Thought i’d have a go at an AAR.
only just getting to grips with Dcs as a sim, the editor and the mighty Su-33 so i thought it might be interesting for you old hands to show me where i am (believe me i am) going wrong.
i set up a very VERY simple mission on the editor. Basically ive found out how to use wingmen and set simple tasks for the enemy to do. nothing on the scale you guys do obviously but i’m having fun with it and learning more everytime i use it.
myself and my wingman take off from batumi fully fueled and armed, overfly the conveniently placed Kuznetzov head NW on a wide CAP north and back to the coast. Midas is placed to the south heading north at 15000ft so i can catch him when i run out of go juice (fuel management is decidedly NOT my strong point)
On the blue side I have a flight of Warthogs heading south to bomb batumi (armed with heaters as well)
a lone mig21bis on patrol and from Sakumi i have a pair of B1B heavys (which turned out to be 1…not sure why) heading on a bomb run as well.
now most of you will be reading this assuming this is an easy mission and i totally agree.
I have no idea how to use the radar
i have no idea which missiles do what (i THINK the r73 is a heat seeker)
I only have a very vague idea about the TWR and i really really dont know how to use the radar…
now i assume i could do the training missions for the su27 and it would mostly be the same if not very similar.
but that is no fun at all and i really want to play with the 33 more
plus Mudspike may enjoy my failures and give free advice.
simple enough for a veteran
First hurdle!! Im fully loaded, fully fueled and im airborne!!
cool shot of the Kuz
all seems to be going well, ive figured out the comms at last!! for some reason the original \ keybind would not bring up the comms menu, ive moved to to another location and FINALLY i can talk!! sounds relatively minor i imagine however this is like opening a door in DCS and finding another world. part of the reason i gave up on the A10C was because of this. So yes im a little overjoyed at this.
Now this dude is NOT where i thought he would be, hes closed the distance in a quarter of the time i thought he would my TWR is going bananas and im panicking and dont know what to do.
im still panicking when i should be making decisions. Then i remember!!!
COMMS WORK NOW!!!
Get him 2!
I am exstatic at this. basic stuff again i know but this has been a night to remember already.
I could kiss my wingman. until i remember hes probably a huge scary russian dude and wont appreciate the gesture.
while that is happening and im feeling a bit more confident of things now my russian guardian angel is on top of things i notice a blip on my radar off to my far right…(i think it may of been the tanker upon watching the track on tacview but by happenstance it got me looking in the right direction)
A10!!! my wingman is off checking his kill ejected or whatever so its up to me. i get a lock on him somehow using the radar.
MY. VERY. FIRST. A2A. KILL!!!
you want more pictures dont you. Course you do!!
Now im hungry (undertrained, underqualified and massively OVERequipped)
i know they are a flight of 2. I know the other one is close. i am actually assuming I got the lead and his angry wingman is now behind me lining up the 30mm or a heater to bring me back down to earth when i see the black spot!!! YES!!
SPLASH 2!!! in my over excitement i did get a little bit close to him…
but no harm done and its another lesson learned tonight.
fire and forget vic…not fire and stare and stare and barely miss the debris
now i have no idea where the b1 has gone (i assume the kuz took him down)
so its time to head back and land gently on the carrier.
i was gonna top up with fuel but the midas is 150ish nm north of me and the chance of me being able to actually fill up from it is about 5% at best so carrier time…
looking a bit messy but im at least heading the right way but unbeknownst to me 2 has other ideas.
im not sure why he felt the need to sit 20 feet off my wing but i sure as hell didnt realise he was there until…
this terrified me, having him pop out underneath me was very disconcerting. i really have no idea why he was there but in the confusion i drifted away off track a little but i corrected nicely and sorted it out.
little low but i got this.
hope you enjoyed this, i had quite a good time putting it together and will probably do more if it goes down well,
i fully understand this is a serious forum for hardcore simmers and i hope my inept flying doesnt rub anyone up the wrong way, I just thought that as my progress improves and my skill will all aspects of the sim grow that will naturally show in these reports.