Just sayin, IRL the cockpit frame is much thinner than it seems in DCS world...Civilians can't get inside this AFB unless through special permission and approvals. There are sectors in this base where even all PAF pilots can't visit e.g. the Block 50 Viper hangars. (I didn't get anywhere near that area.) But these are pics I took from a couple of cockpits, the first is a Viper (the older Jordanian imports) and the second is the Thunder:
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^ I actually posted the second pic on the Wiki page for the JF-17, I think it's still there on that page.
As a DCS player who regularly flys the Jeff, this is how it is from my perspective (please note that everything I say is only how it performs in-game): The jeff is competitive in BVR, as of right now the SD 10 performs a bit weaker but comparable to the AIM120C (IIRC it performs better when the engine is on, but slows down more quickly once it runs out), and Jeff is one of the few non-US aircrafts that can hold it's own in a BVR fight. Dogfighting in the Jeff is OK but not ideal: it's turn performance is good but has relatively low thrust-to-weight ratio and struggles a bit to gain energy; PL-5E is about on par with AIM-9M but lacks the high off-boresight capabilities of the AIM-9X and R-73, and the 23mm gun is absolutely abysmal in dogfights (-3 degree mounting angle... seriously?). Overall, Jeff is capable in A2A but not OP by anymeans. What really makes Jeff such a popular aircraft is actually the assortment of A2G weapons that it comes with, making it a really good all-rounder.Not sure if this was ever posted. I found these videos to be really cool. It shows Jf-17 beating many modern fighter in a dog fight in DCS simulator. JF-17 is extremely popular in DCS community where it is known as one of the best fighters due to its maneuverability and solid BVR capability due to strong performance of the SD-10 missile which performs better than Amraam in the simulator.
It is nicknamed "The Jeff" in DCS community.