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USAF A8 Shepherd

7,440 BlunderBirb  10 months ago
Auto Credit Based on BlunderBirb's Flying V 0.87

After a lot of teasers and a trailer The A8 Shepherd, My swan song, is here. It took me the better part of a month to make this. I cannot thank the community enough for helping me in this, by play testing it, showing their support and by leting me use their codes, the community has helped massively. I have put in a lot of effort to make this as close to perfect as I can, so enjoy.

Watch the cinematic trailer

Description(fictional)

A8 Shepherd is a ground attack aircraft that was built by the USAF in the early stages of the cold war when missles and rockets were nothing more than a primitive technology and jet aircrafts still had straight wings. The corporation that built this looked around for design inspirations and found an unsuccessful aircraft design from the late 30s. It was the xp 55 "Ascender". Although it was a prop plane it had a forward thinking swept V wing and pusher fans designs. So to convert the idea to a jet took considerably less effort. Although the ww2 era of dive bombing and torpedos were gone the A8 was somewhat built around dive bombing principles. Lack of a pecision guidence system meant pilots had to reach higher altitudes and attack their targets from over 2000ft above to aim their guns and rockets. It is main weapon, the "Brrt" cannon, that significantly influenced the GAU 8 avengers development, could hold 400 rounds and empty said rounds within 4 - 15 seconds. The drag component was significantly reduced in order to maximise top speed by making consealed weapon housing systems.

Specs:

Top speed : 700mph at 20000ft, could reach 800 when diving

Vertical velocity : can reach upwards of 400fts, coupled this with the agile and steady nature it could out manuever sams with ease.

Main Gun : An Omega8 "Dominator" rotary cannon that can shread ships in seconds with high lead/second count.

Rockets/Missiles : 14 unguided rockets and 4 'Guardian' air to surface passive radar missiles.

Custom Stuff

I include what parts of my plane is handbuild in every plane I upload. But doing that for this plane isnt possible. Everything in this plane is custom. So I ll just talk about the parts I am more proud of:

The Landing Gears:

The landing gears are extremely realistic and has actual torsion links even. They do add a bit of difficulty when landing but landing a jet fighter is never easy.

The Missile housings:
You dont see the weapons usually when flying unless you activate them. This s nothing but a fancy gimmick but I am proud of it anyway.

The Cockpit:


This is the main attraction of the plane. It took me an entire week to properly design and make all this stuff and its extremely complex. But if you understand it, you can fly the plane from the cockpit cam without any aid of in game hud.
It has 14 guages, all of them are functional and real, 20 lights, of which 2 are landing assists, and 6 are various warning lights, the missle and rocket's digital ammo counters and switches levers pedals and sticks for every single thing. Here is an explanation of what everything does:

The hud is much simplistic but it still has an Heading indicator, roll indicator, control stick input map, and an Air speed indicator.

Controls :

Basic Control
VTOL up : Air brakes (Theres is a reason for this)
VTOL down : Flaps
AG 1 : Open canopy
AG 2 : Ejecto seato + automatic parasuit
AG 6 : Enable Rockets systems
AG 7 : Enable Missile systems

Landing :

Landing this in simpleplanes term, is hard.
you cant manhandle the landing sequence and rush the plane on ground.
Approach a runway at no more than 45% power. After activating landing gears pull the trim down to 20 - 25% until the plane is level When within a mile, reduce throttle to 25% and activate airbrakes. Maintain no morethan 190mph. When within 500ish feet of the landing zone deactivate airbrake and gradually increase flaps. You see this is an heavy in weight attack aircraft, it cant land nose first. Its has to land with is main landing gears in a wheelie. So maintain a 2 - 5 degree posetive pitch angle while descending, the assist lights will help you in this. Maintain a 10% throttle at this stage and gently put the aircraft down when you are under ~150mph. Dont cut off the power until you land or youll run the risk of stalling. Try too hard with the control stick at that low speed and youll nose dive into the ground as the nose stabliser will act like more a airbrake at that low speed. Your best bet is to take it slow and gentle.

Credits:

Realistic Landing Gear door codes : @vcharng
Cannon Rotator codes : @Leehopard
Delayed Parachute code : @spefyjerbf

Thanks for testing the aircraft
@Hellosss38 & @f4f879

enjoy and updoot

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General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Flying V 0.87
  • Created On Android
  • Wingspan 30.6ft (9.3m)
  • Length 58.5ft (17.8m)
  • Height 10.8ft (3.3m)
  • Empty Weight 11,054lbs (5,014kg)
  • Loaded Weight 14,047lbs (6,371kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 2.399
  • Wing Loading 40.3lbs/ft2 (196.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 348.8ft2 (32.4m2)
  • Drag Points 4601

Parts

  • Number of Parts 846
  • Control Surfaces 5
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    7,440 BlunderBirb

    Funfact : I cant load up this version of the craft in simpleplanes so while shooting the trailer I had to cut the aircraft in half and attach a much simpler back end in order to record the in cockpit scene.

    Pinned 10 months ago
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    7,440 BlunderBirb

    @BogdanX Lol, thats allright. The challange was very fun to work on and its not a big deal.

    9 months ago
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    9,074 silver

    Good job mate.

    +1 9 months ago
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    7,440 BlunderBirb

    @switdog08 Yeah, I agree, but there isnt a way to program them to do that, since you still need power with airbrakes for landing the only option is to either have it on the vtol up stick or an activation group

    10 months ago
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    2,571 switdog08

    Although airbrakes should always be able to deploy when the flaps are down.

    10 months ago
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    7,440 BlunderBirb

    @switdog08 @ReignSUPREME Thanks a ton :D

    10 months ago
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    7,440 BlunderBirb

    @MAHADI Thanks dude :D

    10 months ago
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    127k MAHADI

    Awesome details! Good work!

    +1 10 months ago
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    looks good

    +1 10 months ago
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    2,571 switdog08

    engine is way too smol
    but amazing cockpit

    +1 10 months ago
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    16.5k Stinky

    @Adityo0502 well its a damn good built plane anyways

    +1 10 months ago
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    ,impressive,

    +1 10 months ago
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    7,440 BlunderBirb

    @Keesler thanks but I doubt it. fictional planes dont do very well in terms of upvotes.

    +1 10 months ago
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    16.5k Stinky

    Nice!
    For sure gonna be on the highest rated list!.

    +1 10 months ago
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    7,440 BlunderBirb

    @USSR @jamesPLANESii @TheReturningHound

    10 months ago
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    7,440 BlunderBirb

    @Hellosss38 @Fartspoppop @FatEgg

    10 months ago