Thoughts on Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Top Gun F/A-18 announcement

We learned yesterday that Microsoft and Paramount are going to be doing a little cross promotion that involves Top Gun Maverick and Microsoft Flight Simulator which will bring us an F/A-18E Super Hornet to the sim. Free! That’s a really cool promotion and one that all MSFS pilots will be able to take advantage of….

I was interviewed by Skyward Flight Media!

Normally my role is to do the interviewing. Over the course of Stormbirds.blog’s five years I’ve interviewed a number of people around the community (and more are to come) but today the role of interviewer was reversed as Santiago “Cubeboy” Cuberos interviewed me for Skyward Flight Media. Stormbirds centre stage Normally, I’m reporting about the…

Hornet, Marianas, Black Shark 3 round out DCS update

There’s quite a few items on the DCS World Weekend News Update this week and they focus on three key module updates for the sim including significant updates for DCS: F/A-18C, DCS: Marianas Islands, and DCS: Ka-50 Black Shark 3. Hornet updates on the way Eagle Dynamics reports that later in May, an update for…

News round-up for May 8, 2021

Good morning everyone! Here’s a news round-up from around the flight sim community for May 8, 2021. These are news items that I’ve collected through the week that may not have made for a full news article. Red Star updates us on MiG-17 project We’ve heard a lot from Red Star Simulations recently on their…

DCS World AGM-84H SLAM-ER preview video available

One of the few remaining weapon systems still coming to DCS: F/A-18C is the AGM-84H SLAM-ER. This is an enhanced version of the AGM-84 SLAM with extended range and the ability to cruise to targets via multiple programmable waypoints. Matt Wagner’s latest video release walks us through how to make use of this weapon. SLAM-ER…

Transformative! First impressions of DCS World 2.7

At this time last year, DCS World and the community around it, were struggling with the latest 2.5.6 open beta patch which had introduced new lighting effects but also brought in plenty of bugs and performance problems. Things were rough for a while, statements were made, and eventually the problems were solved with promises to…

Eagle Dynamics shows off new propeller effect ahead of 2.7 release

This DCS World Weekend News has a summary on some of the latest work being done for DCS World 2.7 as well as coming with a new trailer that shows a greatly enhanced graphical feature for the series’ aircraft that are driven by propeller. There’s also a summary of work done on the Hornet and…

Two new radar modes for DCS: F/A-18C Hornet

Eagle Dynamics is checking off a few more check boxes on the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet as that module closes in on its release date. Today, Matt Wagner did another one of his videos with this one focused on two new modes for the Hornet. Here’s what we’ve learned. WACQ and SPOT modes First, we’re getting…