HPS's Guadalcanal is a 2D simulation of WWII naval combat. I'm messing around with the Savo Island scenario and I needed to "see" how the area of operations would look like. "Seeing" meaning getting a better grasp of how big is the area and such other things you can't get from a 2D map.
So I launched my copy of IL-2 1946 and took off to the virtual skies of the Pacific Ocean, right in between Guadalcanal and Florida islands. The aircraft of choice was an SBD-3 Dauntless, a fantastic naval dive bomber.
|Despite its age, IL-2 can be quite atmospheric. Here is my 4 birds flight, slowly climbing over Guadalcanal, some 3 nm east of Cape Esperanza.|
|Two Japanese destroyers are racing off north of Guadalcanal, but are caught in the lights of the early morning.|
|Diving towards one of the Japanese destroyers. I don't know if self-sealing fuel tanks are modeled in the flight sim, but my aircraft didn't explode.|
|An awful approach results in an awful drop. 3 bombs away.|
|My 3 bombs miss the target.|