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Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:59 am

Just visited the PMDG Facebook where they recently posted new images of their B744 V2 with a fifth spare engine pod slung under the port wing. There also was a link to an informative QANTAS Youtube clip explaining how they went about dispatching a spare RR RB211 to Johanesburg recently on a B744.

Also the PMDG Facebook page features comparison interior and exterior images between the B744 V2 and the B748 presently in development.
 
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RE: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Sat May 14, 2016 8:55 am

Robert S Randazzo from PMDG has given an update on their facebook website, dated from the 8th of May 2016, stating that the B747-400 V3, (not V2 as previously titled) is close to entering Beta testing. There are a couple of screen grabs showing the B747-400F. He also mentioned there will be B747-400BCF, B747-400M and a B747-400D models as well.
 
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RE: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:35 pm

I'm presuming existing 747 customers will be able to "upgrade" at a discount (similar to Aerosoft with the AirbusX)
 
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RE: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:11 am

Hi RRTrent. The PMDG B744/748 V3 has been developed from scratch, incorporating all the lessons learned from the development of the PMDG B737 series and PMDG B777 series of flight simulation products for use in FSX and now Prepared3D.

So I am assuming, as a result there is no upgrade option available from the FSX version 2, which I believe was based on the PMDG B744 V1, development which originally debut for the FS9, 2004, Century of Flight edition.

[Edited 2016-06-03 03:18:53]
 
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RE: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:39 am

So when is the new PMDG 747 roughly due out? Still no one knows
 
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RE: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:13 pm

Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 3):

Thanks.. that's a shame, I'll be buying it anyway, so its only a few $$$ worth of a shame
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:41 am

According to PMDG Facebook page, the PMDG B747 400/800 simulation has now been handed over to the technical experts i.e. B744 Pilots and the like, who will put the aircraft simulation through it's paces, before it is handed over to the Beta Testers. No time frame is given as to how long this will all take.
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:03 pm

There are some relatively new images of the PMDG, B747-400V2, posted at various simulation websites, showing the flight deck during daytime, several wide views and some close ups, simply stunning.

To access them in one place just type PMDG B747 400 V2 pictures, in browser search window. This will link to all pictures of PMDG B747 400, past and present, spread amongst them you will find some new ones of the PMDG B747 400 V2 Flight Deck.
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:20 am

Apparently, they missed their traditional summer release window. Hopefully, they won't wait until next summer - I guess if nothing goes majorly wrong, release in time for Christmas might work,
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:17 am

Good news from the PMDG facebook , where an update, posted on the 1st of October 2016 states that the PMDG B744 "Queen Of The Skies", Version 3, is transitioning from the Technical Team, who have been testing the PMDG B744 QOTS V 3 since January 2016, providing valuable input to the project, is now entering the Beta testing phase.

Some moody screen grab images of the "Queen" were also posted, interestingly taken from the Prepared 3D V3.4 platform. Although PMDG would not commit to a release on both FSX and P3D platforms from the get go at present.

At this stage, as is the norm with PMDG, no release date has yet been provided.
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:27 am

Just a heads up for those interested! Frooglesim has posted a you tube clip on Frooglesim News, duration of about 30 minutes, showing off the PMDG B744, V3 Queen of the Skies II, during the BETA testing phase. We see interior exterior views in all it's glory, plus a preflight and start up sequence.

Frooglesim has stated that they are only 3 weeks into testing, so based on his past experience, having helped BETA test the PMDG B777, he thinks, it will be several months before we will see the release of this long anticipated Classic of the sim skies.

More youtube clips to follow in time, including take off and flight, etc.
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:09 pm

According to the PMDG Facebook which links to the AVSIM, PMDG forum site, a release update was provided on the 21st of January 2017, stating that the PMDG, B747 400 Queen of the Skies II, baring any last minute technical hitches, is 2 weeks away from release, on both FSX/FSX Steam and P3D platforms, but not with the earlier V3.2 version.

The product will be priced in the same range as the PMDG B777.

This price will include all of the following : The B747 400 with 3 Engine Types, B747 400BCF with 3 Engine Types, B747 400D, B747 400M, B747 400F, B747 400ER with 1 Engine Type and the B747 400ERF with 2 Engine Types.

The B747 800, will be released as an expansion later on.
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:02 pm

I find it odd that they have so many engine types for this add on but the reason they done the 77L instead of the 772 was because they wanted to keep costs down and only model the GE90. It's especially strange when the 744 is going to be priced around the same
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:49 am

Hi RRTrent, I can only speculate, but I would imagine that given the team at PMDG is relatively small and they were developing the DC6 for X-Plane, as well as the B777 for FSX/Steam and P3D, and now the B744 V2 for FSX and P3D, concurrently with some overlap, as one project wound down and another entered a more intensive development phase, those resources would have been stretched somewhat. It would make sense to manage those resources effectively and more importantly selectively, if PMDG wants to develop and release these 3 very complex aircraft and do them justice. Maybe this included the need to focus on the B772LR/F and B77W with the sole GE Engine, allowing them to develop the DC6 and B744 V2 as well.

I have read somewhere that PMDG has not ruled out developing the B777-200ER as an expansion. I have also read that PMDG know that the latest version of the PMDG B737, is by far the most popular and most flown aircraft in their product line up. I don't know how they know this, maybe through their PMDG Operations Centre, but I do know that their PMDG MD11 was not as big a seller as they were hoping for, so maybe that's why they focused on the B77W and the B77LR/F, because they anticipated this combination would provide a better return on investment of time, resources and money and give the Sim Community what they want.

Maybe that is why they have included so many fictional liveries for the B772LR, specifically. If the utilisation of the B77LR with these liveries is high, i.e. Sim Pilots flying the B200LR as a B772 ER substitute effectively, this feed back of information, maybe accessed through the PMDG Operation Centre, will provide them with the confidence to develop the B772ER as an expansion and get a reasonable ROI, at the same time giving the Sim Community Aircraft they want and more importantly, enjoy flying all the time.

Once again complete speculation on my behalf!
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:14 am

@ CaptainKramer

To be honest, that sounds very reasonable, and I'd rather one great model as opposed to 3 good models.

Anyway, I'm glad the 744 will have all 3 engine types... PMDG make the best products on the market in my opinion, so it would be wrong of me to doubt anything they decide to do.

I said earlier on this thread that I likely wouldn't buy it as I already have and love their current 744. But truth me told, I know I'll buy it.. and so do PMDG :lol:
 
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Re: Pmdg B744 V2 Will Feature Fifth Engine Pod

Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:28 am

The PMDG B747-400 V3, Queen of the Skies II, has been released earlier than advertised, and is now available for immediate download!

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