Peter Inglis in an RAAF F-111 at Amberley Air Force base, 1995.
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Feb 14th, 2002

Air Power: The Cold War - The N.A.T.O. Missions

Air Power: The Cold War - The N.A.T.O. missions
Air Power: The Cold War - The N.A.T.O. Missions

Chuck Yeager's Air Combatis remembered as a classic sim from the early 1990's. Would it cut the mustard today? Well... no! The graphics are primitive, the cockpits basic, scripted missions limited in number and scope. The attraction was in playing the same missions over and over, a quick air combat fix and never exactly the same twice. So, 10 years on - what are we to do? Track down a copy of Chuck Yeager's Air Combat or move on?

Let's move on - at least to 1998, to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator (1998). In that sim, straightforward, scripted missions provided hours of fun in the WW2 European theatre but unfortunately stopped short of the jet era - the 1950's. This is where Air Power: The Cold War (2000) fit's the bill with it's 20 missions and 30 flyable aircraft! The missions are minimalistic, straight to the point and guaranteed fun in a 5 minute time slot. - Air Power: The Cold War - The N.A.T.O. Missions

Air Power: The Cold War - The N.A.T.O. Aircraft

Air Power: The Cold War - The N.A.T.O. aircraft
Air Power: The Cold War - The N.A.T.O. Aircraft

I test fly all the N.A.T.O. aircraft.
  • Avro Shackleton MR.3
  • Avro Vulcan B.1
  • B-36B Peacemaker
  • B-45C Tornado
  • De Havilland Vampire T.11
  • De Havilland Venom
  • English Electric Canberra B.2
  • North American F-86K Sabre
  • F-100D Super Sabre
  • Gloster Javelin Mk.5
  • Gloster Meteor FMk.8
  • Hawker Hunter F.6
  • Hawker Hunter T.7
  • P-3A Orion

Easy Flight - Recce mission in a Canberra from Gibraltar

Easy Flight - Recce mission in a Canberra from Gibraltar

Easy Flight - Recce mission in a Canberra from Gibraltar

As the aircraft in Air Power: The Cold War (2000) install straight into Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002, I've put together a fun run across the straits of Gibraltar and through the valleys of North Africa. A low level sortie which you can complete in 15 minutes. I flew it in the Canberra but any of the N.A.T.O. jets will do the job. High speed and low altitude in a fast jet - yeah! - Easy Flight - Recce mission in a Canberra from Gibraltar

Using the Virtual Cockpit

Using the virtual cockpit

I've put together a little tutorial on using the virtual cockpit. I do most of my flying in virtual cockpit mode, head up and looking about while getting the essential flight info from pop-up windows or the Text readout in the case of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. - Using the Virtual Cockpit

N.A.T.O. airbase: RAF Woodbridge

R.A.F. Woodbridge appears in Microsoft Combat Flight Sim when you install Air Power: The Cold War

R.A.F. Woodbridge appears in Microsoft Combat Flight Sim when you install Air Power: The Cold War. - R.A.F. Woodbridge in Microsoft Combat Flight Sim

E.G.A.F. Scholdmow

E.G.A.F. Scholdmow appears in Microsoft Combat Flight Sim when you install Air Power: The Cold War

E.G.A.F. Scholdmow appears in Microsoft Combat Flight Sim when you install Air Power: The Cold War. - E.G.A.F. Scholdmow in Microsoft Combat Flight Sim