X-Plane Carrier

Note: Information provided below is for legacy support only. Only X-Plane 10 Mobile is currently available in the App Store.

The first X-Plane Mobile combat simulator

X-Plane Carrier is the most realistic aerial combat simulator available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Palm Pre. At the same time, it is the most realistic carrier operations simulator for the platform and, in our opinion, one of the most fun apps out there.

Your ultimate goal in the sim is to take off from the carrier, destroy your adversary in the air without being shot down yourself, and return to the carrier for landing. After successfully landing, you will receive a score based on your performance. How high how can you score? We have never managed to exceed a 90% here.

Catapults, guns, guided missiles, and arresting gear are all realistically simulated (more realistically than any other iPhone app by far), giving users the ultimate aviation challenges of aircraft carrier operations and aerial combat together in one simulation.

Once the user has licked the violent aerial engagements and tricky carrier operations in day, night, clear, cloudy, calm, and windy conditions, battling all different sorts of adversaries in all different sorts of weather at all times of day, there is still multiplayer! This gets really, really fun, of course, because this is the first-ever X-Plane simulation where users can shoot their opponents down to a flaming, horrible death.

Included Aircraft

The X-Plane Carrier app includes the following aircraft:

  • F4U Corsair
  • A6M Zero
  • F-4 Phantom
  • MiG 21 Fishbed
  • F-14 Tomcat
  • F/A-18F Super Hornet

Six aircraft are included with X-Plane Carrier. First is the World War II-era F4U Corsair, a screaming 350+ mph fighter packing two thousand horsepower. This is paired up against the nimble Japanese A6M “Zero”–a much slower, less powerful, but much more maneuverable adversary. Users can fly either plane against the other, experimenting in the advantages of speed versus maneuverability.

Next is the mighty F-4 Phantom, with over thirty-two thousand pounds of thrust, four air-to-air guided missiles, and guns if those fail. This bird flies against the surprisingly fast and agile MiG-21 Fishbed, which puts up an amazing fight with it’s light weight and tight turns. Users can also take the MiG up against the Phantom to try the battle from the other side. Which plane is better in the dogfight?

The F-14 Tomcat was introduced by the US Navy as a replacement for the F-4 Phantom II. Here in X-Plane Carrier, it gets pitted against its own replacement–the F/A-18F Super Hornet. The Super Hornet, a larger redesign of the original F/A-18, is a versatile fighter still in production.


X-Plane Carrier gives the user two different locations to run through two different missions. The first area, San Francisco, California, is used for carrier training–no “bad guys” here. The second region, though–Honolulu, Hawaii–will feature the enemy aircraft corresponding to whichever plane the user has chosen. That is, users flying the F-4 will have a MiG-21 in their skies, users in an A6M will have an F4U approaching, and so on.

Get it from the iTunes Store

Purchase X-Plane Carrier for the iPhone and iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store.

Get it from the webOS store

Purchase X-Plane Carrier for the Palm Pre using this link.

X-Plane Carrier, found in the main X-Plane Mobile manual

The main X-Plane Mobile manual (which includes X-Plane Carrier) can be downloaded using this link. Alternatively, users can view the manual online at the X-Plane Carrier entry in the X-Plane Wiki.


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