Flying the Mi-8 for the first time

I feel like a newbie all over again as I’ve now taken my first steps into piloting a virtual helicopter. The DCS: Mi-8 MTV2 Magnificent Eight is a beast of a Russian transport helicopter that can sling some impressive loads and back up any situation with a ton of firepower. This is my first experience…

First impressions of the DCS: F-5E

The DCS World Autumn Sale is on and I was intent on picking up a new aircraft for my DCS World hangar. This time I decided it was time to get the DCS: F-5E Tiger II and after a very quick process I was now the owner of a 50% off F-5! I’ve had some…

Roundup: DCS: F-16C video tutorials, first impressions

With the DCS: F-16C now out for several days, I thought it’d be helpful to round-up all of the videos coming from the community for DCS World’s newest jet. Since it’s release, there have been video tutorials, first impressions and even some reviews (or something resembling one) from all across the community. Here’s some of…

First impressions of Flying Circus’ new Arras map

Plenty of attention is on IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte now with the latest patch coming out and bringing with it four aircraft and the new Rhineland map. But that shouldn’t overshadow another momentous occasion for IL-2’s World War I oriented Flying Circus Vol 1 as the Arras map has also arrived. Here are some of…

The DCS: F-16C Viper is here! Early impressions!

Eagle Dynamics has taken the wrapper off of the DCS: F-16C Viper and the newest modern jet module for DCS World has officially arrived in the virtual skies. Read on for some of my early impressions and coverage from around the flight sim community. The Viper in context Since production began in 1976, over 4,600…

Getting to know X-Plane 11 from the cockpit of the SF50

During the recent Steam sale I picked up Laminar Research’s X-Plane 11 as I expand into the realm of the civil aviation flight simulation. X-Plane has had a good reputation over the year’s and the latest updates seem to have caught the wider attention of the flight sim community so I wanted to really see…

First impressions of the Me262 at FS Expo 2019

I’m very pleased to be able to offer some of my first impressions of 1CGS’ IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte Me262 being flyable for the very first time by the public this weekend at Flight Sim Expo 2019 in Orlando Florida. What a ride it is! The big picture b First, flying the 262 is completely…

Tank Crew first impressions!

This has been a long time in coming but it’s here now and I’ve finally had a chance to buy in and spend a few minutes with Tank Crew – Clash a Prokhorovka. This is the first WWII tank sim in years and its all part of the IL-2: Great Battles Series which means that…

Checking out the X-Plane 11 demo!

While the content of the Stormbirds blog will always be focused on some of the combat flight sim experiences out there such as DCS World and IL-2: Great Battles Series, many of you know that I like to check out other experiences from time to time as well. With my upcoming trip to Flight Sim-Expo…

On mighty wings! DCS: F-14 Tomcat first impressions

Heatblur Simulations DCS: F-14B Tomcat was released into Early Access just a few weeks ago giving the flight sim public their first hands on with this module and with an aircraft that has made impressions to whole generations of aviation enthusiasts. Building a DCS World module to stand up to that kind of scrutiny is…