Not Iron's crappy DCS thread. ;)

  • There is a free mod for the Starfighter by VSN. (Germans that have made quite a few mods). It's pretty fun to fly and very fast with excellent acceleration. I took down 4 MiG-21's with a Starfighter. I loaded it with 6 AIM-9's and went out to bully some MiG's. ^^ I did that several times and only once did I not kill all four and that was only because I lost sight of him and couldn't figure where he went. He likely rtb'b and I missed it while I was killing all his friends.


    If you like to boom and zoom, this is the Cold War jet for you.


    I tried this with the F-106 also and let's just say that I was less than successful in that endeavor. The Delta Dart isn't as fast or nimble as the Super Sabre and has a more sluggish acceleration to boot.

  • Hey Elfie, check this video out, TONS of F104 footage of weapons test sometime in the 70s I think. You'd know better from your experience in the armed forces. Whichever year - the footage of F104s doing massive damage is fantastic. I grew up around the 104 as prior to 1984 and the RCAF getting the F18 A/B models from America, the RCAF ran the F104s, and had a nuclear "one way" mission with the units while they were stationed in Germany at Baden air base. Good times.


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  • That M61A1 20MM Rotary Cannon sounds wicked as hell. How about the damage it did to that prehistoric-looking helicopter? lol total destruction.


    Interesting factoid, the Starfighter spent less than a year on active duty service with the USAF. I'd guess these film clips were shot sometime in the 1955-1958 time frame.

  • I watched many strike films from Vietnam during training classes in the USAF. Napalm always kinda fascinated me and I'm not sure why because it's a pretty horrific weapon. To this day napalm strikes are my favorite to watch even though intellectually I know people are getting turned into burnt toast.


    Maybe the fascination is similar to watching a mushroom cloud form as a result of a nuclear detonation. How the fire spreads during a napalm strike is pretty darn cool looking, so maybe that's it.

  • Interesting factoid, the Starfighter spent less than a year on active duty service with the USAF.

    I should have kept reading. It was reactivated for the Berlin crisis and again for Vietnam. In Vietnam it flew over 5000 combat missions, many of them BARCAP for early AWACS. USAF initially ordered over 700 of them but cut the order to less than 200.

  • I watched many strike films from Vietnam during training classes in the USAF. Napalm always kinda fascinated me and I'm not sure why because it's a pretty horrific weapon. To this day napalm strikes are my favorite to watch even though intellectually I know people are getting turned into burnt toast.


    Maybe the fascination is similar to watching a mushroom cloud form as a result of a nuclear detonation. How the fire spreads during a napalm strike is pretty darn cool looking, so maybe that's it.

    Same reason the Tora! Tora! Tora! pyro team uses gasoline bombs. There's a lot of ways to make a thump, but the wall of fire is what gets the crowd going.

  • I witnessed an A-10 demo with ground detonated napalm in the 1980s (basically they simulated the drop, but essentially the same thing). I was about 300m away (about 3 football fields), and basically got a "sunburn" from the radiant flash. You could feel the heat and the burn the very second it detonated. I smelled like jet fuel for days (was perfectly downwind). That was close enough. I can't imagine being hit by that.