The Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military. It was developed from the CH-53 Sea Stallion, mainly by adding a third engine, adding a seventh blade to the main rotor and canting the tail rotor 20 degrees.
Like the BK117 one of the best flightgear helicopter cockpits and can easily match other payware helicopters. Attention to detail is immense, clickable buttons and switches (not all however). Falls a little short of the quality of the BK117 in that the pilots are holding out their hands and holding nothing. However the cyclic moves in the cockpit as you move your joystic too. I couldnt see a collective there however.
As you can see from the screenshots the graphics externally match those of the interior. Nice attention to detail. The immense size of the helicopter is well captured. The textures are well placed not stretched. The rotor blades are modelled with detail and textures applied evenly. The only thing i noticed were the window frames looked a bit simplistic,, but that is a very minor issue. Lights were OK not amazing they flickered on and off with the same intensity you would see on an aircraft in real life.With this helicopter also comes a walker option which allows you to take control of a character and walk around the aircraft!
Again excellent as with all the other helicopters we reveiwed here. Authentic and lifelike helicopter sounds.
No autostart option here or tutorial .Click the help menu and then select aircraft help and up pop a list of keys On such option and a neat touch is the rotor folding option select this and you will see the rotor blades folding away. Animated doors are also included. However one noticeable issue here is that no quick keys are listed to start the engine etc. However if you go to the web page for this helicopter you will see the keys listed here http://wiki.flightgear.org/Sikorsky_CH-53E_Super_Stallion.
This helicopter is a heavy beast and this cleverly is reflected in the flight model, no fancy moves with this heavy thing. You need to be careful when making manoeuvres due to its weight no loop the loop with this aircraft. Taking off you need to be steady and counter any torque with the pedals , it doesn't seem to take off as quickly due to its weight, again an indication of how well they programmed the flight model. For us this was definitely one of the top 3 helicopters for flightgear. Official website here.
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