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Jet Pilot

"As far as I know, this was the only computer simulation based on the Lightning aircraft.

Had it been fully developed much earlier, it might have been a useful training aid for the RAF. It could have helped ground radar operators and controllers appreciate the pilots problems, etc.

The RAF did make use of Mullard Trainers which provided synthetic radar tracks on the radar screens. However, the trainers were located in a dedicated room and each trainer required one man to operate it. Each track could only be controlled in direction and speed so it was not very realistic, although I do recall one night when a supersonic 'runaway' Mullard track suddenly appeared on the edge of the display tracking north to south. As it disappeared of the bottom of the screen another appeared at the top! We could not get anything on the height finder which made matters worse!! Eventually we worked out what it was causing the problems but there was more than a little panic till we did!

By comparison with simulations like FSX, JetPilot is lacking badly in presentation. However, the A1200 computer just didn't have the power to cope. For the casual player, the requirement that all players must complete a series of exercises before being allowed to fly combat must have been very frustrating, especially having to complete a pairs landing at night in very poor weather conditions!!"

MiGMan thanks Splash One: Knight of the Cold War for the information.

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