Restored IL-2 flies at MAKS 2017 airshow

Of 36,183 Ilyushin IL-2s built during World War II, very few survive to this day and two have been restored to flying condition. The second IL-2 to be restored to flying condition is now flying in Russia and IL-2 the flight sim even got a small mention in the coverage! Returned to flight Some warbirds…

Dunkirk shows off more of its air to air scenes

Christopher Nolan, perhaps best known for his work with The Dark Knight Batman trilogy and the award winning Inception, has turned his sights towards making a gritty realistic World War II movie featuring an interesting part of the war not typically covered – Dunkirk. Trailer two shows off much more of the movie including some…

Happy Holidays

I want to wish everyone out there a Happy Holidays! If you log in to IL-2 over the next little while there will be a Christmas tree hiding away in the corner of the hangar. More extravagantly, in War Thunder there are Christmas trees, lights, decorations, fireworks, and presents strewn all about the hangar landscape….

Dunkirk

I’ve become a pretty big fan of filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s work. The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and Interstellar were all movies I really enjoyed and sometimes puzzled over. Now, Nolan is turning his attention to World War II with the same kind of depth and detail that his previous outings had. A trailer was released…

What you do when your joystick is toast…

My X-52 has essentially become unworkable as the rudder axis continues to spike no matter what filters I set for it. I can’t play DCS or IL-2 at this point as controlling the aircraft has become unplayable. A new stick is on the way and I will write a future blog post about that. In…

Lest We Forget

On November 11 many countries pay respect to war veterans. As this blog is often talking about historical conflicts (particularly World War I and World War II) I thought it was appropriate to break for a moment to reflect and remember. For those of us residing in countries that are part of the Commonwealth, we…

Unleashing hundreds of missiles in the skies of Ace Combat

Going a little off the beaten trail for this post. Turning away (only briefly) from PC flight simulation to consoles with an oldie but a goodie with Ace Combat 6. What is ‘Ace Combat’ anyway? I was a latecomer to the Ace Combat party. I picked up Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation for my…

Battlefield 1 features bi-planes, WWI combat

EA and DICE have for many years had a successful franchise in Battlefield. It’s never had the simulation level that I really can dig my teeth in when it comes to air combat but most of the series has had some pretty exciting air combat displays – and the latest in the series is taking…