[UPDATE 1.1.0] FlyingIron P-38L Lightning


The P-38L is now available! Grab it here: P-38L Lightning for Microsoft Flight Simulator – FlyingIron Simulations

It’s been somewhat of an open secret so far, but today we’re very excited to be officially announcing our P-38L Lightning for Microsoft Flight Simulator!

Our P-38 has been in development for the last 6 months or so and has been in closed beta testing for the last month. With the final polish being added now, as well as some new niceties such as an installer & updater app, we are just around the corner from our website release!

As with the Spitfire, the MS Marketplace launch will be slightly behind our website launch (approximately 4-6 weeks) as we wait for Asobo to sign off & upload the P-38 to the marketplace.

We are expecting to launch the P-38 on our website towards the end of September!

FlyingIron P-38L Lightning for MSFS

Some key features of our P-38 Lightning simulation:

  • Incredibly detailed modelling, texturing, lighting & artwork
  • Hi-fidelity Wwise Sound Package, using sounds recorded from a real P-38 Lightning
  • Highly realistic Flight Model, fine-tuned down to the smallest details
  • Realistic simulation of the twin, counter-rotating Alison V-1710 1600 HP engines powering the Curtiss 3-blade constant speed Props. This includes our custom temperature model, realistic engine management, prop feathering and failures for an immersive flight experience.
  • Detailed custom systems modelling, including fuel, electrical, oxygen and starter systems powered by over 9000 lines of code!
  • Modern Radio & Transponder integration, as well as an optional in-cockpit Garmin 430 GPS
  • Optional drop-tanks for extended range flights
  • Unique features such as Particle FX, canopy blowouts and blackouts!
  • Plus much more!


Today we’d also like to officially welcome our newest member to the team, Raimond - better known in the Flight Sim world as GotGravel! Raimond is an experienced MSFS developer who specializes in Flight Model & Engine development. He also has over 38 years of experience in computer programming in more than 25 different code languages. He has been responsible for the creation of the Flight Model of the recently released Gee Bee R3 Special, as well as several excellent freeware aircraft and has also contributed to various other aircraft projects.

Raimond has been working with us for months already, overhauling & tweaking our Spitfire Flight Model to perfection, so many of you will already be familiar with the quality of his work. On top of that, Raimond has taken on the Flight Modelling duties for our P-38L and he has done a superb job!

Raimond aka GotGravel will now officially be apart of our MSFS team as our Flight Model developer, as well as taking on more programming duties to leverage his experience. This now brings the very exclusive FlyingIron family up to a team of 3, allowing us to develop better quality aircraft for MSFS, faster. It also frees up Alex & myself to put some more man-hours into our A7 Corsair module. Exciting times!

You can join GotGravel’s discord server for a full list of his available aircraft, join in around the world flights and acquire lots of excellent MSFS flying resources: Join Here!

Thanks guys & from all of us, stay safe!
Dan & Alex
FlyingIron Simulations


Wait… GotGravel worked on the Spitfire???

/immediately puts Spitfire on “to buy” list

Also – this looks TREMENDOUS. I’ve always loved the P-38 just based on aesthetics (gotta love the twin boomers); to actually fly a simulator version… Yep, sign me up.


What great news! Yet another “Indie” developer teaming up with a talented team… that speaks volumes about all of you.

Can’t wait to fly the “Fork-Tailed Devil.” :slight_smile:


Ok gents, you have my hard earned waiting for it’s release…I have been very hesitant about investing in add ons for MSFS, and have been patiently waiting for the likes of A2A etc, as regretfully, there has been a heck of a lot of garbage released lately.
But I’ll have another sticky beak at the Spit…


As a certified P-38 nut, I’m super thrilled to see this coming to MSFS. The model looks fantastic. My digital wallet is waiting!

I look forward to taking her around the world as I did several times in P-38s back in the old FS days (FS98-FS2004). Glad to see the 5000th P-38 special paint scheme YIPPEE making an appearance too! I look forward to making some repaints.


Stop being so modest David!

Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone else in-between, this is the guy that built the award winning P-38L-5 for FS9 15 years ago! If he says it looks good, you’re doing something right!


I cannot wait for this airplane to be released. This is more exciting than Christmas morning. What a great choice to make the P-38 for an add-on aircraft.


That looks absolutely beautiful

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Great news! One of the most beautiful aircraft of all time will grace the the virtual skies.

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You know how to tease thirsty men.

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Wow. This thing looks amazing. Saw a teaser video from a simmer I follow on YouTube. And I have to say, it looks glorious. I’ll be purchasing, for sure. Already in love with the Spitfire.

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Straight to the top of my wishlist - at least for already-announced aircraft.

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she is flight
she is dive
she is climb
she is turn
she is slip
as you wish
and p-factor dysh-dysh


I’ve been a fan of the P-38 since I was a teenager (so a long time ago) after reading about it in the book “Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38”. Looking forward to it.

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"Oh, Hedy Lamar is a beautiful gal, Madeline Carroll is too.
But you’ll find if you query a much different theory
amongst any bomber crew

That the loveliest thing of which one can sing
This side of the heavenly gates
Is no blonde or brunette of the Hollywood set
But an escort of P-38s"

for more stanza to this poem see Songs and Poems about the P-38 Lightning (p38assn.org)

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I do love Flying Iron’s Spitfire Mk.VIII however to my eye, they need to fix the cowling under the propeller at the cooling intakes. It doesn’t have a flat front face. I know it’s a small thing but to me it does stick out as jarring. I do hope this is fixed.

It’s already being fixed :slight_smile:


the chin and scoops are looking better! It’s great to see a dev taking feedback.

A few shots from two planes for more reference (BTW, I’ve got literally thousands of photographs of every square inch of 16 different P-38s , if you are ever in need of any reference materials):

(also, the external fuel tank seam goes vertical, sorry I know that’s a bit of a nit-pick)



Fantastic! Will this be making tis way to Xbox as well? Look forward to getting it either way. :+1:

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