Catching the three wire in DCS: F-14 Tomcat

I’ve been putting the DCS: F-14 Tomcat through its paces in the last few days slowly working through navigation, weapon systems, and flying this mighty beast of a fighter. I feel like I can do most of that with no problem except for one thing: Carrier landings. They cause me, and I suspect many of you, no end of grief trying to get the angle just right so that you can catch a wire. Any wire! But the one that you really want is the three wire and I just managed to nail that today for the first time.

The right training guide

Heatblur has excellent training videos but I had trouble following them for some reason. It’s probably just me. I need a slightly less structured environment and I just need to go through the motions without worrying about flying through the hoops.

Enter 104th_Maverick’s excellent CASE I tutorial.

I watched the first part of this video, loaded up DCS, setup the CASE I landing pattern quick action mission and on my first attempt I put the F-14 down on the carrier deck with a 3-wire and some nice complements from Jester. That said, apparently the spoilers being popped up means that I missed something on the checklist and I now owe the Air Boss and the Controlling LSO a bottle of the spirits of his or her choice.

Despite that, I’m still extremely pleased!

Three wire! Nice!

Though the effect is slightly dulled from my now numerous F/A-18C landings, that was still an incredible thrill and easily one of the most fun I’ve had in a simulator anywhere. There’s something about nailing that landing that is just so incredibly satisfying.

And here are my bragging rights with a slightly high approach but ultimately decent final trap on the John C. Stennis.

May all of your landings go as smoothly!


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Vampire says:

    All red on the trap sheet = too fast. Check that AOA Sir!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      It’s not perfect. I’m just happy to have it down on the ground.


  2. Eviscerador says:

    Congratulations! That is quite a feat!

    I’m still at the point where any wire and no broken parts is a good carrier landing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Thanks! It’s a tough one to pull off. I need to get a lot better doing this still but it’s the best I’ve done so far!


  3. Blue 5 says:

    Is the trap sheet automatic?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      It automatically fills it in on the kneeboard. No player input required.


  4. Michael Dwyer says:

    So, if you had to pick one, F-14 or F-18?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShamrockOneFive says:

      Well, I’m working on a full article about that. The answer is: It depends!


      1. Michael Dwyer says:

        “Ask not an Elf for advise, for he shall say both Yeah and Nay”, Frodo Baggins.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. ShamrockOneFive says:

        I love that reference! Stay tuned. I’ll try and have this one out on the weekend.


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