Gamers May Get Dream Shot In Real Dogfight


Video gamers who yearn for a shot at a real dogfight might want to be careful what they wish for. A YouTuber who’s also an airline pilot and former fighter pilot is raising cash to shoot a pilot episode of what he hopes will be a streaming series called Fight’s On. C.W. Lemoine wants to pluck the best gamers from the DCS World online dogfight community and strap them into the cockpits of a pair of Siai-Marchetti S.211 and put them through all the stomach-churning mayhem that real fighter jocks endure in a fight to the finish.

Of course, the armchair Top Guns won’t be in the wild blue (or greyed out) yonder themselves. Lemoine, call sign Mover, and fellow former F/A 18 pilot Trevor “Gonky” Hartsock will do the flying while the gamers try to hang on. “We’ve all heard it before, right?” the show stars propose in their pitch for funding for the pilot. “‘I’m good at this simulator, so I could easily fly a real fighter jet!’ Instead of just rolling our eyes, what if we could actually put them to the test?” According to Forbes, the fundraising is going briskly and at least two gamers might get that shot.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. “Of course, the armchair Top Guns won’t be in the wild blue (or greyed out) yonder themselves.”

    Don’t you mean to say that “[…] armchair Top Guns won’t be ALONE in the wild blue (or greyed out) yonder themselves.”? ‘Cuz the linked web site makes it pretty clear that they will be “[…] put them in real jets (after a little bit of instruction from our hosts, of course)”.