- This DC-8 collection for FSX and P3D features the DC-8-10, -12, -21, -32 and -42 variants in a total of 19 liveries, all with a very high degree of functionality in the virtual cockpits which are complete with Engineer’s and Navigator’s panels.
- Other features include accurate sound sets for the different engine types, authentic external animations, many special effects, accurate fuel storage and delivery systems, full autopilot capabilities and numerous warning annunciators.
The DC-8 was one of the first commercial jet airliners to enter service. The four-engine narrow-body airliner featured advanced aerodynamic and structural designs resulting in a very reliable, comfortable and efficient aircraft.
DC-8 Jetliner features the DC-8 Series 10 through to the Series 42. Every model is built over accurate factory standard plans and all feature the characteristic ‘double bubble’ fuselage, nose ‘nostrils’ and multi-pane cockpit glazing that make this aircraft so distinctive.
Many unique animations are built into each model, including retractable landing lights, opening pressure valve gate in the tail, rams and operating levers for the spoilers and flaps and,of course, the trim-adjustable flying horizontal/elevator tail assembly.
The landing gear is authentically modelled and animated with details such as springs and even detailed brake lines and wheel cylinders. Also included are the distinctive swivelling rear main undercarriage bogies which allowed the aircraft to make very tight turns when arriving at the terminals before the days of ‘drive in’ jetways.
Pre-flight flags, wheel chocks, and self-powered entry stairs all add to the authentic feel of this classic jetliner.
Cutting edge modelling and animation techniques are employed to show realistic wing flex and among the many special effects are the incredible smoke clouds and trails that these early DC-8 jets produced. You can even see reverse thrust smoke coming from the apertures in each engine when reverse thrust is applied.
The complex and authentic virtual cockpit has been built with authenticity in mind. Just the Engineer’s station alone contains hundreds of realistically operating switches and dials for monitoring the engine, hydraulic, electrical and fuel systems. Just about every switch, lever and knob is operational and functional. Flight instruments can be set up just like the real thing, with adjustment knobs and setting controls for preset speed, height course and heading.
Two very realistic (and noisy!) sound sets are included for the Pratt and Whitney JT range of engines fitted to the -10, -12, -21 and -32 models with their very distinctive ‘howling’ air start and for the Rolls-Royce Conway turbofans fitted to the -40 version.
- Highly functional virtual cockpit with virtually all of the hundreds of switches, knobs and levers animated and functional. Many gauges are modelled in 3D for smooth operation.
- Engineer and Navigator panels are included.The engineer’s panel features functioning engine, hydraulic, electrical and fuel systems.
- Full cockpit lighting with atmospheric instrument backlighting.
- Special ‘baked’ textures have been used to present a well-used look and feel to the cockpit area and controls.
- Avionics include full autopilot functionality from the operating period with NAV and ILS approaches, VOR and ADF receivers and displays, transponders and a full communications suite.
- Many features have been added to help with ‘usability’ such as switches to hide the control yokes and co-pilot’s seat for a better view of the instruments and preset angled views for the overhead panel, throttle quadrant and radios.
- Numerous warning annunciators will illuminate on fault detection and a fully functional engine fire warning and protection/extinguishing system are built into the cockpit. If you get an engine fire warning, pull the fire handle and the fire will be extinguished.
- Electrics have been authentically modelled to enable correct engine starts with ignition lock-out and over-ride functions for each engine starter.
- Special programming code has been used to re-create the complex fuel storage and delivery systems for each engine – the authenticity is such that one can follow the procedures laid down in official flight manuals for setting up the fuel panels and levers for different situations and, of course, the correct start-up of engine 3, the first engine to be started.
- Specular map to give realistic light effects on the aircraft surfaces.
- Bump mapping to give a more realistic 3D effect to aircraft liveries.
- Realistic wing flex on all variants.
- Custom coding ensures that the systems are faithfully reproduced in this simulation, including unique features such as spoiler ‘lock-out’ when gear is retracted.
- Animated main-gear bogies which will rotate to reduce stress on the tyres and wheels in tight turns.
- Special slats in the leading edges of the wings open ahead of the main flaps and the full slotted-flap system is faithfully reproduced in these models.
- Numerous authentic animations are included such as retractable landing lights, opening pressure valve gate in the tail, rams and operating levers for spoilers, trim-adjustable flying horizontal/elevator tail assembly.
- The landing gear is authentically modelled and animated with all the correct struts and springs and even detailed brake lines and wheel cylinders.
- The real DC-8 has a unique way of employing engine thrust reverse whilst in flight to assist with air braking. The conventional wing spoilers are not used (only as spoilerons and only then with the gear extended). This is all simulated in DC-8 Jetliner!
- Douglas (N8008D)
- Delta Air lines (N804E)
- United Airlines (N8013U)
- United Airlines (N8021U)
- Eastern Air Lines (N8612)
- Air Spain (EC-CAD)
- National Airlines (N6572C)
- Overseas National (N821F)
- Scandinavian Airlines (SE-DBA)
- Pan Am (N805PA)
- Swissair (HB-IDA)
- BIAS International (PH-DCA)
- African Safari (5Y-ASA)
- Alitalia (I-DIWG)
- CP Air (CF-CPJ)
- Air Canada (CF-TJF)
- Canadian Pacific (N9604Z) – the world’s first supersonic four-engine passenger plane
- Cubana (CU-T1210)
- Air Jamaica (6Y-JME)
Flight files for the project developed by real-world DC-8 engineer and tested by pilots with real-world DC-8 experience. Correct fuel systems and other engine maintenance routines are designed in.
A professionally produced stereo sound set is matched to the different engine types: the Pratt and Whitney JT range of engines of the -10, -20 and -30 with their very distinctive ‘howling’ air start, and another authentic set for the Rolls-Royce Conways
on the -40 version.
Special effects have been created to reproduce the incredible smoke trails these early DC-8 jets produced. Correct reverse thrust smoke has also been modelled and can be seen streaming from the apertures in each engine when reverse thrust is applied.
A professional standard paint kit is provided for you to create your own liveries.
|Supported OS:||Windows 8,Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows XP|
|Processor:||2.0GHz or any Dual Core|
|Hard Disk:||2 GB|
|Video Card:||512 MB VRAM|
|Additional Requirements:||Requires Flight Simulator X (SP2, Acceleration or Gold required), FSX: Steam Edition or P3D v3.|