• Review: Aeroplane Heaven - Hawker Typhoon Mk1B

    Hawker Typhoon Mk1B

    Publisher: Aeroplane Heaven

    Review Author:
    Erwin Welker

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    Aeroplane Heaven Hawker Typhoon Mk1B for flight simulator FSX and P3D

    The Real Hawker Typhoon

    (Original text by Aeroplane Heaven)

    Although plagued with production problems, when introduced in 1941, the Typhoon was the only RAF front-line fighter capable of keeping up with the new Focke-Wulf FW190.

    Affectionately known by many as the "Tiffie", once refined and improved, the big Hawker became a formidable weapon used mainly for ground-attack and tank-busting duties. A major contributor to the success of the D-Day landings and many successful long-range ground attack missions to follow, the Hawker Typhoon rightfully earns its place in aviation history alongside its illustrious stable mate, the Hawker Hurricane.

    This model depicts the Mk1 B version with bubble canopy. It comes with selectable rockets, bombs and long-range tanks and includes a large array of special animations and fully functional, highly accurate virtual cockpit.

    Main Specifications

    (Source: Wikipedia.org)

    Length 31 ft 11" 9.7 m
    Wingspan 41 ft 7" 12.7 m
    Height 15 ft 4" 4.7 m
    Wing area 279 sq ft 29.6 m2
    Empty weight 8,840 lb 4,010 kg
    Max takeoff weight 13,250 lb 6,010 kg
    Engine Napier Sabre II
    Engine power 2,180-2,260 hp 1.626-1.085 kW
    Max. speed 412 mph 663 km/h
    Max range 510 nm 821 km
    Armament 4x20 mm Hispano
    8xRP3 A/G rockets
    2x500 lb bombs or
    2x1,000 lb bombs

    Aeroplane's Heaven Product Description

    Hi-Fidelity Models

    • Hi-fidelity models with a huge amount of authentic detail
    • Opening canopy with full interior detail
    • Superb stereo sound pack
    • Many unique animations including the intricate start procedure
    • Fully animated pilot
    • Gun firing effects and shell cases with that all important gun smoke.

    In-Game Options

    • Special configuration panel pop-up allows you to choose your loadout.
    • Cold dark start switch that allows you to start the Typhoon manually without having to do all the hard work yourself.

    Seven Liveries And A Paint Kit

    • 7 high-definition liveries with special bump effects
    • Pro-quality paint kit enables you to create your own favorite schemes.

    1. gustava's Avatar
      gustava -
      I fully agree to Erwin's review. Although there are pretty good freeware Typhoons available, this model beats them in every respect. I can only recommend purchasing it, it's just phantastic! Rarely have I seen
      such a great and detailed VC.

      Michael Pook
    1. mallcott's Avatar
      mallcott -
      There was no pressurised cockpit in the Typhoon. The reason oxygen masks were worn when the cockpit was closed was from carbon monoxide entering the cockpit - not an issue when open to the air, but mandating the use of oxygen whenever the canopy was closed.
    1. DrawyahGames's Avatar
      DrawyahGames -
      Quote Originally Posted by mallcott View Post
      There was no pressurised cockpit in the Typhoon. The reason oxygen masks were worn when the cockpit was closed was from carbon monoxide entering the cockpit - not an issue when open to the air, but mandating the use of oxygen whenever the canopy was closed.
      Correct, there was a flaw where the engine could not release any carbon monoxide it produced in the exhaust, causing it to leak and fill up inside the cockpit.

      Another issue the aircraft had throughout development in 1942 was that the fuselage was weak and would sometimes rip the tail and rear of the aircraft off during flight. It took the loss of 25 aircraft and 23 pilots before this was finally repaired by 1944.
    1. flightman's Avatar
      flightman -
      Some of the liveries are D-Day, some are not. The Typhoon had black and white identification stripes on the underside of the wings long before D-Day because of the visual similarity to the FW190. D-Day invasion stripes were a different pattern and were applied to upper and lower wing surfaces and fuselage.

      I like this model and the review reflects the quality of it. It would have been nice to have a model of the early version with car-type doors rather than the sliding bubble hood to be able to see the difference from the pilot's viewpoint.

      I'd really like a Tempest V sim to go with this. For me the best RAF fighter of the war.
    1. Uncle Bucc''s Avatar
      Uncle Bucc' -
      I decided to purchase this aeroplane. I am very happy with it plus it is very "hands on", in other words you need to actually fly and trim without any auto-pilot, which makes the experience fun.

      But you do need to watch the fuel gauges as it can be easy to run out. (I do use the mixture, propeller and throttle to get as much mileage as possible but this is still a learning curve for me.)

      Overall well worth the money.
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