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FSX/FS2004 Short Empire Flying Boat

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Compatibility
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) including Steam Edition & Prepar3D (P3D)
Filename
empire20.zip
File size
12.31 MB
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Scanned 24 days ago (clean)
Access to file
Free (Freeware)
Content Rating
Everyone
5 star rating.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars by 4 PRO members.

These famous aircraft formed the backbone of the Imperial Airways, it's sucessor BOAC. and its partners Qantas Empire Airways and TEAL from the mid 1930s and through World War Two. Three variants in six color schemes included. Improved version 2 model, modified to work with FSX as well as FS2004. By Jens B. Kristensen.

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The archive empire20.zip has 14 files and directories contained within it.

File Contents

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Filename/Directory File Date File Size
setup.exe02.11.0712.06 MB
Awarua.jpg02.10.0792.32 kB
Canopus.jpg02.10.0788.27 kB
Clare.jpg02.10.0786.40 kB
Coorong.jpg02.10.0788.24 kB
FileID.diz02.10.07365 B
FileID.txt02.10.07363 B
FS2004 Short C-class flights.zip02.11.0789.47 kB
FSX Short C-class flights.zip02.11.0791.87 kB
Licence.rtf11.04.0611.09 kB
Readme.txt02.11.072.49 kB
thumbnail.gif05.15.048.04 kB
flyawaysimulation.txt10.29.13959 B
Go to Fly Away Simulation.url01.22.1652 B

Editorial

I have to admit that the first time I witnessed this, I started to laugh. Flying boats have always been a bit of a comical topic for me – it’s like something out of a fantasy movie. However, this recreation of the famous Imperial Airways edition of the flying boat is a very impressive take. The development put into this by Jens B. Kristensen is hugely impressive, and does a lot to help bring the model to life in the way that it deserves.

For a period of time from the '30s up to the end of the Second World War, the flying boat was a real piece of importance on various fronts. So, this model does a great job of capturing a very vital piece of the aviation scene in its earlier days.

In this package, you get access to three variants of the aircraft, with six color schemes and styles included in total. With full operation for both FSX and FS2004, you can make the most of this in whatever simulator you prefer. I found that it was quite hard to tell the difference in how it managed itself from FS2004 to FSX, so that can only be a good thing!

An Authentic Recreation

Overall, this is a very nice touch and one that does a great job of making the flying boat feel like it should. This is an aircraft with a really impressive history and, with the work that has gone into mastering everything from the detail of the liveries to the flight dynamics, this feels like something almost certainly worth remembering.

The professional attention to detail throughout is excellent. The only thing that I would complain about is a small bug with the sounds, where they continue to play even when the aircraft is shut down. That minor audio glitch aside, though, this is definitely a must-try for anyone who is a fan of this kind of aviation – it’s so very well made, it’s for sure a model that is well worth you taking the time to get used to. 

Adam McEnroe

About 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.

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Pro MembercaptryanThu, 26 Nov 2009 05:19:23 GMT
really nice planes and really easy download
Pro MemberBig_BossThu, 08 Oct 2009 17:55:26 GMT
Great aircraft, love the different variants and paints! Only complaint was a glich that you still hear the sound of the engines at idle when their shut down. Other then that, love it!
Pro MemberTimmileyWed, 06 Aug 2008 00:31:19 GMT
THIS PLANE IS VERY PROFESSIONAL AND FUN TO FLY. IT HAS AN INSTALL FILE THAT IS REALLY A TREAT AND YOU CAN CHANGE THE COLORS IF YOU WANT. GOOD LOOKING PANEL AND REALLY NICE DETAIL. I WOULD PAY ABOUT $10 FOR THIS ONE.

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