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…

IL-2 update features American trio, map update, new Collector Planes teased

New features and developer insights were revealed today during the latest IL-2 developer update. So many updates in-fact that I devoted a whole article about just one feature – the new pilot physiology system. Meanwhile there are other updates that we should look at and some serious eye candy. We’re also teased about some new…

IL-2 developers detail new pilot physiology feature

1CGS developer AnPetrovich provided updates on the latest on the IL-2: Great Battles Series and there’s so much content to cover that I decided to break it into a couple of pieces. Petrovich’s work on the IL-2 flight model has now carried over into some extensive research and implementation of a new feature for the…

Check out szelljr’s incredible Flying Circus skins

The flight sim community constantly astounds me when it comes to the sheer variety of talents out there. So many of you contribute with your thoughts, your ideas, your videos, screenshots, writing and more – for someone like szelljr, its the visual art that translates historical photos and references into some true pieces of art….

End of summer IL-2 sale is on!

Though not officially announced yet, it appears that an end of summer IL-2 sale is now on with various titles in the IL-2: Great Battle Series being offered at a substantial discount. If you were thinking about picking up something from the 1CGS IL-2 store or Steam, now is definitely the time! What’s on sale?…

IL-2 AI update, also cockpit customization?

A couple of tidbits of new IL-2 information coming from IL-2’s Lead Developer, Jason Williams, as he replies to some comments on the forums. First we have some of the challenges about the AI upgrades and roughly how long that will take as well as a really interesting note about cockpit customization. AI development on-going…

New screenshots for Achtung Spitfire!

1CGS has released just over a dozen new screenshots for the forthcoming Achtung Spitfire! campaign by IL-2 third party group ‘The Syndicate.’ Let’s check out the new screenshots! Scenes from the upcoming campaign Though Spitfire’s saw limited combat with the Soviet Union, just over a hundred Spitfire’s were used over the Kuban region making the…

Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS flight pack review

When it comes to flight sim hardware there is a wide range of options from the very cheap to the very expensive and everything in between. One of the products that has been hailed for years as the best bang for the buck is the Thrustmaster T.16000M. The T.16000M comes in a variety of packages…

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…