US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims. US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims. US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims. US Navy Fighters ushered in one of the most popular ever series of air combat sims.
Exhibit - US Navy Fighters
Release Date - 1993
Developer - Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher - Electronic Arts
Collection - - Yes, Classix CD-ROM reissue, shrink wrapped.
Comments - This sim was the successor to the wildly popular Chuck Yeager's Air Combat and started a series that ran to the end of the 1990's. Get an overview of the series in the Fighters Anthology (1998) exhibit. The combat-focussed gameplay was enhanced by the atmospheric and user friendly interface. The ability to tweak most aspects of the sim from the graphics to mission waypoints and loadouts made you feel in control without overwhelming you with detail. It still remains a model of good interface design. The first mission of the Ukraine campaign remains for many fans a reminder of just how atmospheric a sim can be. Check out the videos, showing the entire first mission from briefings, through mission planning, arming, carrier takeoff in the F-14, intercept and carrier landing.

USNF Mission 1 - Rescue Boris Yeltsin


Menu Screens - Image Gallery

US Navy Fighters - Ukraine Campaign - Mission 1 - Briefing
Mission 1 - Briefing 01

US Navy Fighters - Ukraine Campaign - Mission 1 - Briefing 2
Mission 1 - Briefing 02


Image Gallery


US Navy Fighters - Ukraine Campaign - Mission 1 - setup
Setup screens 01



Rescue Boris Yeltsin


Mission 02

US Navy Fighters - Ukraine Campaign - Mission 1 - setup
Setup screens 02


Do not, repeat, do NOT fire on any Russian aircraft...
"Do not, repeat, DO NOT fire on any Russian aircraft..." - Commander Air Group - US Navy Fighters - 1993


Player aircraft

  A-7E Corsair
  F/A-18 Hornet
  F-14 Tomcat
  F-22N - a fictional navalised version of the F-22 Lightning
  Su-33 - a navalised version of Su-27

Graphics

Screen resolutions up to 1024 x 768 pixels, texture mapping, light sourcing... it pushed the state of the art yet was still playable on a 486 at lower settings.

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F-14 Tomcat catches a wire
F-14 Tomcat catches a wire

The promises were high
Fighters Anthology brought the DOS sims US Navy Fighters, Marine Fighters, Advanced Tactical Fighters, NATO Fighters and the Windows sim USNF '97 into one collection under Windows.
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.
It includes:
  • 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
Here: Fighters Anthology (1998)