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  1. An inescapable problem that comes from choosing to make a Phantom is dealing with how prolific it is and simply picking one. There have been F-4s in service since the dawn of the 1960s. We all have our favorite(s), depending on our individual historical interests and country of origin, and a collaboration between developers could be a viable workaround for the challenge of offering a highly requested aircraft and making sure that as many variants as possible are represented.
  2. My "spidey sense" is telling me that this mystery aircraft is likely to be another naval one. Mostly because Heatblur have already committed so much to their Tomcat/Intruder/Forrestal triumvirate. Seems like it's kind of meant to be a game within a game. A kind of snapshot of naval aviation from about 1979 to 1989. I'm also pretty sure the last Phantom launch from a carrier was somewhere near the middle of the 1980s, and thus it should fit reasonably well on our Forrestal alongside the -95 (and maybe the -135) for the inevitable "what if" scenarios. Not to mention that people have been sc
  3. I'm more than a little surprised that a "clicky" F-15 isn't part of the game already.
  4. I've got to hand it to you guys. You've never failed to surprise me. Admittedly, I've been away from the forums for a bit, but I was under the impression that only one early F-14A was being delivered. Now, I return and discover that, not only are we getting the -135, but it seems that at some point you've also decided to give us the -95 as well! And... When you first told us way back when that you were working on an aircraft other than the F-14, and then announced the A-6 as a flyable module sometime down the road, I thought, "Ok, that follows. It will do
  5. More love for the Ironworks from Heatblur.
  6. I enjoyed the interview a lot. It's always great to hear Bio talk Tomcats.
  7. I just assumed it was one of those things that separated the sim from the real thing since there's no feel for what the aircraft is doing in DCS, and that real F-14 pilots didn't need to bother with it. I'm also positive I don't need a hug. That per diem check, however...
  8. I wasn't being sardonic. I really didn't know that.
  9. Huh. I always assumed we were told to put the wings in "BOMB" to make things easier because it's a sim and we're amateurs.
  10. You're right. It most probably would be. However, the point is a moot one. Heatblur has stated multiple times that an F-14D and/or an F-14B with a Sparrowhawk is not coming anytime soon. Assuming it ever comes at all. Either would be great, but it's just not in the cards. But you know what? That's ok. They've done an incredible job with what we ARE getting, and it's considerably more than what you'll get if you bought another airframe. There are even those among us that view the A model as the definitive Tomcat since it was the most common variant in service. ;) Even me,
  11. If Heatblur was able to get us a Sparrowhawk, then yes, I'd get on board. Even if it was something I had to pay for. They've proven themselves to me in terms of quality, and I have no problem supporting them. However, I don't feel that there's anything "missing" with their F-14. Analogue gauges, a less sophisticated HUD, a constant balance of stick and rudder inputs...all of these things are part of the module's charm and make the experience more rewarding.
  12. It would be great to have Tomcats of every variant and every feature in DCS. But it isn't going to happen. It just isn't. Heatblur have made their reasons clear over and over again.
  13. I particularly liked the story of that knucklehead who wanted to touch the refueling probe with his foot and got zapped hard enough to glow in the dark.
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