Exhibit - Lago F-16 Collection for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002
Release Date - 2004
Platform - PC
Publisher - Lago
In collection - Yes
Comments - Lago's F-16 Falcon Collection gives you the choice of several different variants including a few 2 seaters (D model) and some of the most recognisable and colourful paint schemes.
Basic flightAs the excellent .pdf manual asserts, flying the F-16 is quite simple compared to most aircraft. The computers literally do most of the work for you. You steer, add power and away you go, climbing at a fantastic rate if so desired. An F-16 with no weapons and a light fuel load can in fact sustain a vertical climb, although I didn't manage to replicate this in the sim because we couldn't work out how to jettison weapons and external fuel tanks.
Basic flying was easy but paradoxically I found that longer flights were made slightly irksome by the confusing (authentic) F-16 autopilot design which requires two switches to be set in various combinations to change modes.
I never did manage to engage 'altitude hold' mode and on a ˝ hour flight from Aalborg to Kastrup in Denmark was all over the sky. (Of course I would blame the F-16 for that).
The F-16 moves along rather quickly and even though throttled back to cruise at 250 knots, I found constant attention had to be paid to the pitch. This is not really a criticism of the product, the autopilot probably works just as advertised, but I was were put off longer flights by the F-16's rather abstruse avionics… and to the dismay of the cowboy pilots at this virtual test facility there was no GPS either! Ce'st la vie - next time I'll take the Lear jet on the longer jaunts and stick to buzzing the tower and flying nap of the earth in the Falcon.
Only a few seconds after takeoff and the rear view is spectacular.
High detail level extends to the undercarriage and turbine buried deep in the fuselage.
The ICP is where you enter nav frequencies.