tailspin45

Stearman from Golden Age Sim is winner

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Just back from an hour and half flight wringing out Golden Age Simulations' new (Sept. '18 release) Stearman. What an hoot!

It's been over ten years since I flew a real biplane, so I was really thrilled to be reunited with an old and willing love.

After a stall series, some lazy eights, and a couple loops I decided to see if the old girl could do a snap roll. And boy can she!

Slow to about 85, pull straight back on the stick and kick rudder, and--just like the real thing--around she went. And, just like the real thing, if you don't unload as you go inverted you will spin out of the maneuver, which I did. But the spin felt realistic, too, so I let her go three turns and then recovered. What fun!

Back at the grass strip I'd taken off from, Walter Sutton's private strip (WA79) beautifully recreated by ORBX, I found, also just like the real thing, that you tend to come down final much too fast (it's hard to believe you really should go that slow) so I floated well down the strip and should have gone around, but it worked out OK.  Short video here .

With 8000 hours behind Continental and Lycoming radial engines, I can tell you the sound is just right, and that makes a big difference to me in terms of immersion. In fact, the whole experience was exceptionally immersive, and I found I hadn't forgotten many old habits that were still useful.

If you haven't experienced the thrill of open cockpit flying in real life, but would like to give it a try in the sim, the Golden Age Stearman is a great way to do it. And no, this isn't an ad--the only relationship I have with the developers is I gave them $25 so I could download their product. And boy am I glad I did.

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I am assuming that you are running FSX since you posted here.  The GAS Stearman crop duster is also available as freeware at the SOH site.

 

 

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The aircraft works in FSX and P3D V2, 3, and 4.

Looked for the duster at SOH without success. I'll try again. [Found it searching on keyword 'duster'. Thanks!]

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I'll have to have a go at one of those. It looks like a blast! If immersion is important to you you should try VR if you are not already doing so.

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Crop duster version is my favorite so much so I paint a modern nostalgia version with bling!

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