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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 New Millenium

B-17 Flying Fortress 2

Early in 2001 Microprose passed into history, purchased by Hasbro Interactive and then dismantled. Hasbro Interactive, meanwhile, released Wayward Designís B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth, a simulation destined for classic status. B17 emphasized the aircrew experience, with the ability to man any position in the Flying Fortress.

Featuring state-of-the-art graphics, detailed crew animations and a full 3d environment, B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth blends the action and role playing genres. B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty Eighth features a dynamic campaign system, but its release was marred by the exclusion of key features, like multiplayer support and detailed engine management. The engine management issue was later addressed in a patch.

B-17 II Nose Crew
B-17 II Nose Crew

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