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
In collection: Yes
Comments: 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.

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.

The Commodore Amiga version remembered

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 achievement.

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.

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