McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet by Vertical Reality Simulations

manufacture: McDonnell Douglas
model: F/A-18 Hornet
class: military
Project is add-on for: MSFS 2004 & MSFS X
Developer: Vertical Reality Simulations
Release date: January 2010
License: Payware
Project home site: http://www.vrsimulations.com/FA18EFSX.htm
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Experience the most detailed and accurate simulation of a combat aircraft ever developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The VRS F/A-18E  SuperbugX, is the culmination of almost 6 years of work. Our award-winning F/A-18E for FS2004 has been painstakingly re-worked for FSX in a project lasting almost a full year. From avionics to weapon systems, if it's in the real aircraft, it's probably in this simulation!  The VRS F/A-18E Super Hornet, or "Superbug", is the first   true 3-axis fly-by-wire combat aircraft designed for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The flight model is not "fly-by-wire-like", it's a dynamic, fully control-law-dependent proportional control system driving a single (ordinance independent) neutrally-statically-stable base flight model. The FBW system extends to 100% custom autopilot functions.

The FSX version of the Superbug takes all of the fantastic innovations we developed for FS2004 to a new level of graphic nirvana. The 2D and VC models were reworked and re-textured with high resolution FSX native materials including detailed specular and bump maps. Draw calls were reduced by approximately 20%, and new skinned-mesh animations were added. Effects for missile flyout were introduced that allow plumes and smoke trails. New g-induced and mach-based vapor effects, afterburners, fresnel-based lighting, and a slew of other improvements round out this incredible new FSX package.

Crafted by a small, dedicated team of developers who also happen to be engineers in real life, the VRS F/A-18E seeks to provide what we believe is by far the most comprehensive overall simulation of ANY combat aircraft ever created for the Flight Simulator franchise. VRS has created a truly remarkable and faithful reproduction of the U.S. Navy's newest strike fighter. Systems ranging from tactical (functioning weapons and sensors) to dedicated, custom fuel, hydraulic and ECS simulation designed [strictly] based on the U.S. Navy's NATOPS flight manuals for this aircraft. Everything from the working and accurate radar, to the early warning and navigation systems are meticulously recreated in extreme detail and fidelity.

The VRS F/A-18E is the recipient of multiple awards including the coveted Avsim Gold Star (both versions) and PC Pilot Magazine's Platinum award. These are the highest review awards available in their respective mediums. If you've tried military aircraft for MSFS before, and they've left a bad taste in your mouth, give the Superbug a try and see why VRS has been called "The PMDG/Level-D of military addons." Let us craft YOU a killing machine! 

 Explore all the Superbug has to offer by selecting a topic from the left, below. We think you'll agree, the depth of the simulation is second to none, making this an investment you can be proud to add to your collection.

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