The world of aviation has always been a source of fascination for many people. The idea of flying at breakneck speeds through the clouds, manoeuvring through complex airspace, and landing on an aircraft carrier deck has always been the stuff of dreams for many aviation enthusiasts.
With the advent of Microsoft Flight Simulator, the ability to simulate these experiences has become more accessible than ever before.
Recently, a renowned aviation YouTuber named cgaviator captured the attention of aviation enthusiasts worldwide by successfully and (more importantly) realistically flying and landing an F-35B from and on the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, using Microsoft Flight Simulator.
For background, he’s is a real pilot, and he has over 2500 hours on aircraft, including the Hawk and Tornado GR4, as well as over seven years as an instructor in fast jet and turboprop aircraft. You can find out more about Chris and his set-up by clicking here.
The video has almost hit 300,000 views from aviation enthusiasts. Many of you will know we have never covered YouTube stuff before, but there’s a good reason for this article… the video helped me when playing Microsoft Flight Simulator. Plus, it’s pretty interesting.
It is impossible to stress the fun of being able to replicate these experiences at home using Microsoft Flight Simulator. The cost and difficulty of becoming a pilot, let alone being able to fly an F-35B and land on an aircraft carrier, may be out of reach for many people. Most people.
The F-35B is an extremely sophisticated fighter jet that can land vertically and take off in relatively confined spaces. It is a useful asset for aircraft carriers lacking the necessary runway length for conventional takeoffs and landings. It takes a lot of training and experience to land an F-35B on an aircraft carrier deck, and the video shows how much finesse and skill are needed to pull off this move, even in a game.
Hold on, what is ‘SRVL’ again?
As we all know, the F-35B is a short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft that is designed for use on aircraft carriers.
SRVL stands for ‘Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing’. The SRVL technique allows the F-35B to land on the carrier in a short distance by rolling forward and using the lift generated by its wings to maintain its descent.
This technique is considered to be a safer and more efficient method of landing than the traditional vertical landing method, as it requires less fuel and allows the aircraft to carry a heavier payload.
During an SRVL landing, the F-35B approaches the carrier at a steep angle and uses its lift fan and thrust vectoring nozzle to slow down and control its descent. As the aircraft touches down on the carrier’s deck, it continues to roll forward, using the lift generated by its wings to maintain its descent until it stops.