Down the DCS rabbit hole

I’ve purposefully been avoiding looking into Eagle Dynamics’ Digital Combat Simulator, despite its potential appeal to someone who once dreamed of flying fighters in the US Navy, because I feared being sucked into yet ANOTHER vortex that would deprive me of still more free time and discretionary income.

Well, I finally gave in this weekend and started browsing the DCS website …

… and so here’s the view from my office today:

Me, waiting for clearance to taxi:

j/k … Not going flying today: I don’t even have the controls set up properly yet – I can’t even turn the nosewheel :rofl:

For those unfamiliar with military aircraft, this is a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet. In the US, it was primarily used by the Navy but has now been replaced by an upgraded but very similar model built by Boeing (which merged with McDonnell Douglas) and called the Super Hornet. The regular Hornet is the aircraft that is currently being flown by the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.