Wings of Power II WWII Fighters Special Edition (Add-on FS2004/FSX) Page 9

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Wings of Power II

The Bf109 represented the second hardest aircraft for me to handle in the collection. I don’t know if it is the narrow wheelbase or the small rudder, but on the ground this aircraft requires constant attention and a bit of dancing on the rudder pedals to keep the pointy end going straight down the runway. Even on touchdown the transition from flight to ground is a precarious affair, a bit like balancing on an inflatable ball as you waggle your way down the runway. Aloft the aircraft will snap into a stall without much warning.

Wings of Power II

Shockwave did a great job modeling stalls and the pre-stall buffet on all of the aircraft, but the 109 will bite you without a lot of warning. The challenge makes the plane a blast to fly though and with a bit of practice you’ll find yourself anticipating the dynamic nature of the beast.

Wings of Power II

Wings of Power II

There is plenty more to share about these fine aircraft, but suffice it to say that Shockwave has produced one of the finest collections of add-on aircraft for Flight Simulator 2004 that have ever been put together. Whether your passion is zooming around in jets or managing the multitude of systems in a heavy jet, if you enjoy flying you will undoubtedly find the Wings of Power II collection to be a worthy addition to your Flight Simulator stable.

 

Reviewer’s System Specs

  • Alienware Pentium 4, 3.4GHz
  • 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT PCI Express 256MB
  • Saitek X52 and CH Pro Pedals

Note: For illustrative purposes some of the images in this review were cropped in order to highlight certain aspects of the software.

 


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