The Official F-15 Strike Eagle Handbook

by Richard Sheffield

Two-Player Team

Although the F-15 Strike Eagle manual makes only slight mention of the two-player system, I feel it's very important. The real F-15E is a two-man aircraft, as is the Navy's F-14 Tomcat. The benefit isn't only in the extra pair of hands for operating complex weapons systems, it's also in the extra pair of eyes. These same benefits translate well to the simulation.

In a two-player simulation, one person operates the joystick, functioning as pilot, and the other operates the keyboard controls, functioning as weapons officer, or .GIB (Guy In Back), as they're referred to. The pilot doesn't have to look away from the screen to push buttons or check radar.

In this system, duties should be divided as they're outlined below.

Pilot's responsibilities:

Weapons officer's responsibilities:

It's important to give the second player as much to do as possible to keep him or her from getting bored and becoming a spectator instead of a participant.

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