Why a simulated Mustang will never live up to the legend

The trouble with bringing a storied aircraft into a flight sim is that it has to try and live up to the reputation that it made for itself. The Mustang is such an aircraft that has built up and incredible story about it and the pilots who flew it. Its impossible not to be pulled…

Flying in the persistent air war on IL-2’s Tactical Air War server

Tactical Air War is a very competitive multiplayer environment for IL-2 multiplayer and a server that has had a long history with the IL-2 series. It’s complex campaign based scenarios are ones that continue to attract attention of the very best pilots and squadrons in the community. Oh… and a few average pilots like myself…

Legends of the East Part Six: Mikoyan and Gurevich’s MiG-3

In this next Legends of the East we tackle the history and story of Mikoyan and Gurevich’s MiG-3 fighter which rose to prominence during the first part of the war in the east. It’s advanced design and performance required a whole new approach for pilots and teething problems caused crashes and other issues yet the…

Speculating on IL-2’s next Collector Planes

The next Collector Planes for IL-2 are now in pre-production according to Jason Williams. The team isn’t quite ready to say what they are yet so that means that speculation has been running around the community as to what they might be. I’ve talked about this a few times before but for the sake of…

Legends of the East Part Five: Pe-2

Legends of the East turns to the Soviet Unions primary light bomber of WWII – the Petlyakov Pe-2. This twin engine aircraft was fast, tough, and sometimes difficult to fly but it was also built in large numbers and adapted for almost every combat role imaginable from reconnaissance to dive bombing. This is a piece…

Legends of the East Part Four: IL-2 Sturmovik

It’s time for part four of my ‘Legends of the East’ series focusing on both the history and the virtual representations of WWII era Soviet aircraft featured in the IL-2: Great Battles Series. The goal as stated in earlier version is to try and shed light on both the history and the use of these…

Future article series focused on new sim pilots?

I’ve had an idea that’s that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’d like to write a series of articles that are aimed generally at new and potential flight sim pilots with the aim of helping to encourage new people in the process of getting into the hobby. At a time where I think…

Legends of the East Part Three: LaGG-3 and La-5

For the second aircraft family in this series I focus on the legacy of the Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov designed LaGG-3 and, its far more successful follow-up, the La-5. This aircraft family often played second fiddle to the better liked Yak series, however, with 6,528 LaGG-3s and 9,920 La-5s completed before the end of the war, its hard…

Legends of the East Part Two: Yakovlev’s Yak-1 and Yak-7

For the first aircraft in the series I focus on Yakovlev’s famous Yak-1 and Yak-7 series of fighter that is popular in the virtual skies of the IL-2 series. We’re going to look at this aircraft with an eye to everything from its history to its performance both in the real world and in the…