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  1. I took it as a "in BFM, I'm 20 degrees" or otherwise am "running away at 68 degrees" but also seemed to be something he was referencing only when he was in the F-14A but not presumably in the F-14D. He definitely didn't seem as... sea story type like Shoes and Snort sometimes did but is presenting this more matter-of-fact of how he learned from his mentors to maximize his aircraft...
  2. Puck is a great interview. Very interesting how he talked about wing sweep being manual all the time ("on or off") and all the circuit breakers he was pulling, backing up Snort with mid compression bypass, again, etc.
  3. Definitely interested in seeing more of your wing sweep cover and mechanism. I'd be inclined to go with a momentary hinge metal roller lever micro switch for the cover more than a push button but either way.
  4. For Tomcat definitely want split throttle. Need it for startup, airstart, spin recovery procedures, etc
  5. Wouldn't trade my Virpil T-50CM v3 for anything... I am kinda undeterred in trying this 3d printed DIY. Would be hard to give up all the extra hats though. https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/game/throttle-hotas-box
  6. Radio and Tacan panels rock! Look like very cool designs.
  7. Same. SU-57 does it too, so probably an update to FC3.
  8. Chocks and chains would be my hope sooner than later. At least on the boat. Chocks on the ground.
  9. Everything from that era is pretty maintenance heavy. It really needed the ASF-14/Super Hornet treatment. Reading that study, once it became political the heels got dug in. It wasn't partisan on the usual party line the way it was for F-22, though. It was mostly the New York Congressional delegation fighting for it because once the production number went so low, it actually WAS a jobs program as the argument the NY delegation made was not on affordability but national security grounds to keep Grumman open. The end of the cold war abs the "peace dividend" killed many programs, the Strike Cruiser and never got to 600 ships, either. The Forrestals were retired earlier then planned as well a the recently refurbished Iowas amongst others.
  10. The F-22 did sort of play out like the F-14D though. Lowering the initial order increased the price per plane to amortize development. That was done twice with F-22, which made them individually so expensive that it was politically vulnerable. Like F-14D there was also a political fight to keep it going but the administration shut it down after that. Like the F-14D there's no peer replacement that has the same capability. Now they're talking about reducing F-35 orders because of the price which we should know that will only make the remaining order more expensive (and again gets nothing to replace it with).
  11. That same study indicates the main justification was NATF. Without that, Super Hornet just can't match the capability and no one signed up to reduce capability. They did pull a fast one by convincing Congress it was essentially an upgrade when there was really very little parts commonality. The only way Grumman could have matched that was with ASF-14 which would have been the "Super Hornet version" of the Tomcat where it looked kinda the same but had modern less maintenance intensive internals, access panels, etc. Even so, the cost factor is the biggest issue and hard to get around even if maintenance is the same. That said, SECNAV Lehman is the one who probably started the avalanche, though as he was the one who started the F-14D(R) program and had the initial build cut from 304 to 127 and was later quite critical of Super Hornet as not being a suitable replacement, but his priority was the 600 ship navy... Part of the bigger picture is some hadn't forgotten that Grumman had to refuse one of the earlier orders in the 70s claiming they were losing money on each plane and tried to force the government to renegotiate the contract. https://www.nytimes.com/1972/08/28/archives/troubled-grumman-sees-f14-as-its-key-problem-troubled-grumman-sees.html https://nytimes.com/1975/01/19/archives/has-grumman-pulled-out-of-its-tailspin-grumman-saga.html They were projecting a 25-30 year lifespan for new F-14D though, which would have put the full procurement until 2020 or so. More than enough to see parallel upgrades to F-15E on the radar, LANTIRN and nav pods, etc and if that was done, then almost certainly something like ST-21 as an F-14E.
  12. F-14A-95GR is as early as I think I want, though US Navy more than Iran. And of course later F-14B-155GR with DFCS, GPS/CDNU, Sparrowhawk and F-14D-170GR
  13. The Cheney thing is a meme at this point and not an accurate one. Cheney wasn't the main guy in DoD opposed to the F-14D. He was mostly echoing David Chu who's job was to weigh the merits of major weapon systems and argued the low rate production was simply to keep the Grumman line open. He was right but did want to keep the rebuild program going. This is where Cheney's "job program" comment came from. The issue was price and heavy maintenance requirement and diminishing threat (and defense budget) even before the Soviet Union fell so it would take the USSR getting much more aggressive to counteract that. https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a282162.pdf
  14. Would be very cool if tilted for Forge. Different cushions would rock. Maybe tears or stains? Would BuNo be tied to livery or just a random number?
  15. Should probably be a ground crew option. It's all just for show unless we ever get the iron maiden in game as a wrecking ball cracking canopies and tearing off probes, etc. Can the engines even be damaged by FOD in game? Not sure there's anything other than SOP making me go to left air source when refueling, etc either. Don't think we can suck down any vapor or droplets or anything like that.... Dangling masks and cop caterpillars would rock.
  16. Do we have a documented list of bindings available out of the game?
  17. Right. Isn't there a duplicate or mirrored nacelle that isn't right? Maybe it was already corrected... or maybe there's no plan to, but if it were it seems some work still needs to be done in that regard beyond pulling out the D features we see... or maybe that got dropped and I missed it. That never really bothered me that much tbh, though I understand some were and thought it was basically decided to correct but I might be remembering wrong. WRT TARPS are you talking about the aft Sparrow slot that gets covered or something else? I was kinda suspecting that be seen as minor and it would just be mounted like a large piece of ordinance. Preferable to not getting it at all if it's too much work.
  18. Most of the mods are based on FC3... and haven't seen anything touching the Tomcat unfortunately or someone might have done an ST-21 by now.
  19. OTOH, it basically could be a F-14A-95GR for both US Navy and IIAF. If the base F-14A model is really being sorted out from the composite F-14A/F-14D we have now, that's an excellent opportunity to do that one without the pylons. Definitely recognize it's work but it's work that's already kinda being done though maybe not on the lower nacelles, so another feather in the cap maybe to have complete. I for one would love to see the proper VF-84 Final Countdown version (which should be a 95GR without pylons). Glove vanes would just a bonus.
  20. The thing is that the behavior changed. For going on two years I've run SP missions with long way points so I could hit 2 and practice RIO stuff either radar looking for C130 or F-15 or F-16, etc doing race tracks or LANTIRN looking at cars and casinos on the strip. It's been a month or two so not sure which update did it. Maybe the autopilot rework. If I have time tonight I'll make note of speed and altitude... I would guess about 21 to 24k ft at Nellis on Nevada map heading south about 300 to 350 kts or so.
  21. I'll set the throttle about half for cruise, turn on the autopilot so I can hop in the backseat to practice radar and LANTIRN and I'll hear the afterburner start puffing (in the A).
  22. I just did it today in the F-14A and took about 12k pounds with no problem after a couple months. Easy in first try and stayed connected.
  23. He does it in flight, too.
  24. Iceman won't maintain speed anymore. I used to be able to dial the throttle back to about 70% or so and he would stay there. Now if I jump to the backseat I always hear the afterburner puffing (in the F-14A) shortly after unless I tell him to set speed.
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