Exhibit - NATO Fighters
Release Date - 1991
Platform - PC
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - Electronic Arts
In collection - Yes
Comments - NATO Fighters by Janes Combat Simulations and Electronic Arts allowed you to fly over 100 military aircraft from the 1950's era to tomorrow's superfighters, including the F-117A Stealth Fighter.
NATO required Advanced Tactical Fighters to run. It has since been ported to Windows 95 (yay!) and released as part of Fighters Anthology. (Check out my huge guide to these sims).
Player aircraft added to the Advanced Tactical Fighters lineup were:
Of course, to achieve this number, many aircraft shared cockpit art and there were a few boo-boos made in the aircraft data. I remember the F-111 having only 3,000 lbs of fuel as a notable gaffe... it actually holds 3,000 GALLONS ! (about 18,000 lbs)
Corrections to aircraft data and the ability to fly any aircraft had been available for a couple of years thanks to the work of 3rd party (fans) utilities that ran under Windows. (The sim ran in DOS).
Two dimensional bit-map soldiers, but soldiers none-the-less
Objects in the sim :
AAA and SAMs
Aircraft - Attack and Bombers
Aircraft - Fighters
Aircraft - Logistics
Aircraft - Reconnaisance
Aircraft - Rotary Wing
Misc. Objects - MiG- Microwave - Moose
Vehicles - Armour
Some of the other aircraft :
Flying the MiG-21
Evolution of Graphics
Read about early 1990's graphics
Read about Texture Mapping
A moving map display finally appeared in the cockpits of NATO Fighters. You could also download target info from AWACS, J-Stars and E-2C Hawkeye aircraft.