By Laminar Research
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X-Plane Extreme is by far the most difficult X-Plane iPhone App I have ever coded.
This is because now we are really getting into the hard stuff: the tricky and demanding propulsion and flight-control systems that make X-Plane so complex.
NOW we are getting into flight-modeling that gets as tricky to manage as X-Plane for desktop, and the results show it:
We have some of the most unusual, fast, maneuverable, or advanced planes ever made... EACH with it's own unique control systems that radically effect the way the plane handles, and how it must be flown. The F-22, B-1, B-2, and SR-71 with X-Plane Extreme are simply stunningly different to fly... much more so than any other planes for X-Plane. As well, we have recently added the B-52 and the X-15! Google 'X-15' to see how these two planes work together.
We start with the F-22 Raptor.
The Raptor is by far the most maneuverable and powerful fighter in the sky... nobody else comes remotely close.
An interesting point of the Raptor is that the thrust vectors up and down to steer the craft.
This lets the plane pitch the nose up and down with full authority even at zero speed, simply by vectoring the thrust.
The F-22 can in fact hang motionless on the engines. But this comes at a cost: When you chop the power, you lose that lift and maneuverability!
Can you handle the Raptor in all phases of flight, from 0 to 1,000 knots, and all power settings from idle to maximum?
We then move to the SR-71 Blackbird.
This is the fastest airplane in the world, exceeding Mach-3, exceeding 70,000 feet.
Managing this airplane is sort of like balancing 3 checkbooks at once: Can you work out the speed, altitude, and flight control to see well over Mach-3 at well over 70,000 feet,
and still make it back to the airport and get stopped on the runway?
Now the B-1 'Bone' Bomber.
The B-1 has almost full-span flaps, spoilers for roll control, and differentially-deflecting all-moving stabilators to aid in roll control.
Despite the huge flaps and multiple roll controls, this huge ungainly bird still has terribly high stall speeds and limited roll rate due to it's high weight...
if you can get this plane around the sky and down in one piece, you are doing well!
We also have a new slider to complement the throttle, trim, flaps, and speedbrakes: WING SWEEP!
Use this in the B-1... but only above 500 knots or you will go down like a lawn dart! You will eat dirt at 400 knots.
The harbinger of the Apocalypse: The B-2 'Jet' Bomber:
The B-2 has.. umm... no tail. At all. No vertical stabilizer. No horizontal stabilizer. And no flaps.
Ailerons on the wingtips split open to add drag on the left or right side of the plane to give yaw-control!
A fly-by-wire system coupled to multiple flight-control surfaces makes this airplane manageable, and really rather nice to fly.
The missile with a man in it.. the X-15.
This plane was dropped from a B-52 bomber like a bomb, and then flown by hand INTO SPACE. Once the plane exhausted it's fuel, it glided back down to Edwards for landing. This high-speed and hi-altitude research refined much of the engineering ultimately used on the Space Shuttle program!
>ALL< of the systems mentioned above are simulated in X-Plane-Extreme for iPhone...
From Zero-Speed to Mach-3-plus, from surface to 100,000 feet, at the engineering-level of accuracy that X-Plane for desktop has... can you handle them?
As well, for the first on iPhone, we have OTHER planes for you to chase around.
These other planes race though the mountains and canyons, supersonic in some cases, with realistic physics.
Can you stick with them?
What's New in Version 9.75
Two interesting new planes:
The RQ-1 Predator un-manned drone, and the U-2 Dragon-Lady Recon plane. Both are really long in the wing, allowing them to climb high and loiter and spy for long durations.
The true definition of extreme
I have to agree with everyone else about the reviews of positivity. Though, there are some aircraft hat are the definition of extreme. In fact, Merriam Webster put pictures of these aircraft next to extreme in the dictionary. These are planes that can turn on their nose. Planes that can and have performed the Frolov Chakra somersault. They can and have performed the Pugachev's cobra. There are a vast number of tricks these planes can do in the right hands. So without further ado, I present the;
Su-37 terminator. A technology demonstrator for the Russian air force with 15 degree thrust vectoring nozzles, a maximum speed of Mach 2.35, a range of 3,300 km, a service ceiling of 59,055 ft, and a g load of 9+/-3.
T-50 PAK FA, a Russian 5th generation stealth fighter going into production in a joint venture with India. Though the russian government has been very secretive about it, so the specifications are approximated. It also had thrust vectoring nozzles with an approximated top speed of Mach 2+, a cruise speed of 1300 mph, a thrust to weight ratio of 10.5/1, a g load of 9+, a service filing of 35,600 ft, I could go on.
But please, these push the limits of extreme and I think they would be great additions to the app. There's plenty of research able material in case I missed anything (which I did) on the net. Please consider this.
This isn't a normal review!!
To everybody reading this, this isn't a normal review! U have a few quick points to make about this game and the audience it supports..
1) To everybody who wants planes such as the 747 or other Boeing planes should check the game called "X-Plane Airliner" for these planes.
2) To everybody requesting the "Osprey Gunship" from MW3, there is no possible way to do that because there is nothing to shoot at and the size if the app has to stay below a certain size for maximum gaming efficiency.
3) Some suggestions to add to this game is more realistic features such as buildings, airport terminals, and rivers.
Another thing would to be able to have other views such as a cockpit WITH a ground view from inside!
4) To who ever complained about being a "real pilot" and "this app is garbage".. This app was meant for the normal population that doesn't fly a real plane and for who ever wants to have fun..
To all workers at Laminar Research thanks for creating such a wonderful series of flying simulations and I will continue to be a loyal customer as long as you produce apps!!
Overall good app, but...
It requires some updates. First off, it is nearly impossible to land due to bouncing 100 feet off the ground on a soft landing... The physics for landing should be changed as well. When going as slow as necessary for landing, if you pull the nose up to slow down more and sort of stall to touch down; however, no matter how slow I go, I never stall like that, and it just pulls up (physically impossible). My last complaint/request is that the in-game controls are larger. Often when I up the throttle or something similar, it also pans the camera. You probably aren't going to read this, but if you do, please take these into consideration. I definitely recommend this sim
- Category: Games
- Updated: Dec 07, 2011
- Version: 9.75
- Size: 39.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Laminar Research
- © 2009, Laminar Research
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.