[RELEASED] F4F-4 Wildcat | Got Friends

While we’re at it, some strafing targets would be cool, maybe a Wilga towing an aerial target!?

You mean a glider? :rofl:

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F4F-4 Wildcat: Official Release Date
Plus Revealing our Website Exclusive Livery!

Release Date: September 25th, 2023

  • 7:00pm (UTC)
  • 2:00pm (CDT)

Website Release: Available for $19.99

In-Game Marketplace will Release at Microsoft’s Discretion

Let the Countdown Begin!

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First day buy here, but is there a POH/Manual available to read before release?

Finishing it up today, should be out tomorrow publicly :slight_smile:

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My birthday is on the 26th. So, Happy Birthday to me! :man_dancing:

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For those looking for a manual, there’s a lot of good information here. You’ll have to register to download the POH. There’s an F4F-4 manual down the page a bit.

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The universal repositionable cockpit tablet is totally possible to implement. It exists, or at least a good way towards what you’d want. The main prerequisite is having VR. There are a couple mods such as the Ingamepanel All In One tablet, which are a resizable tablet and can be put at your knee or passenger seat. If you don’t care that the window doesn’t have a realistic bezel, any addon window is generally floating & repositionable in 3D space like this.

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Good to know … thanks

Not sure if I have ever looked forward to a Monday on a Friday before but here we are :sweat_smile:

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Ahhh so torn about this one. Not the perfect one for me but so want to support GotFriends and maybe they’ll do another more akin to my flying style next time.

Look, if you’re torn about the ‘realism’ aspect, it seriously isn’t farfetched to not have a GPS.

I’m up close and personal regularly with warbirds, and none of them have any form of ‘modern avionics’.

Not sure if this helps with your decision or not, but there’s a ton which just fly VFR.

If it isn’t for you that’s fine, I just don’t see any reason to be going back and forth :slightly_smiling_face:

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The Warbirds may not be fitted with “Modern” electronics, but I bet many of the pilots that fly them are, in the form of Portable Radios, Portable GPS systems, and Tablets.

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With the ones I know they have Radios of course, but no Tablet or GPS onboard. Everything is conducted under pure VFR.

If I were flying my $1 Million War Bird , say up from Florida, to Oshkosh, I would make sure I had a $500 Portable GPS maybe with an aviation database, and possibly some device I would get live weather info on.

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I just checked through my photos of all the Collings’ warbirds cockpits. No GPS in any of them. A few have a radio tucked off to the side like a KX-155 and transponder, or a small 3x3 Collings. That’s it. Looked at a couple of Stearman, a Storch, a Cessna Bamboo Bomber, a UC-78 (Navy Cessna T-50), an F6F-3, a WACO UPF-7, a P-40, and a couple of others.

Edit, oh yeah, and a T-6

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Exactly, none may have Permanently installed ( certified IFR) GPS system, but who know what a pilot may choose to carry in their personal flight bag,

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(Garmin aera® 660 | Handheld/Portable Aviation GPS)

Absolutely, it’ll be circumstantial.

I’m just saying. From what I’ve personally seen, and worked close with (T-6, Spitfire, Stearman,) they’ve never had any form of GPS, Including a tablet.

It’ll change from person to person, I’m just mentioning how its still technically in-tone with what we’d see today, even if it doesn’t have one.

Then your not looking hard enough :wink: see the video from a spitfire at Oshkosh as one example.

This is not about making them IFR capable. Most of the GA aircraft in the sim arent strictly IFR certified either. As you mention about comm raids, it’s about them still being able to used in a modern aviation environment.

Even so, it’s not about it being IRL it’s about the sim experience. Do you fly in the sim with a paper map?

Why it was quite key for me is I like that the wildcat has very exceptional range so I was hoping to do some long flights. I may still try and use dead reckoning but the GPS is a good backup as any sensible pilot would have in 2023.

Back to one of my original points, it is 2023 the sim won’t let you set the date back to 1942 and the scenery is modern so why get caught on the original aircraft not having this little touch of (switchable) modern avionics.

I’ve seen a lot of vids where a pilot even if the aircraft (not wildcat) doesn’t provide this, they do have it on their phone or iPad if not fitted in the aircraft itself. Just like you may do in an old car.

As a PC user the PMS50 workaround confirmed working by Jonx emulates the above behaviour but doesn’t help Xbox players.

If you go premium you can even get the autopilot (I like to think more copilot, if it was a training aircraft like the Asobo Texan) but agree that is a stretch for this specific warbird.

If we are caught up on then GPS why are we not so caught up on being able to fire guns anywhere. Are there still wildcats in civilian use with live ammo? I have a combat sim set in the 40s where I can do that.

Anyway the dev has spoken on their standing right now so we all have to live with that, win or loss depending on your desired sim activities.

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Some evidence for you from the earlier vid link

I’ve also seen them in WW1 flight experience aircraft as well.

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