The cat is out! As promised, DC Designs released today its new military jet for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the legendary F-14 Tomcat. A childhood dream of many now-adult simmers, the F-14 is now available to fly in MSFS with its iconic variable-sweep wings and VR-ready cockpit.
This package includes the A and B models of the F-14, with a total of seven paint schemes. Both front and rear cockpit seats are available, and the entire package makes use of great MSFS features such as visual effects, reflective glass and HTML screens.
The F-14 from DC Designs features some of the aircraft’s most well-known characteristics. The variable-sweep wings are fully modeled, with the corresponding changes to the flight dynamics. Engine performance should also be fairly realistic, with full compressor-stall modeling and coding. Other notable features include Direct Lift Control, CADC and basic ACLS, and a Heads-Up Display. All the included features are listed on the official product page, where you can also download the user manual for free, very useful to get an overall picture of the product.
As a carrier-capable aircraft, it would be a shame if it couldn’t be used in maritime operations in MSFS. Thankfully, this F-14 package supports the Hard Deck Simulations Aircraft Carrier Module, so you can experience the adrenaline of performing carrier ops with the Tomcat.
DC Designs’ previous releases for MSFS have been received with mixed reactions from simmers. The developer has pointed out numerous times that DC Designs creates airplanes that are designed to be enjoyed without the need for intense study, which has led some users to complain about a certain simplistic approach to development. In any case, the F-14 is DC Designs’ most complex simulation to date for MSFS, so it will be interesting to see how the community reacts this time.
In any case, early previews have been promising, and the aircraft does look quite good. It’s true that a jet fighter is just another glorified way to get from A to B in Flight Simulator, with no dogfighting or bombings along the way, but many virtual pilots are just looking to fly in the beautiful world of MSFS with their favorite airplane.
The DC Designs F-14 A/B Tomcat for MSFS is now available, priced at $34.99 / €29.95.