• Review: Just Flight - DHC-1 Chipmunk

    De Havilland Chipmunk

    Publisher: Just Flight

    Review Author:
    Bill Stack

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    De Havilland Canada's DHC-1 Chipmunk is a single-engine, fixed-gear, low-wing, monoplane trainer with student and instructor seated in tandem. As de Havilland Canada's first project following World War II, it was a primary trainer for several air forces during the post-war period, particularly the Royal Canadian Air Force and the British Royal Air Force. More than 1,200 were built in Canada, England, and Portugal between 1948 and 1956. They served air forces into the 1970s, and more than 500 are estimated to be airworthy today, being especially popular among flying clubs worldwide.

    Chipmunks were designed to replace de Havilland's Gipsy Moth biplane trainer that had been widely used before and during World War II. Production models were powered by de Havilland's 145-horsepower (108 kilowatt) four-cylinder, air-cooled, inline Gipsy Major 8 engine.

    For basic reference, the DHC-1 Chipmunk is slightly lighter and smaller but much slower than the Cessna 172 Skyhawk in MSFS.

    DHC-1 Chipmunk Specifications
    Specification Value
    Occupants 2
    Empty Weight 1,517 LB
    688 KG
    Maximum Weight 2,200 LB
    998 KG
    Useful Load 683 LB
    310 KG
    Fuel Capacity 22 USG
    83 L
    Cruising Speed 90 KTS
    167 KPH
    Stall Speed 35 KTS
    65 KPH
    Ceiling 15,800 FT
    4,819 M
    Range 225 NM
    417 KM
    Length 25 FT
    8 M
    Wingspan 34 FT
    10 M
    Propeller 2 Blade
    Fixed Pitch
    Engine Gipsy Major 8
    Power 145 HP
    108 KW
    Source: Wikipedia

    1. mitchell2408's Avatar
      mitchell2408 -
      "Royal British Air Force" Please explain what this is?
    1. clarkejw's Avatar
      clarkejw -
      The Chipmunk replaced the Tiger Moth as the basic trainer for many airforces, not the Gipsy Moth. I have flown the British Chipmunk here in Australia, and the simulated version isn't bad, although it's very hard to replicate the Chipmunk's delightfully light, beautifully harmonised controls. Also, braking in a Chippie is not as simple as described. The aircraft uses a lever-operated, differential braking system, which is certainly a lot more compicated than described in this review!
    1. TseTse's Avatar
      TseTse -
      Quote Originally Posted by mitchell2408 View Post
      "Royal British Air Force" Please explain what this is?
    1. nickpollock's Avatar
      nickpollock -
      Rather than compare the FlightSim Chipmunk (2 seat trainer) with a Cessna 172 (4-seater tourer) I would be more interested in a comparison with Rick Piper's excellent freeware Chipmunk. Although designed for FS2004 I managed to import it over to FSX where it performs well. Anyone got both and care to comment?
    1. nickpollock's Avatar
      nickpollock -
      Correction - I meant of course Just Flight's Chipmunk compared to Rick Piper's Chipmunk. (No idea what FlightSim Chipmunk was referring to - senior moment!)
    1. Johnb's Avatar
      Johnb -
      Both are very good, Just Flight just has the edge.
      But in the J/F chipmunk, how does the engine hatch open?
      Also how are chocks,tie-downs & GPU displayed & removed?

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