Hell Hawks Over the Bulge IL-2 campaign review

The lesser known stories of WWII have always interested me. The exploits of fighter groups in the 8th Air Force dominate the history books and the role of the P-47 in keeping the Luftwaffe at bay is a well covered subject. Less well known is the role of the 9th Air Force whose efforts to…

Carenado M20R for Flight Simulator full review

Being first out of the gate has its advantages and right now there are just three aircraft in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace. The most recent entrant to the Marketplace is the Moody M20R by prolific flight sim aircraft developer Carenado and this is my review. A bit of history The Mooney M20 family has…

Microsoft Flight Simulator full review

In the annals of simulation history, few titles command a legacy and presence that Microsoft’s long running Flight Simulator series has enjoyed. The original released in 1982 and that was followed by a long line of simulators that pushed the abilities of each successful PC generation. Now, after a long hiatus between 2006 when Flight…

First impressions and plenty of screenshots from DCS: Syria

Ugra Media and Eagle Dynamics released the newest map for DCS World this week, a busy one to be sure in the history of this hobby, and I wanted to weigh in with my own first impressions on this new map along with plenty of screenshots. Real world hot-zone through the centuries The east coast…

Desert Wings – Tobruk full review

Newly arrived, based on an older sim engine, filled to the brim with content and tackling a lesser known battle of World War II. IL-2 Sturmovik: Desert Wings – TOBRUK is nothing if not filled with potential, contradiction, and all the while seeking to tell a new story on the troubled legacy of an old…

Orbx TrueEarth Washington full review

In one of my other hobbies, I work as a photographer and artist and so I know I am a very visually driven person and so when I set out on my world tour of X-Plane I quickly discovered that flying over the vast expanses of the X-Plane globe eventually caused some boredom as everything…

Early access review of the DCS: P-47D Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt has come to DCS World and brings with it a storied aircraft type with plenty of history and an expansion of the DCS WWII theatre. This is a first look at the P-47D for DCS World. Multiple versions planned The version that is now available in DCS World is the P-47D-30 late. This…

‘Ice Ring’ Scripted Campaign for IL-2 offers plenty of variety

Variety is the spice of life and in the latest Scripted Campaign direct from 1C Game Studios and their in-house campaign author, Black Six, you get more variety than you’d expect from flying the IL-2 Sturmovik. ‘Ice Ring’ is the third Scripted Campaign from 1CGS focused on the Battle of Stalingrad. This scripted campaign focuses…

First impressions of IL-2’s new P-47D-22

The first IL-2: Battle of Normandy aircraft is here and it comes in the form of the classic ‘Razorback’ P-47D-22 Thunderbolt. Not only that but this new version of the P-47 has added some features and a revamped flight model for the already available P-47D-28. Here are some of my first impressions of the P-47D-22…

First flight Aerobask DA62 for X-Plane 11

X-Plane 11 community website and store, X-Plane.org, was recently celebrating their 20th year of operation discounting random aircraft and random times with some great sales. The Aerobask DA62, an aircraft I’ve contemplated buying several times over the last 9-months, came up with a 50% off sale so I jumped on it and have started flying…