Got Friends is back with a new aircraft release for Microsoft Flight Simulator. The talented team, which is becoming quite prolific, has released today their latest masterpiece: the F4F-4 Wildcat. This digital rendition of the iconic World War II aircraft promises to be a visual treat and a comprehensive flying experience that aims to transport pilots back to the era of dogfights and naval warfare.
The F4F-4 Wildcat is renowned for its ruggedness and adaptability, qualities that made it a vital asset in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The aircraft defended American carriers and proved itself a formidable opponent against Japanese aircraft. Got Friends has gone to great lengths to capture this essence, offering a high-fidelity flight model that incorporates NPS, CFD, and Soft Body Simulation. The aircraft requires a substantial amount of rudder work during takeoffs and offers a convincing stall behavior, making it a realistic yet accessible experience for virtual pilots.
But the realism doesn’t stop at the flight model. The aircraft features a complex electrical system complete with circuit breakers, engine vibration effects that are visible both inside and outside the cockpit, and even a free-castering tailwheel with both authentic and simplified options. The attention to detail extends to the cockpit, where pilots will find a map tray with additional customization options and a collimated gunsight with two reticle options.
For those who love the thrill of carrier operations, the F4F-4 Wildcat comes with built-in tailhook-assisted landing and simulated launch bars, making it compatible with various carrier products like Touching Cloud, Jay Shrike, and Supercarrier Pro. The aircraft also supports multiplayer animations, including canopy, wing folding, weapons, and lights, adding another layer of immersion and realism.
The aircraft doesn’t just look and sound good; it also comes packed with features that make it a dynamic addition to any virtual hangar. These include droppable bombs with real-time physics and visual explosions, jettisonable drop tanks with real-time physics and fuel dumping visual effects, and even a custom gun camera overlay with vintage film effects.
The F4F-4 Wildcat is priced at $19.99, offering excellent value for money, especially when you consider the level of detail and the range of features it offers. It comes with twelve 4K liveries with historical relevance, and one website-exclusive livery, making it a versatile and customizable option for any aviation enthusiast. Additional free community liveries will also be available.