• Review: First Class Sim - Vickers Wellington Bomber

    Vickers Wellington

    Publisher: First Class Sim

    Review Author:
    Felicity Smith

    Suggested Price:
    $19.00

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    First Class Sim - Vickers Wellington

    Introduction

    This is a review of the First Class Sim Vickers Wellington bomber for FSX and FS2004. For the purposes of this review, the add-on has been tested in FSX Steam Edition and with DX10 enabled.

    Memories Of The Vickers Wellington

    One night towards the end of May in 1942, when I was an 8 year old evacuee being fostered in rural Bedfordshire, I saw my first Wellington bombers. Apparently they were keeping a rendezvous with other bombers of Bomber Command to await the streaming attacking force to raid Cologne in 'Operation Millennium'. One thousand and fifty bombers of R.A.F. Bomber Command took part in this onslaught, the majority of which, thirty seven squadrons were Wellingtons.

    First Class Sim - Vickers Wellington     First Class Sim - Vickers Wellington

    Possibly the ones I saw came from R.A.F. Feltwell. I considered myself fortunate to observe one of the formations taking part in the first of three thousand bombing raids during World War II, the first of which was the most successful.

    The Wellington was the only bomber to be used constantly from 1939 - 1945. In fact its overall history in active service dates from 1938 - 1953. Admittedly, when the heavier bombers - Stirlings, Halifaxes and Lancasters came off the production lines it was reduced to secondary roles - albeit important functions such as assisting Coastal Command.

    Barnes Wallis (of Dambusters fame) was Vickers' chief designer of the famous aircraft and produced a unique airframe which could withstand severe punishment. It made its maiden flight in June 1936 and eventually over eleven thousand were built, some of which still survive.

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    There are a number of Wellington museums in England - such as the Brooklands aircraft factory - now a temporary museum. At Cosford one can see a Mk X version and at Pilstone, near Leighton Buzzard there is a large Wellington Bomber project on display.

    Peter Smith RN retired

    Installation

    The installation procedure was straightforward, in that once the product is downloaded and unzipped, it's just a case of choosing your desired simulator (FSX or FS2004) and inserting the provided product serial key. For the purposes of this review, I decided to use FSX Steam Edition, and the install program found in the package, performed flawlessly.

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    Documentation

    Considering the price, the included documentation is fairly comprehensive and would put many more expensive products to shame. There is a nice PDF diagram providing information on the Wellington's virtual cockpit; a Wellington Mission PDF, showcasing the included missions, plus the aircraft's main manual. To get the most out of this add-on, I highly recommend taking your time and reading through the various items (flying the Wellington will be a lot more enjoyable if you do).


    7 Comments
    1. pennkiwi's Avatar
      pennkiwi -
      Nicely written review Felicity and I agree with most of what you said. But I think your readers need to know that one major negative of this product is that the yoke can't be removed, and it covers many of the essential flying instruments. There are other addons that have this same weakness, but in the case of the Wellington, it's really quite bad as almost every essential instrument is either hard to see or even impossible in VC.
      For those who do decide to buy it anyway, they may be interested to know that the SBD Team has a fairly decent scenery for RAF Driffield in it's Wellington days, and they include an AI version of the FCS Wellington, so the two products together make a nice package. I just wish I knew how to get rid of the yoke in the VC
    1. anaismith's Avatar
      anaismith -
      Ahhh but with TrackIR or TrackHat (I have both) it is possible to look around the yoke and see the instruments. Just sayin' :-)
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Quote Originally Posted by pennkiwi View Post
      For those who do decide to buy it anyway, they may be interested to know that the SBD Team has a fairly decent scenery for RAF Driffield in it's Wellington days
      I'm sure the airfield is mentioned on page 3 of the review

      Very nice article Felicity, thanks for taking the time to write it up.
    1. dennya's Avatar
      dennya -
      Yep, and you can look around the yoke in VR as well. BTW, this works in P3D v4.3 as well. My great uncle flew the Wellington for the RCAF in WW2, so glad to have a good model to fly.
    1. degeus's Avatar
      degeus -
      Indeed, as it also dit in earlier P3D versions. I now have it already for some years, do also bombing missions by adding bombload in a FLT.
      reg.,
      Piet de Geus
    1. gt401964's Avatar
      gt401964 -
      A lot of us do not have head Track so if you cannot see the instruments then unfortunately it is unflyable.
    1. mkl's Avatar
      mkl -
      I use FS2004 and thank you for drawing my attention to an aircraft I was not aware of. A minor point, but Barnes Wallis designed the geodetic construction, not the aircraft itself. The chief designer of the Wellington was Rex Pierson.
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