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Offline Fineus

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"Flying through clouds" sim?
Hey all,

I'm looking for a simulator that lets me fly through / around / over clouds. Preferably with controllable weather conditions but that's not essential.

No doubt a variety of flight sims cater to this. I'm not looking for a particularly "simulator" feel - arcade style would do just fine. Any suggestions?

 

Offline Thaeris

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
Free: YS Flight Sim

http://www.ysflight.com/

...This is moddable - if you need help, I'll do as much as I can.

Not Free (but damn worth it): X-Plane

http://www.x-plane.com/

...Heck, if you've got an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can get a version of X-Plane for that, too!

Cheaper and GOGable: Il-2

http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/il_2_sturmovik_1946

...Well, all of these are moddable, but X-Plane is by far the easiest for that. Hope this helps.  ;)
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Offline Thaeris

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
Did any of these suggestions help, Kal?
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Offline ShadowGorrath

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
Lock On: Modern Air Combat?

Or Tom Clancy's HAWX, if you don't mind the no-mission-editor/lack-of-good-plot for good graphics/scenery/planes.

Though neither of these two are free.

 

Offline Thaeris

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
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HAWX

 :ick:

That's not a flight sim - that's a joke. Go for Lock-On or something else of good quality. Ace Combat and the like are not what you want when you're looking for a simulator.
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"Look on the bright side, how many release dates have been given for Doomsday, and it still isn't out yet.

It's the Duke Nukem Forever of prophecies..."


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Everyone else takes normal damage.
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Offline Starman01

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
Battlestations Pacific has some nice cloud effects inflight. You can fly around or through them
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Offline ShadowGorrath

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HAWX

 :ick:

That's not a flight sim - that's a joke. Go for Lock-On or something else of good quality. Ace Combat and the like are not what you want when you're looking for a simulator.

I forgot to mention that it's an arcadey game :p

 

Offline Retsof

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Or there's always MS Flight Simulator.  Mabey get an old version off amazon or something if you want it cheap.
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What, pray tell, brought this on? I'm curious.
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Offline jdjtcagle

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What, pray tell, brought this on? I'm curious.

It is a very "specific" request.  :p
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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
I love flying through the storm clouds or sometimes just the puffy light clouds... usually in a jet fighter in IL-2 1946.  The YP-80 is my favourite for sight seeing around some of the newer maps. The weather modeling isn't perfect but the sensation of flight is incredible!
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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
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HAWX

 :ick:

That's not a flight sim - that's a joke. Go for Lock-On or something else of good quality. Ace Combat and the like are not what you want when you're looking for a simulator.

I forgot to mention that it's an arcadey game :p
You forgot to mention that it sucks. Much better going with Ace Combat.

 

Offline NGTM-1R

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
You forgot to mention that it sucks. Much better going with Ace Combat.

You didn't just say Ace Combat is a flight sim. I know you didn't.
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Offline ShadowGorrath

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
I didn't forgot to mention that. Besides, it works on PC, unlike Ace Combat.

 

Offline Pred the Penguin

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
I guess that's one thing going for HAWX.

 

Offline Herra Tohtori

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
I love flying through the storm clouds or sometimes just the puffy light clouds... usually in a jet fighter in IL-2 1946.  The YP-80 is my favourite for sight seeing around some of the newer maps. The weather modeling isn't perfect but the sensation of flight is incredible!

The F-86 is quite nice for that as well. The late versions can do supercruise!  ;7

Or the Sea Fury, Spitfire Mk.XIV, late FW-190 Doras and Ta-152's, or MiG-15. They're nice fast planes too.




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Offline Dilmah G

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
You forgot to mention that it sucks. Much better going with Ace Combat.

You didn't just say Ace Combat is a flight sim. I know you didn't.
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MS Flight Simulator, all, the ****ing, way.  :D
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Offline Commander Zane

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
I love flying through the storm clouds or sometimes just the puffy light clouds... usually in a jet fighter in IL-2 1946.  The YP-80 is my favourite for sight seeing around some of the newer maps. The weather modeling isn't perfect but the sensation of flight is incredible!

The F-86 is quite nice for that as well. The late versions can do supercruise!  ;7

Wut.

 
Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
If you choose MS Flight Simulator X, you might be interested in the Active Sky weather add-on (see link below). There might be other similar such add-ons available too.

http://www2.hifisim.com/node/4

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Re: "Flying through clouds" sim?
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The F-86 is quite nice for that as well. The late versions can do supercruise!  ;7

Wut.


Yes, that's what I thought.

In my experiment, I tried to keep it straight and level at 23000-24000 ft (isn't that easy to maintain zero vertical speed at those speeds without autopilot...) at full sustained power without engine overheat, which is about 95% power setting. It started shaking like mad past 450 or so MPH indicated air speed, and eventually accelerated up to about 560 MPH IAS. But it holds together and you don't start losing parts, just don't turn too fast or you'll lose a wing very fast. Ground speed at that point was above 1300 km/h, which to that altitude assuming normal tropospheric temperature translates to Mach 1.1564, so I would say it can supercruise.

Mind you the original F-86 was a transonic fighter, and while I think it could breach the sound barrier in a dive it couldn't reach it in straight and level flight in reality. On the other hand, in a ten-degree nose-down power dive from the apparent service ceiling of around 13000 metres this thing can reach true air speed of up to 1600 km/h without breaking apart.

Didn't really bother measuring sustained maximum speed at sea level.

My guess is that the flight model has a little lapsus in the maximum speed, possibly caused by someone read the TAS MPH from performance statistics and applied them as IAS, or something, but it's insanely fast nevertheless. :p


Also, the Sabre (among other goodies) comes with Ultrapack mod.
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