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FSX/FS2004 Stingray

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Type
Complete with Base Model
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4,966
Compatibility
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) including Steam Edition & Prepar3D (P3D)
Filename
sastngry.zip
File size
692.19 KB
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Scanned 22 days ago (clean)
Access to file
Free (Freeware)
Content Rating
Everyone
4 star rating.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars by 5 PRO members.

An add-on file for Microsoft Flight Simulator X, the FSX Stingray by Stonair is a fantastic Civil Aircraft that pushes the limits of Flight Simulator. The Stingray comes with the option for custom gauges and is a wonderfully difficult plane to fly.

The software used in the building of the Stingray prototype was the work of Mike Stone, who created it purely for enjoyment purposes. The top speed is around Mach 4.7 - a speed best attained at an altitude around 70,000 feet.

This aircraft was also designed with Flight Simulator 2004 in mind and may or may not work with other versions. The top speed of the aircraft was intentionally made to be the maximum that Flight Simulator would allow, and as such the auto pilot is tuned down at high speeds and high altitude.

The controls at such high speeds are therefore very delicate and must be handled appropriately. Sharp adjustments to the pitch of the plane will likely cause pilot to ultimately lose control of the Stingray and plummet to the earth.

In the words of the designer, Mike Stone, at Mach 4.7, one must understand the value of anticipation. In other words, it is ultimately necessary to plan ahead for when you want to level the plane off, otherwise the Stingray will overshoot its desired altitude by several thousand feet.

Finally, the top speed at 70,000 feet results in a ground speed of approximately 2600 knots. If you want to get from New York to London in 90 minutes, look no further than the Stoneair Stingray.

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Filename/Directory File Date File Size
stingray2.jpg01.02.0727.50 kB
StoneAir_Stingray.exe01.02.07834.03 kB
flyawaysimulation.txt10.29.13959 B
Go to Fly Away Simulation.url01.22.1652 B

Editorial

The Stingray was, at first glance, one of the most outlandish aircraft I think I had ever seen. It’s not only rather uniquely designed but it comes with a rather particular style that made it a bit of a challenge to fly.

That being the case, I wanted to spend some time deciphering just how realistic it is and how authentic it feels in comparison to the real thing – here’s my findings.

Design

The design is the first thing I tend to look at and I found that this remake of the Stingray was more or less spot on – it’s an aircraft that does what it can to push the actual limitations of the FSX hardware for a start. Not only does it had a totally custom body and textures to cover it but it comes with new gauges which were made from scratch.

Mike Stone, the developer behind this project, created an aircraft which not only hits its real performance capabilities but looks wonderful whilst it does so. I was shocked to find out that this was originally made for FS2004 because it looks brilliant even in FSX. The power of the aircraft is part of the design, and I have to admit that it took me by surprise when I first used this aircraft in the simulator.

It’s brutal speed means that I found it very hard to operate but the actual quality and authenticity of the design is more or less spot on – it captures it perfectly.

Performance

This performances flawlessly, giving you Mach 4.7 speeds and up to 70,000 feet top speed capability. This means that it absolutely zips through the skies with minimal fuss, but you do have to get used to how to time the take-off in particular as it’s very easy to overshoot desired altitudes and the like

That being said, this remake of the Stingray is charming and effective to fly with as it gives you a really high-end approach to flying at the top speeds. With ground speeds of 2,600 knots you know that you are flying something which is more or less impossible to control!

It can do New York-London in just an hour and a half so you know what to look out for when you try this mod out – brutal speed.

I would happily recommend this remake to anyone who is a Stingray fan, or who just loves incredible flight speeds. 

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe

Adam McEnroe is a flight sim enthusiast who has been simming since the days of FS95. Adam writes all of the download section editorials after testing each of the files.  Adam has extensive knowledge using various flight simulator packages and thoroughly tests the files before writing about them.  Adam also like to fly real-world aircraft in his spare time and is training for his PPL.

Should you wish, you can contact Adam via email at adam@flyawaysimulation.com.

Installation of Add-on Aircraft/Scenery

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eagle67
Sun, 04 Mar 2007 20:55:59 GMT
I Can't Get Past Mach 1 In This Plane, I Got Rid Of It, SR-71 And XB-70 Are Much Better
tomviking
Fri, 02 Mar 2007 00:52:38 GMT
Doesent work with FSX BUT WORKS with 2004
tom101
Tue, 16 Jan 2007 01:30:20 GMT
Does not seem to work with FSX. Perhaps it works with 2004.
HENRY_11394494
Mon, 15 Jan 2007 23:27:43 GMT
cool...
navyredman
Sat, 13 Jan 2007 21:38:24 GMT
Awesome plane. Works great and has custom guages. The textures are beautiful. This is now my favorite plane.

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