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.
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.
This is my favourite DCS module. Even with the release of early access F/A-18C which I have been waiting years for the Viggen has a feel that really makes me think I am in a late cold war jet.
It’s easy to start up and fly, difficult to learn but not at all frustrating. The biggest hurdle which happens to be the most fun for me is the navigation computer (the C37). It’s an early form of digital age computers and you can clearly see the first steps into the modern technological age we find ourselves in now. I have started to build a mission that I think captures the atmosphere of the cold war. Of course it’s low level and it’s fast as the AJS37 thrives in this sort of profile. I’m using high drag bomblets on targets that should give some spectacular secondary explosions because admit we all like a good explosion………come on.
Another retro title that I missed because I was to poor to afford a computer back then. I installed this on my purpose built retro PC. The first thing that struck me was how good the graphics were. Even by today’s standards they are not to shabby and I even said out loud “Wow!”. It’s far from a study simulation such as Janes Longbow 2. One really nice feature that I am having great fun in trying is just playing as the weapons officer. The optics are really good to use and switching from thermal imaging to the day sight and zooming in on a target is so satisfying.