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Category Flight Simulation, Subcategory FSX Aircraft, ISBN/Box 148728-D, Series FSX, FSXSTEAM, P3D, Publisher Military Visualization, Version download
P-38L Lightning & Tacpack.
When Lightning Strikes..
One of the greatest fighters of World War II, the legacy of the P-38 is unmatched. At the time of it's introduction in 1940, the P-38 was capable of climbing 3,300 fpm and could attain a top speed that was 100 mph faster than any other fighter in the world. A range of 1,150 miles, a payload capacity nearing the B-17, a potent mix of four .50 calibre machine guns and a 20-mm cannon combined to deliver a versatile and legendary aircraft.
A total of more than 10,000 P-38's (including 18 distinct models) were manufactured during the war, flying more than 130,000 missions in theaters around the world. P-38 pilots shot down more than Japanese aircraft than any other fighter and, in a reconnaissance role, obtained 90 percent of the aerial film captured over Europe.
As a testement to the effectiveness of the P-38 Lightning, as well as it's fearsome might in skilled hands, the two highest scoring aces in American history, Maj. Richard I. Bong and Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Jr, both flew the P-38 in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Each man received the Medal of Honor in recognition of his courage and accomplishments.
We are excited to present to you the sleek, yet powerful, P-38 Lightning. We've faithfully modeled the 'L' version to a very high level of fidelity, simulating all of the important details that make the P-38 such a distinctive aircraft. From the suggestive rumble of it's twin 1,600 hp turbo-supercharged V-12 engines, to it's deadly "Christmas tree" launch racks laden with high velocity rockets on each wing, our P-38 Lightning is designed to closely match the feeling of the real machine.
We've always taken pride in the quality of what we produce; the Milviz P-38L is no exception. Combining 'down-to-the-rivet' accurate modeling with rich, highly realistic texturing, the aircraft seems to come alive, lending a great sense of immersion and life to your experience.
The experience of flight is closely replicated as well. A majority of the aircraft's in-depth systems are fully functional, requiring careful attention to the information presented to you on the smoothly animated 3d gauges. Our realistic lighting effects round out the package, giving the pilots workspace a highly authentic appearence.
Precision Flight Dynamics
Our goal with all of our releases is always to make the aircraft as realistic as possible. As important as it is to make an virtual cockpit or external model look great, replicating how an aircraft actually handles is absolutely essential. The characteristics of an aircraft in flight, being able to recognize the natural limits placed on an airframe by it's design, the effort required to master and safely handle a powerful machine, these are traits where we aim to transform your simulator into a place where you can immersive yourself in the beauty of flight.
The P-38, as with many warbirds, was a very powerful machine. It's impressive rate of climb and very fast top speed were the result of giving the aircraft enough power to haul an extensive weapon load, and giving it the endurance to travel long distances. With that vast amount of horsepower however, limits to the design were soon realized. One of the most serious problems that plagued the P-38 was that of aerodynamic compressibility. Essentially, during very high-speed flight and especially during dives, the aircraft's tail would begin to shake violently and the nose would tuck under, steepening the dive. Once caught in this dive, the fighter would enter a high-speed compressibility stall and the controls would lock up, leaving the pilot no option but to bail out (if possible) or remain with the aircraft until it got down to denser air, where he might have a chance to pull out. It was finally determined, after much trial and error, that installing dive flaps on the P-38 was the ultimate solution.
In our P-38L, we've tasked Bernt Stolle with creating the expertly refined flight model. Not only will you be able to fly it 'by the book', you'll be able to recreate many of the same issues that real P-38 pilots faced, including that of high-speed compressibility. Our model displays behaviour consistent with the actual aircraft; you'll need dive flaps when entering a dive, or you'll need to employ the same techniques as recommended when in a compressibility stall. Indeed, you'll have to be very mindful when flying the P-38 at it's upper limits!
Included in the package are 21 high resolution liveries, created with extreme attention to both detail and quality. Many of the included liveries are representations of P-38's that have seen service, and where available we've included the pilot and deployment notes. After all, the P-38 is not only a significant part of aviation past, but also plays a very important part in the history of WWII as well.
The Milviz P-38L now supports a wide range of platforms, in a single downloadable installer:
FSX: Steam Edition
Professional flight dynamics by Bernt Stolle
Realistic startup and shutdown procedures
Extensive systems modeling
Fully animated armament and fuel tank jettison
Selectable loadout options, affecting flight dynamics and performance
Realistic night lighting, landing lights and custom effects
21 High quality, high definition liveries
High quality sound set recorded from a real P-38
Custom 3D gauge modelling for smooth operation
High quality virtual cockpit and external model
Authentic Pilot Operating Handbook
Operating instructions for all systems included
System Requirements (Minimum):
Use of this product in any other version of Windows is not supported at this time.
2.6 Ghz or higher
4 GB RAM
DirectX®11 compliant video card
1024 MB video RAM or higher
Hard Drive Space:
2 GB available space
Prepar3d Version 2 (Latest release, with all hotfixes)
Prepar3d Version 3 (Latest release, with all hotfixes)
Use or installation of the products(s) referenced on this page in any other platform than that intended or shown above is not supported and may result in errors or a non-functioning product.
All MilViz products require a functioning gaming controller such as a joystick for proper operation.
TacPack Extension Module ( Requires the F-4E Phantom II)
Experience fully operational weapons and closely matched systems fidelity with the TacPack Add-on for the MilViz F-4E Phantom II. (Air to Ground radar is not and will not be fully functional in this product.)
This is not a stand-alone product and requires an existing installation of the MilViz F-4E Phantom II.
Vertical Reality Simulations' TacPack software offers stand-alone weapons and warfare platforms for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3d. It is a payware product, and is not included with your purchase of the TacPack Add-on MilViz MilViz F-4E Phantom II. A working installation of the TacPack software is required for full weapon functionality and gunsight integration.
Please Note: This product makes significant changes to the existing installation of the MilViz F-4E Phantom. Installing this product will make a reversion back to the original (non TacPack) F-4E product impossible. When uninstalling this product it will, by default and with no other option, completely uninstall both the TacPack Add-on as well as the original product.
Please make a back up of your F-4E installation directory BEFORE installing this product.
Tactical Combat System & Development Kit for FSX/P3D
TACPACK COMBAT SYSTEM: www.vrsimulations.com
TacPack is a true single and multi-player tactical combat engine for FSX or P3D (requires separate license for each platform). In a nutshell, TacPack enables true combat systems such as lethal weapons, radar, and radar warning receivers to be used in FSX/P3D against single or multi-player adversaries (or yes, even against lowly Cessnas!). TacPack will change everything you thought you knew about what was possible in FSX/P3D. TacPack also features the ability to spawn AI ships (e.g. aircraft carriers with pitching, rolling decks), refueling tankers, drones, and lethal SAM sites directly into the simulation via a handy in-game menu. TacPack is not a system that can be used to instantly attach weapons to aircraft like wheels on cars; TacPack-Powered aircraft utilize realistic, deeply integrated systems, and must be built from the ground-up using the TacPack SDK. It is therefore recommended (but not required), to acquire one or more TacPack-Powered aircraft in order to take full advantage of what the TacPack has to offer. Fortunately, there are many TacPack-Powered aircraft choices, and the list is growing daily.
Lethal Tactical Systems
Lethal weaponsWith TacPack, great FSX/P3D military aircraft no longer need to fly half-baked. The full potential of the aircraft's capabilities can finally be realized with the addition of true tactical systems. The normally benign landscape is transformed into a live battle space with realistically modeled weapons, countermeasures, team-based IFF and early warning systems. Weapons will appear on the various aircraft stations just as they have with previously static models, but instead of a "sigh" when trigger is pulled, TacPack magic takes over, seamlessly unleashing a deadly accurate weapon simulation. Your aircraft can destroy (or cripple) your adversaries, and you yourself can become the prey, taking partial or critical damage. All systems work in both single and multi-player. Weapons ranging from Air-to-Air missiles to Zuni rockets are all modeled with realistic weights, physics, performance, effects, and lethality envelopes rivaling stand-alone simulators. Take out aircraft and ground targets, evade air defenses like SAM and AAA, or try to penetrate carrier point defenses with sea-skimming missiles - all in single or multi-player.
Team-Based AI Spawning
AI spawningTacPack comes with an ever-improving AI system which includes the ability to spawn assets into the sim directly from within FSX/P3D. These include vessels such aircraft carriers (carrier models not included, but works with any payware or freeware ships) which can be armed with point defense systems and navigation aids, SAM sites, refueling tankers, and drones. An in-game menu system lets you spawn the AI at relative positions from ownship and optionally assign teams to them. Setting up a scenario can be as simple as plopping them down in front of the aircraft, or as complex as writing a TacPack scenario file to deploy them automatically with each flight.
The TacPack also includes an external management application called the TacPack Manager (TPM), which allows customization options ranging from carrier navigational frequencies and refueling drogue parameters, to multi-player host options.
SDKSeamless developer integration is provided via the freely licensed TacPack SDK. The TacPack's infrastructure is comprised of a dynamic weapon simulation, multi-mode radar, ECM/ECCM, IFF, and radar warning receiver backend functions. All the avionics variables including stores management are tailored to the specific weapon being used. It's as if the TacPack was there all along waiting to be unleashed. Any aircraft can be integrated by developers at a low level via the TacPack SDK. Again, there are no royalties associated with use of the SDK (commercial or otherwise), but the end-user must have the TacPack installed in order to leverage the TacPack-Powered aircraft features.
The TacPack SDK is available to owners and developers alike, and facilitates royalty and license-free third-party integration into aircraft or other SimObjects such as ships and vehicles. Third party support for the SDK includes developers such as Aerosoft, India Foxt Echo, Metal2Mesh, Milviz, and more! With other TacPack-Powered aircraft becoming available frequently, it's finally possible to obtain diverse, cheat-free, air-to-air combat with aircraft other than (or including) the Superbug.
TacView ACMI Support
SDKWhen the dust settles you'll be able to call for a tanker, fuel up behind an intelligent AI refueler flying dynamic racetrack patterns, then return to base to review the action (and lick your wounds) via TacView - an amazing ACMI playback system previously reserved for stand-alone simulations. The TacPack can export the entire flight with dozens of parameters including missile launches and bombing runs. Visualize radar locks and missile behavior to efficiently analyze both BVR flights and dogfights. From aspect angle, to G forces, display and compare any telemetry parameter in tables, on aircraft, and labels in the 3D view. Analyze the flight envelope and performances like corner speed by drawing detailed charts in just one click! You can even export telemetry data for deeper analysis in your favorite spreadsheet.
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