Thursday, September 19, 2013

Aerosoft F14 back with an update!

FSX. A lot of great things coming out of Aerosoft these days. One of the many projects under development is the upcoming F14. If you were an 80's child like me, the F14 and F16 were the airplanes every kid wanted to fly. So flying this as an adult doesn't make you childish. It just means you are finally doing all those things you said you would do as a kid. It looks good too! Here are the latest!
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Ypaul123 said...

i never understand whats the point of developing fighter jets in FSX.

DAndre Newman said...

OOhhh you're probably gonna come under fire for that statement...

Balan22 said...

@Ypaul123, neither do I ;)

Unknown said...

When I was a kid, I wanted to fly the SR-71 Blackbird...THAT was a badass plane! :)

DAndre Newman said...

Oh! That was always #1! Remember the movie D.A.R.R.Y.L? That was so awesome!

DAndre Newman said...

The sad thing about the SR aircraft. As advanced and secretive as they were. The one we have here locally just sits outside the local musem like a freaking paperweight. You dont even have to purchase a ticket to see it. Such a disgrace. That plane deserves so much more respect than it's getting.

Aggressorblue said...

To be clear, I'm not trying to be arugmentative or anything. I'm well aware no one is 'bashing' the tomcat or anything. I know the above comment was more of a "shrug, I don't get it."

To that end, what's the point of flying a 737 or C172? You don't get to shoot stuff down in those either.

Let me put it another way: If in real life, I offered you the keys to an F-14 tomcat, would you shrug and say "meh, I don't get to shoot at stuff, so I don't really see the point"?

Products like this are fun because they give us a window into what a real world fighter pilot does to manage his aircraft. As simmers we (presumably) enjoy the challenge of mastering a complex machine (as much as we can on a desktop computer, at least). And this is no different in those regards than a 777 or C172. It's a machine we want to learn, to experience, to master.

There's other perks as well: I have a ton of fun with the Superbugs radar and MyTraffic X. It's fun locking up a distant blip, lighting the burner, and seeing what it winds up being. Plus, lets not forget the challenge of landing on the pitching deck of a carrier at night in IMC. (Tomcat fans, do yourselves a favor and buy the tacpac if you haven't already, it features a heavily revised version of AI carriers, and is a hoot!)

Would I love to see the F-14 in a combat sim? Absolutely! And I'm glad the DCS series has finally opened it's doors to third party devs. (side note: This is great for FSX devs, as it gives them another market to use their talents in!). But I can still enjoy something like this in FSX.

Plus, lets not forget tacpack is still out there. I'm hoping Aerosoft finds their way to that SDK when it's available.

Aggressorblue said...

Given that the manuals were declassified a few years ago (on my birthday, no less!), I'm surprised there aren't any studios stepping up to do a PMDG/A2A level undertaking to model her. Sure it would be a lot of work, but you could easily charge $70 a copy if you could deliver the goods.

Well, I'd pay that at least. $100+ if you include a printed manual. :-)

Martin said...

Some guys above have point..
In my opinion FSX is a waste of resources for creating fighter jets or anything military for that matters. Much better would be to have more military craft developed for the only established combat sim platform DCS.
That being said the Tomcat here looks very very good...

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