When you think of a jet flight simulator, most people think of military fighter jets. This can also refer to civilian passenger jets as well. Either way, though, the flight sim fanatic will have a great appreciation for getting in the cockpit and speeding down the runway toward unknown adventures.
Some games are considered combat flight simulation because they are used to simulate military aircraft and their operations. Jet flight simulator games that allow air-to-air battle usually lack realism for the sake of the playability. They don’t focus on details of the plane or the cockpit, but they give you the chance to shoot down enemy planes.
Then there are games that offer the accurate feel and look of the plane but no combat. With these types of games, you will be able to fly a number of different jets, taking off and landing at airports all over the world. You’ll see the inside of the cockpit with as close a resemblance to the real thing as possible.
It is also possible to do aerial tricks and fly in formations with the second type of game. You have probably heard of the Blue Angels, a Navy flight demonstration squadron. They performed first in 1946 and are the oldest flying aerobatic team.
If you have jet flight simulator fanatical friends, you can hook up over a network and practice together in formation. There’s nothing more inspiring than when the fighter jets do a flyby at an event. Maybe you could get a group of flight sim junkies to come up with your own virtual demonstration squadron for virtual flybys over any of the realistic landmarks found in the scenery of the game.
Another exciting possibility for jet flight simulator fans is the opportunity to practice landing on an aircraft carrier. Landing on a carrier is described as a “controlled crash,” so you can imagine the adrenaline rush! The carriers are equipped with working catapults, arrester wires, and elevators to aide in the realism and excitement.
There are five historical generations of fighter jets and in a good jet flight simulator game, all five generations should be represented. From the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star of the first generation to the Eurofighter Typhoon of the fifth generation, there will be endless scenarios to experience.
No jet flight simulator would be complete without the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the F-18 Hornet. Other important choices would be the Douglas A4F Skyhawk, the Grumman A-6 Intruder, and the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet. All of these jets should come with accurate cockpits as well as interior and exterior views.
If you use a joystick or yoke and throttle system with rudder pedals, a pretty accurate cockpit can be simulated. These accessories do cost a little extra, but are not required, because you should be able to fly all of the aircraft using your computer keyboard.
Even though there will be no G-forces felt, you will never run out of possible scenarios to experiment with. With some research, you will be able to discover which full-featured simulator software is perfect for you.