The Aeroplane Heaven Globe Swift GC-1A is out now for MSFS
Well that was… swift! Aeroplane Heaven announced their newest airplane for MSFS just a few days ago and now, shortly after, it’s already out: the Globe Swift GC-1A can now be yours for just $21.95.
Aeroplane Heaven has the habit of being… unpredictable. On the one hand, they tease aircraft for months on end without actually releasing them (like that DC-3… but it’s finally coming out later this year). On the other hand, they can just let the word out that a new aircraft is coming soon and then actually release it just a few days later!
The latter is precisely what has happened with the latest couple of releases from the developers. Last month we got the Chipmunk and, this month, it’s the Globe Swift to become available as a bit of a surprising new release.
The Globe Swift is a low-wing monoplane that tried to be the first post-WWII military trainer. It didn’t succeed in that mission (surpassed by the Beechcraft Mentor), so it ended up in the civilian market.
Aeroplane Heaven has recreated the GC-1A model for Microsoft Flight Simulator, an earlier version that featured an 85hp engine. The later 1B version would be a slightly more powerful upgrade, with a 125hp engine, but Aeroplane Heaven decide to stick with the original for the simulated MSFS version.
With this new aircraft, Aeroplane heaven promises a very detailed interior and exterior model with many animations and effects, a highly accurate flight model, and a high-fidelity Wise sound package. This all sounds great, but we’ve seen the team release a few airplanes with inconsistent levels of quality between them, so we advise you to wait for the first reviews to make a decision.
In any case, the Globe Swift may not be the most popular small airplane in the world, but it’s still an interesting addition to any hangar as a vintage airplane, especially with its charming interior and open views from the cockpit.
Aeroplane Heaven is now selling its brand new Globe Swift GC-1A through its website, priced at $21.95. Other vendors should also have the airplane for sale soon. Unfortunately, it’s not expected to be out for Xbox just yet.
- Beautifully crafted exterior and interior models built over contemporary detailed plans and drawings
- Authentic cockpit detail includes many bespoke animations and effects.
- Full PBR materials and textures include realistic “pillowing” of metal surfaces.
- Separately modelled military pilots selected automatically via camera views in cockpit.
- Removable pilots via the options board
- Highly accurate flight dynamics and performance based on real flight tests.
- Specially authored WWise Hi-Fidelity sound package.
- Unique code to “iron” out poor simulator tail-dragger performance.
- Engine volume knob that goes up to “11”!
I simply don’t understand AH. 🙄
It’s really quite disappointing they opted to only port over the older and much slower 85 hp GC-1A instead of adding the far more powerful and interesting 125hp GC-1B. Don’t get me wrong: I love the Globe Swift for its looks, but I already have more than enough undermotorised planes in my virtual hangar. It would have been really nice to get a plane with a retractable tricyle landing gear that has a performance somewhere between the C172 and the Piper Arrow III or the Mooney M20.
So what would compel me to buy the Swift A? When I want another plane with the performance similar to a 85hp Swift, I can take the Chipmunk, or the C152, C140, Zlin Savage , Piper Warrior … the list with planes with a 700 ft/min climb rate and a cruise speed around 100kts is very long indeed.
In addition Globe and Temco built more than twice as many GC-1B’s than GC-1A’s.
AND most of the liveries provided by AH are actually taken from GC-1B planes …
So why is AH sticking to this boring A variant?!
So that’s a hard pass for me. Guess I will have another look at the Nemeth SIAI/Marchetti SF 205 instead although I’m really no enthusiastic about it. 🙁