Count Me In,
I would only ask that they also up the number of 'incidental/other planes' by letting me fly all the possible era-variant-user profiles. Maybe to include a couple era-generic cockpits so I could 'skip around' (treating the Tomcat as a mini-AWACS).
I would especially luv to play:
Vietnam: 1972-1975, The evacuation, gone hot or the living up to a promise by a President.
Early F-14A. IRST, bright color schemes, A-6, A-7, RA-5,/RF-8, F-4E/J/N/S. Maybe an option on the F401 engine too (28KLbst).
Whoo Babay, it /tickles/...;-)
WWIII SLOCwars-at-Sea: As in the Carrier battles depicted in Tom Clancy's _Red Storm Rising_. We lose Iceland and have to beat down a regiment of Fulcrums. We get 'surround sounded' from Backfires and Decoys.
We fly landed AD in defence of Northern England, including trailing bombers back to their northern Kola bases to pre-time a TLAM strike from the SSN 'wagon train' hovering under the icepack. Debut of the vile Buggster too I suppose.
Iran vs. Iraq, The Barbarian Horde Wars. THIS could be the best of all of them. Start early with Russian Foxbat-RB crossing the fence and you blowing a few away with ultra high altitude Phoenix. Have the Bear get uppity and position divisional AD close to the border as he also flys low-CAP 'escort' and you have kill hi-lo, in sequence, or get dogpiled by Fishbed/Flogger.
Next comes revolution and Mirage F-1 and F-5E and MiG-23 and F-4 and and and! Maybe you want to 'avenge' your downed F-4E's by engaging Saudi F-15's in the 'next round, we never heard about'?
Or maybe you've got a percentage modifier on your Phoenix being repaired and if they're not... HAWK anyone?:-)
How about a defection to Russia and millionaire status through your own AD /and theirs/?
Flying against Tu-16/22 bombers attacking your capital? Flying against fighter bombers attacking the Khard Island receiving points?
Maybe a few TCS but highly limited AIM-7/54.
And of course how often do you get to see a sand-cat camouflage, hmmmmmmmm?:-//
Bombcat-2000. You're off Taiwan when things get /nasty/. TBM and gas strikes. Chinese J-6/7/8 and Su-27/30 maybe even the odd FCB-1 'Leopard' and J-10 'Chinese Lavi'? And what about F-5E, F-104 (So Cheat), Ching Kuo, Mirage 2000, F-16, AT-3, and Apache/Kiowa for the ROCAF?
You're now flying the F-14D with Dual IRST/TCS, JHMC/AIM-9X, AMRAAM/AIM-7R (so cheat), ALE-50, F110-400 (or even 429, 27Klbst at 25,000ft!:-))
Underwing LANTIRN and JDAM/LGB/Cluster/TALD munitions as well as Digital TARPS with live feedback so you can task TLAM from subs as the DF-15 trails fly up from their TEL's you can smack them in the teeth, either directly (JSOW) or by shortie-reactioned sub-cruise.
Include an 'Easter Egg' to activate the F-14-21 with the F119 (or F110-232: 36Klbst) engines, thrust vectoring, frameless canopy, and the enlargedloves/redesigned wing. Oh, and a phased array radar and IFTS and _HARM_ under-wingglove too. This would let the more junior of our stick grippers 'come to terms' with lighter airframe starting-agilities by using a massive power reserve (ala Eagle).
The thing is, any halfway decent developer could make a Tomcat simulation as multirole/era 'varied' as we've come to expect from other halfpint platforms.
He'd just have to work a little harder, dig a little deeper, and have a mindset that wasn't totally fixated on a USN-real, 'non-co participative' history.