Lockheed Constellation Pro FSX
The Lockheed Constellation ("Connie") was a propeller-driven airliner powered by four 18-cylinder radial Wright R-3350 engines. It was built by Lockheed between 1943 and 1958 at its Burbank, California, USA, facility. A total of 856 aircraft were produced in numerous models, all distinguished by a triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. The Constellation was used as a civilian airliner and as a U.S. military air transport, seeing service in the Berlin Airlift. It was the presidential aircraft for U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
With 11 aircraft supplied in three model types and a complete Flight Engineer's station, radio station and Co-pilot's station, Constellation Professional is the ultimate Constellation package. Models included are the C-69 Military Transport Prototype, the C-69/L-049A, and the L-049A first production type.
A complete Virtual Cockpit is modelled and the flight model has been tested by real-world Constellation pilots. A replica of a typical cabin is included to provide a taste of what life was like aboard these great airliners.
Constellation Professional has been developed by Aeroplane Heaven exclusively for FSX (SP2 & DX10 Preview compatible) and makes use of the all-new FSX graphics features to amazing effect.
Aircraft and liveries
C-69 Military Transport Prototype
Later all-alloy finish
Lockheed factory livery, pre-delivery (TWA striping on the tail)
L-049A First production type
BOAC 'Baltimore' British Overseas Airways
BOAC 'Baltimore' British Overseas Airways - with Speed Pack
TWA - Trans World Airlines
TWA - Trans World Airlines - with Speed Pack
PAN AM - 'American Clipper' Pan American World Airways
PAN AM - 'American Clipper' Pan American World Airways - with Speed Pack
AOA - American Overseas Airlines
AOA - American Overseas Airlines - with Speed Pack
This fully functional and detailed Virtual Cockpit has it all!
All controls such as fuel dump levers, trim controls, autopilot gear and nose-wheel steering wheel (where employed)
Complete Flight Engineer's station, radio station and Co-pilot's station with fully functional equipment and gauges, detail animations including outer, middle and inner marker arrays, course deviation meters and prop feathering gear.
It is intended that the aircraft be flown from the Virtual Cockpit but a set of pop-up gauges is available in 2D mode, mostly to aid with navigation (VOR, ADF and 'flying six' gauges, radio stack etc.)
FSX graphics features
Constellation Professional has been developed exclusively for FSX (SP2 & DX10 Preview compatible) and uses the all-new FSX graphics features to amazing effect
External cast shadow effects and dynamic self-shadowing on aircraft
Normal (bump) mapping creating extremely realistic airframe skin
Specular material effects replicate the signature metal airframes
High definition DDS textures that are frame-rate friendly
Full custom sound set
Numerous custom animations
Fully animated exterior models with correct operation 'Fowler' type flaps
Highly detailed undercarriage
Working fuel dump
Windshield wipers (operated from the Virtual Cockpit)
Engine cowl flaps
Animated extending ground boarding stairs truck
CGI style modelled stewardess figure greeting you at the boarding door (L049A civilian model only) and animated pilots
All models feature a selectable ground crew member to watch over you starting the engines, along with wheel chocks and fire extinguisher
Steerable nose wheels (castoring and power-operated types where used)
Opening main door with an appropriately period detailed passenger cabin interior
Opening cockpit crew door
Effects and details
Bump maps, reflections and accurate texture schemes
Engine start effects
Landing and taxi lights
Glazed windows with interior detail visible
Night textures for lighting effects
Interior cabin lighting at night
You want smoke? Just start up the engines and you will see clouds of it, along with flames from the exhausts! Under high power you can see the exhaust flames as well as the expected black exhaust trail as you power though the skies.
If you have to dump fuel watch as it discharges through the wing vents into the sky.
To complete the period effect there is an appropriate period cabin interior, complete with animated passenger (L049A civilian model only).
Pro Paint pack
The Pro Paint pack contains texture files with registration marks and other aids for correct placement and alignment of textures. Some experience with Adobe Photoshop is assumed and recommended. A flyable 'Paintshop' model is supplied for use in Flight Simulator for testing user-created schemes. This model is exterior only and is designed specifically as a painters' aid.
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