FS2004 Handley Page HP81 Hermes
By Jens B. Kristensen, november 2010.

Version 2.0 for FS2004, FSX users should dowload Hermes_V20X.zip instead.

The HP81 Hermes was a British airliner from 1948, used by BOAC for its African routes in the early 1950s, and then by various charter companies for the next 10 years.

Five variants are included:

G-ALDJ 'Hengist' of BOAC. G-ALDJ opened the U.K. to West Africa service 6. August 1950
G-ALDH 'Heracles' of BOAC, as it looked just after delivery, when it was used for crew training.
G-ALDA, formerly 'Hercuba' of BOAC, in Airwork colours 1956. Airwork used the Hermes for military charter fights, carrying British troop to bases overseas.
G-ALDA, formerly 'Hercuba' of BOAC, in Air Safaris colours 1961.
G-ALDT, formerly 'Hestia' of BOAC, in Skyways colours 1962.

For more information, see the pdf document installed in the \Docs folder.


New in this version: More accurate and more detailed virtual cockpit. Improved autopilot. FSX and FS2004 versions are now separate downloads.


*To install for Flight Simulator 2004 - A Century of Flight:

1) If you already have the previous version 1.0 installed into FS2004, you must uninstall it. Go to Control Panel, Add/Remove applications.

2) Run the included setup program.


Model, panel, virtual cockpit and textures by Jens B. Kristensen, made with FSDS 3.5.1, FS Panel Studio, Paint Shop Pro and DXTbmp.



Aliased to the sounds of Douglas DC-3 that comes with Flight Simulator. You can install more exciting propliner sounds if you wish, a good choice is Gary Jones' Bristol Hercules sounds available at classixbritishfiles.com



The gauges are to some extent default gauges of Flight Simulator, other gauges are by myself.

The ILS indicator is based on xml code by Saviero Maurri (Vickers Varsity panel), bitmaps by me.

The autopilot is by myself, but part of the xml code (the turn button) is inspired by Saviero Maurris autopilot for the DH Dove.

A number of gauges (mostly switches) are, with permission from Tom Gibson, www.calclassic.com, based on work by Tom himself, Kevin Trinkle, Ernie Kennedy and Ken 'Mitch' Mitchell. I have used complete gauges from them (cowl flap switches), or used the bitmaps from their c-style gauges and made xml-versions of them.

Finally, a big 'thank you' to Hans-Joerg Naegele, who gave me permission to use gauges from his Lockheed 049 Constellation panel (VNConnie049.cab), directly or modified.

Magneto switches and starter buttons are based on public domain gauges by Mike 'Moparmike' Wagner, converted to xml by me.


Good luck flying the HP Hermes!

Jens B. Kristensen, December 2010