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Any Flight Sim Fans? - October 15, 2018, 10:40 PM

F14 will be here soon!



I used to watch VF-1 Tomcats fly over my house all the time when I was little. I still remember the rumble in my chest when they blasted across the sky.




And if you haven't seen "Final Countdown," well...you're missing out.

Or for those that want to learn a bit about the best aircraft ever conceived:

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October 16, 2018, 07:47 AM

Was always a pretty bird with the swept wing design.
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I do not play this game (wish i did) but i'm extremely impressed the work they put into the modeling. Awesome job on the details


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I do not play this game (wish i did) but i'm extremely impressed the work they put into the modeling. Awesome job on the details

Let me know if you ever want to get into it. Steep learning curve, but I've helped a few friends learn the basics. The base game is free, comes with a P-51 trainer and Su-25T Frogfoot (Russian ground attack aircraft). The rest of the aircraft are $$$, but well worth it.


The biggest cost is the hardware. I've already invested in HOTAS, rudder pedals, MFCD screens. I'm currently working on designs for a full sim pit, with functional switches, dials, etc. Fortunately, another enthusiast did the full cockpit design in sketchup, and I have just been picking apart his artwork and modifying it for manufacturing with 3/8" plywood. Adding joints, rearranging, and the like. Still has taken me the better part of a week to get this far.





The F-14 is the reason I wanted to join the Navy. Already long gone by the time I did, but I've always been interested in aviation. I think when the kids are all grown up, I'll go work on a private pilot's license, then get taildragger qual'd, and maybe, maybe one day get some time in a Bf-109 or an F4U. Both of those planes would be bucket list type aircraft for me. Though I'm sure I'd love flying a Citabria or something of the like on the regular if I could.

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October 17, 2018, 11:37 AM

Paging Fitz.

If memory serves he was a huge (pun intended) flight sim fan. To the extent that he built an at least thousand dollar plus in-home flight sim rig.



Not too long ago he picked up a general aviation license so he may be into the real thing more than sims now.



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October 17, 2018, 11:41 AM

Yep, I was right. His sim stuff is probably in this thread somewhere.

Flying lessons



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Yeah, I remember following that thread. I'm jealous of his real airplane time. I have to stick it out as a keyboard commando for quite some time until I can justify the cost.


Getting the license isn't that expensive, but maintaining proficiency is a lot of time and money.
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That looks awesome. I'll have to check it out when I have some time this winter.


For anyone looking to make a cheap-o setup, I got a USB connector for my Xbox360 driving wheel & pedals so I could use the former in X-Plane. Not a great simulation for opposing rudder pedals, but sure beats the joystick rudder control I used before.
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October 18, 2018, 04:02 AM

Amazing, I do like simulators and will definitely let you know if I get into the game.

I had the opportunity to fly an older (1970s) Cessna, pretty incredible experience. The guy I was with had me do all the pre-flight checks, and then let me taxi, takeoff, fly and land... Takeoff was a bit terrifying, watching the treeline approach the windshield, pulling the stick back and feeling like the wings were barely missing the treetops.

We flew over the Chesapeake and did a quick touchdown on Kent Island, definitely different from land vehicles...


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