Short Stirling four engine WWII bomber for Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS 2020)
The Short Stirling was the RAF's first operational four-engined bomber of the second World War and in its day it was reputed as an advanced and
formidable aircraft.The Short Stirling was initially conceived in 1936 in reply to advances made by the Americans and Russians in the area of quadri-motor bomber technology. The first Stirling prototype was designed in 1938 and it eventually flew for the first time on 14th May 1939 but suffered a
hard landing due to collapsed undercarriage, writing off the airframe and forcing a redesign in that area. Despite being hampered by a poor
choice of wing design (too-short span) which limited the aircraft to medium altitude only, the Stirling went onto to play a major part in RAF
Bomber Command's strategic air offensive until 1943, when it was switched to transport duties. Even then Stirling crews valiantly played a
major role in the Arnhem landing after towing gliders to Normandy, and again during the Rhine crossing. Sadly, no Stirlings have survived to the
Aircraft variants included :
- Stirling Mk.1 : W7451. 7 Squadron, RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England, early 1941.
Manufactured by Austin Motors, Longbridge, Birmingham.
- Stirling Mk.3 : EF411. 149 Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, England, late 1942.
Manufactured by Short Bros., Rochester, Kent.
- Stirling Mk.4 : LK117 570 Squadron, RAF Harwell, Oxfordshire, England, 17 September 1944.
Manufactured by Short & Harland, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- PBR materials/textures used throughout
- VR tested
- Wwise soundscape, Hercules engine sounds, switch/knob clicks
- very detailed cockpit with numerous animations and mousable controls
- working Lorentz Indicator (uses DME/NAV1 LOC)
- togglable crew ladder
- togglable crew figures
- animated cockpit windows, bomb bay doors in both wings and fuselage
- animated cowl flaps
- authentic flight model
- 28-page illustrated User Operating Manual