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English Electric Canberra B.2 Pack for FS2004/FS9

Canberra B.2 pack for FS9

Flying Stations is proud to present the start of a new series of English Electric Canberra models for FS9/FS2004. The Canberra was a classic design, and has both the distinction of being Britain's first jet bomber, and having an extremely long service life, having retired in 2006 after its introduction to the RAF in 1951.

This first pack presents the Canberra B.2 variant in the forms of the prototype B.2, an early production model, a 'classic' bomber-era model and a late-era model.

Getting started

The Flying Stations Canberra series allows FS pilots to experience a new level of flight handling, detailed virtual cockpit, jettisonable payloads and the awesome sound of real Canberra Avon engines.. A paint kit is also now available for download below - please note the files are PSD format and use layer comps to toggle between major paint schemes. If you are unfamiliar with layer comps, use you Adobe Help command in photoshop or search online for info - they are easy to use and well worth learning.

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.2 Pack Contents:

Canberra B.2 prototype for FS9

English Electric Canberra B.2 bomber prototype

Following the delay of the radar bombing equipment originally intended for the Canberra as laid out in order B.3/45, the Air Ministry issued a new order for a visual-bombing version of the type until the radar equipment was ready. Consequently, English Electric redesigned the Canberra to feature a glazed nose to accomodate a T.2 optical bomb sight, and increased the crew from two to three, adding a bomb aimer position. The first B.2 was thus born in prototype form in 1950, serial no. VX165, and flown by EE's test pilot, Roland Beaumont at SBAC Farnborough that year. VX165 differed from its production B.2 cousins in that it did not feature a faring behind the canopy (introduced to reduce airflow problems), as well as some revisions to pitot heads and other minor cosmetic details.

In this FS version, the aircraft comes in clean config with no drop tanks or payload. It is recommended that new pilots fly this version first to gain experience of the type in a clean configuration before moving onto payload versions.


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English Electric Canberra B.2 bomber early production model with 1x 5,000lb bomb load

Following the prototype release, EE began work on the production version of the B.2, which is shown here in its initial form, featuring pitot head under the nose cone. This model comes armed with a single droppable 5,000lb HC bomb, representing one of the early planned payloads for the high-altitude bomber, and was fitted directly into the bomb bay central main beam, rather the more common secondary bomb beams. This bomb can be released once the stores arming switch is armed inside the virtual cockpit. For sake of realism, you may wish to change the payload weight of the aircraft accordingly if dropped. Aircraft depicted are WD965 of 44 Sqn, Royal Air Force, based at RAF Honnington, 1955 and WD999 of 9 Sqn, Royal Air Force, based at RAF Binbrook, July, 1953.

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Canberra B.2 for FS9

English Electric Canberra B.2 bomber classic era model with 6x 1,000lb bomb load

Later in the production life of the B.2 came the more commonly-known version of the type, with pitot head mounted on the centre nose cone glazing. This model comes with both jettisonable drop tanks and the 'classic' payload of the bomber Canberra, six droppable 1,000lb Mk.17 MC bombs mounted in three sets of two on the secondary beams of the bomb bay. These bombs can be released in sets of two at a time once the stores arming switch is armed inside the virtual cockpit. For sake of realism, you may wish to change the fuel and payload weight of the aircraft accordingly if dropped. Aircraft depicted are WH732 of 27 Sqn, Royal Air Force, based at RAF Nicosia, Cyprus, Nov. 1956 and WH667 of 10 Sqn, Royal Air Force, based at RAF Nicosia, Cyprus, Nov. 1956.

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Canberra B.2 for FS9

English Electric Canberra B.2 bomber late era model with 300 gallon long range ferry tank

The last model of the pack represents the Canberra B.2 in its later life, as typically seen at bases like RAF Wyton, home of many a Canberra until scrapping in the early 1990s. This model comes with a 300 gallon long range ferry tank in the bomb bay, and jettisonable wing tip drop tanks. Addtional details include dorsal and ventral lights, fuel dump vent and radio antenna mods. For sake of realism, you may wish to change the fuel weight of the aircraft accordingly if drop tanks are dropped. Canberra B.2 models depicted are WE113 of 231 OCU, Royal Air Force, based at RAF Wyton, 1989 and WK116 of 100 Sqn, Royal Air Force, based at RAF West Raynham, 1973.

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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 future payware Canberra packs 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.2 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.
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 and payloads: 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.
Smoky cartridge starts: will fire on engine startup.
Crew hatch: Exit-2 command or use handle release above hatch in VC.


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