The Got Friends team is back in the spotlight, this time teasing their upcoming F4F-4 Wildcat for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The team has been hard at work, ensuring that the Wildcat lives up to the high standards set by their other projects, like the Wilga. We are big fans of Got Friends work and couldn’t pass out on sharing you with a short teaser video that was just published by the team, alongside with a few additional tidbits concerning the project’s near future… and a geeky dive into the engine choice made by Got Friends!
After the latest update, where we learned that Got Friends were back in full force working on the Wildcat, the team has now dropped a teaser video that offers some stunning glimpses into the aircraft’s cockpit and exterior. They’ve also begun sending pre-alpha copies to their closest and most trusted partners, which is a good indication of the project’s current status. While they haven’t committed to a specific release date, they assured us that the aircraft will be available before the year’s end.
For the aviation geeks among us, the team has opted to fit into the Wildcat the Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90/92 “Twin Wasp” engine, boasting 1,200HP and a two-row 14-cylinder, air-cooled design. From the variety of engine options that were used in the real aircraft throughout its service years, this choice was made based on extensive research and the availability of detailed technical data. The engine was used in the late F4F-3A / Early F4F-4 production, making it historically accurate for Got Friends’ model. The team is also incorporating a Two-Stage supercharger, which shifts gears at 5,000ft and 14,000ft for increased performance.
The F4F-4 Wildcat project is touted as one of the most complex endeavors by Got Friends, surpassing even their Wilga project in terms of research and development. The team has gone to great lengths to ensure historical accuracy, thanks to the wealth of information available online about the Wildcat’s various iterations.
The aircraft will feature many of the Wildcat’s known quirks, such as the need to crank the landing gear 29 times to lock it in place and the display of the “Code of the Day” via belly lights. The team is also working on implementing Aircraft Carrier catch/release capability, wing folding, and other yet-to-be-revealed surprises.
While the exact pricing is yet to be confirmed, the team has a history of making their products accessible, aiming for a price point that allows as many simmers as possible to enjoy their creations.