DCS: F-14 is here! Kick the tires and light the fires!

After years of waiting and what seems like an eternity between the unveiling last fall and now… Heatblur and Eagle Dynamics have released the DCS: F-14B Tomcat into Early Access on the DCS World beta release. It’s an exciting day for a lot of fans of DCS World and of the F-14 Tomcat!

Iconic fighter takes flight!

We’ve waited so long but it doesn’t matter now because Heatblur’s F-14 is in the general public’s hands for the very first time. That means that we get to see first hand what the team has been up to and just what kind of module the Tomcat is going to be.

In our microcosm of the flight simulator world, it feels like the now retired Tomcat has been reborn. In digital form anyways. What a glorious experience it has been to take this iconic aircraft up into the air for the first time.

It’s far too early for even a true early impressions piece but I’ve just spent the last hour getting acquainted with the F-14 and it looks like we have a really impressive module on our hands here. For bonus points the module comes with the full Meteor ‘Defender of the Fleet’ album which you can play in the cockpit. It’s fantastic!

If you’ve been following the development of this module or are familiar with Heatblur’s past work, you won’t find yourself being disappointed in the level of detail, quality, and dare I say craftsmanship because I really think their whole team took this to another level.

Again, its still early, there are a few bugs and some DCS instability that I’ve experienced, and there’s a lot of work still to come here. The F-14B will no doubt need tweaks and we’ll be looking to the F-14A, the A-6 AI, the USS Forrestal and two campaigns to help fill out the Heatblur F-14 experience before we can move this one from ‘early access’ to ‘released’.

First screenshots

For now, here are some of the first screenshots from my few flights where I was checking out the aircraft and flying from the carrier deck. Enjoy!


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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Blue 5 says:

    Looks kick-ass!

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  2. Michael Dwyer says:

    How fast is it really?

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    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      I haven’t tested (and typically don’t) but I did notice that it hits Mach 1.0 without payload without afterburners. Not sure if that’s right or not.

      I haven’t taken it to full burn, high altitude, etc.

      I will say that it’s VERY thirsty on burner!

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    2. Eviscerador says:

      I don’t have it but I have flown with friends that do, and with full CAP loadout (4 x Phoenix 2XSP 2XSW and tanks) it has the same military acceleration than the hornet. Once you hit the burner the hornet is left behind though.

      Of course the top speed and high altitude orbit capabilities are on the tomcat side, but that was its design strenghts.

      The tomcat strenghts are its radar, and the multicrew capability. I have flown side by side with two guys on a tomcat and I was a bit envious of not being there as well. Then I remembered I have 3x MFCD and FBW and it got away XD.

      The model look gorgeous, specially on that high visibility cold war liveries. But so does look the hornet.

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      1. ShamrockOneFive says:

        Thanks for sharing all of your experiences there. I have not yet flown together with other aircraft and the F-14 but what you say makes a lot of sense to me.

        As a primarily F/A-18 enthusiast in this discussion, I have to say that the F-14 is a joy to behold both as its own module but also as an aircraft that can bring its own strengths to the table.

        I’m looking forward to some online situations with both types working together. It’ll be great!

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