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English Electric Canberra B.1 Pack for FS2004/FS9

Canberra B.1 pack for FS9

Flying Stations is proud to present part two of a new series of English Electric Canberra models for FS9/FS2004. This pack deals with the original four B.3/45 prototypes, including the 'alpha Canberra', or English Electric A.1 as it was first known. Download the pack below, and check out the full list of features here.

Credits:

Steve Beeny - Models, textures, FDE, web guru
The WT333 Operating Team- Sound recordings
Bill Mackay - Beta Testing
John Sheehan - Beta Testing

English Electric Canberra B.1 Pack Contents:

Canberra B.1 for FS9

English Electric A.1 prototype VN799

Prior to the end of WW2, the Air Ministry saw the need for a jet-powered replacement for the DeHavilland Mosquito, and thus produced order B.3/45 for this requirement. The English Electric Co. in Preston, Lancs. was awarded the contract for this new high-altitude, high-speed radar bomber, for which Teddy Petter, Chief Designer at EE produced the first Canberra design. The A.1, as it was then known, first flew on 13th May, 1949, at the hands of test pilot, Roland Beamont. The aircraft is presented here as she flew that day, with the rounded fin of Petter's original design, and resplendant in the 'Petter Blue' that she wowed the crowds at Farnborough that year.

In this FS version, the English Electric A.1 VN799 comes in clean config with no drop tanks or payload. Pilots should note that the earlier mark of Avon engine installed in the A.1 produced 500lb less thrust than the later standard version R.A.3 of the B.2, and consequently, you may notice a difference in handling.

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Canberra B.1  for FS9

English Electric Canberra B.1 bomber VN813 with Rolls Royce Nene engines

Following the prototype release, EE began work on what was essentially an insurance policy against production delays in the event of problems with the Rolls Royce Avon engine. In order to make sure the Canberra could still be delivered on time, EE fitted the second B.3/45 prototype, VN813, with two Rolls Royce Nene engines of 5,000lb thrust each, which was in 1950, a more known and trusted jet engine. Fortunately for EE, the Avon Mk.101 was ready in time, and went on to become the powerplant of choice for the Canberra and many other British greats.

English Electric Canberra B.1 VN813 as seen here for FS9, features the widened engine nacelles necessary for the Nene shape, and more importantly, the FDE reflects the lower thrust rating as a result of the Nene fit and mild drag increase. Therefore, pilots should be aware of this performance decrease when flying VN813.

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Canberra B.1 for FS9

English Electric Canberra B.1 bomber VN828 without fin strake

The third B.3/45 prototype was VN828, whose only major cosmetic difference with its other B.1 cousins, was the lack of a dorsal fin strake. The reasons for the deletion of the strake are not entirely known, however, since the production B.2 did not feature the strake, it is presumed that even at this early stage in development, the strake may have not been thought entirely necessary once test flying had taken place and the design was out of the wind-tunnel.

English Electric Canberra B.1 VN828 as seen here for FS9, is powered by the same early mark Avons, and pilots should retain awareness of the slight reduction in available thrust compared to the B.2.

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Canberra B.1 for FS9

English Electric Canberra B.1 bomber VN850 with experimental wing tip drop tanks and R.A.7 Avon engines

The last model of the pack represents the final B.1, VN850. This aircraft was fitted out with experimental wing tip-mounted 250 gallon drop tanks, the first and only B.1 to feature this modification. Test flying to establish speed and handling boundaries, and subsequent jettison of these took place in 1950, and consequently, the tanks were approved for the B.2 mark.

English Electric Canberra B.1 VN850 as seen here for FS9, is powered by a later mark of RR Avon engine, the R.A.7, as between 1950-51 she served as a testbed for Avon development at Rolls Royce, Hucknall . This engine was more powerful, featuring a triple-breech starter cartridge and yielding 1,000lb more thrust per engine compared to the R.A.3 of the B.2 standard. Pilots should retain awareness of the slight improvement in available thrust compared to the B.2, as well as the drag and weight caused by the drop tanks.

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Model Features:

WT333 Canberra

The Flying Stations Canberra series models all feature photo-real 2D panels and highly detailed virtual cockpits, gauges, and custom sound set, recorded from the ear-spliting roar of the real RR Avon engines of surviving B(I).8/B.6(mod) Canberra, WT333. With the co-operation of Clive Davies and the superb WT333 operating team, internal and external sounds were recorded during a 'Thunder Run' at Bruntingthorpe, UK. A percentage of profits from payware downloads will go to the upkeep of WT333, so you can know that your hard-earned money will go further than just the computer screen!

NOTE: Sounds are aliased to the B.1 prototype, so you will need to have that installed for the other models to work.

In order to familiarise pilots, the following features are available:

Autopilot 2D panel: Toggle with Shift-6.
Improved red-tint night-lighting on all 2D panels.
Trolley acc. model (Avon models only): appears in parked config mode - B.1s used electric rather than cartridge starters.
Port side battery hatch and rear equipment bay hatch open
: set to default wing fold command.
Animated variable incidence tailplane: set to elevator trim controls, and watch it move!
Opening bomb bay doors: set to default main exit command.
Parked configuration: engage parking brakes to see a range of features.
Jettisonable canopy: located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled.
Working ejector seat (pilot only): located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled.
Jettisonable drop tanks (VN850 only): Control via Stores Release panel (Shift-7). Also located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled, click once to arm, then stores/drop tank release switches to drop.
Opening DV window: located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled.
Folding rumble seat: located inside virtual cockpit, switch toggled.
Animated pilot head
: turns with rudder.
Crew hatch: Exit-2 command or use handle release above hatch in VC.


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