Carrier Strike Force: Expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and FS 2004

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  • Exciting aircraft carrier operations with new military equipment
  • 3 new aircraft carriers and 3 mighty fighter aircraft
  • 5 great missions and 6 open-ended mini training missions
  • Authentic deck operations with AI traffic on and above the carrier
  • Super-accurate launch and recovery using 3WireX technology

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Carrier Strike Force continues the excitement of aircraft carrier operations. You'll take the seat on board new aircraft and fly from three new carriers. On board the Charles de Gaulle, the powerful catapult gets your mighty Rafale M airborne in just a few hundred feet. And during recovery, you'll want your tailhook to catch the steel cable to bring your muscular aircraft to a screeching halt. Fly the new F-35, JSF, and the Harrier in vertical flight from the HMS Illustrious and USS Bonhomme Richard.

For this add-on you'll have new military equipment:

  • USS Bonhomme Richard
  • French Charles de Gaulle
  • British HMS Illustrious
  • F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
  • AV-8B II Plus Harrier
  • Rafale M
Highlights:
  • FSX - moving carrier - you'll take off and land from a moving surface
  • FSX - super-accurate launch and recovery using 3WireX technology
  • FSX - five great missions and six open-ended mini training missions
  • FSX - maverick missile
  • Aircraft Carriers - USS Bonhomme Richard, HMS Illustrious, Charles de Gaulle
Carrier Strike Force incorporates the same new technology found in our bestselling Flight Deck 5 package. You'll operate from moving aircraft carriers with super accurate catapult launch and recovery system*. You'll experience the thrill of authentic deck operations with AI traffic on and above the carrier. You'll see why cable recovery on the short flight deck is both thrilling and nerve-wracking.

With five previous releases of our world-renown Flight Deck Series we have the know-how and experience to bring you the excitement of aircraft carrier-based flight.

* Moving carrier, catapult/recovery operations using 3WireX, missions and mini-missions available for FSX only; Static carrier, simplified catapult/recovery operations, and 200 pre-saved flights for FS2004.

Launch:

It's launch time on the Charles de Gaulle.

Taxi into position over the catapult. The launch team connects you. The steam is flowing and the catapult armed.

Shove the throttles forward. Release the brakes. The catapult slams you to the back of your seat.

Recovery:

Returning to the Charles de Gaulle, you'll descend, fly past the carrier, turn a quick base, and lower your flaps.

Quickly lose some speed and then turn final to line up with the deck.

Drop your gear and tailhook. Don't lose too much height. The LSO gives you the green. Hold steady. Over the edge hit the deck and give it full power.

Exciting Carrier Missions:

Fly these exciting FSX missions

All missions are top quality--just like our highly regarded Mission Series (Mission: Blackhawk and Mission: Combat Force) and Flight Deck 5 add-ons. They feature exciting action and narration.

  • Mig Crisis: you're on maneuvers in F-35 in the north pacific with the carrier task force when a new break-away rouge state claims territorial waters of your route and sends out 4 Mig aircraft towards the carriers.
  • Mig Thunder 1: the Charles de Gaulle carrier is under attack by four unidentified Mig aircraft off of South America.
  • Mig Thunder 2: the Charles de Gaulle carrier is under attack by four unidentified Mig aircraft off in the Mediterranean.
  • Mig Thunder 3: the Charles de Gaulle carrier is under attack by four unidentified Mig aircraft off of a desert coast of Africa.
  • Joint Mission Training: fly the F-35 on maneuvers from the Charles de Gaulle alongside the UK HMS Illustrious and the USS Bonehomme Richard.
  • HMS Illustrious Training: joint practice naval amphibious operations with the US navy and Marines at Cape Wrath bombing range.
Practice Missions: These missions are open-ended. You come in for a landing and can fly around and try again if you want. There are no rewards given.
  • Charles De Gaulle operations in Hawaii
  • Charles De Gaulle operations in Indian Ocean
  • Charles De Gaulle operations in Philippines
  • Charles De Gaulle operations in Suez Cana
  • HMS Illustrious operations in New Orleans
  • HMS Illustrious operations in the Panama Canal
Heads Up Display

You can also use the HUD display to guide you on your missions.

Special animation:

Launch and recovery: simplified operation of catapults and cables with steam and sound effects

Aircraft: HUD, tail hook, folding wings, cowl flaps, afterburners, cargo door

Aircraft carrier: navaids, AFD, AI traffic, wake effects

The carriers are positioned near these locations:

  • North Pacific
  • South America coast
  • Mediterranean
  • Africa coast
  • Indian Ocean
  • Hawaii
  • Suez Canal
  • Panama Canal
  • Philipines

Product Information

ASIN B000UZRWCY
Release date February 12, 2008
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches
Media: CD-ROM
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For an add-on for flight sim x this products is not to bad as for the missions,but the cockpits are so bad it's not even funny.Microsoft did the aircraft so well in flight sim x and they just look solid and all the cockpits are cool.Abacus should give the customers a refund or make some kind of patch to fix the cockpits and other issues.If it was not for the missions I would have put this in the right place(the trash)and not my pc.The missions did add some fun to the sim but the aircraft cockpits are so BAD they should have just started over with this product.
Look at the name of who made this sim add-on(((Abacus)))and stay away from all other abacus products.If all the aircraft cockpits are this bad do not waste your money.Microsoft must not have run this add-on or they would have stopped it's release for flight sim x because it is that bad.It runs fine as far as running goes but thats it.You have to see it for yourself to understand how BAD it really is.This has the most messed up cockpit graphics I have seen in any sim or game of any kind ever.
Like I said if it were not for the missions I would put it in the trash where microsoft should have made the producers(abacus)put this add-on.It is nothing like the cockpits you will find in the microsoft flight sim x aircraft,not even close.I do not see how they got away with this sim add-on the way the graphics in the cockpits are.
If you like good solid high performance graphics inside and outside of your aircraft stay away from this add-on.You will find it has the most messed up cockpit graphics that you will ever see and even at this price it is still a crime to sell it to people.
((It is that bad))!!!!!!I read this in another review but did not think that it could be that bad.Boy was I so very wrong!!
Well it is that BAD!!!!!Think it over befor you waste your money like I did!!!!!
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I dont know how yhis game is,because it never would install.I even sent it back and got another one,and it done the same thing.IT says the cd is blank when i put it in the cd rom drive.ive tried everything.And i have about 20 add-ons on fsx.
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This game adds some exceptional Military Aircraft and Carrier Take-Offs and Landings and is a must have for your Microsoft Flight Simulator X Game. I definately recommend that you use a Joystick and not try to keyboard and mouse it.
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By Paul Corti on January 16, 2011
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This is an add-on for FSX. You get the F-35B (not listed on box), F-35C, AV-8B Harrier II+, GR.7 (not listed on box) and Rafale M. Each plane has operational flaps, tail hooks (Rafale M and F-35C only), vertical take-off capability (F-35B, AV-8B Harrier II+ GR.7 only), and air brakes. All planes have interactive controls. There are 3 moving carriers (in missions only). All planes can be flown in free-flight as well as missions. I like carrier warfare specialy WWII warfare, and I was not disappointed in the game. There is also a booklet that has information about the 3 carriers and the planes. P. Corti.
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The game is pretty fun. The airplanes are realistic and look great. I gave it a 3 star because it only has 3 airplanes that can't shoot. The price is to much (29.99)when I could buy Flight Simulator X for 19.99 and get over 20.00 airports lots of planes and scenery. Still its a pretty nice game but you need to have FSX to use it.
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Hi Amazon,

As I mentioned previously I can't say much about the "Strike Force Carrier" add-on and be fair. I may need a newer Joystick in order to make a definite evaluation and statement.
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Wow this is a really crappy add on for FSX. The airplanes are very badly simulated and the missions are borring as hell. Carriers are okay though. But that doesnt make up for the fact that this game is a waste of money. I have downloaded much better aircraft add ons for FSX online. This is very poor.
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I enjoy all of MicroSoft line of Flight Sims, I wish they would publish more as the individual flight sims available are too expensive.
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