• Review: Flysimware - Grumman G-44A Widgeon

    Grumman G-44A Widgeon

    Publisher: Flysimware

    Review Author:
    Bill Stack

    Suggested Price:
    $21.99

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    Grumman G-44A Widgeon by Flysimware

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    Grumman's G-44A Widgeon is a five-person, twin-engine, amphibian/landplane. It cruises at 139 knots, climbs to 18,000 feet (5,490 meters) and reaches 865 nautical miles (1,600 kilometers) according to Airliners.Net. Often called a "flying boat," its retractable landing gear enable efficient operations on land and water.

    Originally developed by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation for the civilian market, Widgeons were adapted for military needs upon the United States' entry into World War II in 1941. Widgeons were involved in spotting and attacking German U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana in 1942. They have been flown by the United States Army Air Corp, the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and several countries including Brazil, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

    Widgeons were redesigned with an improved hull for the originally intended civilian market soon after the end of World War II and are considered utility aircraft. They are similar but smaller and less powerful than the default Grumman G-21A Goose in FSX. The G-44A model rendered by Flysimware is normally flown by one pilot.

    Grumman G-44A Widgeon Specifications
    Item Value
    Physical
    Length 31 FT
    10 M
    Wingspan 40 FT
    12 M
    Occupants 5
    Empty Weight 3,240 LB
    1,470 KG
    Maximum Weight 4,525 LB
    2,053 KG
    Useful Load 1,285 LB
    583 KG
    Fuel Capacity 97 USG
    366 L
    647 LB
    Engines (2) Ranger L-440-5
    Performance
    Power (x2) 200 HP
    149 KW
    Cruising Speed 120 KTS
    222 KPH
    Maximum Speed 133 KTS
    246 KPH
    Ceiling 14,600 FT
    4,450 M
    Range 799 NM
    1,481 KM
    Source: Wikipedia

    Flysimware's Grumman G-44A Widgeon

    Many features of Flysimware's Grumman G-44A Widgeon flying boat's appearances and performances are listed on the product description page. A significant feature is Flysimware's first use of 3DS MAX imaging that gives "full AO effects on all 3D parts." Flysimware's Grumman G-44A Widgeon is compatible with FSX SP2, FSX Acceleration, FSX Steam and all versions of P3D. I reviewed the FSX Acceleration version.


    3 Comments
    1. Bobsk8's Avatar
      Bobsk8 -
      Good review, I purchased this aircraft after reading your review, and It is a great flying aircraft with man excellent features. Installs into P3D within seconds..
    1. Bobsk8's Avatar
      Bobsk8 -
      Good review, I purchased this aircraft after reading your review, and It is a great flying aircraft with man excellent features. Installs into P3D within seconds..
    1. stevefranklin's Avatar
      stevefranklin -
      A good, fair and thorough review Nels. I've been toying with this bird for a while. It looks like a great versatile aircraft.
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