The fourth Ark Royal was the second of the Audacious Class carriers laid down toward the end of World War 2, her sister ship Eagle being the first. Of the four ordered only these two would be completed and their construction considerably delayed. In February of 1955 Ark Royal was the first aircraft carrier to be commissioned with an angled flight deck. During her service life she underwent many modifications, increasing her overall displacement from 36,800 tons as built to 53,950 tons full load when she finally decommissioned in 1978. Her final guise as a platform for Phantom and Buccaneer aircraft is probably her most famous due to the television program Sailor, and it is in this guise that Flying Stations have modelled her.
Although based on the FS9 model developed in 2006, this latest port to FSX has been updated to take full advantage of the features available. All textures have been converted to DDS format to improve frame rates, additionally they’ve been rationalised to reduce the texture count from 52 to 23, further improving fps. Both catapults now work in FSX Acceleration along with the arrestor wires.Bump mapping has been applied to the flight deck to simulate the non-slip surface while the original platform mesh that provides the surface to land on has been replaced with a simpler one that not only eliminates random object collisions while taxiing, but has also massively improved frame rates.