Today, FlyingIron Simulations has released a long-awaited development update for their P-38L aircraft designed for X-Plane 11. FlyingIron Simulations expected the aircraft to be released by now, but they decided they wanted to work on it longer to ensure that they will deliver a real, study level and high-quality aircraft.
Currently, the developers are focused on animation, finishing up and polishing the interior and exterior final touches, finishing the landing gear bay, livery creations, lighting, and particle FX.
For the flight model, work is focused on advanced drag simulations, external tanks, other movable bodies, and correctly tuning the airfoil performance across the Reynolds number range. The developers have completely overwritten the X-Plane heat and temperature system with their own system which has significantly more realistic modelling of the engine heat and cooling behaviors.
The developers have also completely overwritten the fuel systems with new, much more realistic simulations. This allows the team to integrate the damage/failures model, complex engine start and management model, and the drop tank system.
Work has also been focused on improving their hydraulic simulation. They will be overwriting the X-Plane control logic with their own flight control system that is integrated with their hydraulic simulation to create a truly realistic experience. This will help FlyingIron Simulations realistically simulate features such as aileron boost, differential movement, hydraulic limitations, damage, and maintenance features.
The developers are implementing a UI tablet and native weapons for their P-38L aircraft. The tablet will include a checklist app, which will enable the pilot to read all necessary checklists throughout all periods of flight.
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a World War II piston fighter aircraft. The P-38L took it’s first flight on January 27, 1939 and was introduced to the public in July of 1941. 10,037 were built and costed around $97,147 in 1944.
FlyingIron Simulations are expecting their P-38L aircraft to be released by mid-July. You can find out all the information you need for the FlyingIron Simulations P-38L developed for X-Plane 11 at the FlyingIron Simulations website.