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Exhibit: Jetfighter II

Francisco J. Campos remembers Jetfighter II

"JetFighter II was also one of the first simulators devoted to the F-22, the fighter that became Novalogic's talisman some years later in F22 Lightning 2 and F-22 Lightning 3 by Novalogic.

Players had other choices, like the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet, but I wanted to pilot a shiny and mean machine, so I never left the Lightning's cockpit.

As I recall you could also fly either the F22 or the failed ATF candidate the F-23 Black Widow - MiGMan
Northrop F-23 Black Widow

McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
Northrop F-23 Black Widow and the McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18 Hornet were the player aircraft.

The F-23 was the runner-up (loser) in the competition for the next generation of US fighter aircraft. This is one of the only sims to feature this aircraft. Most in the genre feature the eventual winner - the F-22 Lightning

The Flight model was much better than the cockpits, plain and simple but effective.

It was real hard to see the enemies, specially on night missions: there wasn't much of a lock on the HUD or explosion when downed.

When the player's plane crashes, the noisy explosion sound made me jump off the chair countless times.

The hardest part of the game?

Landing on the carrier, I never mastered it. You had to deploy the arresting hook, there was nothing like 'automatic landing', and the program always gave you a second chance after crash for mission credits.

MiGMan thanks Francisco J. Camposfor providing these memories and screenshots.