Exhibit - 1942: Pacific Air War (1994)
Release Date - 1994
Platform - PC
Developer - Microprose
Publisher - Microprose
In collection - No
Comments - " 1942: Pacific Air War (1994) was a World War II air and sea combat simulation from MicroProse -- you could regard it as the spiritual predecessor to the wonderful European Air War. "
Missions were historically based -- you might be flying a CAP over Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, or defending the USS Enterprise, or dive bombing the IJN carriers at the Battle of Midway. Careers started in the planes appropriate to the year of the war (e.g. F4F in 1942) -- if you survived, you could move up to the Hellcat when it became available.
MiGMan thanks Chino for the info
The cockpits pushed the state of VGA art