There are so many ways to start playing this sim it's hard to know where to start!
Landing the Tempest... or in my case BOUNCING the Tempest!
You can fly for the British, German or American sides and commence the campaign in the Battle of Britain 1940, European Theatre 1943 tTo 1944... which starts you at the Normandy landings... not a bad place to start in a sim!.
European Air War by Microprose - In the background you can see the smoke from a Jerry fighter. In the foreground you can see the smoke and FLAMES from my poor old Tempest... now where is that Escape and Evasion manual... ??
I chose a New Zealand squadron flying Tempest V's... although the voices sounded rather more like Scotsmen than Kiwis to me.... Anyhow, accents aside, these guys sure could fly! I headed off into some the most intense and varied dogfighting I'd ever encounterd in a sim. The German pilots weren't afraid to mix it up right down on to the deck... I'm talking about below treetop level here...
Where there's smoke there's fire....
This was pure and simple dogfighting accompanied by great sound effects like a "plinking" noise which I soon learnt that the engine was overheating and about to throw a rod!
Heading out over the English channel and 20 minutes of trying to stay in formation... or you can press Alt-N to skip to the action.
These images were taken in 1998 using a Creative 3D Blaster Banshee.