Combat

1942 The Pacific Air War
303 Squadron: Battle of Britain
A-10 Attack
A-10 Cuba
  • A-10 Cuba
  • date_range 1996
  • precision_manufacturing Parsoft Interactive  
  • content_pasteA-10 Cuba by Eric "Hellcats" Parker is a fluid and exciting sim which ran well on modest PC's. This sim was one of that rare breed which begged to be flown! The handling from taxiing to landing is pure flight sim joy! The wealth of detail, smoothness and sense of speed added up to an addictive experience The handling from taxiing to landing is pure flight sim joy!
  • tagCombat
A-10 Tank Killer
  • A-10 Tank Killer
  • date_range 1989
  • content_pasteThis sim may look primitive today , but bear in mind the the CPU speeds in 1989 were 8MHz, computers had 640k of RAM and there was no dedicated video hardware. To put it in perspective, a standard PC only 10 years later ran at 3,000 MHz with 1,000,000 k of RAM and a video card that is probably more powerful than the host PC!.
  • tagCombat
A-10 Tank Killer 2: Silent Thunder
A-10 Warthog
  • A-10 Warthog
  • date_range 1999
  • precision_manufacturing Janes Combat Simulations  
  • content_pasteThe Flight Sim Museum sadly remembers Jane's A-10 Warthog, the best sim that never took flight. A-10 Warthog was the greatest sim that never took flight. The crack team at Janes Combat Simulations had the rug pulled out from under their feet just before the 'Hog flew. Sim fans worldwide were bitterly disappointed when, in July 1999, Jane's announced the cancellation of the project. All we are left with are these tantalising glimpses of what may have been.
  • tagCombat
ACE
ACE 2
Ace Combat
Ace Combat 2
Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  • date_range 2019
  • precision_manufacturing Bandai Namco Entertainment  
  • content_pasteHigh paced and great looking aerial action which could be a modern 'Strike Commander' if it supported HOTAS and TrackIR. It no doubt serves console players well but excludes itself from the running for those coming from the sim end of the field because of these issues. Bizarrely though, Bandai-Namco did a deal to support a specific Ace Combat model joystick from Thrustmaster. This left me looking forlornly at my top-of -the-range Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS and TRP rudder pedals and wondering why I couldn't join the party?
  • tagCombat
Aces Collection
Aces of the Pacific
Aces over Europe
Advanced Tactical Fighters
  • Advanced Tactical Fighters
  • date_range 1996
  • content_pasteAdvanced Tactical Fighters was the sequel to Marine Fighters, and third in the series. It introduced stealth and vectored thrust aircraft. I remember the first time sat in my hom-buil cockpit and booted it up on my 486 DX-66. I leapt into the Grumman X-31 and headed for the clouds. For a while I was convinced there was something wrong with the program because this aircraft just seemed too fast!
  • tagCombatNATO
Aero Elite: Combat Academy
  • Aero Elite: Combat Academy
  • date_range 2002
  • precision_manufacturing SEGA  
  • content_paste"... last game in the AeroWings series, and was also considered the best: quality graphics, very detailed and animated 3D plane models, over 60 planes to fly (including Mig 29, SU27, Mirage2000, Harrier, A10, Tornado, etc.), challenging missions and new original features like the "scramble" mode - a random interception mission where a player must take off, intercept an unknown intruder plane, take pictures to identify it, then return to the base and land to finish the mission. " - Wikipedia
  • tagCombat
Aero Fighters Assault
  • Aero Fighters Assault
  • date_range 1997
  • precision_manufacturing Video System Co. Ltd.   Paradigm  
  • content_pasteAeroFighters Assault was developed by Paradigm Entertainment and published by Video System Co. Ltd. for the Nintendo in 1997. It was released in Japan as Sonic Wings Assault.
  • tagCombat
Afterburner
  • Afterburner
  • date_range 1988
  • precision_manufacturing SEGA   Activision  
  • content_pasteThe PC port of this game didn't look as good as the arcade machines, but bear in mind that these were the days of 386 25 Mhz processors and 2 MEG RAM! Although this was definitely an arcade game rather than a sim, it is worth a mention because it had a pretty good moving cockpit in the arcades and probably got many people interested the flight sim genre. Anyway the fact remains that if you tell someone that you're into Flight Simulators there is a pretty good chance they'll say "Oh, yeah, you mean like: Afterburner!". It is an iconic game.
  • tagCombat
AH-3 Thunderstrike
Air Combat Classics
  • Air Combat Classics
  • date_range 1993
  • content_paste Air Combat Classics is a collection of absolute classic flight sims from LucasArts released in 1993. It contained: Battlehawks 1942 | Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe | Their Finest Hour (Battle of Britain).
  • tagCombat
Air Combat Yugekioh II
  • Air Combat Yugekioh II
  • date_range 1990
  • content_pasteAir Combat Yugeki-oh II was developed by SystemSoft for the NEC PC-9801 series of PC's in Japan. The player is a mercenary pilot working for the Asian Pacific Economic Network (APEN).
  • tagCombat
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars
Air Conflicts: Vietnam
Air Missions: HIND
Air Power
  • Air Power
  • date_range 1995
  • precision_manufacturing Rowan  
  • content_pasteSimilar in style to the 2000 sim Crimson Skies, Air Power was a sim set in a fictitious land and set your colourful planes against zeppelins and other nasties!
  • tagCombat
Air Power Cold War
Air Strike USA
  • Air Strike USA
  • date_range 1985
  • precision_manufacturing Digital Integration   Digital Integration  
  • content_pasteAir Strike USA was published by Digital Integration and released on on the PC in 1985. Really an arcade game rather than a flight simulator it is mainly of interest because the Publisher / Design Team Digital Integration went on to produce some of the finest PC Flight Sims ever to grace screens worldwide. From humble origins grew one of the giants in air combat sim development.
  • tagCombat
Air Support
  • Air Support
  • date_range 1992
  • precision_manufacturing Psygnosis  
  • content_paste"Don't be misled by its title and the illustration of twin Tornado ADVs soaring across the cover of Psygnosis' latest battle-in-a-box. Air Support is not a screaming, seat-of-the-pants combat flight simulator, It's more like a tedious, and less enjoyable version of their own previous release Armour-Geddon."
  • tagCombat
Air Warrior (Public Domain)
  • Air Warrior (Public Domain)
  • date_range 1990
  • content_pasteAir Warrior was introduced to the gaming public as a free - public domain - piece of software which could be downloaded and played in practice mode at home. You then logged on to a dedicated server in your city via modem and played in a virtual war.
  • tagCombatWorld War II
Air Warrior III
  • Air Warrior III
  • date_range 1998
  • content_pasteAir Warrior 3, released in 1998 is a popular on-line World War 2 Air Combat sim running in Windows '95 and '98.
  • tagCombatWorld War II
Air-Sea Battle
Air-Sea Battle
Airfix Dogfighter
  • Airfix Dogfighter
  • date_range 2000
  • precision_manufacturing Paradox Entertainment  
  • content_pasteWho as a child didn't use their plastic model aircraft to stage furious dogfights? Airfix Dogfighter recreates that simple and joyful world!
  • tagCombat
Airfix Dogfighter
  • Airfix Dogfighter
  • date_range 2000
  • precision_manufacturing Paradox Entertainment  
  • content_pasteWho as a child didn't use their plastic model aircraft to stage furious dogfights? Airfix Dogfighter recreates that simple and joyful world!
  • tagCombat
AirForce Delta Storm
AirForce Delta Storm
Apache
Apache Longbow Assault
ARMA
  • ARMA
  • date_range 2001
  • precision_manufacturing Bohemia Interactive  
  • content_pasteARMA may be described as a military | physics | AI sandbox. It supports air, land and sea operations as infantry and in all sorts of vehicles and has a massive user base.
  • tagCombat
ARMA 3
  • ARMA 3
  • date_range 2013
  • precision_manufacturing Bohemia Interactive  
  • content_paste"Combat gameplay in a massive military sandbox. Deploying a wide variety of single- and multiplayer content, over 20 vehicles and 40 weapons, and limitless opportunities for content creation"
  • tagCombatSandbox
ARMA 3 Helicopters
  • ARMA 3 Helicopters
  • date_range 2014
  • home ARMA 3  
  • precision_manufacturing Bohemia Interactive  
  • content_paste"'Arma 3 Helicopters, the second premium DLC for Arma 3, features the highly detailed CH-67 Huron and Mi-290 Taru heavy-lift helicopters, a Sling Loading showcase scenario, and four exclusive helicopter Time Trial challenges. The DLC is complemented by a major free platform update for Arma 3, which lands the new Support MP mode, sling loading, RotorLib, firing from vehicles, and more."
  • tagCombatSandboxRotary Wing
ARMA 3 Jets
ATF II
Avenger A-10
  • Avenger A-10
  • date_range 1991
  • precision_manufacturing Spectrum Holobyte  
  • content_pasteLars Gramkow Nielsen reported " From what I've been able to make out, it was supposed to be released after Falcon 3.0, as the second of the Electronic Battlefield Series sims - of which Falcon 3.0 was the first. "

    MiGMan's industry sources reported that the main problem was the low altitude rendering of terrain by the graphics engine.
  • tagCombat
Avro Vulcan for CFS2
  • Avro Vulcan for CFS2
  • date_range 2002
  • precision_manufacturing FlightCraft Simulations  
  • content_pasteA classic marque which deserves a rich sim environment in which to stretch it's legs, Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2 merely muzzles it. The developer acknowledges this and I concur that the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 version looks like the way to go for full Vulcan enjoyment.
  • tagCombatAdd-on
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth
Back to Baghdad
  • Back to Baghdad
  • date_range 1996
  • precision_manufacturing Military Simulations Inc.  
  • content_pasteBack to Baghdad was an F-16 simulation set in the Gulf War (1991) . It was a DOS sim with claims to high fidelity of flight model and weapons systems modelling and was priced about 30% higher than other PC sims at the time. The publishers Military Simulations Inc. went on to specialise in military sims and released no more products for the home market. It was unique in that it supported a second monitor for the radar display - and this while running in DOS !
  • tagCombat
Battle for Midway
Battle of Britain (Rowan)
  • Battle of Britain (Rowan)
  • date_range 2000
  • precision_manufacturing Rowan  
  • content_pasteExpectations were high at Xmas 2000. Rowan, the makers of 'Flight of the Intruder' Operation Overlord, Navy Strike and more recently the smash hit 'MiG Alley', released a simulation of the 6 weeks that altered history, when the Royal Air Force fended off the might of the Luftwaffe.
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
Battle of Britain 2: Wings of Victory
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Battle over Europe
Battlestations: Midway
Battlestations: Pacific
Birds of Prey
  • Birds of Prey
  • date_range 1992
  • precision_manufacturing Activision  
  • content_pasteIn 1992 16 bit processors had just arrived and we were plunged into an exciting world of flying polygons! The weapons were destructive to any object, no matter what the device or target. I have witnessed a Forger get hit AFTER launching from a carrier by a Mk83 slick released by a B-1B Lancer." Pretty good for a sim that came on ONE floppy disk - 720K !
  • tagCombat
Black Knight Marine Strike Fighter
  • Black Knight Marine Strike Fighter
  • date_range 1998
  • content_pasteFirst impressions (1998): "Black Knight Marine Strike Fighter SE was distributed as a shareware demo in 1995 with some functions disabled. The graphics were VGA (300 x 200). The publisher was FormGen. The flight recorder played back your flight from various angles. It runs very fast on a 486 and is worth a look at as an introduction to jet combat sims." MiGMan
  • tagCombatCold War
Carrier Command
Carrier Deck
Check Six
Close Combat
  • Close Combat
  • date_range 1996
  • precision_manufacturing Atomic   Microsoft  
  • content_pasteThis was the first game to really factor in morale for your troops, which added a lot of uncertainty to the gameplay. The whole series is undemanding on hardware and an ideal choice for whiling away time on a laptop.
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
Close Combat Trilogy
Comanche 3
Comanche 4
Comanche Gold
  • Comanche Gold
  • date_range 1998
  • precision_manufacturing Novalogic  
  • content_pasteAdded: new campaigns, new missions, mission design tool, weather effects and a campaign designed exclusively for NovaLogic by a former U.S. Army Team Comanche member to the 1997 release Comanche 3.
  • tagCombatRotary Wing
Comanche: Over the Edge
Combat Air Patrol
  • Combat Air Patrol
  • date_range 2001
  • precision_manufacturing Psygnosis  
  • content_paste"This was a late addition to the long line of flight sims for the Amiga, and it was also one of the best. The whole sim was based on the 1991 Gulf War ( Desert Storm ) and you could take to the skies in either the mighty Grumman F-14A Tomcat or the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet. "
  • tagCombatEuropean Theatre WWII
Combat Air Patrol 2
Combat Helo
Combat Jet Trainer
Combat Lynx
Combat Squadron
Combat Wings
  • Combat Wings
  • date_range 2008
  • precision_manufacturing CI Games  
  • content_paste"It’s the 4th of June, 1942, and Japanese bombs are raining down on Midway – and you. This lethal assault is a prelude to an invasion whose success gives the enemy control over the Pacific. You are one of the American airmen who hold the outcome of this decisive battle in their hands."
  • tagCombatWorld War IIPacific Theatre WWII
Combat Wings: Battle of Britain
Command and Conquer
  • Command and Conquer
  • date_range 1995
  • content_pasteThe Command and Conquer series from Westwood Studios was a ground breaking innovater in the 1990s which brought real-time drama to the concept of table-top gaming. And obviated the need to read the rules and carry 16-sided dice!
  • tagCombat
Crimson Skies
  • Crimson Skies
  • date_range 2000
  • precision_manufacturing Zipper   Microsoft  
  • content_paste Set in a parallel universe in 1937, the game sets up a world where the USA is divided into small nations and Air Power rules the day. Jordan Weisner has combined elements of the swashbuckling 1930's pulp fiction hero with, in his words "Air Combat with everything taken out except the fun!".
  • tagCombat
Dawn of Aces
Dawn Patrol
DCS (Digital Combat Simulator World)
  • DCS (Digital Combat Simulator World)
  • date_range 2017
  • precision_manufacturing Eagle Dynamics  
  • content_pasteSuccessor to Flanker 1.5, Su-27 2.0, LOMAC and others, this sim continues the mission of presenting a high quality combat flight sim environment. " DCS is a true "sandbox" simulation that is also designed to cover multiple time periods of interest such as WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War and others."
  • tagCombatCold War
Delta Wing
Desert Fighters
Dogfight 1942
EF 2000
  • EF 2000
  • date_range 1995
  • precision_manufacturing Digital Image Design  
  • content_paste EF 2000 first saw the light of day (a gloomy Scandinavian day at that! ) in 1995. It's roots lay in F-29 Retaliator and TFX but it went much, much further, breaking new ground in combat flight fidelity. From engine start, sorry, I mean TWO engine starts, you knew this was a new kind of flight sim experience. Taxiing quickened the pulse as the Eurofighter bobbed and bounced on its suspension. Sunlight glinted through the canopy, wheel brakes on, engine spooled up and the beast was straining at the leash.

    "Brakes off and the tyres rumble, 120 knots and the dragon leaps into the air."
    - an ode to EF 2000 - MiGMan, 1999
  • tagCombat
Elite
Enemy Engaged 2
Enemy Engaged Apache vs. Havoc
Enemy Engaged Comanche vs. Hokum
  • Enemy Engaged Comanche vs. Hokum
  • date_range 2000
  • precision_manufacturing Razorworks   Empire  
  • content_pasteIt was early April 2000... and two of the world's most fearsome helicopter gunships landed on home PCs worldwide. One of the best pieces of news to me was that 'Enemy Engaged: Comanche vs Hokum' is backward-compatible with Enemy Engaged - Apache vs Havoc, meaning you still have access to the campaigns and flyable helos from AvH. That of course is if you have AvH installed - if you don't, and you have a PC 300 Mhz or faster and a 3D graphics card, then run out and get it!
  • tagCombatRotary WingNATO
Enemy Engaged Comanche vs. Hokum | DLC
  • Enemy Engaged Comanche vs. Hokum | DLC
  • date_range 2016
  • content_paste9 flyable helicopters:
    Blue: AH-64A Apache | AH-64D Apache Longbow | RAH-66 Comanche | AH-1Z Viper | OH-58D Kiowa.|| Red: Ka-52 "Hokum B" | Ka-50 "Black Shark" | Mi-28N "Havoc" | Mi-24V Hind || Plus scenery and graphics upgrades.
  • tagCombatRotary WingNATO
Energy Airforce
Eurofighter (Alphasim)
  • Eurofighter (Alphasim)
  • date_range
  • content_pasteThe AA radar allows real intercepts to be made, commonplace in combat sims but a first for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.
  • tagCombat
Eurofighter (Alphasim)
  • Eurofighter (Alphasim)
  • date_range
  • content_pasteThe AA radar allows real intercepts to be made, commonplace in combat sims but a first for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.
  • tagCombat
Eurofighter Typhoon
Eurofighter Typhoon: Operation Icebreaker
European Air War
  • European Air War
  • date_range 1999
  • precision_manufacturing Microprose   Microprose  
  • content_pasteWith this flight sim classic Microprose continued their tradition of creating sims which you could live in for months or even years, never getting bored. European Air War recreated the epic west European air battles which helped change the course of World History 1939 - 1945. Every aspect of this sim was superb, from the graphics and sounds to the atmospheric interfaces.
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0
  • F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0
  • date_range 1993
  • precision_manufacturing Microprose  
  • content_pasteF-117A Stealth Fighter has been referred to as "the mother of all sims" due to the many innovations it presented and the atmospheric way the sim is presented. It set standards of game-play which have probably never been exceeded.The sim was a major enhancement and re-release of F-19 (1988) by Sid Meier. F-117A runs very well on a 386 and is a "thinking person's sim" emphasising tactical thinking over reflexes.
  • tagCombatNATOStealth
F-117A Stealth Fighter (NES Edition)
F-14 Tomcat
  • F-14 Tomcat
  • date_range 1990
  • precision_manufacturing Activision  
  • content_pasteThe opening scenes to this 1990 flight sim from Activision are an accurate time capsule! The PC hardware of the day was only capable of displaying a limited number of polygons and colours, and the sound made good use of the latest sound card technology. Note that in the game you could also fly in cockpit view.
  • tagCombat
F-15 by Janes
  • F-15 by Janes
  • date_range 1998
  • precision_manufacturing Janes Combat Simulations  
  • content_pasteF-15 by Janes had to be the strike fighter sim of the Millenium! Although it does have a formidable Air to Air capability in terms of Radar and ordnance, the F-15E is about half way down the ladder in manoeuverability... not a dogfight machine! But for fans of the Strike Aircraft community... F-111, A-6 Intruder, Tornado... 1998 was hog heaven!
  • tagCombatNATO
F-15 Strike Eagle II
  • F-15 Strike Eagle II
  • date_range 1989
  • precision_manufacturing Microprose  
  • content_pasteIn 1989 F-15 Strike Eagle II had one of the richest and most interactive sim environments ever seen.The world was full of activity from enemy fighters and ships. Who can forget "Director Mode", which let you sit back and watch as the sim followed the action. Pour a cup of coffee, grab a donut and watch the action unfold!
  • tagCombatNATO
F-15 Strike Eagle III
  • F-15 Strike Eagle III
  • date_range 1992
  • precision_manufacturing Microprose  
  • content_pasteF-15 Strike Eagle III was a ground breaking simulation of the premier Strike Fighter and one of Microprose's greatest achievements. It was also one of the few sims that enabled two people to fly in the same aircraft over a network, in this case as pilot and Weapons Systems Operator.
  • tagCombatNATO
F-16 Combat Pilot
  • F-16 Combat Pilot
  • date_range 1989
  • precision_manufacturing Microprose  
  • content_pasteThe simple graphics of this sim belie the amount of information it presented to the pilot in real time, a milestone achievement for flight sims of the era. I first played it in the 1980's on an Atari ST. I used to fly on instruments most of the time and play with the comprehensive information available on the 3 Multi-Function Displays. It was the first flight sim with a dynamic battlefield.
  • tagCombatNATO
F-16 Multirole Fighter
F-19 Stealth Fighter
  • F-19 Stealth Fighter
  • date_range 1988
  • content_pasteF-19 Stealth Fighter was the first version of the wildly successful release "F-117A Stealth Fighter". The smoothly profiled aircraft you can see on the box was based on aerospace industry observer's best guesses about what the mysterious 'Stealth Fighter' actually looked like. Bear in mind that the F-117 was flying in secrecy for about 10 years before the general public got a look at it! Quite a remarkable achievement. The Atari version had digitised sounds, I distinctly remember the "click" of the recon camera. The manual was probably the largest and most informative we had ever seen for a flight sim. Playing this sim on my Atari ST prompted me to get back into scale modelling, so I went out and bought a 1/72 scale F-117 model, which although more accurate in general shape than the F-19 guesses, still wasn't quite right, being too short and stubby.
  • tagCombatNATO
F-22 Total Air War 2
  • F-22 Total Air War 2
  • date_range 2009
  • content_paste"F-22 Total Air War 2.0 (TAW 2.0) is a total conversion of F-22 Total Air War (TAW), which also includes the campaigns from F-22 Air Dominance Fighter (ADF) and the Red Sea Operations (RSO) expansion disc. TAW 2.0 is the follow-on to Total Air War 2008. The goal of TAW 2.0 is to provide a simulation experience that equals or surpasses your fond memories with the original ADF and TAW. TAW 2.0 is self contained. You do not require the original F-22 ADF or F-22 TAW to play."
  • tagCombatNATO
F-29 Retaliator
  • F-29 Retaliator
  • date_range 1991
  • content_pasteLand the Space Shuttle on your iPhone or Android device. Great fun. FlyingSinger put me on to this 10 years ago and I'm still enjoying doing a dead stick landing in the world's most expensive glider!
  • tagCombatNATO
F/A-18 3.0
  • F/A-18 3.0
  • date_range
  • content_pasteGraphic Simulation's F/A-18 3.0 sim set new standards of fidelity and was playable on an average PC! It was actually released on Mac first, unusual for flight sim nowadays but back then Mac's had better graphics capabilities than PC's.
  • tagCombatCarrier
F/A-18 Korea
  • F/A-18 Korea
  • date_range 1997
  • content_pasteKorea was one of the most realistic flight sims around 1n 1997 and it ran very well on a modest (Pentium) system. Royal Australian Air Force pilots regard this sim as a very accurate portrayal of the Hornet flight model. The flight model was one of the most fluid around and energy management in a dogfight became a desperate necessity! This sim was worth buying just for the in-game training tutorials. The Hornet was conceived from the word go as a dual-role aircraft, hence the designation F/A-18, which means Fighter-Attack. It was meant to supplement the role of the F-14 Tomcat, providing shorter range Air defense and to totally replace the A-7 Corsair and A-6 Intruder.

    This sim reflects the dual role with an incredible array of Air-to-Ground weapons and systems.
  • tagCombatCarrier
F/A-18 Precision Strike Fighter
F/A-18E Super Hornet
  • F/A-18E Super Hornet
  • date_range 1999
  • precision_manufacturing Digital Integration   Titus  
  • content_pasteThis sim demanded your full attention. It detected you were not giving full attention... and then turned around and bit you hard! The computers did their best to fly the plane where you pointed it, but couldn't rescue you from gross errors of judgement like my full loops at low altitude! From a hard-core point of view I like this... it forced you to correct sloppy habits and get into the checklist mentality.. getting into a "landing state of mind" when landing... not dwelling on the fantastic dogfight you just had / didn't have. This indeed is the essence of creating an immersive sim!
  • tagCombatCarrier
Fair Strike
Falcon
Falcon 3.0
Falcon A.T.
  • Falcon A.T.
  • date_range 1988
  • precision_manufacturing Spectrum Holobyte  
  • content_paste"Falcon A.T. (PC DOS 1988), also known as Falcon 2, was one of the first flight sims to use EGA graphics as well as one of the earliest commercially released games to require a 286 or better PC. In comparison to the older game, this version allows external viewing of the player aircraft, enables a "head-to-head" multiplayer mode, and includes the MiG-29 as an adversary."
  • tagCombat
Falcon BMS
Falcon Gold
Fighter Ace 3.5
Fighter Pilot (Digital Integration)
  • Fighter Pilot (Digital Integration)
  • date_range 1983
  • content_pasteFighter Pilot was the first combat flight simulation from the British developer Digital Integration. The game earned the distinction of being the first attempt at simulating the undoubtedly complex F-15 Eagle interceptor. Not a very impressive attempt by today’s standards, but in 1983 the coding was fairly complex and the result quite respectable. There were a number of successive versions created for several platforms over a period of a few years, which makes it harder to determine the release date of the original, but it was probably in 1983.
  • tagCombat
Fighters Anthology
  • Fighters Anthology
  • date_range 1998
  • precision_manufacturing Electronic Arts  
  • content_pasteFighters Anthology brought the DOS sims US Navy Fighters, Marine Fighters, Advanced Tactical Fighters, NATO Fighters and the Windows sim USNF '97 into one collection under Windows. It gave you over 100 different aircraft types to fly! It was the culmination of an ambitious series which bought hours of fun to flight sim fans the world over.
  • tagCombatCarrierNATO
Final Flight
  • Final Flight
  • date_range 1983
  • content_paste" This is a real-time flight and landing simulator for a small plane similar to a Cessna. You're approaching the air strip, and must use your instruments and the view from your cockpit to land safely. You control pitch (angle with the ground), yaw (angle about the plane's vertical axis), and power with your joystick. You may choose flying conditions and decide whether or not to use your instruments. Overall, this is an excellent and convincing simulation." - courtes of Digital Antic Project .
  • tagCombat
Fleet Command
Fleet Defender
  • Fleet Defender
  • date_range 1994
  • precision_manufacturing Microprose  
  • content_pasteFleet Defender, released in 1994 by Microprose, was the most thorough treatment of Carrier Fleet Defense ever seen to that date on a personal computer. The graphics were VGA 320 x 200 and based on the F15 Strike Eagle III graphics engine. This sim gets about as much detail as it's possible to get out of VGA.
  • tagCombatCarrierNATO
Flight Commander 2
  • Flight Commander 2
  • date_range
  • content_pasteFlight Commander 2 (FC2) is not really a flight simulator at all ... but rather a turn-based, tactical, jet-age air combat war game. So what is FC2 doing in the Flight Sim Museum? It's here because it shares many of the elements of combat flight simulators, and appeals to many of the same people who enjoy flight sims.
  • tagCombatWorld War II
Flight Gear
  • Flight Gear
  • date_range
  • content_paste"The FlightGear Flight Simulator project is a free, open-source, multi-platform, cooperative flight sim development project. Source code for the entire project is available and licensed under the GNU General Public License. The FlightGear project is working to create a sophisticated flight simulator framework for the development and pursuit of interesting flight simulator ideas. We are developing a solid, basic sim that can be expanded and improved upon by anyone interested in contributing. "
  • tagCombat
Flight of the Intruder
  • Flight of the Intruder
  • date_range 1990
  • precision_manufacturing Spectrum Holobyte   Rowan  
  • content_pasteFlight of the Intruder, released in 1991, is one of the classic combat flight sims of all time! It was developed by two teams, one in the USA and one in the UK. Flyable aircraft were the A-6 Intruder, F-4 Phantom, MiG-21 - this was the first time I got to fly a MiG-21! I remember flying head-to-head against my brother - he in the F-4 Phantom and myself in the MiG-21. Somehow he could always tell which aircraft was piloted by me despite my best efforts to send in the drones first! Until Falcon 3.0 was released, Flight of the Intruder led the pack in features. I remember getting FOTI for the Atari ST, sometime after I came across Falcon, and being amazed at the depth of the simulation, especially the mission planning options.
  • tagCombatCarrierExternal ViewsCold War
Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China
FreeFalcon
Gunship
  • Gunship
  • date_range 1987
  • content_pasteIn Gunship there were no external views available, just a cockpit with a bedazzling array of engine sensors and weapons displays. Engine start left, Engine start right then drop the clutch to start the rotors spinning. Collective up and the rotor blades bite savagely into the air. With a leap and whoops, you're airborne! 1987 had never been more exciting!
  • tagCombatRotary WingNATO
Gunship (pub 2000)
Gunship 2000
  • Gunship 2000
  • date_range 1991
  • precision_manufacturing Microprose  
  • content_pasteGunship 2000 was an Apache Gunship sim released in 1991 by Microprose. As usual with their products, a strong sense of atmosphere was maintained by seamless menu screens and music. You could also fly the A H-1 Cobra, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, MD 530MG, UH-60 Blackhawk, RAH-66 Comanche and AH-64B Apache Longbow. 1998: "If you only have a 386 and want some exciting chopper action then get this!"
  • tagCombatRotary WingNATO
Gunship 2000 PIA
Harrier Jump Jet
  • Harrier Jump Jet
  • date_range 1992
  • precision_manufacturing Microprose  
  • content_paste"You'll never get closer to the real thing. Your only other option would be to join the Air Force". So sayeth the box blurb from Microprose's 1992 Harrier Jump Jet sim. In the early 90's PC's had finally come into their own as games machines, with Sound Cards and powerful CPU's of the 386 variety! Harrier Jump Jet pushed the machines of the day with it's smooth rolling terrain. Those were the days! A 270 page manual printed on glossy stock and well bound in a size ideal for throne room reading. As well as heaps of tables detailing air-to-ground weapon effectiveness there was diagram after diagram on air combat manoeuvres. Not to mention the 3 full - colour maps!
  • tagCombatNATO
Harrier Jump Jet (pub 2002)
  • Harrier Jump Jet (pub 2002)
  • date_range 2002
  • precision_manufacturing Just Flight  
  • content_pasteHarrier Jump Jet 2002 adds 20 aircraft including Harriers, Skyhawks, Mirage and Pucara to Microsoft Combat and Civil flight sims. It also contains a 20 mission campaign for Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 1 and 2. The lack of 3 essential elements in the Harrier dogfight - VIFFING, IR and Radar guided missiles and appropriate countermeasures makes you wonder why bother trying to recreate this scenario? Having said that, I nonetheless had a lot of fun with this package. This sxhibit serves as a good snapshot of the state of graphics in 2001 within the world of Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002.
  • tagCombatAdd-on
HAWX
Hind
  • Hind
  • date_range 1997
  • content_pasteThe makers of Tornado sent the sim world a Helicopter Gunship sim with a difference! It's big, it's mean looking, it's heavily armoured and carries a huge swag of ordnance... its the Mi-24 Hind Gunship!
  • tagCombatRotary Wing
Homeworld
IFR
IL-2
IL-2 Forgotten Battles
  • IL-2 Forgotten Battles
  • date_range 2003
  • precision_manufacturing 1C Maddox  
  • content_pasteThe sensation of speed at low level is the best yet in a flight sim. I enjoyed whizzing past excellent ground textures, individual trees, small stands of trees and whole forests of trees, vast cities (Moscow alone has 500,000 buildings in the sim), flying through clouds, fog, rain and snow, and all with a smooth frame rated with no s-s-stuttering at all on the test system. All this would be an impressive achievement for a civil flight sim, to create a world in such detail and still enjoy a sedate and fluid sensation of flight. But IL-2 is a combat sim and once you add multiple aircraft manoeuvering vigorously, tanks, trucks and ships, bombers, anti-aircraft fire you would expect the sim performance to take a severe hit. Not so. Without a doubt the most outstanding World War 2 flight sim of the 2000's.
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
IL-2 Rebirth of Honor
  • IL-2 Rebirth of Honor
  • date_range 2008
  • precision_manufacturing 1C Maddox  
  • content_paste"Rebirth of Honor" (ROH) is a campaign expansion for the computer flight simulation ‘IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles’ with the ‘Ace Expansion Pack’ (FB+AEP). It runs also under ‘Forgotten Battles’ + ‘Ace Expansion Pack’ + Pacific Fighters merged install. (FB+AEP+PF) and under IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946."
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
  • IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
  • date_range
  • precision_manufacturing 1C Maddox   1C Entertainment  
  • content_paste"Il-2 1946 includes all of the original IL-2 series content: IL-2 Sturmovik™: Forgotten Battles, Ace Expansion Pack, Pacific Fighters™ and alternate histry campaigns of year 1946. What was years ago began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total! The game has been updated to the latest version 4.12.2. This community made update includes widescreen support with correct FOV, many new planes, maps and scenarios." - Steam
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946: Battlefield Airborne Tactical
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover BLITZ
  • IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover BLITZ
  • date_range 2017
  • precision_manufacturing 1C Maddox  
  • content_pasteAn action filled and gloriously good looking Battle of Britain sim, 7 years in the making and based on 2010's 'IL-2: Cliffs of Dover'. At this point I only have about 6 hours in this sim, which puts me 3 missions into the RAF campaign. The MiGPit Mk.VI is running it like a dream at 3840 x 2160, and if the frame rates hold up in more complex missions I can only give this my highest recommendation to anybody hankering after intense BOB action!
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
IL-2 The Fires Above
  • IL-2 The Fires Above
  • date_range 2007
  • precision_manufacturing 1C Maddox  
  • content_paste"2 campaigns: Luftwaffen- campaign “Greif” and russian campaign ‘Red Banner’. Extremely detailed ‘world’ on the maps Kurland, Moskow, Leningrad and Murmansk. 300 Missions, over 700 very high quality plane skins, over 200 pilot skins. Over 75 hours of immersion."
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
IL-2 Wings over Jungles
  • IL-2 Wings over Jungles
  • date_range 2008
  • precision_manufacturing 1C Maddox  
  • content_paste"" ‘Wings over Jungles’ is a campaign pack containing four separate campaigns.
    1. The campaign ’Monkey’ (US3) where you take the roll of a WWII US Navy Fighter pilot flying from aircraft carriers.
    2. The campaign ’Angel’ (US4) in which you are flying for the US Marine Corps as a dive bomber and later as a fighter pilot.
    3. The campaign ’Kyuden’ (IJ3) which lets you fly as a Japanese Navy fighter pilot from aircraft carriers.
    4. The campaign ’Katana’ (IJ4) which leads you as a Japanese Navy fighter pilot to various assignments.
    Wings over Jungles (WOJ) is the second of a series of campaign addons for the flight simulator PACIFIC FIGHTERS (PF). it will also be playable under IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles + Ace Expansion Pack + Pacific Fighters merged install. (Version 3.0+) (FB+AEP+PF) and under IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946. ""
  • tagCombatWorld War II
IL-2 Wings over Waves
  • IL-2 Wings over Waves
  • date_range 2008
  • precision_manufacturing 1C Maddox  
  • content_paste" Wings over Waves (WOW) is the first of a series of campaign addons for the flight simulator PACIFIC FIGHTERS (Version 3.0+) (PF). It will also be playable under IL-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles + Ace Expansion Pack + Pacific Fighters merged install. (Version 2.0+) (FB+AEP+PF) and under IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946."
  • tagCombatWorld War II
Incoming
Israeli Air Force
Janes Advanced Strike Fighters
Jet
Jet-Pilot
  • Jet-Pilot
  • date_range 1996
  • precision_manufacturing Vulcan Software  
  • content_paste"As far as I know, this was the only computer simulation based on the Lightning aircraft. Had it been fully developed much earlier, it might have been a useful training aid for the RAF. It could have helped ground radar operators and controllers appreciate the pilots problems, etc."
  • tagCombat
Jetfighter II
Jetfighter III
  • Jetfighter III
  • date_range 1997
  • precision_manufacturing Mission Studios  
  • content_pasteJetFighter III, released in 1997 was probably the last of the great DOS Combat Flight Sims. It was one of the first to support the 3DFX chipset and portrayed very detailed terrain... but still ran at a playable speed! The Navigation and Weapon systems were simple in operation so you could concentrate on turnin' and burnin'.
  • tagCombatCarrier
Joint Strike Fighter
  • Joint Strike Fighter
  • date_range 1997
  • precision_manufacturing Eidos   Innerloop  
  • content_paste"This 1997 Flight sim let you fly the F-35 years before it was ready".

    ""Let me just rewind, this is a long time ago," laughs Rune Spaans, who's speaking to me over Skype from his home in Oslo, Norway. It's been two decades since Rune was lead designer on the first ever game about the then-mysterious Lockheed Martin F-35 (then designated the X-35), and its Joint Strike Fighter program competitor the Boeing X-32." - read on
  • tagCombat
Jump Jet
JW Vietnam
Key Tweak
Knights of the Sky
Korean Combat Pilot
Lago F-16
Launchbox
Lock On: Modern Air Combat
Longbow
Longbow 2
Longbow Gold
MACE
  • MACE
  • date_range
  • content_pasteMACE(Modern Air Combat Environment)is a physics-based, full spectrum Computer Generated/Semi-Automated Forces (CGF/SAF) application with a large and user-extensible order of battle, capable of many-on-many simulation yet having very high fidelity at the engagement level.
  • tagCombat
Marine Fighters
  • Marine Fighters
  • date_range
  • content_pasteMarine Fighters was an add-on pack to US Navy Fighters. It added 4 new player aircraft and a campaign set in the Kurile Islands. Marine Fighters was an add-on pack to US Navy Fighters. It added 4 new player aircraft and a campaign set in the Kurile Islands.
  • tagCombatNATO
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator
  • Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator
  • date_range 1998
  • precision_manufacturing Microsoft  
  • content_paste"Microsoft's first foray into combat flight sims is a class act. This sim combines the famous attention to detail seen in Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 with photo-realistic scenery generation and challenging missions. The missions are full of action and the photo-realistic scenery adds to the adrenaline rush whether you're in a dogfight at 5,000 feet or strafing a train at 50 feet! By designing an open architecture sim Microsoft have encouraged 3rd party developers and there are already custom aircraft and missions proliferating on the net.
  • tagCombatWorld War IIEuropean Theatre WWII
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3
  • Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3
  • date_range 2002
  • precision_manufacturing Microsoft  
  • content_pasteThe third in the series from Microsoft, the sim raised the bar again with a detailed and fast low altitude environment suitable for ground attack missions, and a dynamic campaign. On September 18th 2002 I interviewed Scott Lee, product manager from Microsoft's Aces Studio, and checked out the beta version of Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 3.
  • tagCombatWorld War II
MiG Alley
  • MiG Alley
  • date_range 1999
  • precision_manufacturing Rowan  
  • content_pasteMiG Alley is a simulation of Air Combat operation in the Korean War June 1950 to January 1951. MiG Alley achieved very close to a perfect blend of action and graphical realism as a simulation of the air war in the Korean conflict. In November 2001 Rowan released the source code, so expect the sim to keep developing in the hands of dedicated fans.
  • tagCombat
MiG-29 Fulcrum (Domark)
  • MiG-29 Fulcrum (Domark)
  • date_range 1990
  • content_pasteIn 1990 the MiG-29 had only just been revealed to the west at the Farnborough Airshow. It seemed to be a sexy mystery machine which could perform spectacular manoeuvers such as the "tailslide" and "cobra". Despite only having 6 missions, this sim bought countless hours of fun to flight sim fans on multiple platforms.
  • tagCombat
MiG-29: Deadly Adversary of Falcon 3.0
Nightflite
Over G Fighters
Overlord
Pearl Harbor (2001)
  • Pearl Harbor (2001)
  • date_range 2001
  • content_pasteExpansion for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 that recreates the events and atmosphere at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
  • tagCombatAdd-on
Project Wingman
  • Project Wingman
  • date_range 2020
  • precision_manufacturing Humble Games   Sector D2  
  • content_pasteAn action-sim-lite which satisfies the need to turn and burn!
    Just don't expect to land... or take off. But that's par for the course with this genre. HOTAS are easy to configure, this should be a role model to other developers in the combat-sim-light space. If TrackIR was supported natively it would be perfect in that regard. Project Wingman does what it sets out to do, providing a console oriented shooter with heaps of eye candy and a massive quantity of ordnance!
  • tagCombat
PSION
  • PSION
  • date_range
  • content_paste"This is where it all started, looking at three dials and flying at night on a crummy TV !!!"
  • tagCombat
Red Baron (1992)
Red Baron 3D
Red Baron Mission Builder
Red Jets
Rise of Flight United
Royal Air Force 2000
Sabre Ace
  • Sabre Ace
  • date_range 1997
  • content_pasteOne of the first air combat flight sims to use the brand new 3DFX graphics accelerator technology.
  • tagCombatKorean WarCold War
Silicon Graphics Flight Sim
  • Silicon Graphics Flight Sim
  • date_range
  • content_paste"... we hunched around an old IRIS 2400 Turbo playing this amazing flight simulator game from Silicon Graphics, Inc.". Modern personal computers in the 90's (were) now as powerful as graphics workstations of the 80's."
  • tagCivilCombat
Skychase
Snowstrike
Strike Commander
  • Strike Commander
  • date_range
  • content_pasteStrike Commander was a revolutionary flight sim and one of the all-time best selling. The strong story line and role-playing elements meant that it's appeal extended far beyond that market segment whose main interest lay in the simulation aspects.
  • tagCombat
Strike Fighters 2
Strike Fighters 2: Complete Edition
Strike Fighters 2: Europe
Strike Fighters 2: Expansion Pack 1
Strike Fighters 2: Expansion Pack 2
Strike Fighters 2: Israel
Strike Fighters 2: North Atlantic
  • Strike Fighters 2: North Atlantic
  • date_range
  • precision_manufacturing Third Wire  
  • content_paste"1979 hypothetical "Cold War gone Hot" scenario - what if the Soviet Union had decided to invade West Germany in 1979? Join the US Navy and USS Nimitz Carrier Battle Group sent to reinforce the Iceland defense, protect the carrier from Soviet long-range bombers, and strike the Kiev battle group of the Soviet Northern Fleet!"
  • tagCombatCold War
Strike Fighters 2: Vietnam
Strike Fighters Project 1
Su-27 Flanker
  • Su-27 Flanker
  • date_range 1995
  • Strategic Simulations Inc.  
  • content_pasteSu-27 Flanker was designed by a team of Russian programmers to run on 386 and low end 486 machines. The project was taken on by SSI and revised to SVGA graphics resolution. The Russian designers didn't have access to the faster PC's, and as a result their code was very efficient and it ran very smoothly despite being state of the art! The sim recreates the Crimean peninsula in great detail and pits you, in the Su-27 Flanker, against the latest Russian and NATO aircraft, armour, ships and SAMs. All control surfaces move during flight and the attention to detail is extraordinary!
  • tagCombat
Su-27 Flanker 2.0
Su-27 Flanker 2.5
Su-35
Super Air Combat
Take On Helicopters
  • Take On Helicopters
  • date_range 2011
  • precision_manufacturing Bohemia Interactive  
  • content_pasteTake on Helicopters is a civil helo sim with campaign built in the ARMA 2 engine. This sim was released in 2011 and still looks great 10 years later. The fluid feel of the flight dynamics and the immersive campaign put it into my list of all time favourites. I can only hope that Bohemia Interactive release more titles like this, they don't need to update the engine - just give us more great stories to fly through!
  • tagCivilCombatRotary Wing
TFX
  • TFX
  • date_range 1993
  • precision_manufacturing Ocean  
  • content_pasteTFX is an acronym for 'Tactical Fighter Experimental'. When you look at the graphics available in the other early combat flight sims it is easy to see why TFX caused so much excitement on it's release. The flight model could be adjusted from 'arcade' to 'military' and play modes ranged from arcade levels to the "UN Commander" mode. As UN Commander you planned missions, selected the aircraft and flew the Eurofighter, F22 or F117 Stealth Fighter.The later versions run straight from CD Rom and in a DOS box under Windows '98. It will run very smoothly on a '486 and is strongly recommended for beginners.
  • tagCombat
Thunder Wolves
Time Gate
TLK-39
Tomahawk
Top Gun
Top Gun TM
Top Gun: Fire at Will
  • Top Gun: Fire at Will
  • date_range
  • content_pasteTop Gun: Fire at Will was a light sim based on the movie starring Tom Cruise. It was originally released in 1995 then again in the Microprose "Powerplus" series in 1998. The sim introduces the player to basic concepts of Air Combat with plenty of commentary and advice coming from your back-seater and instructors.
  • tagCombatCarrier
Top Style
Tornado
  • Tornado
  • date_range 1993
  • precision_manufacturing Digital Integration  
  • content_pasteOne of the all-time classic flight sims. The training missions covered every aspect of operating the Tornado and you were wise to work your way through them... this sim gave you more opportunities to "buy the farm" than most! Player aircraft were Tornado IDS (Interdiction/Strike) and Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant).
  • tagCombat
Total Air War
  • Total Air War
  • date_range 1998
  • precision_manufacturing Digital Image Design  
  • content_pasteTotal Air War (TAW) is an aptly-named product. More than a combat flight simulator, it offers a strategic component based on modern air warfare theories first applied in the 1991 Gulf War.
  • tagCombat
Ultra Fighters
US Navy Fighters
  • US Navy Fighters
  • date_range 1993
  • precision_manufacturing Janes Combat Simulations   Electronic Arts  
  • content_pasteThis sim was the successor to the wildly popular Chuck Yeager’s Air Combat and started a series that ran to the end of the 1990’s.

    Get an overview of the series in the Fighters Anthology exhibit. The combat focussed gameplay was enhanced by the atmospheric and user friendly interface. The ability to tweak most aspects of the sim from the graphics to mission waypoints and loadouts made you feel in control without overwhelming you with detail.

    It still remains a model of good interface design. The first mission of the Ukraine campaign remains for many fans a reminder of just how atmospheric a sim can be. Check out the videos, showing the entire first mission from briefings, through mission planning, arming, carrier takeoff in the F-14, intercept and carrier landing.'

  • tagCombatCarrier
USAF
  • USAF
  • date_range 2001
  • precision_manufacturing Pixel   Electronic Arts  
  • content_pasteThe sequel to Israeli Air Force and another popular sim from Janes Combat Simulations.
  • tagCombat
Vector Thrust
Vertical Strike Endless Challenge
War Thunder
  • War Thunder
  • date_range
  • precision_manufacturing Gaijin  
  • content_paste"War Thunder is the most comprehensive free-to-play, cross-platform, MMO military game dedicated to aviation, armoured vehicles, from the early 20th century to the most advanced modern combat units. " - Steam
  • tagCombat
Wings
  • Wings
  • date_range
  • content_pasteRemastered Edition
  • tagCombat
Wings of Prey: Special Edition
Wings with Wires
XFS
Yager
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