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Len "Viking 1" Hjalmarson
20 Years of Military Flight Simulations on the PC by Len "Viking 1" Hjalmarson.

Flight sim guru Len "Viking 1" Hjalmarson chronicles the first 30 years of computer flight sims, the software, hardware, people and the culture.

The Mature Years: 1997-2000


Late in 1999 Digital Integration's F/A-18E Super Hornet arrived on the scene. A beautiful simulation, it featured avionics detailing even beyond Graphic Simulations Corporation's F/A-18 Korea, , and sported a fully populated carrier deck. Carrier ops had arrived in style, and the only thing the game really lacked was the promised dynamic campaign.

Finally, in late November Psygnosis released Nations: WWII Fighter Command. This title had shown great promise, breaking ground in particular with some of the most atmospheric graphics seen to that time. Unfortunately, the production team was troubled by the loss of key personnel and Nations was rushed out the door unfinished.

Gunfight in Nations: WWII Fighter Command
Gunfight in Nations: WWII Fighter Command

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