The cold war era for me is the most fascinating and interesting period of time for all war-games and simulations. Armoured Brigade is a real-time tactical war game set during this period. You take command of the equipment from this era in large and detailed maps in those European theatres.
I spent a large part of my childhood in the 80’s in West Germany on an RAF fighter squadron base (Laarbruch) and this was where the roots of my fascination with the Cold War were formulated. To be able to pick parts of a map where I lived to have these engagements is the reason why I now have this in my library. I really hope they make a campaign for the game because that will certainly be the icing on the cake.
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.
I’ve been waiting a long time to get Flashpoint Campaigns Red Storm. The price for me was way over the top but Steams Summer Sale have it for £10 and that I could not refuse. I’ve really enjoyed seeing others play this and the Cold War era is what I want to play at the moment. Can’t wait to get stuck into this.
Ever since this module was released in early access, I have been putting many hours into learning, training and practising carrier landings. This module is a complete game changer. Real F/A18C Hornet pilots have been flying the simulation and discussing the flight model, real life procedures and how to do Case 1 recoveries. They fly it and you can see the skill level. Fantastic!
It’s all about hitting benchmarks during the approach.
1- Enter 10nm diameter orbit over the boat at 2,000 ft at 250kts using BARO hold and ATC
2- Set TCN to the boat and set boat TCN course line to heading
3- Set up the jet: hook down, displays, heat, radalt to HUD, anti-skid off, hook bypass carrier, and radalt gauge to 370 ft
4- Break the 2,000 ft deck when abeam and behind the boat and approach the boat from the starboard side. Pass the boat at 350 kts
/ 800 ft
5- When at most 1.5 nm ahead of the boat (closer if you are more seasoned), break into the pattern
6- Gear down and flaps to full when below 250kts
7- Level off on the downwind at 1.2 to 1.3nm abeam the boat’s course line
8- Establish 8.1 on-speed AoA at 600ft. Power and trim.
9- Once the boat’s round down on the stern is visible, roll into the groove with 30 degrees of bank in gradual decent (100-200 ft/min) for the first 90 degrees of turn.
10- Roll out on groove and adjust height with power to keep IFLOS ball centered. Combat recovery 8 seconds in the groove or 12-16 seconds for standard groove time.
I can get an “OK Pass” (which is a grade the Landing Signal Officer gives for every approach) about one in twenty. The challenge is huge but if you put the hours in the rewards start to come.
If you are interested in Naval Operations and in particular carrier ops. This really is worth getting even in it’s current early access state.