333 – (Flying and Simulating) The F-14 Tomcat
Guests: Nick Pirnia, Okie Nance, the Heatblur development team
Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Alexander Grote
The F-14 Tomcat is one of the most iconic fighters, certainly among its generation. In this episode we talk with Nick Pirnia about the aircraft’s development and history as well as about flying it with former pilot Okie Nance. The aircraft is also available in the DCS flight simulator and the third part of this episode is a conversation with the development team from Heatblur about how to implement the F-14 in DCS; if you haven’t yet, check out some of their videos, this thing looks unbelievably realistic!
The F14 Program00:03:14
F-14 Tomcat | Skynight | F-111 | Swing Wing | Phantom | F-22 | Fire and Forget | Phoenix Missle | Amaraam | Spoiler | Flaps | A-7 | F-18 Hornet | M61 Vulcan | Pratt & Whitney TF30 | GE 110 | TARP | ROVER | A-6 | Echelon | Latirn POD | AN/AWG-9
Flying the F1401:13:36
Fly by Wire | Yaw Divergance | Flat Spin | Engine Stall | Afterburner | Glove Vane | Direct Lift Control | RIO
Heatblur DCS F-14 Simulator02:33:31
Heatblur Studio (F14 Manual) | Digital Combat Simulator | Wikipedia Article for DCS | Open Source Flightmodelling | Nasa Overview for Flight Modelling | Avionics | F-14 Flight Manuals | Angle of attack | Dynamics of Flight | Jet wash | Wing vortices | Center of Gravity | Wake Turbulence | Computational fluid dynamics | Look up Table | Ground effect | Stagnation temperature | C++ | Compressor Stall | Emergency Checklist | Central Air Data Computer | Radar Equations | Ground Clutter | Missle Guidance | INS | IMU | Datalink | RWR | Behavioral tree | Topgun :) | DCS F-14 Trailer
What a super episode! Amazing guests.
When you have a look at a podcast episode and you see that it is going to take four hours plus to listen to it, you might be scared off. For me these were some of the shortest four hours ever spent :-)
An amazing combination of guests provided us with very different perspectives on this iconic piece of tech. Okie’s part in particular gave a unique view on the serious side of weapon systems where performance translates into survival of the pilots. The not so subtle swipes at Air Force pilots then helped lighten it up quite bit again :-)
So, thank you very much for another very interesting and insightful episode.
Thank you Markus and guest. Very interesting background on developing this epic flighterplane.
Very interesting … as usual.
Maybe, consider dividing this kind of long podcast in 2 or 3 episodes (easier to manage in the podcast player).
Again, a great enjoyment and highly interesting.
For anybody interested in the history of development and evolution of design of the F14, I highly recommend the conference of Mike Ciminera, a former VP of Grumman and published on YouTube Peninsulasrsvideos channel here : https://youtu.be/SsUCixAeZ0A.
Many question raised in the various interviews are answered in this conference.
No, I don’t consider this. Because you have a pause button and there are chapters in the episode.
Enjoyed this episode on an international flight, thanks!!
I remember there was a book mentioned at some point, can you link this in your notes?
the a7 link is wrong it links to the f-18 instead
Thank you, fixed!
I had been looking forward to this episode, but somehow I am now disappointed. There was a lot of talk about weapon systems and the discussions about the flying I could hardly follow. Markus is so much into this topic that it’s hard to understand the pilot jargon for a non-pilot. And while I understand that the missiles were an integral part of the plane’s design, I had hoped not to hear about bombs on this podcast.
Thank you for yet another tremendous podcast – your work is appreciated!
I particularly liked Okie Nance: he spoke like a sailor and didn’t pull any punches. He gave his opinion and it was kinda refreshing to hear such a candid and forthright interview.
I loved the F-14 before this ep but I love it even more now.
Another EXCELLENT OmegaTau combat airplane episode! I really like the diverse approach in this episode. Of course, Okie stands out, as pilots always do, but the other guests added a lot to this episode. I’m not a flight simulator guy, but it was really interesting to hear about making the Tomcat module, all the hard work and dedication the guys put into it. I hope there are still planes left that Markus can podcast about!
What a fantastic episode! The different viewing points from Nick and Okie give a great contrast during listening. Both are equally enjoyable.
During the simulator part I kept smiling, but shaking my head about the dedication to simulate something in such great detail which nobody in the target group can actually verify. It appears so pointless at first glance, but I’m sure it’s appreciated, great fun, super nerdy and definitely made me considering to start looking into flight simulations. It is always fun to listen to somebody as passionate about his project as these guys.
Fantastic episode and even the (inevitable) fighter-jokey slang was adding to the whole “jet-fighter-from-the-80s” vibe.