F-19 Stealth Fighter (1989) F-19 Stealth Fighter (1989)
Exhibit: F-19 Stealth Fighter

Release Date: 1989
Platform: Atari, Commodore, and PC running MS-DOS.
Developer: Sid Meier
Publisher:
In collection: Yes
Comments: The Atari version had digitised sounds, I distinctly remember the "click" of the recon camera. The manual was probably the largest and most informative we had ever seen for a flight sim.

F-19 Stealth Fighter was the first version of F-117A Stealth Fighter. The smoothly profiled aircraft you can see on the box was based on aerospace industry observer's best guesses about what the mysterious 'Stealth Fighter' actually looked like.

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The cover art showed a sleek, curved aircraft which represented the "best guesses" by the aerospace industry at the time. Bear in mind that the F-117 was flying in secrecy for about 10 years before the general public got a look at it! Quite a remarkable achievment.

Playing this sim on my Atari ST prompted me to get back into scale modelling, so I went out and bought a 1/72 scale F-117 model, which although more accurate in general shape than the F19 guesses, still wasn't quite right, being too short and stubby.

The Commodore Amiga version remembered

Magazine advert for F-19 -
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F-19 Stealth Fighter - click for a biger image


In early 2002 Simon Robbins kindly contributed these sims to the Flight Sim Museum Collection.