Friends of the Museum
Rob "Bomber" Henderson

"My first taste of a computer sim was a game called Time Gate . It was early eighties and the computer, a ZX81." ... read on... Software

Fave sims

WWII Sim: IL-2 Sturmovik / Forgotten Battles / Aces Expansion Pack / Pacific Fighters series (plus all the add-ons for it). WHY?: This sim has just got everything going for it. Beautiful graphics, gameplay, multiple war zones, incredible detail in each flyable aircraft, ability to create custom missions & campaigns, superb support from the developer...

Modern Combat sim: tie between Lock-On (LOMAC) and Strike Fighters Project 1

Civilian sim: tie between Flight Unlimited 3 and Flight Simulator 2002 Professional

On the Spectrum 128k I had:

  1. Time Gate;
  2. Fighter Pilot;
  3. Dam Busters;
  4. Spitfire '40;
  5. F-15 Strike Eagle;
  6. Tomahawk;
  7. A.C.E. Air Combat Emulator;
  8. Ace of Aces;
  9. Strike Force Harrier;
  10. Combat Lynx;
  11. Gunship;
  12. Top Gun;
  13. A.C.E. 2;
  14. Night Raider;
  15. Project Stealth Fighter;
  16. Afterburner;

On the Amiga 500 and 1200 I had:

  1. Combat Air Patrol;
  2. F-117 Nighthawk (Stealth Fighter 2);
  3. F-19 Stealth Fighter;
  4. Gunship;
  5. Gunship 2000;
  6. Dogfight;
  7. Birds Of Prey;
  8. Flight Of The Intruder;
  9. Their Finest Hour;
  10. Battlehawks 1942;
  11. Fighter Bomber;
  12. F-29 Retaliator;
  13. AH-73 Thunderhawk;
  14. B-17 Flying Fortress;
  15. Knights Of The Sky;
  16. F-15 Strike Eagle 2;
  17. Tornado;
  18. Falcon;
  19. F-16 Combat Pilot;
  20. A320 Airbus;
  21. F/A-18 Interceptor;
  22. A-10 Tank Killer;
  23. MiG-29 Fulcrum;
  24. MiG-29M Super Fulcrum;
  25. Overlord;
  26. Proflight
  27. Chuck Yeagers Advanced Flight Trainer;
  28. Shuttle;
  29. Wings;

On the PC I have (currently):

  1. Strike Fighters Project 1;
  2. B-17 Flying Fortress The Mighty 8th;
  3. Janes USAF;
  4. Search & Rescue 4 Coastal Heroes; Lock On Modern Air Combat;
  5. Il-2 Sturmovik;
  6. Eastern Thunder (Il-2 add-on); Operation Barbarossa (Il-2 add-on);
  7. Il-2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles; Operation Fall Blau (Forgotten Battles add-on);
  8. Combat Over Europe (Forgotten Battles add-on);
  9. Battle Over Europe (Forgotten Battles add-on);
  10. Il-2 Forgotten Battles Ace Expansion Pack;
  11. Pacific Fighters;
  12. Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2;
  13. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight; Mustang Vs Fw190;
  14. Combat Jet Trainer;
  15. Sabre vs MiG;
  16. Mosquito Squadron;
  17. The Dam Busters;
  18. Pearl Harbor (2001)
  19. Xtreme Air Racing;
  20. Flight Simulator 2002 Professional;
  21. Flight Simulator 2000;
  22. Proflight 2000 (FS2000 ATC add-on);
  23. Flight Simulator 98;
  24. Janes F-15;
  25. MiG Alley;
  26. Joint Strike Fighter;
  27. Eurofighter Typhoon;
  28. Falcon 4.0 (plus Superpak add-ons);
  29. Janes F/A-18;
  30. Flanker 2.0 (plus 2.5 add-on); Janes WWII Fighters;
  31. Janes Israeli Air Force;
  32. Flight Unlimited 2;
  33. Flight Unlimited 3;
  34. Total Air War;
  35. F-22 Air Dominance Fighter; Red Sea Operations (F-22 ADF add-on); Su-27 Squadron Commanders Edition; Rowans Battle of Britain with BDG upgrades;
  36. Hind;
  37. F-16 Fighting Falcon;
  38. iF-22;
  39. Fair Strike;
  40. VFR Photographic Scenery vol#1,2,3&4 (FS2002 add-on);
  41. F/A-18 Forea;
  42. Hornet 3.0;
  43. Fly!

Previous sims (no longer in my collection) included:

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator;
Navy Strike;
Flight Unlimited;
Flying Corps Gold;
Fleet Defender;
Janes Longbow 2;
Janes Fighters Anthology;
Janes ATF Advanced Tactical Fighters.


Check out Rob's recollections of Commodore Amiga flight sims :

F-19 Stealth Fighter (1989)
Dogfight
F-15 Strike Eagle II
Knights of the Sky
Gunship
F-117A Stealth Fighter
Birds of Prey
Battle of Britain - Their Finest Hour
Battlehawks 1942
Strike Aces / Fighter Bomber (1989)
Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer
F/A-18 SIMULATOR by Electronic Arts
F16 Combat Pilot
Falcon
Combat Air Patrol
Flight of the Intruder
ThunderHawk
Tornado (1993)
Proflight


Current software

Hardware

Library



Check out Rob's aircraft caricature art and buy it at www.avart.co.uk

website : Caricature Aircraft Pictures
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Rob 'Bomber' Henderson

Rob 'Bomber' Henderson - this image is © Rob Henderson and used with permission.

This is one of Rob's caricatures. The original was done for a Major in the Dutch Air Force as a gift from his Sqn before doing an exchange tour with the USAF - see more at Caricature Aircraft Pictures