Get ready for the beginning of the DCS: F-16C Viper academic video series as Matt Wagner takes us through the first episode of the series. This walk through and orientation of the entire DCS: F-16C cockpit is in-depth but worth watching for pilots looking forward to flying the F-16C.
Update: Because my embed of the YouTube clip didn’t work. Fixed! D’oh!
An in-depth orientation of the Viper’s office
35-minutes of DCS: F-16C Viper cockpit orientation has Eagle Dynamics Matt Wagner taking us through the entire cockpit with five discrete areas of the cockpit covered. Everything you wanted to know from the HUD back to the OBOGS and up to the eyebrow warning lights are covered in this video although Matt skips over a couple of areas in-depth saving them for later. Nonetheless, this is a very in-depth look at the cockpit and it helps take the mystery out of several of the buttons, switches, dials and other objects within the F-16’s cockpit.
The video is also an opportunity to look closely at the F-16’s cockpit and appreciate both the attention to detail in terms of systems modeling and knowledge as well as the incredible efforts that the Eagle Dynamics team have gone to make this look as real and authentic as possible.
I’m particularly impressed with the scratches and wear on the objects within the F-16. It has a look of being used but not abused which I think is an impressive middle ground for this aircraft.
Release date remains ‘Autumn 2019’
Eagle Dynamics is currently still reporting that the DCS: F-16C will arrive sometime in autumn of this year. Autumn runs from September 23 to December 21 and I suspect that Eagle Dynamics will release closer to December as the team works towards providing the F-16C in a semi-functional state.
I don’t know for certain but I hope that Eagle Dynamics is able to launch with a jet that, in addition to the previously announced features, has functional IFF, radar, and full air to air combat capability. This should probably be considered a bare minimum assuming all of the other more basic capabilities. Bringing these to the early access jet will ensure day 1 functionality in DCS World’s multiplayer scenarios. That’s my hope!
It will likely take many months, similar to the Hornet, for the team to deliver on all of the features of the jet. I suspect many features will take time to arrive with the F-16’s HARM Targeting System (HTS) being a highly desired feature.
One thing is nearly certain, DCS: F-16C will be in our virtual hangars before the end of the year. Looking forward to it!