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Great job by Alphasim for the just released Blackbird.Overall a wonderful plane with some of the best documentation Ive seen. In depth background, with lots of pics and stories that really set the mood and even a long time fan like me learned a thing or two.Compared to the Pilots SR-71 that was released a good while ago, this one much more fleshed out.The best being the VR cockpit.:7 Really well done....The pop up panels are also well done and the plane takes advantage of some FSX only features that involve taking pictures/views which I have not tried yet.Flight model is tough with the landing and the terrible vis from the cockpit going to take a long time veteran like me alot more practice.I am yet to take the blackbird up to the edge of space at mach 3. However, after pushing the power to full burner and being slammed back into the seat I have no doubt the plane will have much trouble.Well its off to work. Just wanted to pass on my impression so if any of you are sitting on the fence on this one, GET IT.Only real SPEED freaks need apply CAUSE SHE IS A REAL HAND FULL.

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Hi Jimjam,Glad you like it. There are a couple of issues that will be addressed in a patch, but we're leaving that a few days just to make sure we don't miss anything.All credit for the VC should go to Jay, Herbert and Luis, without which it wouldn't have been half as good as its turned out.The flight model is awesome, Jay did a superb job IMHO of getting the bird to perform by the book - we even have flameouts if you are at too great an AoA and low indicated speed - its a challenge, but its very good fun too.I recall one test flight where I ended my flight after experiencing both engines flaming out during a Mach 2.8 turn after I took over from the autopilot to try to increase the turning performance to meet the next waypoint. One flamed out, which caused a pitch up and yaw that was subsequently followed by the other flaming out as I wrestled to maintain directional control. The flight ended at the bottom of the South China Sea near Haiphong after I lost total control on the way down!Needless to say, that was a bad flight, but as you'll see in the PDF manual, the included flight plan in FSX can be done, and its fun too!!Thank you for your continued support. Don't forget we have Beale AFB for FS9 and FSX too! Why fly from a civil airport when you could have the home base with AI KC-135Q and AI U2 flying about? LOLDavid AKA Alphasim-Quid21

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I was interested in this plane, but I read a review on Flightsim.com that said it doesn't have its own sounds, that it uses the 737 sounds. Are you refering to the same package? The one in the review was from 2004, so this must be a new one?

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This version has its own sounds, 40 something megs worth.Really good.The only thing I changed were the gear up/down ones.Overall its LOUD....

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Wow, I might have to pick that baby up then! I'm going to go look for it. lol

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This is an all-new, from the ground up aircraft, just released yesterday. It was built using the official SR-71 flight manual and was a year in the making.

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Yes, I have to agree. It's a great aircraft but an extreme challenge to fly. I made the rookie mistake of quickly purusing the manual and checklists, then setting up a flight from Andrews AFB to Offutt to FL620. Yikes! I got to about FL550 before flaming out and losing control (until I figured I should turn off the AP - duh!!). I manually took over and tried to land at an emergency airfield but that didn't work either so exited the sim to do more reading. This is definitely going to be a challenge but that's what I enjoy (plus there's a major snow/ice storm coming through Northern Virginia today and this will keep be occupied until I can once again return to the golf courses). Thanks again AlphaSim for another great aircraft. I also hope you eventually upgrade your C-5A to FSX. That was enjoyable to fly too (still is whenever I use FS9). Best regards, Jim

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LOL! I'll ditto that experience and for the same reason. I d/l and skimmed the manual mand away I went......and down I came. Going to be a challenge but the grpahics and everything else seem superb. I noticed no change in my normal FSX performance.this is my first try with a product from Alphasim and I can say that from start to finish the purchase process was a breeze and the product performs as advertised.Just MHO,VicVisit the Virtual Pilot's Centerwww.flightadventures.comhttp://www.hifisim.com/Active Sky V6 Proud SupporterRadar Contact Supporter: http://www.jdtllc.com/

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Well I was going to get this guy but after my experience trying to buy the B-1B from alphasim I decided I better wait until I figure out what is goig on. I purchased the B-1B and it said my card was approved, but when I try to downlaod it tells me I havn't purchased anything. I actualyl tried three times, and was approved and given a reciept number three times, yet I am still told I did not purchase anything. I'm quite dissapointed and not willing to attempt to buy this plane until I get my B-1B. LOL

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Hi Solar,Have you contacted Phil or Dan at Alphasim - usually the buying process is pretty painless - make sure you get in touch with Phil or Dan as they can help you out. Either pm them using our forum or pop an email to:alphasim1[at]alphasim.co.ukAnd Phil will sort you out provided you give him one of those receipt numbers and the date you purchased.Best regards,David AKA Alphasim-quid21

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Ok thanks for the info. I sent in through the contact us form, and to dan@studiotwentyone.co.uk address, so I will wait to hear back.

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This is one sweet plane. The textures aren't the best but the rest of the package including the cockpit is totally awesome. The sounds are amazing (very powerful). This is my first payware jet for FSX and its a fun one. I tested it at area 51, and good thing I did becuase I needed that whole runway on my first landing. lolThanks to Alphasim. http://sio.midco.net/111lll/sr71.jpghttp://sio.midco.net/111lll/sr73.jpghttp://sio.midco.net/111lll/sr72.jpg

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As a 7-year air traffic controller at Beale during the SR program, I must say the afterburner is the best rendition I have seen in a sim yet.Two weeks ago, I bought the Alpha-sim Beale AFB scenery. Now I MUST buy the A/C...wouldn't be right not too! :)Cheers,bt

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Thanks!! There's an update coming down the pipe over the next few days (hopefully) which fixes a few of the things we missed during testing and adds a couple more switches together with an updated 54 page Operations Manual with the full checklist included LOLBed time reading!! : )Thanks for the comments about the textures, I'm not particularly great at that, and black seems to be a pretty tough colour to get right. Personally I like to see some of the specular shine coming through and highlighting the nose and intakes.

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Yeah the shine makes it look very sweet. I wanted to capture that to show just how awesome this plane can look.

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Just got this bird tonite after reading this thread. Have always loved the Blackbird since I built a model of her in the late '60's as a child. Now I can finally fly her!!!And boy do I have a lot to learn. 99.9% of my simming is in piston-engine GA planes, like some others posted I just jumped right in and took off from the Nasa Shuttle Landing Facility without reading anything. Big mistake ;) Managed to overstress her within 90 seconds of takeoff the 1st flight, on the 2nd flight made it to FL300 before causing an inlet unstart on the left engine, which as I was trying to figure out how to restart it, I got another unstart on the right engine :(Too much fun!!! I'm gonna have a blast learning how to fly this beast after I spend a few weeks with the manual ;) Thanks, Alphasim!Question: I've noticed that in spot view, the afterburner effect seems to render behind clouds if it crosses over a cloud. Even if that cloud is far below me and miles away. Anyone else seen this? Any way to fix?

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>Thanks!! There's an update coming down the pipe over the next>few days (hopefully) which fixes a few of the things we missed>during testing and adds a couple more switches together with>an updated 54 page Operations Manual with the full checklist>included LOLI'm a new Alphasim customer - re the forthcomiung update - should I just keep checking the Alphasim site or will it be announced?LOVE the SR-71 - that title is a winner!VicVisit the Virtual Pilot's Centerwww.flightadventures.comhttp://www.hifisim.com/Active Sky V6 Proud SupporterRadar Contact Supporter: http://www.jdtllc.com/

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>Question: I've noticed that in spot view, the afterburner>effect seems to render behind clouds if it crosses over>a cloud. Even if that cloud is far below me and miles away. >Anyone else seen this? Any way to fix?That seems to be a bug FSX has with some effects. I hope they fix it with SP1.

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It will be announced on the Alphasim site, and I'll also mention it here and a few other places. It should include most if not all of the bugs posted to our Alphasim forums over the last week and new stuff by request.

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Hi Guys,The Service pack update is out today:Here's a list of all the changes -1. Removed B-1B effects file from the package as its not needed and was included in error.2. Renamed TEB FX in the aircraft.cfg to include fx_.3. Updated 'Operations Manual' with Checklists and new switches, now 54 pages long.4. Warning, caution, gear lights etc. turn off when cockpit is 'cold and dark'.5. TDI in VC reads the same as the 2D (in KEAS).6. VC fuel transfer knob now works appropriately.7. Added Autopilot pop up button in the VC.8. Removed black squares in VC with gauge back lighting turned on, which enables viewing of selector knobs.9. Added RSO bailout button texture to vc.10. Added panel light switch and gauges light switch to VC left console.11. Added a low poly 3D shadow model.12. Added engine flameout/unstart restart switches (work over 1,000 feet altitude).13. Added Increment and Decrement click spots for ASI, altitude adjust and standby attitude gauge in VC.14. Corrected autopilot pop-up window black screen problem.15. Added some perspective to the front canopy knife edge in the VC.16. Reworked the air refuelling switch so that it only opens the door, then clicking the yellow lamp refuels the aircraft.17. Removed strobe light switch from 2D ECU panel.18. Warning lamp indicator test switch now lights up all the lamps.19. Toned down reflection on ASI.20. The hundreds digit on HSI now works in both the 2D and VC.21. Added Widescreen Panel.cfg.Download the Service Pack Zip (8.55MB, each sim) by logging into your personal download area in the Shop at Alphasim (the 'My Downloads' icon') and access the SR-71 download page by clicking a download link in your Recent Purchases section. This will use up a download, so email Alphasim if you need more or would just like to have it reset. Extract the Zip into root folder of your sim, overwrite all when asked.Enjoy!!!

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I bought the Alhoasim SR-71 today.1. It doesn't come with the executable file for install. 2. I keep flaming out. :( I tried the auto pilot to fly from Honolulu to LAX. And it was going good.. I was like 55,000feet climbing at 500feet/min and was somewhere inbetween and it flamedout. I had 10% fuel remaining. Hmmm:)Manny

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Hi Manny,Firstly thank you for showing interest in the aircraft. We don't use executable files at Alphasim - I'm not sure why, but thats how we do things. The zip should extract directly into the default MS locations.The best thing you should do is read through the checklist - its perhaps the most detailed we've ever done, and includes all the critical limitations of the aircraft and reference speeds etc. Its a popular misconception on the internet that the SR-71 was some kind of wonder plane able to fly Mach 3 and pull lots of G - but we have based our flight model on the pilots manual and is as close a performance to the real aircraft as is possible with flight simulator at this time. The flame out feature is a direct result of trying to get across the preciseness (if thats a word?) of these high altitude aircraft performance characteristics. As you can imagine the crews who flew these aircraft were the top 0.1% of aviators in terms of skill levels.Flameouts occured in this aircraft at higher than 14 degrees AoA, lower than 300 kias and above 25,000 feet. The best thing to do is keep your speed up and avoid sharp pitch changes at high speed and altitude.It is said that at Mach 3 and 80k+ the AOA should read about 6 degrees nose up - but in real life if you exceed 8 degrees you are at risk of the aircraft pitching up and snapping where the wing joins the forebody - thats how critical the AOA is on this one.Similarly too much AOA at low speeds can cause a pitch up that was a contributing factor to a real life crash of the aircraft during the early years.But its a blast to fly especially once you've mastered the high performance and are able to fly smoothly and not cause flameouts - it took me long enough lol, but its great fun and a nice challenge!Best regards,David. AKA Alphasim-Quid21

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Thanks David,Yeah..I know, I skimmed through the manual... and flew it using the AP that climbed at 500feet/min giving me :)Manny

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My personal preference is not to set the realism to easy - its more of a challenge with that little bit of extra realism. I guess turning off aircraft stress causes a crash would probably help if you want to wring it about!!Seriously though, during testing I flew a 2000 mile course from Kadena (see manual!) which took me round the Sea of Japan and close to Vladivostok and didn't have one flameout, and that was with real world weather. It was a fantastic ride - you just got to keep an eye on the miles to next waypoint lol, or you can end up over cooking it and missing the next waypoint!! I'd say slow and descend when you have around 20,000lbs and refuel, or find a suitable place to land. There's a refuelling switch that tops your tanks up on the centre panel (top of). And then do the Dipsy doodle sound barrier maneuver back up to 70+ and Mach 3!So long as you don't overspeed but stick to around 450 KEAS (note not KIAS), all the way until Mach 2.6 and at least 60,000 then follow Mach number to Mach 3 at 70+ you can't go wrong.I have fond memories of being in a Mach 2.6 45 degree bank turn at 80,000 and ending up with one engine flaming out producing yaw and pitch up that caused the other engine to quit and left me slowing and stalling all the way down, unable to restart my engines due to the poor flight conditions and finished with my ticket home at the bottom of South China Sea near Haiphong harbour!!Its a challenge, but enjoy yourself!!

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