• Review: Just Flight - GulfHawk II

    Gulfhawk II

    Publisher: Just Flight

    Review Author:
    Bill Stack

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    GulfHawk II by IRIS Flight Simulation Software

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    Gulfhawk II is a civilian version of Grumman Aircraft's F3F biplane fighter that was customized for retired naval aviator and air-show pilot Al Williams. Designed by Leroy Grumman, the F3F fighter entered service in 1936 as the last biplane fighter delivered to the United States military. It was flown by the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines, and it was retired from military service in 1941. Al Williams' Gulfhawk II was retired to the U.S. National Air & Space museum in 1948.

    The Gulfhawk II is unlike any stock aircraft in FSX or P3D. Aside from its being a biplane, it is about one-third heavier than the Mooney Bravo, about half the weight of the Cessna Grand Caravan, and about as fast as the Extra 300 (the fastest stock single-propeller aircraft in FSX and P3D).

    Gulfhawk II Specifications
    Item Value
    Length 23 FT
    7 M
    Wingspan 32 FT
    10 M
    Occupants 1
    Empty Weight 3,285 LB
    1,490 KG
    Maximum Weight 4,795 LB
    2,175 KG
    Useful Load 1,510 LB
    685 KG
    Fuel Capacity 141 USG
    534 L
    846 LB
    Propeller 3 Blades Variable
    Engine Wright R-1820-22
    Power 950 HP
    710 KW
    Cruising Speed 150 MPH
    130 KTS
    240 KPH
    Maximum Speed 264 MPH
    229 KTS
    425 KPH
    Stall Speed 60 MPH
    52 KTS
    97 KPM
    Ceiling 33,200 FT
    10,210 M
    Range 850 NM
    1,600 KM
    Source: Wikipedia

    Just Flight's Gulfhawk II

    Just Flight lists several significant features of its Gulfhawk II such as "hi-fidelity model" with "superb detail," "brilliant sound" and "accurate flight dynamics." One model is offered in the original Al Williams orange with his name. Just Flight's model is suitable for FSX, FSX Steam and P3D.

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    1. iflygary's Avatar
      iflygary -
      Well I bought it back in December, flew it once, and it's been in the hangar ever since then. It's lacking quite a bit unfortunately. The engine sounds are horrible and I just didn't find it to be a fun airplane to fly. Just Flight doesn't give refunds but if they were to I would have requested my money back. This one only gets 2 stars from me. Sorry guys
    1. ianhr's Avatar
      ianhr -
      To each his own, I guess. I happen to be a fan of funky, overpowered old aeroplanes, and the Gulfhawk is a delight in every respect.
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      I'm also enjoying the Gulfhawk greatly. The textures inside and out are simply fantastic, very detailed and very authentic. And it is a joy to fly, perhaps a bit overpowered on the take-off, but otherwise very convincing. I do partly agree with iflygary about the sound though. Didn't find it awful, but the engine sounded just a bit too excitable to convince me that I'm flying a radial-powered aircraft. A simple replacement with the Skysong Grumman F4F/FM-2 Wildcat HD soundpack and I'm now totally immersed. The "purists" won't agree with this but I believe the British version of the Wildcat (called the Martlet) was powered by a very similar Wright R-1820 "Cyclone 9" radial engine as the Gulfhawk, so that is how I convince myself ;-) Plus it sounds more like a real radial engine.
    1. comet4's Avatar
      comet4 -
      I too find it great fun to fly. I don't use it very often but it is a great little add on.
    1. tr45's Avatar
      tr45 -
      Although this model is lacking in detail in the skin, its a great bargain! Wildcat has total different sound than the G22 Gulfhawk (F3F-2) due to the difference in the exhaust system. Compare the two aircraft on youtube and you tell the difference. I've tweaked a cool model to my liking!


      F3F-2 showing the actual detail of both aircraft. http://www.fsfiles.org/flightsimshot...3/24/F3F-2.jpg

      Larger pic here: http://www.fsfiles.org/flightsimshotsv2/image/GGbQ
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      Hey tr45, your Gulfhawk sounds awesome. And you're right, different exhausts systems will produce different sound. I just don't have the know-how to tweak sound files like you do, so have to get something off-the-shelf. What tweaks did you do?
    1. tr45's Avatar
      tr45 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rooitou View Post
      Hey tr45, your Gulfhawk sounds awesome. And you're right, different exhausts systems will produce different sound. I just don't have the know-how to tweak sound files like you do, so have to get something off-the-shelf. What tweaks did you do?
      Made small changes in the sound.cfg and custom prop sound added. I'm working on updating the fuselage skin with new bumps as seen in the pics and with the modded sound, will make a patch zip sometime next week. I'll pm you when it's ready. -TR
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      Thanks TR, looking forward to see what you conjured up.
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