F-14 Front or Back?

As we get agonizingly closer to the DCS Tomcat release, I’m curious to see how many are keen to back seat in multiplayer?

I think I want to Goose it up a bit. On the other hand, I’m keen to see if I can make @BeachAV8R be sick as well. Anyone else?

Where are you going to sit primarily?

  • Up front, with the good hair.
  • Back seat, with the brains.

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I take direction well, and since we know the backseater is the brains behind the brawn, I’d probably rather fly.

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Honestly, I’m looking forward to spending time in both seats. However, I’m thinking that in the immediate future due to real world responsibilities™, I’ll mostly be in the back seat, where I’m less likely to kill somebody.

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Prefer to fly, but I’ll probably hop between both seats as I please. AH-64 has dual controls for a reason.

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It all depends on the fidelity of the radar system and workload. If it’s well modeled, and actually gives you as the GIB something to do, I’d definitely be interested.

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Actually I want to be the squadron intelligence officer…'cause…never mind.

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Start out in the back and graduate to the front over time.

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Start out in front and graduate out to the back over time

:trolleybus:

@staff we need an icon :troll: that gives you this little guy:

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We already have this guy:

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I’ll be up front lookin’ good. :sunglasses:

I’m more about flying the airplane than working the systems if I’m being completely honest.

Like pretty much everyone here I will do some of both (especially since in singleplayer you have no choice but to fly the plane) but I like mastering systems in modern planes, and most systems are controlled from the back, so…

I voted for RIO. I tried to be honest.

in my heart I’m a fighter pilot. Pulling crazy g. Smoking migs and making ladies knickers fall off by my mere presence…

In my head… I’m in the back. Feeling a bit sick. Trying to read a chart. Banging my head on the windows. Fiddling with buttons. Getting upset when my instructions aren’t followed…

My combat flying frankly sucks. Even against the AI I get my butt handed to me. I just don’t seem to have the brain needed to keep SA over that many variables (you really don’t need to do any of that bumbling around at 120kt in a 152)

Now airshows… That’s a different story. I haven’t had the nerve to post it yet as I still need to edit it a bit but I have flown a few routines in the f15 and the sabre that would work very nicely for the turkey. I’ll definitely be flying those myself.

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So would you say there’s room for improvement there? You almost have the tools you need. Now the SA will come with exercise. Bit like docking a lorry. That seems impossible to people who never do it. Until you do it for a thousand times and it becomes 2nd nature.

You keep doing that pilot ■■■■ mate, follow your heart!

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@Victork2 if you are serious about the RIO then I am again closer to buying Tomcat.
I mean if you would not mind doing RIO for me.

But you need to be realy serious about that :crazy_face: :wink:

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Regardless of my opinions on my flying I really think it would be very interesting to do. I genuinely wouldn’t mind doing that for people.
remember I said a while ago my dream for dcs is flying the tanker while you lot do the strike missions lol.
you buy it and we will arrange a few sessions with me doing the button pushing.
tbh I’ll probably learn more sat there watching the manoeuvres and tactics and it will help me fly my own sorties.
@schurem you’ve been on the receiving end of my BFM! You know better than anyone else how much improvement I need :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

@NEVO don’t take that as a hollow promise either. Set it up and I’ll fly with you dude. No worries :blush:
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Waaaaait…
There are actually more of us who want to be RIO than people who want to fly? Really?
Some of us might be misjudging the fun and/or complexity of using all those systems…
Or are we just elitists who think they are smarter than other people so we have to show it by flying as RIOs? :smile:

Well, I don’t really care as long as there are always enough RIOs and pilots available so everyone can be what they want to. :slight_smile:

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:rofl::rofl: Negative for me anyway!

I just want to get the best out it and the amount I get shot down in any other module suggests I may be more useful in the back seat!

Why I picked RIO:

Let’s face it. Just about every DCS fixed-wing aircraft is a good pilot’s plane. What HB’s F-14 brings to the fight is apparently a realistic RIO sim. I know yo all have heard me beat this drum before (or is it a dead horse by now?). The F-14 was an awesome long range interceptor / fleet defender. That was all the RIO stuff.

I had hopped the Aerosoft F-14X would had been more detailed…it isn’t. I want to get up there and start blasting regiments of Tu-22Ms.

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Fun fact: the F-14 might actually be the plane that gets me to fly MP more than four times a year.
I hope I can find enough people in my time zone to do some flying…

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…or people in other time zones that don’t work…or sleep…:wink:

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