Built in the 1930’s, the Aircruiser 66-75 is among the last of a lineage of heavy lift single engine aircraft first produced as the P-100 ‘Airbus’. A lineage that would earn itself the nickname “The Flying Ws” during its long and storied history of bush operations.
Across 13 variants, and only 23 built, the Airbus lineup rapidly grew in both engine power and lifting capacity, with the first of the Aircruisers already featuring a 675 hp Wright Cyclone engine.
The third Aircruiser variant, the 66-75, as featured here, could produce up to 730 hp from sea level through 5800 ft, where power built to ~760 hp. The combination with an enormous geared propeller allows for both short takeoffs and excellent cruise speeds - higher and faster than its multi-engined competitors of the era.
The immense cabin allows for up to 15 passengers in some variants, and plenty of space for bulky freight in a cargo configuration. Coupled with the ability to lift 4000 lbs (or even more!) over its empty weight, this is a hauler like no other.
Despite, or perhaps because of, its immense capability, the Aircruiser is not an easy aircraft to master.
It is sure to challenge you in every stage of flight: From taxi, through takeoff and climb, and especially during landing, it requires firm guidance and good piloting skills. This is no bizjet, nor does it benefit from the light and stable handling of more modern designs.
Travel back through time to experience this extraordinary aircraft for yourself. Will you master the required stick and rudder skills, or will the Aircruiser master you?
- Custom coded simple autopilot with pitch and roll mode
- Custom coded optional autorudder
- Option to disable tailwheel steering
- Options for XP GNS and RXP GNS/GTN models
- Custom clipboard weight and balance interface in both XP11 and XP12
- XP12 version syncs with X-Plane’s default menu
- Save system saves aircraft settings between flights
- Weight and balance can be saved and loaded
- High quality 3d modeling
- High quality PBR materials
- Optional 2K texture set, including a simple guide, to allow selectively lowering system requirements
- All 3d objects relevant to creating liveries have been carefully unwrapped and arranged to simplify paint creation
- 4 preset PBR paint schemes with NRM and ALB textures: Metal Tanks (Default), Metal Nose, Metal Tanks and Nose, Painted Tanks and Nose
- FMOD sound system
- VR compatible and tested
- Float Variant
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