DCS: F-14B is free today and its worth checking out!

I’m going to try and write something about all of the free trials coming out for DCS World as they emerge. I wasn’t quite prepared for the F-16 or the F/A-18 although I am going to do some write-ups about those over the next little while but in the meantime… The Tomcat! DCS: F-14 is free today and tomorrow to do a trial run and here’s some information and guides that might help you get the most of your experience.

Fun, complex, challenging

It all seems overwhelming at first but once you get the hang of it, the F-14 is an incredible experience!

The first thing you need to know about the F-14 in DCS World is that it’s a complex beast. A two-seat, variable geometry, carrier interceptor requires a lot of knowhow to make the most out of it. You won’t scratch the surface over the next 24-48 hours but you will get a chance to feel the incredible flight modeling and appreciate the cockpit texturing and detail up close.

I’ve written a lot about the F-14 including my initial experiences when it came out about a year ago. Suffice to say, the module has done well for itself over the year with a few small features and bug fixes implemented while Heatblur, the third party developer responsible for this masterpiece, work on bringing us the F-14A, the Forrestal-class aircraft carrier, and an AI A-6 Intruder.

Great tutorials

Although learning and mastering the F-14 is going to be a real challenge in a short period of time, you can get started. The DCS community is great at pumping out some great tutorials. Here are just a few that you might want to have a look at (and inspire you to find some more).

Here’s a quick cold and dark start-up guide:

Learning how to use the automatic carrier landing system:

How to use Jester AI to help you fly your F-14:

There are so many more out there so be sure to hop on YouTube and have a look for what you need to know.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Huckle says:

    It’s hard to summarise how the Tomcat has raised the bar. It makes the FBW planes seem almost dull to fly. My current favourite details are Jester’s landing critiques, the sound the Phoenix makes leaving the rail, and the tape deck.
    1.13 👌

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  2. Blue 5 says:

    I am now in the ‘whittling down’ phase of my DCS flying as I sideline aircraft that I have no time to learn / remain current. The 2 that I am keeping as my rides are the Viper and the Tomcat as they are the most fun and useful while being completely different.

    If people have spare cash, the Tomcat is definitely worth a buy, so as Mr Shamrock says and give it a test-fly

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