Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft

Bell X-1 SG Research Aircraft



  THE SECOND GENERATION OF X-1s

Our development team is again extremely proud to bring you another milestone of extreme flight with the legendary Bell X-1 Second Generation research aircraft.

The Bell X-1 SG was an advanced version of the original X-1, the first aircraft in history to have broken the sound barrier. The second generation of X-1s, built in the late 1940s and early 1950s, were designed to double the speed of sound and set new altitude records in excess of 90,000 feet.

The new X-1s were similar to the original (orange) aircraft but were about five feet longer, 2500 pounds heavier and had a conventional glass canopy. The new airplanes also had a more advanced version of the XLR-11 four-chambered liquid-fuel turborocket engine.

The Xtreme Prototypes X-1 SG addon contains six variations of the four Bell X-1 “Second Generation” rocket planes (X-1A/B/C/D). Each model is fully detailed with over 500 parts and 40 animations. Fully functional virtual cockpits contain over 800 parts and more than 200 animated full-3D gauges, switches, levers, light indicators and flight instruments. A custom X-1 flight model has been designed to simulate rocket-powered high speed and high altitude flight in the simulator. All rocket aircraft systems present in the real X-1 SG are simulated.

This addon will allow you to fly at very high altitudes at more than twice the speed of sound, simulate virtually every procedure required during an X-1 research mission (including emergency procedures such as extinguishing an engine fire or jettisoning the canopy to bail out), and even test the never-built X-1C that was to be equipped with the Sperry A-12 Propilot system and a .50 caliber Browning machine gun in the nose to test high-speed armaments.



As a bonus, we have included a light version of a modified B-29 “Superfortress” carrier aircraft to simulate high altitude launches over the Mojave Desert in the specially-equipped X-1A and X-1D models. Taxiing and taking off from the ground is also possible, as attempted once with the original X-1 in January 1949 (the only time a rocket-powered research aircraft took off conventionally). An unlimited fuel mode and an automatic ignition sequence button are provided, as well as optional radio navigation instruments to allow for (fictitious) long-duration flights and travelling around the world at beyond Mach 2 in the simulator.

For the serious flight simulation enthusiast and X-1 fan, the Xtreme Prototypes X-1 Second Generation is a chance to relive important moments of the history of flight and experience the performance of a series of aircraft whose new rocket systems, cockpit ergonomics and flight controls were quite a challenge for the test pilots who flew them more than sixty years ago.


Click here to download the full 80-page flight manual (55 MB, PDF format).

You must accept the end-user license agreement before you can download, install and use this software product.

Please read "Minimum System Requirements" below.

See:
PC Pilot Magazine, Jan/Feb 2010.
Micro Simulateur Magazine, Jan 2010 and Mar 2010
Computer Pilot Magazine, Aug/Sep 2009 and Jan 2010.
Avsim.com, Mar 2010.


 
 
 

XP X-1 Second Generation v1.0
Produced by Xtreme Prototypes.

$19.95 (USD)

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD


"The engineering and programming is a reflection of the dedication and commitment to realism and historical accuracy the Xtreme Prototypes developers seek to realize in their product. An exciting and well-rounded addon that is a challenge to fly." -Chris Frishmuth, PC Pilot Magazine

"The authors intelligently played of the possibilities of the simulator to manage to offer functions which exceed the requirements of realism but increase the interest of the addon. With such an addon, you will truly discover if you have the right stuff!" -Emmanuel Blanchard, Micro Simulateur Magazine

"The X-1 SG package offers the flight simulation enthusiast a trip back in history with a good quality simulation of the Bell X-1 aircraft complete with a relatively complex cockpit environment along with a highly detailed (almost museum piece) external model of the X-1 family. …For a few fleeting minutes in FSX, I am reliving history and getting a small taste of what Chuck Yeager got to experience in those early days of jet flight." -Gene Davis, Computer Pilot Magazine

"The panel is technically unique as all the gauge shapes are in the interior model, not in the panel. This aircraft has a true 3D panel, meaning 3D gauges, not flat 2D gauges projected on a 3D panel: every single switch, nut, screw or washer is modeled in 3D! Even the needles of the gauges are 3D! The result is just astounding. Xtreme Prototypes X-1 is a beautiful aircraft with unique performance. It pushes the limits of both your skills and FS capabilities." -Xavier Noche, Avsim.com






 

 
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

IMPORTANT: Xtreme Prototypes addons are complex and require better video cards and more processing power and RAM than other more conventional addons. Increased performance will be noticed on more powerful systems.

  • Flight Simulation Platforms: Microsoft® Flight Simulator X with Service Pack 2 (FSX Acceleration Expansion Pack or FSX Gold optional). This product is not compatible with earlier versions of Microsoft® Flight Simulator. Compatible with all versions of Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D® and FSX Steam® Edition (please read notes below).
  • Operating System: Windows® 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP SP2 32-bit (64-bit recommended), depending on your simulator's requirements*.
  • Computer Memory 8 GB (16 GB or more recommended)*
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz (or better recommended)*
  • Hard Drive Space: Downloaded ZIP file size approx. 300 MB, addon size approx. 500 MB when installed*
  • Video Card: 64 MB (128 MB or more recommended). Installing this addon in Prepar3D® requires a DirectX® 11-compatible video card*. Make sure you have the latest video driver for your operating system.*
  • Graphics: DirectX® 9 or later (depending on your simulator's requirements)*
  • Other: Wheel mouse, joystick (pedals optional), sound card and speakers, Adobe® Acrobat Reader®. A wheel mouse is required to actuate 3-position switches and some knobs.

    *: Please refer to your simulator's documentation for the recommended operating system and minimum requirements.

    Note for Prepar3D® users (all versions): We have not thoroughly tested this native FSX addon in Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D®. However, we have been able to fly our X-1 SG addon in Prepar3D® without issues so far. Please note that there is no installer for Prepar3D® available for this addon. To install the addon in Prepar3D®, simply change the path to your Prepar3D® folder during installation. Select the "FSX with Acceleration Expansion Pack" option if asked.

    Note for FSX Steam® users: Please note that FSX Steam® Edition is installed in a different way to the boxed version and occupies a different location on your computer. There is no FSX Steam® special installer provided with this native FSX addon. To install the addon in FSX Steam® Edition, simply change the path to your FSX Steam® folder during installation (by default: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\FSX"). Select the "FSX with Acceleration Expansion Pack" option if asked.


    GENERAL FEATURES

    Contains six variations of the four Bell X-1 Second Generation rocket planes and one light variation of a modified B-29 "Superfortress" carrier aircraft for simulating high-altitude launch:

  • Three variations of the Bell X-1A (USAF serial number 48-1384): "Bell-USAF" orange, "Bell-USAF" aluminum, and "Bell-USAF-NACA" white
  • One variation of the Bell X-1B (USAF serial number 48-1385): "Bell-USAF-NACA" aluminum version
  • One variation of the (never built) Bell X-1C (USAF serial number 48-1386): "USAF" aluminum version with front machine gun
  • One variation of the Bell X-1D (USAF serial number 48-1386): "Bell-USAF" aluminum rollout version
  • One "light" variation of a modified Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" carrier aircraft (USAF serial number 52-1800, exterior model only, optional, visible only when the X-1 SG is airborne, on specially-equipped X-1A and X-1D models only - see "Aircraft Model Features" below)


    TARGET AUDIENCE AND SUGGESTED SKILLS

  • Target Audience: Desktop pilots looking for something different, X-1 fans, students, rocket and space buffs. This rocket plane simulator is the ideal complement to Bell X-1 books and films.

  • Suggested Skills: Following detailed procedures, understanding aircraft systems, experience with high speed and high altitude flight in the simulator, navigation basics, gliding and landing an unpowered vehicle, a desire to discover, learn and have fun.

    The X-1 is no ordinary aircraft. Equipped with a four-chambered rocket engine that uses three different types of propellants, the X-1 SG addon is very different from other, more conventional piston or jet aircraft addons you would normally fly in the simulator. And it goes high and fast!

    Because the operation of the X-1 SG addon is very similar to the operation of the real aircraft, it is suggested that users read the flight manual and follow the procedures carefully.


    FLIGHT MODEL FEATURES

    Custom X-1 flight model to simulate rocket powered high speed and high altitude flight in the simulator:

  • One Reaction Motors XLR-11-RM-5, 5900-pound four-chambered liquid-fuel turbo-rocket engine
  • High altitude flight above 90,000 feet
  • Supersonic flight up to Mach 2.5
  • Fictitious ground takeoff or high altitude launch (like the real aircraft)
  • Good maneuverability at supersonic speeds
  • Excellent gliding capabilities


    CUSTOM X-1 ROCKET AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

    The following rocket aircraft systems are simulated to conform as closely as possible to the operation of the real aircraft, within the present limitations and capabilities of the simulator:

  • XLR-11 power plant system and control
  • Turbine-driven propellant pump and control
  • Fuel system
  • LOX system
  • Hydrogen peroxide system
  • Nitrogen system
  • Electrical system (with DC-AC conversion)
  • Fire detection/extinguisher system
  • Custom rocket aircraft instruments, controls and gauges, including dome loading pressure regulators and spill valves
  • Emergency jettison system
  • Pilot's oxygen system
  • Droplight system (countdown and launch from a B-29 carrier aircraft on selected models)
  • Cabin pressurization system


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    AIRCRAFT MODEL FEATURES

  • Native FSX 3D models, compatible with DirectX® 10 and later
  • Highly detailed (X-1 SG) exterior models based on archive material, with more than 500 parts and 40 animations
  • Light B-29 "Superfortress" carrier aircraft* with animated propellers and control surfaces (on specially-equipped X-1A and X-1D models only) - see description above
  • Reflective high resolution textures with bump maps
  • Emissive (night) textures
  • Unique (historical) markings and liveries on each aircraft
  • Movable aerodynamic control surfaces:
    • X-1 all-moving tail (elevator trim)
    • Elevator
    • Ailerons with trim tab
    • Flaps
    • Vertical stabilizer/rudder with trim tab
    • Retractable ventral fin (X-1C)
    • Yaw-damping surfaces on wings (X-1C)
  • Highly detailed steerable front gear
  • Highly detailed main landing gear
  • Movable glass canopy (with jettison animation)
  • Cockpit details including seat, pilot and animated sticks, levers and parts
  • Functioning nose-mount .50 cal. machine gun (X-1C)
  • Antennas, pitot tube and research probes
  • Rear propellant jettison tubes and engine turbopump exhaust pipe
  • XLR-11 rocket engine combustion chambers (4)

    *: Please note that due to limitations in the simulation platforms, the light B-29 carrier is simply an extention of the main X-1 SG model in this software version. The B-29 is not self-powered and cannot be controlled by the pilot. Actually, it is the X-1 that carries the B-29... Therefore, takeoffs with the X-1 SG mated to the B-29 are not possible due to landing gear issues and because the simulator does not allow for flying two mated and powered aircraft at the same time. The B-29 is simply an "eye candy" in this software version, to visualize and simulate high altitude launches.


    VIRTUAL COCKPIT FEATURES

    Note: Xtreme Prototypes addons no longer include 2D panels found in older products. They are replaced by virtual cockpits with full-3D gauges. There are no flat 2D gauges in the virtual cockpit.

  • Three highly detailed, VR-ready* 3D virtual cockpits (X-1A/D, X-1B and X-1C) with over 800 parts and 200 full 3D animated gauges, switches, levers, light indicators and flight instruments with "tooltips"
  • Advanced fully functional 3D instrument panels with custom X-1 rocket aircraft systems:
    • Main panel
    • Center pedestal (switch) panel
    • Right side panel
  • Highly detailed seat, side controls, levers, pedals, oxygen regulator, hoses and pipes, and other cockpit items (most animated and functional)
  • Modified ARC-5 VHF radio for use in Flight Simulator (COM1, COM2, ADF, VOR)
  • Navigation instruments (fictitious, optional)
  • Cockpit lighting (fictitious, optional)
  • Sperry A-12 Propilot (basic autopilot, X-1C)
  • Gunsight (X-1C)

    *: The full 3D virtual cockpit makes this addon an ideal candidate for new virtual reality applications such as FlyInside®. Equipped with the necessary software and 3D glasses/VR goggles, the desktop pilot really feels he’s/she’s inside the real aircraft, in front of the real instrument panel, not merely a 2D drawing of a panel.


    SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

    Custom X-1-specific animated visual effects, some with sound, including:

  • Rocket engine ignition, combustion flames and shockwave effects
  • Rocket engine smoke and contrail effects
  • Igniter test effects
  • Propellant jettison effects (fuel, LOX and H2O2)
  • Engine turbopump exhaust effect
  • N2/LOX bleed effect
  • Condensation and vapor effect around the cold LOX tank when filled
  • VC lights
  • Wing vortices and vapor trails
  • Machine gun effect (X-1C)
  • B-29 contrail effect (on specially-equipped X-1A and X-1D models only)


    MISCELLANEOUS

  • Automatic rocket engine ignition sequence button (optional)
  • X-1 custom sound set
  • Camera definitions (external and internal)
  • Fictitious saved flights inspired from real X-1 SG test flights*
  • X-1 SG aircraft kneeboard reference tab and check list (from within Flight Simulator)
  • A comprehensive 80-page user manual inspired from the original "Bell X-1A, B & D Pilot's Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions", in a printable PDF format (English and French language versions)

    *: This is a simulation and many things that are not permitted in the real world can be done in a simulator. So we thought that our users would like to take off from the ground in their X-1 SG addon even though this was not supposed to happen in the real world, with the real aircraft. This gives the beginner desktop pilot plenty of time to learn and perform the required preflight procedures while the aircraft is sitting comfortably on the ground instead of falling like a brick in mid-air. For purists, it is possible to simulate a high altitude launch by using the slew mode commands to reposition the X-1 SG airplane without flying in real time. A second option is to change the altitude and speed settings in the map. You can also load one of the high altitude saved flights that come with the addon. Taking off from the ground is rather fun however, and it's something the real X-1 pilots were not permitted to do!


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