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    The Birth of an aviation legend began in September 1959 when the DOD and CIA decided that Lockheed would build a follow up to the vulnerable U-2 under the codename 'Oxcart'.

    The Lockheed ‘Skunk Works’ design team lead by Clarence ‘Kelly’ Johnson designed and built the A-12 ‘Cygnus‘ - a single seat Mach 3+ capable aircraft that was way ahead of its time and it‘s Cold War adversary, the Soviet Union.

    The A-12 ‘Cygnus’ was used with great success over North Vietnam operating from Kadena AB, on the island of Okinawa, Japan. The pilot workload in the A-12 was much higher than in other reconnaissance types due to it’s high performance with the pilot not only having to control an aircraft travelling at over 30 miles per minute, but he also had to operate the camera systems, Electronic Counter Measures equipment and of course navigate to, in and out of hostile territory while meeting up with lumbering but vital KC-135 tankers.

    • Authentic flight model based around the A-12 Pilots manual
    • Working TEB counters - 16 shots of TEB providing only 16 uses of Afterburner per engine - don’t waste them!
    • Drooping Elevons on Hydraulic pressure loss
    • Fuel transfer & Centre of Gravity control panel
    • Fully independent VC night lighting (panel lights and flood lights with adjustable intensity gauge lights)
    • Exterior cockpit night lighting
    • Automatic and Manual Engine inlet Spike control system
    • Independent engine controls and afterburners
    • Afterburner and vapour effects
    • Crew access ladder (on canopy open and parking brake)
    • Engine Start Carts (parking brake)
    • Brake cooling fans (parking brake, Spoiler and fuel above 30%)
    • Fuel dump switch with cut-off at 10% & emergency forward CG
    • Anti-skid brake switch
    • Air refuelling receptacle switch
    • Animated pop-out anti-collision lights
    • Fully Mach 3+ and 80,000+ feet capable
    • Realistic undercarriage with authentic retraction sequence
    • Functional Virtual Cockpit
    • Authentic Afterburner free floating exhaust petal animation
    • Animated engine tertiary doors at Mach 1.5
    • Realistic Drag chute movement based on Alpha and Beta values (spoiler)
    • Prepar3d V3 and V4 only downwards periscope driftsight
    • Aerial refuelling capability in free flight and multiplayer
    • VC rain effects on canopy glass
    • See the FSX/Prepar3d world at Mach 3+ as only these birds can!




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    I just couldn't resist this purchase. For those unfamiliar with this variant, its the Blackbird with 1 seat except for the included version that has a drone piggybacking the Cygnus. All in all sure the graphics arent super high end, but they are nice and do the aged bird justice all the same. No you cannot just go full throttle and hit Mach3.2 right after a brief climb. No chance! it flies just like the real one was designed. It takes time to climb within the aircraft envelope of operation and you must be patient or suffer a major failure. If like me, you have experience with similar aircraft kike the SB70 Valkyrie then you'll understand right away. Its not hard to flame out or destroy the craft with even subtle aerobatic maneuvers. This is a super high speed a to b type of plane. Flying is a joy if you follow the instructions (only found the Sr71 Pilot book on developers website so.... Its basically the same) provided. You cannot get a better iteration of this famous plane anywhere...forget any of the freeware versions they all stink! Runs great on my rig which is a Win10 3.2ghz, i7, 16GB Ram with 630UHD integrated graphics on the FSX Steam version with medium high graphics settings. I love this plane. -1 star for the periscope view screen never shows anything and yes i m sure i have it powered up and scope enabled. I was hoping that (like the demo screenshots) id be able to see it working, but sadly no. Last note you better be ready for a difficult landing from the VC as the forward windscreen center bar blocks a bit of the forward view making it a challenge to line up properly. Everything else works and is great!
    One of the most enigmatic airplane of all times it's unbelievable how the producer respect the manual and the real performance like the real plane... so for say a movie citation - after mach 2 it becomes fast like a bat that escape from the fire of the hell "Cit. Tommy Lee Jones -Hawk- Space cowboys"


    Unless you are a hard core Sr-71 fanatic and cannot believe nobody has done this amazing aircraft "right" and are tired of waiting,might want to wait longer. This is a $15 Fs9 maybe basic FSX aircraft that reminds me of the Alpha Sim planes. Basic, easy on the frames and realistic enough if you had a good imagination. At least the FM is not a rocket that handles like a F-16 but is sluggish and meant to fly A-B quickly. An attempt is made to model the very low G, straight line +2 -1 G overpowered spy plane. Its takes a step procedure to get up to cruising alt and speed. Landing can be tricky and ground effect is very pronounced. The parachute seems overly strong. 2 stars for the basic,bland interior and exterior graphics,no wing views. Sounds are bla but a decent burner sound. I collect sounds and do my own.The stock gear up/down is ancient and sounds like a DC-3. Documentation "pdf" is good. One star just for doing the Blackbird. Catch it on sale but for $30+ $5 more with international fee is WAY to much imo. So if you are hard up for the Sr-71, basic graphics/sound don't bother you nor the price, its the only game in town.


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