Flight Replicas Cub

The Cub variations in this package were in production between 1937 and 1949 and have proved so popular and endearing that not only are many of the originals still flying

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Release Date: 24/06/2011
The Cub variations in this package were in production between 1937 and 1949 and have proved so popular and endearing that not only are many of the originals still flying, but there are many close imitations in kit form still being produced today!

This authentic simulation features thirty-four variations of the J-3, PA-11 and L-4 Cub paints and configurations, including the limited edition ‘Flitfire’ with RAF roundels.

The J-3 and PA-11 are fitted with wheels, float and ski undercarriage, the L-4 ‘Grasshopper’ civilian paint with wheels and the military paints have wheeled plus float variants. A broad range of aircraft, perfect for STOL performance in all FSX environments, no matter how hostile!

Now, all you have to do is decide whether to go skiing, fishing or bush flying!

A selection of the highlights simulated includes:

17 models and 34 paint schemes
Fully clickable and workable cockpits
Authentic flight dynamics
Animated Pilot and passenger
All 'old-style' cockpits have hand-held radio, GPS, Transponder and NAV/COM pop-up panels
Paint Kits, so you can customize your aircraft
Printable Checklist
L-4 Military variants have flexible Aerial that bends according to airspeed
Wires and pulleys animate with control movement inside and out
L-4 features luminescent gauge dials for night flying, just like the original
J-3 Models:
◦Standard version on wheels.
◦Standard version on Edo 1320 Floats.
◦Standard version on skis.
◦Franklin-engined Flitfire.
PA-11 Models:
◦Early production version on wheels, skis and Edo 1320 floats.
◦Late production version on wheels, wheel-skis and Edo 2000 floats.
◦The Wagner Twin Cub.
L-4 Models:
◦AGF (Army Ground Forces) Artillery Spotter.
◦General service model (no radio), otherwise known as a ‘Hack’.
◦Post-war, to the present, civilian model (up-rated engine + mixture).
◦Present-day restored military version (up-rated engine + mixture).
L-4 Float Models:
◦WWII U.S. Army Liaison.
◦1949 Civil Air Patrol
Plus the on the disc you’ll find a PDF Operations Manual for each version, printable checklist and paint kits to create your own liveries.

System Requirements

MICROSOFT FSX with SP2 or Acceleration.
Windows 7, Vista or XP with SP2
Processor 2 GHz dual core or better
Video Card 256 Mb or better
Memory 2 Gb
Hard Drive 3.5 Gb
Cub History and Background

The J-3 is a small, simple, light aircraft with tandem seating, originally intended for flight training. It became one of the most popular light aircraft of all time. The Cub's simplicity, affordability and popularity has enabled it to retain a strong presence all around the world, right up to the present day.

Of special note is the ‘Flitfire’, the name being a derivative of the famous ‘Spitfire’ aircraft. These were not actual RAF aircraft. Forty nine of these aircraft were assembled in the U.S in 1941 –
painted with British Royal Air Force roundels – and subsequently raffled off to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund to aid injured British Flyers.

The Cub was fitted with a range of engines and in this package you will find both Continental and Franklin powered versions. The PA-11 Cub Special was considered by many to be the ultimate Cub and was effectively an intermediate stage between the famous J-3 and the equally famous PA-18 Super Cub. With its 90hp engine, the 'Cub Special' was known for high performance without sacrificing the light-weight simplicity of the J-3 airframe.

Principle changes from the J-3 were an enclosed cowling over the more powerful engine, with the engine thrust angle canted downwards 4 degrees; the fuel tank was increased in capacity to
17 gallons and relocated to the port wing; the wing struts, windscreen, seats and cross bracing were re-designed which give better aerodynamics and also a little more foot room in the front.

The PA-11 is flown mostly from the front seat, although it can be flown solo from either.

In 1952, Mr. Harold Wagner, of the Wagner Aircraft Company wanted to develop a simple aircraft that would give twin-engined performance at low cost. Among his experiments was the Wagner Twin Cub, which was effectively two PA-11 Cub specials joined together. The resulting aircraft was so unconventional, that Mr. Wagner called it “The Thing”. It flew well, although wing loading allowed only one of the two fuselages to carry people or payload. Not finding any commercial success, the aircraft was eventually converted back to two separate PA-11s.

The Piper L-4 ‘Grasshopper’ of WWII was the military version of the J-3 Cub. Of the 5,500 L-4 variants produced between 1942 and 1945, the vast majority went to US Army Ground Forces and
Field Artillery for use as Air Observation Posts. In both air and ground forces, the L-4 was used as a flying Jeep, carrying priority mail and personnel between HQs and command posts. Its Continental engine produced only 65hp, yet its excellent short field performance enabled operation from the smallest of improvised airstrips, including roads adjacent to command posts.

L-4’s on floats were used in almost every theatre of operations in World War II, perhaps most notably in Italy, following the Salerno landings. Unlike combat aircraft, the L-4 was unarmed and unarmoured. It was one of the smallest and slowest aircraft of WWII with a cruising speed of only 75 mph. Nevertheless, it has been claimed that with a single L-4 directing the fire power of an entire Division, it could bring a greater weight of explosives to bear on a target then any other aircraft of the period, with the exception of the B-29 Superfortress carrying an atomic bomb.

It was widely used in Europe, where more than 2,700 served with the Field Artillery. Of those that survived the war, about 150 were shipped back to the US, with most of the remainder sold to civilian purchasers in Britain, France, Switzerland, Denmark and elsewhere in Europe.

More than 60 years on, many of these are still flying, and an increasing number are being restored to their original military configuration and markings.

A truly distinguished ‘warbird’, long to be remembered!

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