Wings of Power II
Add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

Format: PC
First Class Simulations
5 060020 472367
Age Restrictions: Not Rated
Available 19 May 2006

Wings of Power II includes three brand new WWII fighter aircraft built using Absolute Realism Technology: these are the legendary Supermaine Spitfire, the Messerschmitt Bf109 and the Mitsubishi A6m5 Zero. Also included are the famous P51D Mustang and P47D-20 Thunderbolt. Wings of Power II delivers the most advanced and faithful aircraft designed for Flight Simulator 2004...

Wings of Power II is the latest add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. To be honest, I have to admit that I thought that £20 was a little expensive when you consider that you can download skins for most of these aircraft for free on several online sites. Okay, they are not these exact models, but are very similar and every bit as impressive as these versions are. The only problem with downloading the online versions is that it can be a bit of a nightmare installing everything in the right folders on your hard drive.

Sad that I am, I've been looking to get hold of a Supermarine Spitfire model for sometime (I've only managed to find other versions of the Spitfire on freeware sites and none of them are like the version that I was after - the Supermarine Spitfire. But, as I mentioned before, if you are not too picky you can pick up very good versions online.

Whether the sound and handling is authentic is anyone's guess. Only if you've flown a real version will you know that. But, apparently, all the planes included have been built from actual aircraft flight tests and the original pilot's manual.

Other things worthy of note include authentic power characteristics of the supercharged and turbocharged piston engines; realistic cruise performance under various conditions with Precision Fuel Management; Absolute Realism even delivers authentic "distance-to-altitude" performance under various power settings; gorgeously constructed aircraft, inside and out, down to the last rivet; professionally recorded and mastered authentic audio; latest generation engine sound including realistic prop effects; stall buffet, canopy, ground roll, flaps, gyro and authentic cockpit wind; and authentic drop tank release actually drops both fuel and weight.

This pack also comes with several posters that give more detailed information on the specs for each plane as well as illustrations.

If you are looking for a handful of WWII fighters to add to your Flight Sim catalogue then these are pretty impressive if you you don't want to hunt around for fan-made versions for free from Microsoft approved sites.

Nick Smithson

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