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Old 09-08-2019, 12:07 AM   #11
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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.
Canadian? .. I loved this TV show of yours

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Old 09-08-2019, 12:10 AM   #12
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The F-18 is definitely easier to learn.

But I would suggest you take on the F-5 next. That is, to really learn how to fly without the help an FBW. The good habits you pick up (and the bad habits you will NOT pick up) will serve you well in any jet for many years to come. Whereas not just the bad habits you pick up but the various important basic skills you will never really pick up in the F-18 will hurt you for many years to come as well if you go that route.
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:10 AM   #13
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The F-5E is in my opinion the perfect full fidelity module to learn as being a 3rd generation fighter it's systems do not have the depth and complexity of say modules like the A-10C or the Hornet. It's a fun little aircraft to fly and learn the basics of flying and navigation, BFM techniques, along with some old school air to ground work thrown in for good measure.
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:23 AM   #14
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Default F-5E was my first module

  1. F-5E is my recommendation if you plan to continue purchasing other modules later.
  2. Hornet, if you plan only to buy one in the foreseeable future.



After some lengthy consideration F-5E was my first module. Since I've got nearly all modules - and I would still recommend it as first. If you have a limited budget and plan to only get one - then I'd say F-18. I do agree with the criticism previous posters have presented about getting Hornet as the 1st jet. Though, if your budget is limited it will bring smiles for a long time and be suitable and competitive in a wide range of missions.
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Old 09-08-2019, 03:23 PM   #15
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For basic flying, navigation, and unguided weapons I am finding the F-18 Hornet much easier to learn to fly than the P-51.
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Old 09-08-2019, 05:01 PM   #16
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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.
There ought to be a free T-38.
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:45 PM   #17
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Watch this series for opinions. It will give an (opinionated) snapshot view of all planes and helicopters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6QB...IRWOJX9RtOBHAd

He also really like the F-5 for a starter jet.

Since opinions are a dime a dozen, here's some more (caveat, I've haven't flown jets much at all, I'm into WW2 planes).

Every jet is simpler in the flying department than any tail dragger.

The Su-25T is free and included. Absolutely try it. It's a pig on the ground and it's a pig in the air and to land because it is overweight. Other jets are on average easier. But if enjoying the flying aspect, it's rewarding to figure it out.

The F-15 is ridiculously easy maybe because it's an FC3 plane without an advanced fm. Then again the Mig-29 is also FC3 and it is tricky to land. I read somewhere that the Su-25T has an advanced fm unlike the other FC3 planes (I might be wrong).

The P-51 (once having learned to properly take advantage of the lockable tail wheel) is an order of magnitude easier than all the other taildraggers (never tried the Dora).

The Spitfire is my absolute favorite for pure flying. It has a very steep learning curve to takeoff and especially land but it is very rewarding. In the air it's viceless. To me the Spitfires flight model feels most 'real' and immersive of all planes in DCS.

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Old 09-08-2019, 06:48 PM   #18
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I find the F86 the easiest to fly and to me is the next logical step after prop planes, but I don't own the F18 or F5. The Mig15 is a bit more demanding to learn...
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:57 PM   #19
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Going to throw a curveball in & suggest Viggen, simple startup, can take waypoints off the map in mission if you don't want to work the computer out ( not that it's difficult ) and the weapons go from very simple to stimulatingly complex. Advantage over the F-5 is actual nav computer, otherwise the F-5 is fantastic ( if a bit *too* basic at times ).
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:49 PM   #20
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... I'm specifically looking at the F-86, F-15, and F-18.

The OP was very specific about the aircrafts he is considering ... why is everyone suggesting something else instead?
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