What would you rather be doing? Transporting tourists in the Bermuda's from A to B or come screaming over that hill, shooting a massive 30mm gun and dropping flares? And what if we told you that you could do that in FS2004 in an aircraft that has an unprecedented 68.000 polygons for the externals and 42.000 for the VC? Six full screen 1600x1200 panel bitmaps and gauges that will hep you navigate and keep full control over your aircraft. Well Aerosoft just released its A-10A Warthog and according to the product page it has all that.
Aerosoft has released its A-10 warthog for FS2004 after six months of development by their internal development team. Although not much to look at, the A-10 Warthog gets the job done. It was designed in the late ‘70s and is still in action today, even though it has been scheduled to be removed from active service three times. It appears to be made up of parts of other aircraft so some things will seem familiar.
The jewel for this aircraft is the GAU-8 Avenger Gatlin cannon. It is not the only weapon this beast carries. The A-10 is well known to take out up to 15 targets in one flight. This ugly monster is built to last.
Aerosoft had created a lifelike 3D model of the A-10 Warthog that has come to be known as one of the best replicas out for Microsoft Flight Simulator. It features six models and ten versions for you to play with. You can choose shiny or non-shiny mode depending on what you like. There is an extensive navigation module that loads FS2004 flight plans including extensive waypoint listings and steering bugs in HUD.
The virtual cockpit includes a flight computer with engine, electrical, control surfaces, attitude, navigation, and waypoint modes. The threat warning radar system lets you know other planes are nearby. The HUD system offers automatic day and night modes. You even get a panel switcher that is easy to use.
There are six full screen 2D panels in 1600 x 1200 formats. The Gatlin cannon has flare effects with smoke, shells, sound effects, and a rounds counter. Although there are extensive animations, there are no switches that just work. The A-10 Warthog is still highly realistic.
The sound set includes “Bitching Betty” and includes maintenance work sounds and even the sound of the pilot straining under the G force. As with all products, Aerosoft includes a comprehensive user’s guide to help you on your way.