Contrails: the IL-2 video you must see

Yesterday I posted about some of my favourite fan made IL-2 and DCS related trailers. The work is always inspiring and it helps pump me up to get out there and fly a few missions. Today DBS airdoc, from the Dedicated Bomber Squad, released a new YouTube trailer titled ‘Contrails’ and it takes what I posted…

Watching more fan made trailers on YouTube

One of the things that a talented bunch of flight sim fans have done is create some amazing videos and share them on YouTube (and other video sharing services) to showcase both their film making talents as well as show off the spectacular flying and visuals of modern day flight sims. Lets watch a few!…

The Kuban Spitfire

During the Kuban battle in 1943, small numbers of Spitfire Mark V fighters were employed on the frontlines of the battle. They didn’t have a significant impact but it sure surprised the German pilots who came up against them – such was the reputation of the mighty Spitfire. Spitfire of the East The Spitfire is…

Which IL-2 should I buy?

If you want to jump into flight simulators and you think you want to fly around in a vintage World War II aircraft then the IL-2 series the the defacto standard – but there are a lot of different versions which can make things confusing. So which one should you buy? Let me break it…

What are the chances that IL-2: Battle of Okinawa would feature the BPF?

The calamitous battle at Okinawa, called the largest combined land/air/sea battle in history, was primarily fought between Japanese and American forces but it was supported by the British Pacific fleet. What are the chances that we might see the BPF in 2019/20 when IL-2: Battle of Okinawa launches? Lets think about it for a moment….

Will the jump to the Pacific make IL-2 more popular?

The reboot of the IL-2 series had a bumpy start. The restart of the series has come built-in with fewer players than at the height of IL-2. Will the jump to the Pacific in 2018 change the fortunes of the series bringing old and new players into the fold? How we got from there to…

Discussing the A-20B

When IL-2: Battle of Kuban was announced, I was pleased to see that the A-20B had made the list as an available aircraft to the series.The A-20 has become one of my favourite aircraft of the era and I wanted to explore a little bit more about the model that we’re getting. The right aircraft…

Working my way through Ten Days of Autumn

When Ten Days of Autumn was announced as the first paid campaign for the IL-2 series, I was skeptical. I bought it to support the developers and $9.99 seemed a worthwhile way to try out the new Scripted Campaign system and to see if a pay for campaign would be worth the money. I’m onto…

IL-2 scripted campaign progress

My time spent playing IL-2 is divided between quick flights in the Quick Mission Builder and more lengthy time spent playing multiplayer but when I’m not doing those two things I’m playing the new scripted campaign mode – and its been fun! In December the IL-2 series added the Scripted Campaign feature to the game…

The mystery of why Red wins more missions than Blue in IL-2 multiplayer

The Wings of Liberty server is a popular one with IL-2 multiplayer pilots attracting relatively large numbers of players on a regular basis. In my experience it is the most consistently filled server available. Attracting large numbers of players, a wide variety of skills, and hosting hundreds of matches a month keeps things pretty exciting…

Rise of Flight previews the new IL-2 3D wave technology

In 2013, Rise of Flight debuted the Channel Map addition to the game which added a new series of campaigns covering the English Channel and northern France and Belgium. The Rise of Flight team took that opportunity to show off the power of the Digital Nature engine by putting in water physics above and beyond…

The history of the IL-2

The aircraft that inspired the creation of one flight simulator which lead to a sequel probably has some significance to it. The Ilyushin IL-2, numbering over 36,000 aircraft produced, is the most widely produced combat aircraft and the second most produced aircraft of all time (the Cessna 172 comes in first at 43,000). Popular defense…