Developers and Publishers

US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims. Longbow 2
Publisher - Electronic Arts
Comments - EA published some classic flight sims in the 1990s.

In the Museum...


Title - Advanced Tactical Fighters
Release Date - 1996
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - Electronic Arts
Collection - - Yes. CD ROM only, no box.
Comments - Third in the series, ATF introduced stealth and vectored thrust aircraft. It ran in DOS. A windows version was later included in Fighters Anthology. I remember the first time I booted it up on my 486 DX-66. I leapt into the Grumman X-31 and headed for the clouds. For a while I was convinced there was something wrong with the program because this aircraft just seemed too fast! Advanced Tactical Fighters was the sequel to Marine Fighters. It ran in DOS. A windows version was later included in Fighters Anthology. Birds of Prey (1992) Birds of Prey (1992)
Exhibit - Birds of Prey
Release Date - 1992
Platform - PC, Amiga
Developer - Argonaut Software
Publisher - Electronic Arts
In collection -
Comments - " The weapons were destructive to any object, no matter what the device or target. I have witnessed a Forger get hit AFTER launching from a carrier by a Mk83 slick released by a B-1B Lancer." Pretty good for a sim that came on ONE floppy disk - 720 K ! Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer
Exhibit - Chuck Yeager's Air Advanced Flight Trainer
Release Date - 1987
Platform - PC DOS
Host sim - Self
Designers - Edward Lerner
Publisher - Abacus
In collection - No.
Comments - Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer was an ambitious attempt to teach the basics of flight on a personal computer. Edward Lerner developed and programmed it and it featured 14 different flyable aircraft. This exhibit contains AUDIO content.

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat- 1990 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat- 1990
Title - Chuck Yeager's Air Combat
Release Date - 1990
Developer - Brent Iverson
Publisher - Electronic Arts
Collection - - EA Classix budget release CDROM.
Handbook (strategy guide) published by Prima and Computer Gaming World in 1992. 222 pp.
Comments - Exhibit contains 1 hour of free audio - Yeager talking about tactics and flying. Chuck Yeager's Air Combat was for many people their first exposure to PC flight simulation of any kind and the beginning of a life-long hobby.
Exhibit - F-15 by Janes Combat Simulations
Release Date - 1998
Platform - PC
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher -
In collection - Yes
Comments - F-15 by Janes has to be the Strike Fighter Sim of the Millenium! Although it does have a formidable Air to Air capability in terms of Radar and ordnance, it is about half way down the ladder in manoeuverability... not a dogfight machine! But for fans of the Strike Aircraft community... F-111, A-6 Intruder, Tornado... 1998 was hog heaven! NOTE: The Air Superiority version is called the F-15C, a single seater. The F-15E has added conformal fuel packs, a rear seater and a lot more weight. F/A-18 by Janes Combat Simulations F/A-18 by Janes Combat Simulations F/A-18 by Janes Combat Simulations
Exhibit - F/A-18 by Janes Combat Simulations
Release Date - 2000
Platform - PC
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - Electronic Arts
In collection -
Comments -F/A-18 by Janes was released in January 2000. Jane's F/A-18 (JF18) is the successor to their magnificent F-15 simulation. It models the US Navy's next-generation F/A-18E Super Hornet in great detail. As the F/A designation suggests, the Super Hornet is built for both Fighter (Air-to-Air) and Attack (Air-to-Ground) missions. In this sim, you operate your F/A-18 from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Arctic Sea, flying missions over Russia's North Cape area. Israeli Air Force Israeli Air Force Israeli Air Force
Exhibit - Israeli Air Force
Release Date - 1998
Platform - PC
Developer - Pixel
Publisher - Janes Combat Simulations
In collection - Yes
Comments - Israeli Air Force was a the first sim in a long time to feature the F-4 Phantom.
Exhibit - LHX Attack Chopper
Release Date - 1991
Platform - PC
Developer - Brent Iverson
Publisher - Electronic Arts
In collection - Yes
Comments - The cockpit is simple looking now, but in 1990 it was state of the art! You could configure the MFD's to your taste as well. You could fly the Apache, Blackhawk, Osprey or the LHX. The Boeing Osprey VTOL which was featured in the novel "Hammerheads" by Dale Brown . This was the only simulation of the Osprey until the year 2000! Longbow Longbow Longbow Longbow
Exhibit - Longbow
Release Date - 1996
Platform - PC
Developer - Janes Combat Simulation
Publisher - EA
In collection -
Comments - Longbow from Janes was released in 1996 and remains possibly the most immersive simulation of the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. Longbow 2 Longbow 2
Exhibit - Longbow 2
Release Date - 1997
Platform - PC
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - Electronic Arts
In collection - Yes
Comments - Longbow 2 was the sequel to Longbow and it added two more flyable choppers to the Longbow stable... the BlackHawk, and the Kiowa, as well of course as the Apache Longbow. Longbow 2 was the sequel to Longbow and it added two more flyable choppers to the Longbow stable... the BlackHawk, and the Kiowa, as well of course as the Apache Longbow. There was also added a virtual cockpit mode, fully scrollable with readable instrument displays. The Kiowa and Blackhawk cockpits featured side by side seating, and the Blackhawk even had door gunners! Longbow Anthology. Longbow Anthology.
Longbow Anthology
Platform - PC DOS
Host sim - n/a
Designers - Janes Combat Simulation
Publisher -
In collection - Yes
Comments - Longbow Anthology was released in 1998 and contained: Longbow, Flash Point Korea - Mission Pack and Longbow 2. This is a thoroughly immersive sim experience.

Marine Fighters Marine Fighters
Exhibit - Marine Fighters
Release Date - 1995
Platform - PC
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - EA
In collection - Yes
Comments - Marine Fighters was an add-on pack to US Navy Fighters. It added 4 new player aircraft and a campaign set in the Kurile Islands. NATO Fighters by Janes Combat Simulations. NATO Fighters by Janes Combat Simulations. NATO Fighters by Janes Combat Simulations. NATO Fighters by Janes Combat Simulations.
Exhibit - NATO Fighters
Release Date - 1991
Platform - PC
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - Electronic Arts
In collection - Yes
Comments - NATO Fighters by Janes Combat Simulations and Electronic Arts allowed you to fly over 100 military aircraft from the 1950's era to tomorrow's superfighters, including the F-117A Stealth Fighter. Nuclear Strike

Su-25 Sturmovik Su-25 Sturmovik
Su-25_Sturmovik
Release Date - 1990
Platform - PC
Developer - Rick Tiberi and Brent Iverson
Publisher - Electronic Arts
In collection - Yes
Comments - The NATO codename for the Sturmovik is FrogFoot... who picks these names?? ...I know, a committee... and Ian Boys tells me that the Russian codename Sturmovik translates as The Assaulter or The Attacker and is used both of the Su-25 (and earlier the IL-2) in particular and of ground attack aircraft in general. The Su-25 has been sadly neglected by game designers... the next one appeared as a footnote in NATO Fighters. Nap of the earth flight in USAF - 1999 Moving Map Display in USAF - 1999 MiG-21 Fishbed in USAF - 1999
Exhibit - USAF
Release Date - 1995
Platform - PC
Developer - Pixel Multimedia
Publisher - Janes Combat Simulations, Electronic Arts
In collection - Yes
Comments - USAF by Pixel Multimedia and Janes/EA is the sequel to Israeli Air Force. Having enjoyed Israeli Air Force, I had high hopes for USAF and I wasn't disappointed... it actually runs faster than Israeli Air Force on my system and looks... well it's a quantum leap in the looks department! US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims. US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims. US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims. US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims.
Exhibit - US Navy Fighters
Release Date - 1993
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - Electronic Arts
Collection - - Yes, Classix CD-ROM reissue, shrink wrapped.
Comments - This sim was the successor to the wildly popular Chuck Yeager's Air Combat and started a series that ran to the end of the 1990's. Get an overview of the series in the Fighters Anthology (1998) exhibit. The combat-focussed gameplay was enhanced by the atmospheric and user friendly interface. The ability to tweak most aspects of the sim from the graphics to mission waypoints and loadouts made you feel in control without overwhelming you with detail. It still remains a model of good interface design. The first mission of the Ukraine campaign remains for many fans a reminder of just how atmospheric a sim can be. Check out the videos, showing the entire first mission from briefings, through mission planning, arming, carrier takeoff in the F-14, intercept and carrier landing.  US Navy Fighters '97  US Navy Fighters '97
Exhibit - US Navy Fighters '97
Release Date - 1997
Platform -PC
Developer -Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher -Electronic Arts
In collection -Yes
Comments - The title refers to the release date, the sim actually covered the air war in the 1960's Vietnam conflict.
Exhibit - World War II Fighters
Release Date - 1998
Platform - PC
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - Electronic Arts
In collection - Yes
Comments - Like most Janes sims this one pushed the PC hardware available at the time of it's release (1998) to the limits. A year and a half down the track it ran very well on the average new machine - provided you had a 3D accelerator fitted of course! If you have good sound insulation, play World War 2 Fighters LOUD as the sound effects are stunning. Nearby explosions made me jump out of my seat several times!

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