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Pacific Fighters [flying Game For PC] Demo

The excellent slow-flying characteristics will come in very handy during the deck landings. Managing the arrestor hooks and getting just the right speed, altitude and approach is a difficult skill to master. Thankfully, there are some convenient tools to help you land the plane -- although not an actual Landing Signal Officer, strangely. Hitting that moving deck and getting stopped in time is quite probably the biggest challenge in the game.

Pacific Fighters [flying game for PC] Demo


Maddox's demonstration centres around the main hook for this new title - the aircraft carriers. An impromptu carrier landing competition fin which yours truly makes it looks like child's play while everyone else ends up swimming with the fishes) shows off the complexity of the new weather and environmental systems. As the waves crash against the side of the ship's hull, the carrier bucks and rolls with uncanny precision. While there aren't any actual carrier controls in the game ("This is a flight sim," Maddox growls rather disdainfully when asked why), small touches such as taxiing around the deck, folding the planes' wings up to make room for parking and landing guidance all help the mood.

Set in the pacific theatre of World War 2, Damage Inc is a flight sim with something of an arcade bent, in the hopes that, like previous console flight sims, it'll go some way to help make what's always been viewed as a very, very hardcore genre something more accessible. With over 30 planes on offer in the full game, and more than 20 missions to take part in, you'll be able to take to the skies in a variety of planes, both nimble fighters and heavy bombers, as you step into the well worn shoes of a pilot, doing everything that pilots do - dogfighting with enemies over shimmering seas, performing landings on aircraft carriers as they bob about on the waves, and taking part in daring torpedo raids on enemy aircraft carriers. Up to four players can play together throughout the game's main campaign mode (although sadly, there doesn't appear to be any split-screen multiplayer), with each mission loosely grounded in the history of the time, to take in major events such as Pearl Harbour, the battle of Wake Island, and more. So far, so good - and weighing in at a little over 700mb, the demo offers a nice chance to get your appetite well and truly whet, ready for the main event.

But what's interested us the most about the game so far is the amazing looking collector's edition, which comes bundled with an actual joystick to help make your flying all the more realistic. Weighing in at a reasonable 66.56 from Amazon, or 89.99 from GAME, the collector's edition comes with a copy of the game, and the very cool looking stick, which boasts a fancy throttle, a point-of-view hat switch, for looking around your plane, and, best of all, a selection of stickers with which to decorate it - including an angry looking face for authenticity. Compatible with pretty much every other flight sim on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 (depending on whichever format takes your fancy), if you're a fan of flight sims on consoles, the bundle version is definitely worth a second look.

Combat flight simulators are classified according to their historical period, type of aircraft, and level of detail. This method of classifying means that many simulators belong to more than one category, which leads to arguments about what can be considered actual simulations instead of games. Generally, simulations are expected to be imitations of real-world technology, while games are not; therefore, every game with flying in them does not fit into the category of "flight simulation."

Modern jet simulators are usually classified by their historical context or level of details (study versus survey). There have been many modern jet sims that concentrate on existing fighters (several AV-8 Harrier II sims, and others such as Fleet Defender by MicroProse, and F22 lightning 3 and F-22 Raptor by NovaLogic), whereas others concentrate on future fighters (e.g., F-22 Total Air War by Digital Image Design in 1998). While many simulators either classify as a study sim or a survey sim, Lock On: Modern Air Combat is an example of a game that attempts to bridge the study/survey gap with highly detailed models of several US and Russian aircraft.

The F-22 has a significant capability to attack surface targets. In the air-to-ground configuration the aircraft can carry two 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions internally and will use on-board avionics for navigation and weapons delivery support. In the future air-to-ground capability will be enhanced with the addition of an upgraded radar and up to eight small diameter bombs. The Raptor will also carry two AIM-120s and two AIM-9s in the air-to-ground configuration.Advances in low-observable technologies provide significantly improved survivability and lethality against air-to-air and surface-to-air threats. The F-22 brings stealth into the day, enabling it not only to protect itself but other assets.The F-22 engines produce more thrust than any current fighter engine. The combination of sleek aerodynamic design and increased thrust allows the F-22 to cruise at supersonic airspeeds (greater than 1.5 Mach) without using afterburner -- a characteristic known as supercruise. Supercruise greatly expands the F-22 's operating envelope in both speed and range over current fighters, which must use fuel-consuming afterburner to operate at supersonic speeds.The sophisticated F-22 aerodesign, advanced flight controls, thrust vectoring, and high thrust-to-weight ratio provide the capability to outmaneuver all current and projected aircraft. The F-22 design has been extensively tested and refined aerodynamically during the development process.The F-22's characteristics provide a synergistic effect ensuring F-22A lethality against all advanced air threats. The combination of stealth, integrated avionics and supercruise drastically shrinks surface-to-air missile engagement envelopes and minimizes enemy capabilities to track and engage the F-22. The combination of reduced observability and supercruise accentuates the advantage of surprise in a tactical environment.The F-22 will have better reliability and maintainability than any fighter aircraft in history. Increased F-22 reliability and maintainability pays off in less manpower required to fix the aircraft and the ability to operate more efficiently.BackgroundThe Advanced Tactical Fighter entered the Demonstration and Validation phase in 1986. The prototype aircraft (YF-22 and YF-23) both completed their first flights in late 1990. Ultimately the YF-22 was selected as best of the two and the engineering and manufacturing development effort began in 1991 with development contracts to Lockheed/Boeing (airframe) and Pratt & Whitney (engines). EMD included extensive subsystem and system testing as well as flight testing with nine aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The first EMD flight was in 1997 and at the completion of its flight test life this aircraft was used for live-fire testing.The program received approval to enter low rate initial production in 2001. Initial operational and test evaluation by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center was successfully completed in 2004. Based on maturity of design and other factors the program received approval for full rate production in 2005. Air Education and Training Command, Air Combat Command and Pacific Air Forces are the primary Air Force organizations flying the F-22. The aircraft designation was the F/A-22 for a short time before being renamed F-22A in December 2005.General characteristicsPrimary function: air dominance, multi-role fighterContractor: Lockheed-Martin, BoeingPower plant: two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners and two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles.Thrust: 35,000-pound class (each engine)Wingspan: 44 feet, 6 inches (13.6 meters)Length: 62 feet, 1 inch (18.9 meters)Height: 16 feet, 8 inches (5.1 meters)Weight: 43,340 pounds (19,700 kilograms) Maximum takeoff weight: 83,500 pounds (38,000 kilograms) Fuel capacity: internal: 18,000 pounds (8,200 kilograms); with 2 external wing fuel tanks: 26,000 pounds (11,900 kilograms)Payload: same as armament air-to-air or air-to-ground loadouts; with or without two external wing fuel tanks.Speed: mach two class with supercruise capabilityRange: more than 1,850 miles ferry range with two external wing fuel tanks (1,600 nautical miles)Ceiling: above 50,000 feet (15 kilometers)Armament: one M61A2 20-millimeter cannon with 480 rounds, internal side weapon bays carriage of two AIM-9 infrared (heat seeking) air-to-air missiles and internal main weapon bays carriage of six AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles (air-to-air loadout) or two 1,000-pound GBU-32 JDAMs and two AIM-120 radar-guided air-to-air missiles (air-to-ground loadout)Crew: oneUnit cost: $143 millionInitial operating capability: December 2005Inventory: total force, 183 (Current as of August 2022)Point of ContactAir Combat Command, Public Affairs Office; 115 Thompson St., Suite 210; Langley AFB, VA 23665-1987; DSN 574-5007 or 757-764-5007; e-mail:

Perhaps, one of the reasons why some people are hooked with flight simulation games is that their fantasy of becoming part of a different world is fulfilled. Brace yourselves and get your war planes ready to take off with this list of PS4 flying games.


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