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CrashBak Updated

Last updated Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:04:52 GMT
Originally posted on Fri, 25 Jun 2004 11:53:36 GMT

Grant Bovee has added some new features to his CrashBak program. Customers who bought the previous version will receive a new registration key from the author. The program allows you to add more 'exciting' crash effects to Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2004.

Changes in the new version (

1.        Customizable crash effects.

2.        Choose Small or Large aircraft w/18 or 44 different effects.

3.        High speed search function when changing Fs2k2/4 modes.

4.        High speed List loading for folks with lots of aircraft.

5.        Many additional improvements and fixes.

The .zip file update should be downloaded and then installed in with your Microsoft Flight Simulator game. This update package will allow you to customize and enhance your settings for your aircraft´s crash effects, as well as giving you control over a large number of enhancements to your flight-simulator gaming experience.

These unique and exciting features are designed for high-speed use; changing models and choosing from lists (for users with many aircraft) is easy and loading speed is very fast. To begin with, aircraft breakage must be enabled for your aircraft. Enabling CrashFX will then switch the effects on. The aircraft´s name and manufacturer can be assigned and the "aircraft.cfg" files can be edited directly from your aircraft list.

Full backup / restore functionality is available so your settings can be controlled quickly as required. CrashBak is great for Microsoft Flight Simulator players since FS2002 removed the ability to see crash effects. The crash files are stored in their own folders within the FS installation, and these text-based configuration files are used to keep aircraft information such as Name, Manufacturer, Model and so-on.

Screenshot from the FS2004 version of CrashBak.

Viewing damage is then allowed when the "aircraft.cfg" file is updated to insert the line "visual damage=1" for each type of paint job. Since these "aircraft.cfg" files can become quite large and complex, CrashBak makes modifying or manual editing of these configuration files very easy and fast. 2 Clicks (select aircraft then enable / disable) will switch on aircraft breakage.

Backups are automatically created and stored before any changes have been made, and adding or removing aircraft from the list is easy, along with editing each aircraft´s configuration, breakage and backup status. The lists are easier to navigate, meaning complex folder names or paths are not needed.

Alongside the list functions, aircraft configuration changes, Manufacturer and Model operations, the CrashFX function allows detailed crash viewing with detailed physical effects such as specific contact points for each aircraft and optimised impact variables, giving more realistic fireballs, dirt clouds and crash pieces depending on each aircraft and direction.

Updates for CrashBak have been available for some time now, and each update has dealt with a huge number of bugs, details and improvements. Make sure you have the latest update to ensure the best flying experience with Microsoft Flight Simulator!


CrashBak is now unavailable to download online but a replacement called SelectFx 4. which does the same thing is available to download here - this works in FS2004 and FS2002.

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Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation industry expert with over 20 years of experience and also has a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.  Should you wish, you can contact Ian via email at


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