Hmm well what could do.. let me see.
If anyone else is reading this and hasn't seen the pics in the B-1B FORWARD SECTION post, you won't have a clue what I'm talking about. I'm writing this with the pics in my mind.
I would NOT use the co-pilot seat. You can't be both the pilot and the co-pilot, thats unrealistic. On the other hand, being DSO/OSO at the same time isn't realistic either but this would add increased functionality (both DSO and OSO) over the co-pilot's seat.
FORWARD VIEW:You could make the 2D View the left (aircraft commander) seat. We take this as the center view. Here you look out of the front window and see the top of the instrument panel as in your beta cockpit.
FORWARD DOWN: You would see the instrument panel.
FORWARD UP: You look up and see part of the "upper cockpit window" and to the left side perhaps part of the upper console.
LEFT: looking directly left you would see the left window and part of the controls.
LEFT-DOWN: looking left - down you would see the side-throttle, wingsweep controls and another other panel.
LEFT-DOWN-DOWN: You would look behind the seat and see... Nothing! The B-1B pilot and co-pilot can't see ANYTHING behind them. The B-1B cockpit shouldn't have a 6-o'clock view, or one that simply shows the galley or storage compartments behind the pilot and co-pilot seat.
RIGHT: We look straight at the co-pilot seat and see him sitting there, with all this instruments etc.
RIGHT-DOWN: We see the lower part of the instrumentpanel or perhaps we see the more center part of the large instrument panel.
RIGHT-DOWN-DOWN: We see the console between the co-pilot and pilot seat.
Well this is just a quick brain storm on the B-1B cockpit views. What do you think? I don't know if its all possible within Falcon 4.0. But this is what seems most realistic to me. I believe its VERY important to keep the logic of direction in your cockpit. If you look UP and suddely look at the co-pilot seat..would be....weird.
Leaves us with a very strange question. As the B-1B does not has a HUD, what do we do with the HUD Only view? You should not deny this view as many people use this view in combat during campaigns as it gives you much better FPS.
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[This message has been edited by Tazzman (edited 06-16-2000).]