The Air Combat Tutorial Library

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A fantastic YouTube channel. The tutorials made here are all applicable to just about any combat flight simulation you might use. No matter how good you think you are these fundamentals are a must to learn. Really well put together but above all else absolutely relevant.


The Harrier-air to air – Part Two

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In part one the set up was fairly simple.

  • Head On.
  • 16000ft.
  • 500 knots.
  • All aspect IR missiles
  • Mirage 2000 v Harrier.

In part two all of the above except guns only. Now I have to really work hard to have any chance of getting behind the Mirage.

In the left MFD I select the guns. This changes heads up display symbology. I then select Master Arm On (bottom left)


This is called a RIGHT – RIGHT head on pass. Extremely close.


In the first turn I loose the bandit in the sun. Not a great start. Only seconds have passed since the merge.


Looking back the bandit is now clearly in my deep 6 o’clock. I am in deep Sh#!


The bandit lets rip and blows my right wing off. I am at low level.


Eject! Eject! Eject!


I make it with just seconds to spare. The Mirage fly’s off into the sunset.


This all happened within a few minutes. On this occasion I think I can safely say “I got my ass handed to me”

The Harrier-air to air – Part One

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The Harrier During the Falklands War scored 20 kills with 0 loses in the air to air roll. However 2 were lost from ground fire, 30mm AA and a Roland missile. 2 were also lost to accidents.
The skill and bravery of the Argentinian pilots were without question. They were highly trained and highly motivated.

I know DCS Harrier is a different version to those that fought down in the cold, south Atlantic but ever since reading Sandy Woodward’s 100 days I have always been interested in having a go at some dog-fighting in a Harrier cockpit with the AIM 9 Sidewinder against supersonic jets and seeing what happens. Not a scientific approach I know but a lot of fun none the less.

Part 1 is a set up using just the Sidewinder. In Part 2 it’s guns only both have very different outcomes.

I set up against a Mirage 2000. Fast and manoeuvre this is going to be a formidable foe.

Head on from about 2 miles I get the growling tone from the sidewinder followed by the familiar screech.


FOX 2 !


All aspect sidewinders were certainly not available for the pilots flying Jump Jets during the Falklands War. This is all to easy.


Boom! End Game!


OK, so all aspect is just to easy. In part 2 it’s guns only followed up by rear aspect only missiles.

The Best Squad Based Tactical Wargame

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The best game I have come across that tries to implement a basic attack by an infantry section (squads for most other armies) has to be Brothers in Arms by Gearbox. The whole game was built around such an attack. Taking these tactics to a larger scale seems to be quite difficult. Combat Missions, it could be argued do a good job but anything larger than company-sized attack’s become time-consuming because of the micromanagement. That’s not a slight on what is a fantastic tactical war-game but just in the context of this overall look at games, it applies. I always find myself coming back to Command Ops but I feel the maps need more functionality and detail.
So what is all this? What the hell am I going on about?
Over the last 5 or 6 years, I have been looking for that perfect war-game, for me and I really mean that in a selfish way. Time is ticking and I can’t make games.

So the question is what do I want?

The List

1. World War 2 or anything up to about 1970.
2. Phases – like Graviteam have implemented 3 or more in-depth phases that really work together.
3. Hands off higher command order system.
4. Logistics. It simply has to be there. You can’t fight battles without out it and it provides so much more to think about and forces you to think so much more about what you are doing.
5. Maps. Great big maps. Small maps for detail medium maps for focus. These maps have to be great to look at. Grid references, contours and lots of detail.
6. Combat support. Artillery, Recon, Armor, and Air. Make these systems really good to use with a great UI.
7. Emphasis on land battles. Don’t try and do the whole theatre. Battalion scale.
8. Detailed equipment with an emphasis on real effective weapon ranges.

And that’s it I suppose. Not much to ask is it? 😉

Longbow 2 – Retro Heaven

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Continuing my hate love affair with retro simulations I have recently set-up Janes AH-64D Longbow 2 on my purpose built old hardware PC and managed to get Longbow 2 to work really well. It took me a long time to do because XP is no longer supported, because of that  I don’t have it connected to the internet. So every patch/update/driver I need is all done by relaying a USB pen drive between my two machines. Nevertheless it was all worth it.

I have spent many hours over the last couple of weeks learning this simulation and I can honestly say, hand on heart this has been the most enjoyable time I have had flying and learning in years. The thing is I have never played this up until now. It was released in 1997. I was in my 20’s back then and had a full head of hair. I didn’t have the money to own a PC but I was well aware of Longbow 2 and desperately wanted to try it out as I did with most combat flight simulations. I would go into a shop (we had to go outside to get games back then) and lift the hefty box up and marvel at all the potential complexity of it all.

I am unable to capture in game footage with the old PC and taking screenshots crashes the system. So I have find a way to run Longbow 2 on my more modern Windows 10 system. It’s not an ideal setup because of tedious technical issues but it’s enough for me to get some screenshots and I plan on making a video of a mission or a “how to set it up” tutorial.  I don’t know yet.

In the mean time this love affair goes on.