Real life Hornet driver comments on his experience with DCS

I’ve been playing flight simulators for a long time and they have always appealed to me because they were always striving to recreate something that few people could experience in real life. Not all of us are going to be fighter pilots in our lives but we can certainly play on on our PC. I want as close to that experience as possible when I fly something like DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and while we know that Eagle Dynamics pushes hard to try and achieve that realism, does it actually measure up? A real life Hornet driver comments.

The War Zone interview with “Lex Talionis”


Going by the handle “Lex Talionis,” this real life former Hornet driver and current day instructor has a couple of years of stick time on the F/A-18 Hornet and just recently started digging into DCS thanks to an online contact who suggests that he get into it.

That has lead to him putting some videos together and that attracted the attention of The War Zone’s Tyler Rogoway. Rogoway put together a fantastic article bringing his readers up to speed on Eagle Dynamics latest module and then diving into the details of how Lex’s experience in the cockpit translates into flying the Hornet in DCS.

I encourage you to read the interview and then check out Lex’s YouTube channel from there. Spoiler: He has some very positive things to say about how close this experience is to the real Hornet. That makes me really happy to hear and its a ringing endorsement for something that few of us can otherwise experience.

Also, I don’t link it very often but flight sim and aviation fans will probably find a lot to like on The War Zone. Most of the articles are authored by writing duo Tyler Rogoway and Joseph Trevithick who both provide some of the best in-depth writing on modern military equipment, operations, procurement and more. Well worth bookmarking!

EDIT: It appears that all videos on the “Lex Talionis” YouTube channel have now been pulled off of YouTube. No word on the why but we can all guess. The Q&A remains on The War Zone at this time and remains just as relevant.
Update (June 28): The videos are back online. Apparently they were made private by mistake.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. 1_Robert_ says:

    That’s a good read, thanks for sharing. It appears that he has deleted all his youtube videos, perhaps Uncle Sam didn’t like that?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Wow, they were certainly there when I wrote the post last night. That’s too bad!


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