This week, Eagle Dynamics and the DCS World Weekend News update brought us a few new details on this project. The more I read about the Yak-52 the more I think that its a technology testbed for more complex projects that are coming later. Let’s get into it!
Radial engine, flight dynamics
The Yak-52 as I’ve reported on before is very much a private project that Eagle Dynamics is also releasing to the public. It’s a high fidelity simulation of this trainer aircraft being primarily paid for by a private customer. Of course, Eagle Dynamics have also worked out a deal to release it to the public.
Some interesting news came out. First, that they are creating a radial piston simulation for an accurate simulation of a radial engine and the cooling systems that it uses. Here’s what they said:
We are creating a new radial piston simulation engine from the ground up with a highly-realistic engine cooling model. This will have great benefits for future DCS aircraft like the P-47D Thunderbolt.
The key thing here is that getting the radial engine modeling done and the appropriate hooks put into the DCS World engine. It means that aircraft currently being worked on will benefit long term. Those include types like the P-47 which Eagle Dynamics is doing or the F4U Corsair currently still being worked on by Magnitude 3/Leatherneck.
Also interesting to note is that one of the Eagle Dynamics team members is a Yak-52 aerobatic pilot. Having that kind of expertise embedded within the team ensures an absolutely authentic and accurate recreation of this aircraft.
A very important aspect of the Yak-52 are the flight dynamics and post-stall behavior. Our team has been making substantial progress to making our Yak-52 fly just like the real one, including edge-of and out-of-envelope maneuvers. She really will be a blast to fly!
Of course the team is also working to ensure that the aircraft’s student and instructor cockpits are all setup appropriately and have all of the features that you’d expect from a tandem trainer aircraft.
A radial powered future
For people who want a radial powered trainer or a fully aerobatic aircraft with the ability to perform stunts should be appreciating the addition of the Yak-52 to the series. For the folks who aren’t at all interested in those things, there may still be a purpose here as the Yak-52 paves the way for future radial engined aircraft including some absolutely key WWII warbirds like the F4U Corsair and the P-47 Thunderbolt.
For more, read the DCS World Weekend News!