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As promised, video review of the JF Avro Vulcan...

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Here you go, a review/preview of the Just Flight Avro Vulcan in P3D V4.4. Be sure to watch it from the very start for a good laugh.

 

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Nice video Alan.  You cover it really well. Thank you.

 

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Ya Da Man !

Thx!!!!!

 

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Sorry if I missed this in your review or on the product page, but can you actually drop/use the ordinance or is it only for cosmetic and weight/balance purposes? 

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1 hour ago, avgaskoolaid said:

Sorry if I missed this in your review or on the product page, but can you actually drop/use the ordinance or is it only for cosmetic and weight/balance purposes? 

Yes and no. Since the JF Vulcan is for both FSX and P3D, technically it is possible to use weaponry in both those simulators. In FSX you can use Captain Sim's Weapon for FSX to do this (great fun if you have never tried it), and of course in P3D, since that is a military mission simulator, it has very many capabilities to simulate weapon usage. But as far as the JF Vulcan itself is concerned, the weapons are a visual enhancement which also affects weight, so they are incapable of being fired/dropped as part of the JF simulation product itself.

As you probably know, the Vulcan itself was only ever flown on a few combat missions for real, and all of these were in its secondary role as a conventional bomber/attack aeroplane during the 1982 Falklands War, when it was used to bomb the runway at Port Stanley to make it unsuitable for the operation of Argentinian fighter aeroplanes, and also in some related missions during the same conflict where it attacked radar installations with Shrike missiles, which it had been hastily converted to carry.

Although some may lament the fact that military aeroplanes don't always get to prove themselves in combat, given that the primary design role of the Vulcan was as a nuclear bomber, we can regard it as a successful design by virtue of the fact that it never had to actually deliver any nuclear weaponry onto a target, which is of course a good thing, so it can be argued that its presence as a deterrent during the Cold War may be held up as a measure of its success as a credible threat. Such a conjecture is of course open to some debate, however, what is not widely known about the Vulcan, is that it was actually used to simulate nuclear bomber attacks on US cities, including New York, several times in NATO exercises. The Vulcan playing the role of supersonic Soviet nuclear bombers such as the Tu-22M, and it's worth noting that it performed very well in this role, having been deemed to score many successful strikes in spite of the best efforts of US defences. So the chances are that if there had been a nuclear war, the Vulcan probably would have done well in its intended role.

But for most people, certainly in the UK, the Vulcan is most well known for having been a friendly presence at airshows and a source of pride for the nation in being such a very pretty and very capable aeroplane. Like most Brits, this is certainly how I regard it, and so I'm not too concerned about it not having an offensive capability in the simulator.

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