PreviewThis is an all NEW Gmax model of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, in a Thunderbird paint scheme. Features include Max animation, dynamic shine, and a Virtual Cockpit. There is no 2D panel, but the panel.cfg I have included is made to work seamlessly with Eric Marciano's freeware F-16 panel. I strongly r...

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This is an all NEW Gmax model of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, in a Thunderbird paint scheme. Features include Max animation, dynamic shine, and a Virtual Cockpit. There is no 2D panel, but the panel.cfg I have included is made to work seamlessly with Eric Marciano's freeware F-16 panel. I strongly recommend you get this panel. As my Virtual Cockpit requires several of the gauges from it. View the Text Documents I've included for detail's on where and how to get this panel. GMAX F-16 model by Kirk Olsson. 6 MG Author: Kirk Olsson File: Thunderbird.ZIP.

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The archive Thunderbird.zip has 99 files and directories contained within it.

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Filename/Directory File Date File Size
fx_kbeacongreen.fx10.17.023.03 kB
fx_kbeaconred.fx10.17.023.03 kB
fx_kbeaconwhite.fx01.16.031.09 kB
fx_kcontrail.fx12.06.021.17 kB
fx_kLVIPER.fx11.05.021.24 kB
fx_knavgre.fx06.03.024.55 kB
fx_knavred.fx10.17.024.55 kB
fx_knavwhi.fx08.08.012.99 kB
fx_kstrobe.fx06.03.022.46 kB
fx_ktchdwn.fx05.09.032.32 kB
fx_kvapor.fx06.26.033.63 kB
fx_kvapor_alt.fx06.26.0310.71 kB
fx_kVbeacon.fx10.17.023.04 kB
fx_kvclight.fx10.19.021.30 kB
fx_viperexhaust.fx04.30.031.29 kB
keffect07.02.030 B
viper_HUD_ADI.GAU02.09.02310.50 kB
thunder.JPG07.03.0320.09 kB
gforce.xml08.03.03265 B
Documentation09.08.030 B
DSB_afterburner_ effect.txt08.02.031.33 kB
payload weight's.log08.10.032.23 kB
REPAINTS.txt09.08.03227 B
Takeoff and landing tip's.txt06.11.031.12 kB
effect for afterburner09.08.030 B
AFTERBURNER FLAME effect.log08.06.031.07 kB
fx_klight.fx08.06.036.12 kB
glass texture for FS200209.08.030 B
glass texture for FS2002.log08.08.03408 B
glass_t.bmp03.16.0385.40 kB
model.109.09.030 B
Model.cfg07.02.0326 B
thunder.mdl09.09.031.71 MB
model09.09.030 B
Model.cfg07.02.0326 B
thunder.mdl09.09.032.68 MB
panel09.08.030 B
panel.cfg08.02.038.57 kB
sound09.08.030 B
aliasing sound.cfg.log08.06.03937 B
Sound.cfg01.25.0230 B
Sound2.cfg08.06.0327 B
texture09.08.030 B
bay1.bmp09.18.02170.74 kB
bay23.bmp03.24.03170.74 kB
burner.bmp09.28.0242.74 kB
chrome_l.bmp10.15.0285.40 kB
chrome_t.bmp08.02.0364.07 kB
decal1.bmp06.02.03128.07 kB
decal2.bmp06.02.03128.07 kB
decal3.bmp06.02.03128.07 kB
decal4.bmp06.14.03128.07 kB
doors.bmp09.18.02170.74 kB
exhaust.bmp09.18.02170.74 kB
feather.bmp09.27.02170.74 kB
fuse TOP_l.bmp06.09.032.07 kB
fuse TOP_t.bmp06.14.031.00 MB
fuseb_l.bmp06.09.032.07 kB
fuseb_t.bmp06.14.031.00 MB
glass_t.bmp08.01.0364.07 kB
inglass.bmp10.22.02170.74 kB
name.bmp04.01.0332.07 kB
needle.bmp10.24.0242.74 kB
ord.bmp03.24.03170.74 kB
panel_l.bmp10.25.021.33 MB
panel_t.bmp06.25.03128.07 kB
panel1.bmp10.09.02682.74 kB
panel2_l.bmp10.15.02341.40 kB
panel2_t.bmp10.15.02341.40 kB
panel3_l.bmp10.23.021.33 MB
panel3_t.bmp10.23.02682.74 kB
panel4.bmp06.10.03170.74 kB
patch.bmp06.10.0342.74 kB
patch2.bmp06.11.032.07 kB
pilot.bmp06.10.03682.74 kB
pylons.bmp11.22.02682.74 kB
ring.bmp09.18.02170.74 kB
SILVER.BMP10.09.0242.74 kB
tail_l.bmp06.09.032.07 kB
tail_t.bmp06.14.031.00 MB
tankdeca.bmp09.27.0242.74 kB
tire_c.bmp09.13.02170.74 kB
tire_r.bmp09.13.02170.74 kB
tred.bmp09.14.0242.74 kB
visor_L.bmp10.14.02341.40 kB
visor_t.bmp09.27.02341.40 kB
thunder.air04.10.0310.71 kB
known issues and frame rate performance.log09.12.032.32 kB
Aircraft.cfg09.15.0316.07 kB
f-16 panel download info..log09.15.031.47 kB
f-16 panel download info..log09.15.031.47 kB
AFTERBURNER FLAME effect.log09.16.031.07 kB
aliasing sound.cfg.log08.06.03937 B
VRcockpit.JPG07.03.0326.88 kB
pilot.jpg07.03.0333.10 kB
installation and directions.log09.24.032.45 kB
installation and directions.log09.24.032.45 kB
flyawaysimulation.txt10.29.13959 B
Go to Fly Away Simulation.url01.22.1652 B


I downloaded this unique take on the Thunderbird to spruce up my old FS2004 models and, I have to say, I was hugely impressed! The developer of this model has done a fine job in making sure that you can get a genuine representation of the old Fighting Falcon, and enjoy using it. This Thunderbird paint scheme is not only really impressive and well-designed but it does a good job of capturing the real quality of the aircraft.

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The first thing to note, though, is how authentic this feels. It comes with a range of professionally designed animations as well as a fresh and charming virtual cockpit which is very easy to use. Not only is this mod exceptionally simple to actually use but it’s also a very simple, effective design that manages itself quite simply when you fly.

Despite being military hardware you should have relatively no problems in getting to grips with how it manages itself in the air, since it is pretty simple to learn how to fly. It comes with plenty of gauges and other useful little features, too, so you should have it relatively easy when it comes to managing the way that it performs.

However, you will need to download a freeware panel that the author makes note of as it’s needed to work with this in 100% compatibility.


The design element, though, is just as impressive. The quality of the dynamic shine on the aircraft, for example, will give you a fair and easy to enjoy look when you look at it from a third person perspective. If you are not sure what you want view you want to use then that is fine; this mod comes with several to pick from. They are all very easy to manage and manipulate in the manner that you wish, giving you a system that is effective and easy despite being so exceptionally advanced.

I would highly recommend that any fans of military hardware check this out as it works exceptionally well. Not only is it easy to manage and control but it gives you plenty of command in terms of what you want to do in the skies.

For a model that is a joy to fly with and very easy to learn how to manage and control with ease, I recommend that you check this out as soon as you possibly can – it’s a fair, honest and fun reflection of the power of the Thunderbird.

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.

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