PID: 2334
Available since: 03/31/2010.
Publisher: A2A Simulations
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Tags: military  warbird 
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Wings of POWER II: B-17G Flying Fortress – Native FSX Version

Without a doubt, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is the most-recognized and well-known aircraft to emerge from World War II. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which was an aggressive publicity campaign by the War Department, which resulted in the superb wartime classic propaganda film "Memphis Belle" (not to be confused with the modern film of the same name), and a year-long tour of the United States by the actual "Memphis Belle" and her crew.

But, despite the hype that was associated with this aircraft (Liberator crews sometimes groused about there being 11 crew members on every B-17, including a publicity officer), there were very solid reasons why the B-17 Flying Fortress holds a revered place in history and in the hearts of those who flew her. It was, first and foremost, a supremely functional and extremely rugged aircraft. No other aircraft to served during WWII has come away with as many documented cases of surviving extreme battle damage and making it home. Designed during peacetime, the aircraft was not rushed to the drawing board and emerged as wonderful aircraft to fly. The Fortress was a very stable and forgiving aircraft, truly a "pilot's aircraft" in all respects, and was a pleasure to fly. It can be trimmed to fly hands-off for any normal flight regime and, while slow to maneuver, is quite responsive to the controls for such a large craft. While aerobatics are prohibited officially, there are many documented cases of B-17s being put into spins, rolls, stalls, and other acrobatics by instructors and pilots who flew the type. Pilots who flew all of the major American bombers of WWII -- the B-17, B-24, and B29 -- state almost universally that the B-17 was a joy to fly as compared to the other types.

Production of the B-17, which totaled 12,731 of all types, was eclipsed by that of the B-24 Liberator, a later aircraft hurriedly designed with the single intention of getting as many bombs on target as possible, with little regard to aesthetics or handling characteristics. In fact, over 6,000 more Liberators were built than B-17s, a numerical advantage of 50%. To this day, however, the Flying Fortress continues to outshine the Liberator as the flagship of the United States Army Air Forces and a symbol of victory and American ingenuity and know-how. It was that kind of airplane.

Pilot Comments

"The B-24 is a truck. The B-17 is an airplane."

"The B-17 was designed for 200-hour pilots who came straight from the farm into flight training. It was meant to be as easy to fly as a four-engine bomber could possibly be. It's rugged, simple, and has a good temperament. It takes a lot to piss it off."

What's New for FSX

This FSX version takes advantage of many of the new features available to virtual pilots. The camera views and cockpit functionality have all been maximized for the most immersive experience possible, and the flight dynamics have been tuned to utilize the more refined handling characteristics of FSX, especially the force feedback. The Wings of POWER II B17 has been built from the ground up to take full advantage of advanced features in Microsoft Flight Simulator X, including an innovative Shockwave 3D light system. You will find this aircraft to be a highly immersive and realistic simulation of the real thing.


Customer Reviews

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matthew kemp *Verified Product User*, 06/29/2012 1 of 1 customer found this review helpful
    This product is FANTASTIC!
If you are an enthusiast for the B-17 or always wanted to fly this fortress this is definatly worth every penny. Everything from the sound down to ability to conduct maintence checks makes this so special.
If you land to hard the mechanics of the aircraft become stressed, poor engine management results in your aircraft performance becoming affected.
But fly this bird right and whilst cruising to your target your crew intercept radio frequencies which can be played to you, these are from the war time era and really gives you a sense of what it was like flying in these great aircraft so far from home.

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joe Regan *Verified Product User*, 06/15/2012
    First time you hear those engines roar and pull her off the ground, cool
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Lee Pirie *Verified Product User*, 04/25/2010
    It is faultless!! Absolutley Amazing product well worth the investment - I'd recommend it to anyone!
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Matthew Duren *Verified Product User*, 04/18/2009 1 of 1 customer found this review helpful
    The best looking and flying WW2 aircraft I have for FSX. The VC and flight dynamics are very well done, but the coup de grace is undoubtedly, the visual model. Absoulutely gorgeous to behold in flight. A2A's prices are steep for 1 aircraft, but this is well worth it.
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James Franklin *Verified Product User*, 09/24/2007 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
    I already owned the FS9 version and refused to pay full price for a upgraded FSX version.
I fought it off for months and yesterday bought the SW P40.
I has such a good time and was impressed with the performance of the P40 in FSX, I against my feelings bought the B-17.
At first glance from the cockpit, I was not WOWED at all. Then as I startd taking it all in I began seeing all the details. And there are a lot of em.
Overall the b17 has been overhauled and polished.
If you liked the FS9 version, you will love this one.
Only negatives are paying full price for existing owners. But that topic has been beat to death. First time you hear those engines roar and pull her off the ground you forget about it.
Second and no fault of the designers is that the plane is just plain too EASY to fly. After having both hands and feet busy to keep the fighters on the runway, the b17 is like a bus.
So was the 17 worth paying for twice to get the FSX version.
For me YES.