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The Mature Years: 1997-2000

In 1999 Novalogic's third iteration of F22 Lightning - F-22 Lightning 3- arrived, updated with support for massive multiplayer on Novaworld.

Digital Integration released their long awaited F/A-18E Super Hornet late in the year, heralded as sporting the most realistic avionics ever. While the campaign and wingman interaction was weak, the aircraft and systems were modelled well.

Rowan outdid themselves in 1999 with the acclaimed MiG Alley, the first detailed simulation of the Korean conflict, when jets fought with propeller driven aircraft. Modelling five flyable aircraft including the F86 Sabre, the MiG 15bis, the F84 Thunderjet, the F80 Shooting Star, and the F51 Mustang, MiG Alley allowed detailed mission planning and significant strategic interaction within the campaign.

MiG Alley also included a solid wingman command structure and interaction with Forward Air Controllers. It had a great variety of missions and sported outstanding flight models. MiG Alley is still renowned for some of the best dogfighting action yet seen and remains a benchmark combat flight simulation.

F-84 in MiG Alley
F-84 in MiG Alley

Campaign in MiG Alley
Campaign in MiG Alley

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