 2-blade prop version comes included, too. In this version you have access to six unique texture sets that show you just how different the 2-prop version may have been back in the day.
This is further improved by the inclusion of the 3-blade prop version which used two unique texture sets. These were all faithfully designed to capture the true authenticity and style of the real thing in all of its glory.
A 3-blade prop Taildragger equivalent, which was used in Lithuania mainly. It was well loved at the time for its unique little quirks and this coms with two unique texture sets to commemorate this unique brand of the aircraft.
However, this is more than just a simple list of models and textures! Indeed, this package concentrates on making sure that the performance levels can be up to the level needed, with features included such as;
A new animated engine cowl shutter set that looks wonderful and carries the depth and detail of the real thing with perfection, showcasing each and every part of the process along with helping you hear the problems as much as see them.
New 2048-pixel designs are included which do a wonderful job for capturing and then controlling the way forward for this system, making sure that you can get access to various additions such as the bump mapping which looks so excellent when using FSX. For fans with big enough systems, this will look absolutely perfect.
A very high end design has been included, but it's matched up by the sounds. Created by the excellent Turbine Sound Studios the extra noises included with this all work perfectly in tandem with the real thing, greatly improving the quality and format of the real thing to massive levels.
A new virtual cockpit design has been included, too. These look excellent and makes it easier than ever to manage the cockpit yourself especially as the rear cockpit features are now included, as well. Not only does this add to the authenticity but it gives you even greater control than ever.
A very sharp and easily readable set of gauges are included. If you need to know anything out your aircraft you just need to follow the gauges to make sure that you are getting the right information included, making your life much easier to recognize these issues with precision.
Opening front and rear canopies makes a huge difference, too, as it adds another little image to the program that looks wonderful. Every little feature which has been included look truly wonderful and capture the majesty of the real thing with the utmost levels of realism.
A new set of 2D panels are not provided with this mod, though. However, use the included hotkeys to activate new pop-up windows for both the GPS and the AP if you need them during your flight.
Realistic crew figures are added in who look excellent and do a great job of selling the realism of the interior of the aircraft, ensuring that you can easily buy into the image that is being sold with the detailed crew designs.
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
One of the most impressive aspects of flying around in a YAK was just how much it reminded me of my childhood playing Command & Conquer: Red Alert! It immediately struck me as looking just like the old aircraft from back in the day, whilst giving me a total appreciation of what the Yak looks like and what it brought to the table back in the day.
Very sleek and cool looking, the whole aircraft is simple to fly around with and hugely enjoyable in terms of the way that it flies and the way that it holds up in even the most challenging of circumstances. I was shocked to hear that the aircraft was still in use in some parts of the world, but I can see why as they are just so incredibly reliable. The attention to detail the guys have put into this, though, is absolutely exceptional.
The entire package will ensure you are left with something that is easy to fly around with and much more enjoyable than your average aircraft in FSX. The added little details throughout like the different version with unique props and dual-pilot models gave me lots of variety which was a nice little touch that probably wasn't needed, either!
The overall attention to detail is brilliant with the crew and the gauges all sharp and easy to read, whilst giving me plenty of assistance in making sure I was flying right as the information provided with this makes it simple to fly.
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