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.
Player aircraft were:
ASTOVL - the proposed Joint Strike Fighter. It has S/VTOL capabilities and a limited stealth design.
The B-2B Stealth Bomber
F-117A Stealth Fighter
Dassault Rafale is the new French Strike Fighter designed to serve with the French Navy and Air Force.
X-29 by Grumman is a forward swept wing lightweight fighter protoype. The forward swept wing design has been around since WW2, the Germans had several on the drawing board but materials technology at the time couldn't keep wing flexion within acceptable limits.
X-31 by Grumman.
Easter Eggs in ATF
Anthony Garrison's ATF missions
The reference section of ATF includes full-screen, full motion video, cockpit pics and technical info from Janes.
MiGMan thanks Cajun Hawkfor his ATF pictures which helped to kick off this museum back in 1998, when it was only about 6 pages in total !
MiGMan's Fighters Anthology (1998) guide has over 200 pages describing how to fly in US Navy Fighters, Marine Fighters, Advanced Tactical Fighters and NATO Fighters.
Here: Fighters Anthology (1998)
- Checklists covering the basics, air to air, air to ground and emergencies.
- Downloadable training missions
- An extensive campaign near the South China Sea, where you can fly both sides of the conflict in the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat and the Chinese Shenyang MiG-21.
- A guide to the Vietnam campaign from US Navy Fighters '97