Fans of the Spitfire are soon going to have some options as FlyingIron Simulations have announced their Spitfire IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The announcement today shows off a relatively complete aircraft and has plenty of details. Here’s what you need to know!
Looks good and should feel good
FlyingIron Simulations has or is developing aircraft for three different simulations now. Their previous work on the Spitfire IX and P-38L for X-Plane 11 were very impressive and the work they have shown off on their first DCS World module, the A-7 Corsair II, looks equally impressive. Their team says that they have brought their expertise forward to the Spitfire IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator as well.
They indicate among their key features that the aircraft will come with Merlin 66 +16lb boost and Merlin 70 (high altitude) +24lb boost options. The cockpit is based on a highly detailed CAD file for the Spitfire IX and their team has brought their experience with sound and systems modeling as much as possible. They do caution that the MSFS SDK is not as far along as what they were able to do with the X-Plane 11 version but that it should still be very good.
They also had quite a bit to say about the flight modeling with FlyingIron Simulations reporting the following:
Asobo has developed an enormously complex, detailed and realistic set of Flight Modelling tools that we have fully implemented to build our Spitfire FM from the ground up. Our experience in developing our Spitfire Mk IX for X-plane 11, as well as our recent experience developing Flight Models inside 3 different simulation platforms, has allowed us to quickly build a highly accurate Flight Model that not only flies ‘by the numbers’, but just feels damn good.FlyingIron Simulations
That sounds really good to me!
Entering beta testing now
FlyingIron have kept their development details close to the chest as they have already reached the beta testing stage. The testing should last about 2-weeks and then take another 4-7 weeks to get into the Marketplace. Meanwhile, FlyingIron Simulations are preparing to sell and release the module from their website as well.
Read all about this new aircraft here and watch the trailer below to see the aircraft in action.