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How an aviation enthusiast collaborated with the US Navy to create PS4’s Blue Angels Flight Simulator

The story behind this week’s flight sim release, which challenges you to perform daring aerial aerobatics solo or with a team

Hi, I’m Roberto Simonetto – aviation enthusiast, sports pilot and huge fan of the Blue Angels (and of aerobatic flight). In 2012 I founded RORTOS, an Italian company focused on developing flight simulators, and I’m happy to announce Blue Angels Flight Simulator, an innovative sim focused on aerobatics and formation flying that’s being created in collaboration with the US Navy.

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After initial introductions, we took a plane and flew over to the Pensacola air base in Florida where the Blue Angels team trains during the summer. We were both nervous and excited to meet our heroes.

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All fears disappeared immediately as the team welcomed us warmly and enthusiastically helped us gathering the material we needed for our project. Over the course of our research we talked to pilots and technicians, studied maneuvers and the aircrafts that make them possible. We discussed graphics, presentation and, more importantly, realized that we all shared the same great passion for flying, which has always kept us focused on our goal.

Great professionalism, unconditional commitment and an incredible attention to detail; these are the characteristics that make these pilots, with nerves of steel, truly unique. These are the same characteristics our players will need in order to complete the training program and all the famous aerobatic maneuvers, whose geometry, entry and exit speeds, and altitude have all been accurately reproduced.

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In the simulator you can fly beyond the speed of sound in the mighty F18 Hornet. You can soar through the skies solo or as part of the team, or even lead the entire formation. You can even board the C130 Fat Albert and pull off some daring maneuvers.

Using satellite technology, we have accurately reproduced five important airshow locations and each one includes exclusive maneuvers and challenges of gradually increasing difficulty.

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Blue Angels Flight Simulator releases on PS4 tomorrow, Tuesday 28th November on PlayStation Store. For all your flight sim and aerial acrobatic fans out there, we hope you enjoy it!

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Have you considered adding PlayStation VR and HOTAS4 support? Then it will be an instant buy for me.

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Same here, VR and full HOTAS4 (with pedals) support and I would be all over this! I made videos of people formation flying in Eve Valkyrie, so basicly a sim of formation flying with a team like the Blue Angels is so up my street you could name it Salsaketchup Avenue! ;)

First thing I think of when I see this sort of game is VR. Any plans for this in a future update or DLC?

I think the aim controller would would be ideal for a flight game.

Anyways, this looks very sharp and detailed. Will keep an eye out for it.

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The Aim would not be suitable for a game like this. Aim is a rifle, not a flightstick.

This mobile phone game is also available on the App Store for free…. :/

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