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This weekend I had the opportunity to take my first flight in the upcoming Belsimtek F-5E Tiger II module for DCS World. Metal was bent. Tires were blown. And I’ve been banned from NTTR for the foreseeable future. So basically, things went just as I thought they would.
Ok, so…new aircraft time! This is one that I have been eagerly awaiting for some time now…and as July has crept on there has been an impending sense of excitement. I know, I’m a total geek and I should get out more…but I love flying and Flight Sims are the only way I get to do it!
Belsimtek has recently released their fifth DCS module in early access form, the classic fighter F-5E. It is the little roadster sportscar of fighter jets for many: It is small, pilot friendly, and very agile. The F-5 has served many nations as a combat aircraft, and still serves many in various upgraded, or even vanilla forms. It also has became kind of a pop culture icon in form of fictional MiG-28 of TOPGUN fame…
The UH-1 is the world’s most recognizable helicopter, and arguably one of the world’s most recognizable aircraft. When the XH-40 prototype lifted off for the first time in 1956, no one could have guessed it would have such a profound influence on the relatively new helicopter industry that was still trying to find its place in the future of aviation. The UH-1 and its many variants, almost single-handedly pushed the evolution of the military helicopter. Here, we will look at BelSimTek offering of the world famous UH-1H for DCS (Digital Combat Simulator).
DCS World is a digital combat simulator that contains a healthy quantity of modules, each offering different aircraft for aspiring pilots to commandeer. It is fairly heavy on the modern aircraft - that's what the majority of players will want to experience - but the beauty of Eagle Dynamics' Digital Combat Simulator is that it also offers some serious nostalgia, and in this case it comes in the form of the North American F-86F Sabre. History buffs and aviation enthusiasts will know this aircraft to be one of the most successful of the last 60 years, and now DCS World offers you the chance to jump into the cockpit in this seriously high-fidelity simulation that recreates the F-86F experience.
For me to go into the history of the Sabre would be utterly not worth the effort because it is a well-known jet as well as being one of the first US production jet fighters. Having gained experience in Korea during the Korean War, only matched by the Mig-15 and Mig-17, the jet is simply iconic for that reason alone, so a dissertation in the history wouldn’t be applicable for this review, but is applicable in setting the tone for the module for DCS.
A name and shape that almost requires no introduction.
The famous F-86 Sabre jet, as built by the North American Aircraft Company, now graces the virtual skies of Eagle Dynamics' DCS World.
Third module from ED Partner Belsimtek, it is also the first early jet for DCS currently. Modeled block is F-86F 35, with LABS low altitude bombing system and GAR-8 (AIM-9B) air to air missiles. It has the 6-3 slatless wing with tiny wing fences, which gave it better overall performance across the flight envelope over the earlier wing, at the expense of higher takeoff and landing speeds. Though, I must say that it is among the easiest, most peaceful aircraft to takeoff and land in DCS. Currently, it is in open beta phase, certain features are not there yet and to be updated along the way. Traditionally, I used to be rather uninterested in this period, F-86 and MiG-15 were so-so interests for me at best, while I liked modern day and WW II. But reading up on just how legendarily close a match up F-86 and MiG-15 were, and longing for something new to try on DCS, I got quite interested when F-86 and it's systems were announced.