Spitfires to Star Wars
Their Finest Hour: Battle of Britain
Comments - Their Finest Hour : Battle of Britain was developed by Lawrence Holland for LucasArts in 1989. George Lucas had been a fan of World War 2 movies since childhood, and the famous dogfight scenes in Star Wars were directly inspired by these films... even down to the gun turret in the Millenium Falcon... based on the B-17 Flying Fortress.
George Lucas was a kid who grew up reading comic books and watching old movies about the Battle of Britain.
When he had grown up he made movies fusing comic book legends and scenes from old movies about the Battle of Britain. Did you know that the gun turret in the Millenium falcon was actually from a World War 2 bomber ? check it out HERE. George also formed a Software company - LucasArts - which published some very popular World War 2 combat flight sims:
" The ground detail was lacking, but who cares about ground detail when you consider the aircombat! It was just AWESOME. No "if's" no "but's" just AWESOME . Chunks of aircraft would fall off as you hit them, you could see the flashes of strikes on the fuselages and wings - aircrew would jump for their lives using their parachutes while others weren't so lucky as their aircraft exploded in a ball of flame around them, while others suffered a slower longer fate as the aircraft spun down out of control in flames.
Another funny thing, when your aircraft went out of control through too much battle damage, you would always spin to the right. You could do belly landings, both on land and sea, which was useful. "
First man to break the sound barrier
Chuck Yeager first man to break the sound barrier and combat ace from World War 2 to Vietnam. Kick back with a coffee and donut and listen to Chuck Yeager himself talking -
LISTEN to Chuck Yeager
- Intro - Chuck tells some stories.
- Flight School - Guides the player through a demo flight
- Planes - Chuck tells a few things about different planes
- Advanced Maneuvers - Here he lectures about formation flying and dogfighting.
- Test Pilot - The test pilot's business, including a hair raising story of spinning one of Bell's rocket ships.
Although popular in it's PC incarnation, apparently this pivotal sim wasn't ported too convincingly to the Commodore AMIGA:
"Despite the addition of many more aircraft ( including the promise of the fantastic X-15 ), this sim was a total dead loss..." -
Read on ... Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer
I take a Gloster Javelin for a spin over London. Nothing complicated, just a straightforward checklist for lazy pilots like me who want to jump straight into the air and see the sights. - Gloster Javelin over London
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Abandonware In A Nutshell: Why Nobody Wins
Jim Leonard of www.mobygames.com wrote a very interesting article titled. Abandonware refers to old games no longer supported by the publisher. OK - that's the simple definition - for more detail go to Jim's article. - >>> external web-site – Abandonware In A Nutshell: Why Nobody Wins