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.
Air refuelWhen using this module I experienced a couple of system crashes - that is the Windows system crashed, not just the F-16 avionics system - so I ended up relying on the show aircraft labels' function in the host sim to effect intercepts. This led to the discovery that the 'collision bubble' in FS2002, or at least on the aircraft we tried, doesn't really accommodate close formation flying, with the F-16 usually coming off second best, minus a wing or two.
This wasn't a problem during aerial refuelling though - the main problem there being myr total inability to connect with the basket. As described in the recent review of Lago's Tornado in PC Pilot Magazine, this menu addition to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002allows you to call up a tanker and top up on go-juice, which if you are heavy on the throttle might be only 12 minutes into your flight!
The cockpit of choice when performing these intercepts and refuels was the fabulous virtual cockpit. The vcp scrolled quickly and the sensational view out really makes the F-16 a great aircraft for sightseeing. Reading the instruments and Heads Up Display (HUD) was difficult on our preferred setting of - 50% zoom, but zooming in to 100% or closer rendered the HUD and instruments in crystal clear detail.