Available "True FSX" Freeware Aircraft Add-ons and FSX


Lately the chorus of voices complaining about lack of add-ons for FSX has stopped complaining about payware add-ons because the aircraft, airports, and scenery add-ons have really multiplied in the last few months. I have linked to more than a few of these on my blog as well.


 


Now, the chorus seems to have focused on freeware. There have been claims there is a lack of freeware aircraft available for FSX. So let’s just look at “true” FSX freeware aircraft, where “true” is defined as “Models actually compiled with the FSX SDK”. That is a subset of what is available. These aircraft will have a number of advantages:

1) Faster frame rate
2) Full compatibility with DX10
3) FSX detail / special effects enhancements


 


So that is a worthy metric.


 


To determine if a model was built with the FSX SDK, use a file viewer or hex editor to look at the file. Near the beginning of the file, you should see the characters “MDLXMDLH” if it’s an FSX model. An FS2002/2004 model will show “MDL8MDLH” or something else,


 


Using the thread “True FSX Planes” at Sim-Outhouse and working periodically over the Labor Day Weekend, I come up with 55 (yes more than 4 dozen) FSX freeware aircraft (See Note 1):



1) F-5A Freedom Fighter


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10427


 


Must have earlier zip for air file



2) Cessna 177RG


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10522



3) OV-10 Bronco


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10525



4) Hondajet


http://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/syb2.cgi?section=jets&file=HONDA_JET_FSX.zip



5) Mitsubishi T-2


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10699



6) Howard DGA-15P


http://www.fsxaddons.com/file/view/24/howard-dga-15p.aspx



7) Piper Archer-III


http://www.fsxaddons.com/file/view/240/piper-archer-iii.aspx



8) Grumman OV-1 B/C/D Mohawk


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?loc=downloads&FileType=fsx&page=downloads&Category=aircraft#download



9) Piper PA-28-RT Turbo Arrow III


http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?DLID=120002&CatID=fsxac



10) North American Aviation Navion


http://www.fsdownload.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=971&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0



11) Lublin R.XIII


http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?DLID=121136?CatID=fsxac



12) Saab J-29 Tunnan


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=11660



13) RWD-14 Czapla


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?loc=downloads&FileType=fsx&page=downloads&Category=aircraft#download


 


hotfix


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?loc=downloads&FileType=fsx&page=downloads&Category=aircraft#download



14) Curtiss Jenny


http://simhangar.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=34


 


To install Curtiss Jenny in Microsoft Flight Simulator X, you will need Flight Simulator 2004 version



15) RWD-8


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=11776


RWD-8 expansion pack: http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?loc=downloads&FileType=fsx&page=downloads&Category=aircraft#download



16) Boeing F4B-4


http://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/syb2.cgi?section=vintage&file=F4Bfx.zip



17) Bristol Beaufighter


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=11831



18) Yak 141


http://simviation.com/simviation/download.php?ID=184



19) Yak 130


http://simviation.com/simviation/download.php?ID=183



20) BAC 167


http://simviation.com/simviation/download.php?ID=239



21) Curtiss Junior


http://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/syb2.cgi?section=vintage&file=CW1vX.zip



22) Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=11834



23) Aeronca Chief


http://simviation.com/simviation/download.php?ID=250



24) RNZAF CT-4E


http://www.airforce.mil.nz/gallery/download/airtrainerdownload.htm



25) Stinson 108


http://fsnorthwest.net/index.php?ind=downloads&op=entry_view&iden=64



26) 707-420


http://www.simviation.com/simviation/download.php?ID=608



27) Gee Bee Model Z “City of Springfield”


http://simviation.com/simviation/download.php?ID=922



28) Spartan Executive


http://fsnorthwest.net/index.php?ind=downloads&op=entry_view&iden=82



29) Monsted Vincent MV1


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?loc=downloads&FileType=fsx&page=downloads&Category=aircraft#download



30) General Dynamics A-12 “Flying Dorito”


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?loc=downloads&FileType=fsx&page=downloads&Category=aircraft#download


 


must have Acceleration



31) Bristol F2-B “Biff”


http://library.avsim.net/search.php?SearchTerm=bristol+f2b&CatID=fsxac&Go=Search



32) N2056’s Pete ( modernized Pietenpol Aircamper )


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10199



33) Piasecki H21C


http://flightsim.filefront.com/file/Piasecki_H21C;81851


 


34) Fokker Dr.1


http://www.neoqb.com/fokker/Files/dr1_by_neoqb.zip  



35) Dh89a Dragon Rapide


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=9238



36) PC-7


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10399


 


must have earlier zip for panel, etc


 


37) Howard 500
http://fsnorthwest.net/index.php?ind=downloads&op=section_view&idev=8


 


38) Cessna 310
http://www.simviation.com/simviation/?ID=61&page=1000


 


39) Mitsubishi F-1


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&FileType=fsx&page=downloads&Category=aircraft&ammm=15&pap=2#download


 


40) Cessna Citation 500


http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=121612


 


41) Boeing P12-E


http://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/syb2.cgi?section=vintage&file=P12E.zip


 


and hotfix


http://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/syb2.cgi?section=vintage&file=P12Eudt.zip


 


42) OS2U Kingfisher


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10784


 


43) 1938 Waterman Arrowbile


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=11808


 


44) OH-6A


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=11970


 


45) Piper Warrior II


http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=118438


 


46) Piper PA-44 Seminole


http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=118706


 


47) Piper Arrow-IV, non-turbo


http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=117250


 


48) Grumman AA-5B


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=11403


 


49) T-45C Goshawk


http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=127112


 


50) DC-3


http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=104181


 


and an article for developers on how to convert from 3DSMax to Gmax models using this aircraft as an example here.


 


51) Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk


http://www.simviation.com/simviation…oad.php?ID=609


 


52) HAIG L-15


http://www.flightsim.com/cgi/kdl/main/88/fsx_l15.zip?Wee8Z02A


 


53) Waco UPF-7 Biplane


http://sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10878


 


54) Boeing 221A Monomail


http://sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=10837


 


55) FSX RNZN Kaman SH-2G Seasprite
http://www.flightsim.com/cgi/kdl/main/90/sh2gnzv2.zip?Z8qme02m


 


56) Mooney Mite M-18C


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?lloc=downloads&loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=12514


 


57) Seabird Seeker 


http://www.aussiex.org/index/download.php?view.36


 


58) Westland Wyvern S.4


http://www.nazcastudios.com/sea-hawk/Wyvern_FSX.zip


 


59) SOKO J-20 Kraguj


http://www.sim-outhouse.com/index.php?loc=downloads&page=info&FileID=12623


 


I am sure if I really put more time into this, I could find more. That is with Saturday, and Sunday morning. There really is more out there than people think, the main problem is the community is dispersed and you cannot count on going to one site and finding it all. I list 10 sites just for these 54.


 


In terms of pace, FSX was released in Oct 2006. That’s 22 months ago. FSX SP2 was released Dec 2007. That’s 9 months ago. Using the RTM timeframe, that’s 2+ a month. Using the SP2 timeframe, that’s 6 a month. Either way you count them, there has been a steady diet of freeware aircraft.


 


FSX users should read this and realize the freeware add-ons are out there.


 


Note 1:


 


Caveat: I have not downloaded each and every one of these, but quite a few. So far, all the ones marked in the Sim-Outhouse thread as “true FSX” have been, so I am trusting the rest of the data in that thread based on a representative sampling.


 


Note 2:


 


Not yet released, but worth watching for:


 


Aerospatiale Gazelle by Cyril Pioffet


http://pagesperso-orange.fr/gmaxflight2002/media1/Gazelle.htm


Note 3:


ModelChecker.zip at AVSim can be used to perform the model version check:


http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=114098