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X-15-2/3 Add-on Package FSX/FS2004
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€ 14.50
X-15-2/3 Add-on Package FSX/FS2004
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X-15-2/3 Add-on Package FSX/FS2004

Manufactured by Xtreme Prototypes

This package contains two versions of the X-15-2 and two versions of the X-15-3 aircraft, all equipped with the mighty XLR-99 rocket engine. Flight Simulator X and Flight Simulator 2004. NEW VERSION 1.1 INCLUDES VIRTUAL COCKPITS!

The X-15-2 (serial number AF56-6671) became the first X-15 aircraft to test the million-horsepower XLR-99 rocket engine in flight. The X-15-2 was delivered to Edwards Air Force Base in April 1959 and completed 31 flights (9 with the interim XLR-11 engines) before it was damaged during an emergency landing in November 1962, and eventually repaired and modified to become the "advanced" X-15A-2.

The X-15-3 (serial number AF56-6672) was delivered to Edwards in the summer of 1959. The aircraft was seriously damaged in June 1960 when its ammonia and hydrogen peroxide tanks exploded while testing the new XLR-99 engine on the ground. Pilot Scott Crossfield was uninjured and the aircraft was rebuilt. In August 1963, NASA pilot Joe Walker set an altitude record of 354,200 feet in the No. 3 aircraft, the highest flight of the X-15 research program.

The X-15-3 completed 65 flights between December 1961 and November 1967. Sadly, the airplane was lost during a tragic accident in November 1967 that took the life of Air Force pilot Michael Adams.

Custom X-15 flight model to simulate rocket-powered high-speed and high-altitude flight in FS2004 and FSX:
Supersonic flight up to Mach 4.65 in FS2004 and FSX
High-altitude flight up to 354,200 feet in FSX (100,000 feet in FS2004)
NEW! Compatible with FSX Acceleration Expansion Pack
NEW! Autopilot (X-15-3 only)
Can be launched either from a high altitude like the real X-15 or take off from an airport runway like other Flight Simulator aircraft
Good maneuvrability at supersonic speeds and excellent gliding capabilities
Highly detailed 3D models with more than 300 parts, 60 animations, reflective textures and unique markings, based on archive material
Fully functional instrument panels with 200 custom gauges and systems to simulate almost every step and procedure required in a typical X-15 mission
NEW! Fully functional 3D virtual cockpits with over 900 parts and nearly 200 animated gauges, switches, levers, light indicators and flight instruments
NEW! New VC switches, control sticks, handles and levers
NEW! Multiple side views for the main 2D panel
NEW! An automatic ignition sequence to start the X-15 engine at the touch of a single "magic" red button
NEW! New cockpit spotlights (VC and exterior model)
NEW! Ten camera definitions or views (FSX only), some of them corresponding to the real-world X-15 external bug-eye cameras
NEW! New X-15 custom sound sets for FSX and FS2004
NEW! New "invisible" canopy mode to fly the X-15 without her clamshell-type canopy on for more visibility and a spectacular view from the VC
NEW! Basic autopilot modes (MH-96 adaptive flight control system, X-15-3 only) - X-15-3 now has basic autopilot functions (attitude and heading hold modes) with control switches located on the MH-96 main and side control panels
NEW! Twelve saved flights based on X-15 historical missions to simulate a high-altitude launch from a carrier aircraft or a takeoff from the ground
Spectacular visual effects including rocket engine flames, APU exhaust and propellant jettison effects
Uses a custom fuel management system with three different types of propellants (ammonia, liquid oxygen and hydrogen peroxide) and pressurized helium, like in the real-world X-15 rocket plane
Includes a comprehensive 100-page user manual inspired from the original X-15 utility flight manuals, in a printable PDF format (English and French language versions are included with the software)
NEW! A comprehensive 100-page user manual and a 20-page VC manual inspired from the original X-15 utility flight manuals, in a printable PDF format (English and French language versions are included with the software)

IMAGES GENERAL FEATURES

2 versions of the X-15-2 aircraft (s/n AF56-6671) with the XLR-99 rocket engine:

"Dirty" version with the (interim) NACA vane-type boom nose and the original (XLR-99) black panel;
"Dirty" version with the NACA/Nortronics ball nose, gray thermopaint on nose and canopy, and an alternate (XLR-99) black panel.

2 versions of the X-15-3 aircraft (s/n AF56-6672) with the XLR-99 rocket engine:

"Dirty" version with the NACA/Nortronics ball nose and the original (XLR-99) black panel;
"Dirty" version with the NACA/Nortronics ball nose, wing-tip pods, tail-cone box and the (XLR-99) light blue-gray panel.

FLIGHT MODEL FEATURES

Custom X-15 flight model to simulate rocket-powered high-speed and high-altitude flight in FS2004 and FSX
One Reaction Motors XLR-99, "throttable" 60,000-pound liquid-fuel turbo-rocket engine
Supersonic flight up to Mach 4.65 in FS2004 and FSX
High-altitude flight up to 354,200 feet in FSX (100,000 feet in FS2004)
NEW! Compatible with FSX Acceleration Expansion Pack
NEW! Autopilot (X-15-3 only)
Ground takeoff or high-altitude launch
Good maneuvrability at supersonic speeds
Excellent gliding capabilities

AIRCRAFT 3D MODEL FEATURES

Highly detailed models based on archive material, with more than 300 parts and 60 animations
Reflective textures
Unique markings and liveries (on each aircraft)
Dynamic frost texture on fuselage (around the liquid oxygen tank when filled)
Movable aerodynamic control surfaces:
Differential horizontal stabilizer
Vertical stabilizers with movable and fixed sections and a jettisonable ventral rudder
Flaps
Extendable upper and lower split-flap speed brakes
Landing skids and front gear ("steerable")
Movable canopy
Cockpit details with astronaut/pilot and animated sticks and levers
Experimental equipment on some airplanes (wing-tip pods, tail-cone box, etc.)

NEW! 3D VIRTUAL COCKPITS

4 fully functional and highly detailed 3D virtual cockpits with over 900 parts and nearly 200 animated gauges, switches, levers, light indicators and flight instruments with "tooltips"
New VC switches, control sticks, handles and levers
An automatic ignition sequence to start the X-15 engine at the touch of a single "magic" red button
New cockpit spotlights (VC and exterior model)
New "invisible" canopy mode to fly the X-15 without her clamshell-type canopy on for more visibility and a spectacular view from the VC

CUSTOM AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS FEATURES

Fictional service panel system for external power and aircraft refueling (ammonia, liquid oxygen, hydrogen peroxide, helium, liquid nitrogen)
Custom X-15 fuel management system for the three different types of propellants and gases, like in the real-world X-15 rocket plane
Engine propellant pressurization and control system
Engine turbopump system
Engine ignition control system
Electrical distribution and control system with APUs, generators, emergency battery and an external power source
Hydraulic systems
Temperature control systems

ADVANCED 2D PANEL FEATURES

Advanced X-15 black (2D) main instrument panels (XLR-99 engine)
Advanced X-15 light blue-gray (2D) main instrument panel (XLR-99 engine)
Service panel
Left white console panel with "vent, pressurize, jettison" lever and flaps switch
Throttle and speed brake panel
Left side panel
Right side panel
Radio panel (ADF panel on some aircraft)
RAS panel (on some aircraft)
Center pedestal with research instrumentation and stability augmentation system panels (or MH-96 system panel on the X-15-3)
200 fully functional custom integrated systems and gauges with "tooltips"
NEW! Multiple side views

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

Over 10 X-15-specific animated visual effects
Engine flame and contrail effects
Engine first and/or second stage igniter effects
Propellant jettison effects
APU and turbopump exhaust effects
Engine precool and prime effects
Condensation effect near the cold propellant tanks when filled

MISCELANEOUS

NEW! Basic autopilot modes (MH-96 adaptive flight control system, X-15-3 only) - X-15-3 now has basic autopilot functions (attitude and heading hold modes) with control switches located on the MH-96 main and side control panels
NEW! New X-15 custom sound sets for FSX and FS2004
NEW! Ten camera definitions or views (FSX only), some of them corresponding to the real-world X-15 external bug-eye cameras
NEW! Twelve saved flights based on X-15 historical missions to simulate a high-altitude launch from a carrier aircraft or a takeoff from the ground
X-15-2 and X-15-3 aircraft kneeboard reference tabs and check lists
NEW! A comprehensive 100-page user manual and a 20-page VC manual inspired from the original X-15 utility flight manuals, in a printable PDF format (English and French language versions are included with the software)

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Flight Simulator: Microsoft® FSX (FSX SP2 recommended, Acceleration Expansion Pack optional), FS2004
Operating System: Windows® XP SP2 (256 MB RAM), Windows® Vista (512 MB RAM)
Processor: 1.0 GHz
Hard Drive: 15 GB (space required to install Flight Simulator)
Available Disk Space: 300 MB (space required to install the X-15-2/3 add-on software and documentation)
Video Card: 64 MB (128 MB or more recommended), DirectX® 9.0
Other: Sound card and speakers, joystick, wheelmouse, Adobe® Reader® 8.0 or later

NOTE: Xtreme Prototypes X-15-2/3 for Flight Simulator addons are quite complex and require more processing power and RAM than other more conventional add-on aircraft packages. Increased performance will be noticed on more powerful systems. FSX SP2 minimum system requirements recommended.

Note to Windows® Vista with DirectX® 10 users: DirectX® 10 Preview option box in FSX display settings must be unchecked for proper aircraft display. The current version of the software does not support certain DirectX® 10 features.

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