|Flying and aiming the guns of the Sabre with those airspeed-hungry swept 5:1 wings will prove a challenge for many air jockeys out there.|
The F-86 is a jet at the very edge between the prop aircraft of WWII and the jets of the new era. It is a great aircraft for what it was primarily designed for (air combat at medium to high altitude) but very moody when air runs short above and under the wings. The jet engine takes some considerable time to rev up, so even the landing approaches need to be performed at relatively high speeds. When the Sabre stalls during a landing approach, you will find yourself with little time to even eject.
|The cockpit is rendered to the high fidelity standards of study flight simulators. Every switch and button is functional.|
|For how easy is to fire your weapons, the nuances of their usage will make or brake a mission or two. The shiny red PVC arm rest has art deco written all over it. It almost feels like riding an American Cadillac.|
|Don't let the simplicity of the instruments fool you. To make the most out of your Sabre, you will need to be part WWII airman and part modern combat pilot.|
|The in-game MIG-15bis (computer only) has also been revamped with a better skin. Here is the worst of my gunnery (target too far away). Note the flash of the four .50 cals. A bit overdone for my taste. :)|
|Trying to saddle up on that Mig 15bis. Note to self: turn off the external lights for air combat.|
|This is pretty much the only range (very close) and geometry (on the enemy's six) at which I could actually hit an enemy Mig-15bis.|
|The damage I inflicted on the Mig-15 was negligible. But I am proud of hitting it. Many Mig-15bis pilots called the Sabre "the peashooter".|
|The AI pilot used an extremely low airspeed to his advantage. The vapor contrails at the wingtips reveal he is flying at a high angle of attack. My aim suffers, trying to keep myself from overshooting.|
|Winchester by now, my enemy and me part to our base plates.|
DCS keeps delivering these wonderfully rendered aircraft, but the focal point of the DCS World keeps moving like the piper of my Sabre. I am not complaining, but I would appreciate a non-vintage, recent multirole fighter. On the meantime, things keep changing in very interesting ways.