Articles about the Real Military 1996 - April 2001


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R e a l   M i l i t a r y
Falconry - The F-16
Cost effectiveness, durablity, and high performance blend together making the F-16 Fighting Falcon one of history's greatest aircraft.

Jim "Twitch" Tittle tells us about the F-16, its variants, clones, and of its notable victories in the air.

R e a l   M i l i t a r y
WAR - 21st Century Style
The days of thousand bomber raids and epic tank battles are, thankfully, long gone. Today, smart bomb technology and armor with one-shot, one-kill capability are the order of the day.

In this week's column, resident historian, Jim "Twitch" Tittle, shows us the truly staggering differences between the weaponry of WWII and today. And yet, as he points out, even with these vast technological improvements, the individual soldier, on the ground, and in harm's way, is still the essential component.

Click to Proceed We've had the opportunity to ask Jane's a few questions regarding their operations and intentions in the new millennium. The simulation production folks bearing Jane's proud name have pumped out some very popular games, and now we have some information about the other aspects of Jane's.

Interview: Jane's

Military Simulators  R E P O R T
     I/ITSEC Conference
MiG29 and F16 From November 29th through December 3rd, I attended the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, FL. I/ITSEC is a forum for the major players in the military simulation, training and education community to come together and discuss new concepts, demo current capabilities and engage in discussions about contemporary issues facing the community.


Fighter Aircraft  R E P O R T
     F/A 18 Test Pilot Report
MiG29 and F16 There has been a great deal of interest recently in the press regarding the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program, its progress through the flight test phase, and the requirements for the airplane in preparation for operational test.

F/A 18 Test Pilot Report

Air Combat  I N T E L
     Germans Land MiGs at Nellis
MiG29 and F16 Five Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets flown by German pilots landed safely Friday at Nellis Air Force Base after a historic flight through U.S. airspace to reach combat training ranges in Nevada. Las Vegas Review Journal.

Germans Land Russian MiGs at Nellis
Fighter Wing 773

Air Combat  F e a t u r e
     Sea Harrier Over the Falklands
LOGO An intriguing account of an encounter between Royal Navy Sea Harriers, F5Es, and F15s.

Sea Harrier Over the Falklands

Land Combat  F e a t u r e
     A Gamer's View of the NTC
LOGO I stand in the Tank Commander's hatch of my M1A1 tank, fighting off a lethargic drowsiness. The rest of my crew, a driver, gunner and loader are dozing, but are under orders not to fall asleep. The enemy is out there, and we are tasked to locate and destroy him.

Sand, Wind and Cannon: NTC

Air Combat  F e a t u r e
     Ride in a Hornet
Hornet Dave Varner, MD, takes a ride on the wild side in an F/A 18 Hornet.

Ride in a Hornet

Air Combat  T r a i n i n g
     Real Military Simulators
F16 What is it like to fly a real military simulator/trainer? We resurrect Bubba Wolford's report as well as Paul Leeming's F18 experience.

F16 Military Trainer
F18 Simulator

NEWS  F e a t u r e
     Roving Sands '99 and MiG Kill
RS U.S. Army Forces Command will conduct Roving Sands 99, the world's largest joint theater air and missile defense exercise, from June 15-27. Roving Sands 99 combines command, control, communications and computer elements, air defense artillery and aircraft of the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy, as well as multinational forces into a joint integrated air defense system.

Roving Sands '99 (obsolete link)

Air Combat  F e a t u r e
by Jeff "Smoke" Faehn     Blackout Modeling in Sim Design
Jarmo Lindberg You are turning and burning in Falcon 4.0 or Total Air War or Fighter Squadron. You've been pulling high Gs for too long and your field of vision is slowly closing down until all you see is a black screen. But is this a true representation of a fighter pilot's experience?

Blackout Modeling in Sim Design

Naval Platform  F e a t u r e
by Neal Stevens     Future Sub: NSSN

The New Attack Submarine is an advanced stealth, multi-mission, nuclear powered attack submarine for blue ocean anti-submarine warfare and for littoral (shallow or brown water) operation. The NSSN will be quieter than anything the Russians can build and operate at speeds higher than that of the 688 class.


Air Combat  F e a t u r e
by Carlo Kopp     History of the Teens Series Tactical Fighters

The rollout and first flights last year of the YF-22A and YF-23A Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) demonstrator aircraft represents another quantum leap in the evolution of air superiority aircraft design.

History of the Teens Series Tactical Fighters

Air Combat    F e a t u r e
        RAF Slang and RFC Manual
RFC Wings

You don't know the difference between a "Bus driver" and a Bomphleteer, but you're hoping that the fan on your kite doesn't take flak, lest the Brass become browned-off. Time to check out our RAF glossary!

RFC Manual: Fighting in the Air

RAF Slang

F e a t u r e
The Belly of the Whale

What is it really like to be in the belly of a 15 ton killing machine? How do the various armor simulations stand up against the actual experience? Jeff Babineau of the 209th VFS Deltahawks answers our questions on the real thing!

Interview with Jeff Babineau

Field Manual 17-15 Chapter One

Air Combat  I N T E L
by Bob "Kahuna" Marks     MiG MAPO 1.42

What flawed yet gorgeous product has been recently unveiled by its respected manufacturer in an attempt to get the funds necessary to finish the job? The MiG-MAPO 1.42 MFI is Russia's answer to Lockheed-Martin's F-22 Raptor.

MiG MAPO 1.42

Military Platforms Index

Anecdotes, Stories, Debriefings
Various Authors      Battlefield Encounters and Reports

Part I is the account of Witold Urbanowicz's first sortie in the Battle, and his first hard-won victory. Part II continues with the stories of other Polish fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain.

Battle of Britain I

Battle of Britain II

Rules of Engagement (ROE)

Tactical Q&A

Air Combat  F e a t u r e
     MiG Kill
Hornet Dave Varner, MD, takes a ride on the wild side in an F/A 18 Hornet.

Kosovo MiG Kill

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