Eh guys... thanks again for the welcome. Many of the names I've seen around being the most helpful have already chimed in. I'd still like to see Eddie wander through at some point but regardless- it does look like a pretty open group. I like the rambling
I have put the Hog above most others, keeping it about par with other twin tailed favourites like the Tomcat. Specialized platforms designed (and built) around specific weapon systems have always intrigued me. Now then, if only the Phoenix missle could be used as effectively on terrorist threats as it was on high speed anti-ship missles the Tomcat would likely have survived a bit longer. Sadly, the Bombcat did not last. (I prefer the F-15's original mantra- Not a POUND for air to GROUND... I guess nobody passed that on to the F-15E boys.)
I am wrestling with a few minor issues in trying to get pre-fetched profiles loaded into the program but I think I have about 9/10ths of that sorted out. Who am I kidding- that's a work in progress and probably will be FOREVER. Another minor glitch is I cheaped out and bought an X52 (not pro) on craigslist for cheap(ish) as a way of being able to figure out if I was going to be addicted to the sim enough to make a more serious investment. The Pro at least seems to have the most common HOTAS switches while the non-pro requires significant adjustment. Okay... so I figured that part out pretty quickly as I started flipping through the 650 page instruction manual. Pretty soon they're going to have to shoot an "INTERVENTION" episode on me because dropping that on me was like dropping a pound of heroine at the doorstep of the local methadone clinic.
And guess what? Thanks to you trolls dangling your glorious Warthog HOTAS systems (
), I'm not sure I'll ever be happy with my meagre setup. Funny though, because the boss (girlfriend) is intrigued by the prospect of flight and isn't even all that upset at the prospect of me spending an additional 500 bucks on the WH HOTAS. (She thinks she'll get to use that one... but as the MAN of the house I'll ORDER her to give me permission to use the HOTAS).
I do have the Saitek pro-flight pedals and am still getting used to them since all my old days I had an integrated rudder, throttle and stick arrangement.
Anyway= back on night shift again...
Once I get my head around some of the finer aspects of flight (in THIS sim) I'll take you up on that opportunity to fly with you guys. I love the idea of simple formation / coordinated flying and think there's loads to learn in that. Like hockey players taking up figure skating... I think a TS3 channel is a great idea to figure out what's up and where everyone is. I won't be able to participate for awhile until I get back from work but if you see "Eno" log in then you'll know to expect the occasional mid-air.
I'm also hunting around about more information regarding the profile curves some of you have been reading about for refuelling and the TIR.
See you around the forums!