DC Designs F-15 C, E & I Eagle

Compatibility: Microsoft Flight Simulator
DC Designs are proud to announce the first of their products being brought to Microsoft Flight Simulator; the popular F-15 Eagle package. This DC Designs collection includes all four accurately modelled F-15C, D, E and I "Ra'am" Eagles. PBR textures are used throughout to produce a truly 3D feel, as well as full use of new simulator features and effects such as rain on the cockpit canopy and internal reflections.

The models take advantage of many of the new simulator’s features, while at the same time striving to maintain the high performance of the original package, no matter how busy the skies or the weather. Full use is made of Microsoft Flight Simulator’s new “Behavior File” animation methodology, to keep the aircraft functions bug-proof during simulator upgrades, and they also make use of the simulator’s new flight model. We have overcome some of the simulator’s current limitations, including featuring a custom Head Up Display. 

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Further features include authentic night lighting such as user-operated 'slime lights' for combat operations, custom animated afterburner flames and sonic shockwave effects, custom-coded air intake animations based on aircraft airspeed and angle of attack, selectable weapons load-outs, and optional pilots in the virtual cockpit.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: At this time, Microsoft Flight Simulator does not support supersonic flight, so the Eagles are restricted to Mach 1 until the simulator’s flight model is updated. In addition, the Head Up Display operates only in DAA graphics mode – using TAA renders the display unreadable. This bug may be fixed by the time of release.

MANUAL: A full operations manual is included.
 

EIGHT LIVERIES

F-15C
  • 493rd FS based at RAF Lakenheath
  • 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard
  • 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard
  • 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Virginia

F-15E
  • 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
  • 391st Fighter Squadron, 'Bold Tigers', Mountain Home AFB
  • 391st Fighter Squadron, 'Tiger Meet' 2005

F-15I 'Ra'am'
  • N 69 Squadron 'Patishim' (Hammers)
 
A Paint Kit is also included.

Development Updates

23 November 2020
Further improvements have been made to the MSFS version of the F-15 Eagles, with the implementation of ordnance selection via the in-sim loadout page.  This allows the user to dynamically change the weight of relevantly named stations, and see the ordnance appear there along with dynamically increased aircraft weight.

All external textures have been increased to 4K resolution, and the paint kit has also been altered to match. The virtual cockpits now have active MFD screens displaying all important flight information, as well as a dynamic weapons loadout screen that matches the user's ordnance selection.

Even when heavily laden, the Strike Eagle is still a formidable aircraft with high performance throughout the flight envelope.  The various improvements can all be seen in these latest screenshots. 


16 November 2020

Not too far off completion now, the DC Designs F-15 Eagles for Microsoft Flight simulator are being modified to take advantage of the new simulator's effects, such as dynamic rainfall on the canopy glass.  Some effects created by DC Designs will remain however, such as the "G-Vapour" effects above the wings when performing high-G manoeuvers, and of course the modelled and animated afterburner flames.  One major change is the way that stores will be presented. These will now be selectable in the simulator's main menu via the "External Fuel" and "Station Loads": this method ensures both dynamically loading stores, but also includes the extra benefit of including the weight of those stores upon the airplane - the F-15E Strike Eagle when fully-laden will handle very differently to the F-15C at its lightest combat weight.  

Here are some new images, one shot shows external weapons but no fuel tank, for maximum combat manoeuverabilty.  There's a shot showing off the G-Force - low-pressure vapour effect over the wings and min-burner flames in the exhaust cans and the final shot shows the rainfall effect in action on the Eagle's canopy.


10 November 2020

Here are the first set of shots showing off how the F-15 C, E & I Eagle is shaping up in Flight Simulator.  You can see how so many of the model's features are used to the best extent here including the full PBR texturing sytem and much more including authentic night lighting, user-operated 'slime lights' for combat operations, custom animated afterburner flames and sonic shockwave effects, custom-coded air intake animations based on aircraft airspeed and angle of attack, selectable weapons load-outs, and optional pilots in the virtual cockpit.

We'll be showing off more shots and giving more detail as the release date approaches.  Enjoy these shots for now!


DC Designs F-15 C, E & I Eagle
Microsoft Flight Simulator