Tornado Digital Integration

Written by Phil on . Posted in Retro, Tornado

Yep, just look at those glorious pixels!

I recently got in touch with a chap called Frankie who has built a website all about Tornado after working on the source code for over a year to produce mods and many changes. If you want to download it and fly for free you can get it here. It is so easy to get running. This just adds to the overall joy of flying it.

Tornado was released in 1993. I had very little money (nothing changes)in the British Army serving abroad, and not  have a PC. Not a great position to be in to take the time to fly this remarkable study sim. I was aware that it was out and I remember reading great reviews inside PC gaming magazines of that time. When I was on leave I would go into a shop where you could buy games off the shelf in those large boxes which I collect now and I would hold Tornado in my hands and marvel at the weight of it all.

25 years later I am now flying it on my Windows 10 OS without any problems. You soon get over the shock of the graphics and realise how spoilt we have all become now days.

Flying fast and low into a hostile area is what it’s all about with this simulation. However the real gem the actual real heart of this is the mission planning. It is complex without being hard to use and a simply superb part of the game. You can coordinate strike packages to arrive at a target with precision and it works better than any modern mission planner.

 

 

A Minor Victory In War In The East. A Major Step Forward.

Written by Phil on . Posted in War In The East

Any real war-gamer will chuckle at my 3 turn minor victory in this
behemoth representation of Operation Barbarossa.

This was the small scenario “Road To Minsk”. Some things I am starting to understand. First you need to punch through the Russian defences with your superior panzer divisions, creating holes in the lines to allow your infantry to move through with the minimum amount of movement penalties. Then try and encircle the enemy without being to greedy. This will deny them supplies, weaken them and let you pick them off.

In such a small scenario I can already see the problems of trying to get all your forces across the map to objectives in some sort of coherent unit. All this before I have to stop the enemy encircling my troops and keeping supply routes open.

I am starting to see the depth and know I am only scratching the surface.

Perhaps I can do this after all?

Air to Air Refueling

Written by Phil on . Posted in DCS F/A-18C

This along with carrier landings are some of the most challenging tasks you can do in Flight Simulation. Not only that but to do it as close to the procedures in real life as possible. 

I got AAR nailed when I was flying the F-16 in BMS. I remember the inherent frustration to begin with and then the slow persistence in practice to finally get that moment when you hook up. Then the fun begins and you have to stay on. 

It’s all the same in DCS. I think the F/A-18C is the easiest to learn AAR. For a start the jet itself is so stable and doesn’t require a constant trim by the pilot and second the probe is out front and to the right where you can clearly see it.

This amazing sim continues to challenge me and I am getting immense pleasure from it.

Spitfire Bombing

Written by Phil on . Posted in DCS Spitfire, Latest

I had heard a while ago that the ability to add bombs to the Spitfire was added but I have been so engrossed in the Viggen and practising case 1 recovery landings in the Hornet that I simply didn’t have the time to see how they were. It turns out they are a lot of fun to deploy.

So of course, I loaded the Normandy map and placed some Russian APC’s in a field not too far from me and gave them orders to drive about a bit and enjoy the countryside.

There are many bombing profile tutorials on YouTube etc,If you want to know how to do it properly but I didn’t bother with those and just kind of worked it out on my own. This highly technical approach involved me pointing the nose of the aircraft from height at the targets and then dropping them when I thought I was close enough. Straight from the manual stuff.

Indecently that “other thing” that you can see falling with the bomb is my left aileron that was shot off by the Russians.

Bombing Russian APC’s With A Spitfire.