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Old 09-07-2019, 09:31 PM   #1
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I'm about finished learning the basics of operating the DCS P-51 and I want to try flying one of the more Modern jets. I was curious if any of them would be easier to learn and fly as the next step? By this I'm specifically looking at the F-86, F-15, and F-18.

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Old 09-07-2019, 09:54 PM   #2
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The F-15 has no clickable cockpit and thus it would be a let down from the P-51 .. of the remaining two, without doubt the F-86 is easier to learn completely as it has very simple systems, however it has the disadvantage of DCS not having much on assets from the period 1950-1960 so creating believable missions for it is a big challenge.


So, my advice is to go with the F-18 .. it is easy to fly, and you can learn the wide array of sensors and weapons one by one .. it wil take a while but it is very fulfilling .. it has also the ability to operate from a Carrier, thus bringing another aspect of air warfare onto your missions.


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Old 09-07-2019, 10:09 PM   #3
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Su-25T,


slower,
more stable (keep it unarmed),
no flight computers (you actually learn how to fly, not how to command a computer)
FREE
already installed


enjoy
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Old 09-07-2019, 10:26 PM   #4
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The Hornet is extremely intuitive in systems management. It's very safe to call "easy."
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Old 09-07-2019, 10:48 PM   #5
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I have a soft spot for the F-18 as I am Canadian and our air force flies this jet as the CF-18. Is the F-18 a stable module to run in DCS, no code issues?
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:10 PM   #6
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I would not jump from the P-51 to the F-18, the contrast between them is too large. After an analogue airplane you get a flyable computer.
The F-86 is a good idea! Simple, easy to learn, fun to fly.
If you want something more complicated, I higly recomend the F-5E! Actually this is one of my favorite planes recently.

Russian planes are a bit harder to fly.
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:14 PM   #7
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The F-5E is a great airplane to get into jets. It's not too complicated system wise, but has all the basics a combat jet needs.
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:34 PM   #8
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I have a soft spot for the F-18 as I am Canadian and our air force flies this jet as the CF-18. Is the F-18 a stable module to run in DCS, no code issues?
Go for the F-18 then. It's still not fully developed, but it has enough systems to use for missions. If by stable you mean crashes, I don't have problems with it, although it's not my main module so I might not be using it as often as some others.


My opinion when it comes to DCS is that while it can be complicated, nothing is really out of reach if you're willing to learn it. Especially if you plan to focus on one airframe. For the most part though the F-18 is pretty straight forward. Even if you don't master it, you can still enjoy it. One thing to keep in mind when coming from the P-51 is that the F-18 has many many more inputs to map. You can mitigate this somewhat with the clickable cockpit, but if you do like to bind controls to your flight stick, I suggest having one with many buttons. Perhaps also learn how to set buttons as modifiers in the DCS controls so you can effectively multiply the amount of buttons you have.
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I would like to thank everyone for their feedback, it is much appreciated!
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:07 AM   #10
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Yeah F18 for sure. As far as startup, takeoff, shoot guns... Not much harder than the P51. A good bit easier to take off actually...


But then you have quite a few more systems to learn after that and you can do so at your own pace.
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