Flight Replicas L-4 Grasshopper

Compatibility: Flight Simulator X, Prepar3D v3, Prepar3D v2, Prepar3D v1
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 This package contains four individual models of the L-4 Grasshopper, the military variant of Piper's J-3 Cub:

  • Army Ground Forces, artillery spotter
  • General liaison
  • Present day restored military (with uprated 90hp engine and mixture control)
  • Present day General Aviation (with uprated 90hp engine and mixture control)
Features

  • 14 paint schemes
  • Fully clickable and workable cockpit overall
  • Luminescent gauge dials for night flying, just like the original
  • Radio antenna that bends with airspeed
  • Authentic flight dynamics
  • Animated crew
  • All aircraft come with pop-up hand-held radio, GPS and transponder
  • Paint Kit


14 INCLUDED PAINT SCHEMES

WWII


  • 30th Infantry Division
  • 2nd Armoured Division
  • 9th Armoured Division
  • 2nd Infantry Division (D-Day)
  • Ninth Air Force, 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  • No.4 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (Pacific Campaign)
  • American Infantry Division, Bougainville, Solomon Islands (Pacific Campaign)
  • French Air Force liaison
Post-War Pacific

  • Royal Netherland Indies Air Force (ML-KNIL) (1948)
Korean War

  • General Liaison (1951)
Vietnam War

  • 6th Ranger Bien Hoa III Corp/CTZ (1968)
Present day Restored Military

  • N79731 (25th FA Bn., after a rebuild in Holland from damage suffered in action with the 407th FA Gp)       

Present Day General Aviation

  • G-BEUI (2008)
  • G-BPYN (2008)

NOTES

  1. The Manual and Paint Kit can be found in the "...Microsoft Flight Simulator XSimObjectsAirplanesL-4 Grasshopper AGF" folder.
     
  2. Despite pre-release testing, a few customers have found that the aircraft will bounce while on the ground. This appears to be the result of some systems not liking the tailwheel contact points. There is an easy fix available here. If your L-4 does not bounce unnecessarily on the ground, do NOT use this new aircraft.cfg!

    To use, unzip the file into a folder of your choice. Then go to the four (4) individual aircraft folders, and drop them (copy and paste) into your C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes folder (or wherever you have installed FSX), and let them overwrite when asked.
     
  3. Some of the scenery in the screenshots is from the payware 'Plum Island', by Bill Womack, which is available at all your favourite payware sites.

AIRCRAFT HISTORY

The history of the L-4 is best summed up by Ken Wakefield, author of The Fighting Grasshoppers and Lightplanes at War, who graciously contributed the following overview of this aircraft:

"The Piper L-4 Grasshopper of WW2 was the military version of the highly popular pre-war J3 Cub, by which name it was more widely known to service personnel. Of the 5,500 L-4 variants produced between 1942 and 1945, some went to liaison squadrons and of the USAAF, but the vast majority went to US Army Ground Forces, for use as Air Observation Posts (Air OPs) with the Field Artillery. In both air and ground forces, the L-4 was also used as a flying Jeep, among other things carrying priority mail and personnel between HQs and command posts. Its Continental engine produced only 65hp, yet the L-4's excellent short field performance enabled it to operate from the smallest of improvised airstrips, including roads, adjacent to command posts.

Unlike most other combat aircraft, the L-4 was unarmed and unarmoured. It was one of the smallest aircraft of WW2 and, with a cruising speed of only 75 mph, it was the slowest. Nevertheless, it has been claimed that a single L-4, directing the fire power of an entire Division, could bring a greater weight of explosives to bear on a target then any other aircraft of that period. With the exception of the atomic bomb carrying B-29 Superfortress, no other single aircraft had the destructive capability of the diminutive L-4. It was most widely used in Europe, where more than 2,700 served with the Field Artillery, and of these nearly 900 were lost through enemy action or in accidents. Of those that survived the war, about 150 were shipped back to the US, most of the remainder eventually being sold to civilian purchasers in Britain, France, Switzerland, Denmark and elsewhere in Europe. More than 60 years on many of these are still flying with, in recent years, an increasing number being restored to their original military configuration and markings. A truly remarkable 'warbird', long to be remembered."

So successful was the L-4 that it's military use continued on through to the Korean War, and as recently as Vietnam. Today, hundreds still fly on as civilian light aircraft, some as meticulously restored military aircraft and others in colourful civilian schemes.

System Requirements:


  • FSX with Acceleration, FSX Gold & P3D v1/v2/v3 (NOT compatible with SP2 or FSX 'straight from the box')
  • Dual Core 3.0GHz CPU
  • 512 MB VRAM
  • Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista
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Flight Replicas L-4 Grasshopper This Flight Replicas package for FSX and P3D includes four individual models of the L-4 Grasshopper, the military variant of Piper's J-3 Cub, in 14 paint schemes.

Features include fully clickable VCs, luminescent gauge dials for night flying, pop-up hand-held radio, GPS and transponder, animated crew, accurate flight dynamics and a radio antenna that bends with airspeed.

Download size: 185MB (learn about downloads)

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