• VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations F-19 Interesting Facts

    VSKYLABS Aerospace Simulations F-19 Interesting Facts

    VSKYLABS 'Test-Pilot': F-19 Stealth Fighter for X-Plane 12 (X-Plane by Laminar Research) - A (very few) interesting facts, referring to the attached split photo:


    Interestingly, the original Testors F-19 model had a caged canopy with a center-line, similar to the one of the SR-71. However, the MicroProse F19 was equipped with a modern HUD, which was impossible to mount effectively in the caged canopy...The VSKYLABS F-19 v1.0 is equipped with the caged canopy, mainly because it was the authentic design and appearance of the aircraft, and one of the advantages is that it boosts the flying challenge, especially the landings...to become the highlights in every flight, both in 2-d and VR environments.


    In the original design, the intakes were covered to form a close-shape with the fuselage. At the time, 'stealthy' was considered 'round shape', 'no edges' etc...until the US declassified the F-117A existence...and blow all the assumptions to pieces (the F-117 was nothing BUT sharp edges, corners and non-round shape).

    As part of the analysis of the 80's concept, it was obvious that the narrow slot around the intake covers provides too little airflow for the engines, giving the fact that it is a jet fighter aircraft, intended for high AOA maneuvers. The 'chin' (the rounded shape around the nose section, similar to the SR-71) provides some lift at high AOA...but it also induces vortexes that makes the air-intakes design even more troublesome (probable compressor stall with every high-AOA maneuver). So...the covers were completely removed in the VSKYLABS F-19 realization.

    In some non-Testors F-19 plastic models, the canards were shifted down to the chin line. This can be a partial solution to manage high AOA chin induced vortexes and keeping it as far as possible from the intakes.

    Compressor stall vs AOA is implemented in the VSKYLABS F-19, to replicate a plausible behavior in certain flying conditions that involves slow speed/high AOA situations.

    AGM-65 Maverick:

    Visible in the lower split photo (two of these in a row, the second is hidden). It was a highly 'popular' weapon in the MicroProse F-19 simulation...however...it is not a perfect fit to be carried by a stealth fighter aircraft, that was supposed to hit strategic targets. Its range is quite short (~17 miles), and its light warhead (~125 pounds) is aimed for tactical targets as tanks, and ships. The VSKYLABS F-19 carries the AGM-158 low-observable cruise missile (seen in the other attached screenshot). With a range of ~230 miles and 1000 pounds warhead, it could serve as a more 'fit' stealth fighter standoff weapon.

    The included manual will cover a thorough analysis of the original concept, and of the VSKYLABS realization, in each and every aspect of a proposed Jet-Fighter aircraft...should be an interesting read!

    VSKYLABS Officially Announces F-19 Project For XP12

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    1. CRJ_simpilot's Avatar
      CRJ_simpilot -
      Many may not know this, but when Testors sold the so-called "F-19" model back in the '80s it was their number 1 selling model of all time. Maybe even today.

      Doing a search here on this website's library I only see four hits for the F-19, and I had to use the search term "F19" without the hyphen. I'm very surprised no model was made for FSX let alone FS2004 or even FS2002, etc. I remember several years ago I was just happy to find the TR-3B Black Manta for FS2004... I went into that model and added a full aviation suite of gauges. Including those of RealityXP's TAWS Sandel ST3400 and Wx500 weather radar.
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