Flight simulators date back nearly as far as flight itself. One of the earliest common flight simulators was the Link trainer produced in 1929! These machines have progressed a long way since then.
We currently run two sims at our site, both WWII combat simulators. These features advanced projected visuals, working instruments, cockpits full of buttons and switches and advanced flight dynamics that have been tested by real world pilots.
Our staff have years of experience working on the large airliner simulators such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 and Jumbo, but the true passion lies with the old warbirds.
The flight simulators are networked (linked) together allowing both pilots to engage with one another. This can be dog fighting, realistic missions of varying length or even high speed virtual air races!
Click here for more information on the experiences and read below for some historical info on the real aircraft!
One of the most common, yet most fearsom German fighters on the Western front was the Messerschmitt bf 109. Much like the legendary Spitfire it saw many adaptations throughout it’s service history.
Often referred to as the flying coffin, if the combat doesn’t get you, the landing certainly will! With it’s narrow gear configuration you need to be spot on both in the air and on the ground.
Together we will learn some of the quirks of this machine.
The flight simulator is based on the BF 109 G series, as with the real world aircraft during the war, there are some modifications to aid the pilot.
|ENGINE:||Daimler-Benz DB 605AM|
|MAX SPEED:||440 MPH|
|WINGSPAN:||32 ft 6 in|
|HEIGHT:||8 ft 2 in|
|MAX GROSS WEIGHT:||7,500 lbs.|
|MAX CEILING:||38,500 ft|
|CLIMB RATE:||3,563 ft / min. 7 min to 20,000 ft.|
|ARMAMENT:||30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108 engine-mounted cannon (Motorkanone) with 65 rounds|
|two 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131s in the nose with 300 RPG|
|FUEL CAPACITY:||106 imp. gal. Internal|
The Americans take on the Spitfire, adapted for long range bomber escort missions into Germany, and a match for almost any Axis fighter.
The P51 found service with the RAF in 1942, and overall was fairly forgiving in flight, however with incorrect engine settings expect to be in a glider very quickly!
Our simulator is the P-51D Mustang, one of the most refined aircraft of WWII.
|MANUFACTURER:||North American Aviation|
|ENGINE:||Rolls Royce Packard built V-1650-7 Merlin 12 cylinder liquid cooled power plant|
|MAX SPEED:||505 MPH|
|MAX GROSS WEIGHT:||12,300 lbs|
|MAX CEILING:||41,900 ft|
|CLIMB RATE:||3,475 ft/ min. 7.3 min to 20,000 ft|
|RANGE:||2,080 miles with two 110 gal. drop tanks|
|ARMAMENT:||6 X .50 calibre Browning machine guns with 2140 rounds|
|FUEL CAPACITY:||184 imp. gal. internal, provision for two 62.5 gal. drop tanks|