MiG Alley Empire Rowan F-86 South Korea Exhibit Combat Cold War article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 org: Empire org: Rowan MiG Alley is a simulation of Air Combat operation in the Korean War June 1950 to January 1951. MiG Alley achieved very close to a perfect blend of action and graphical realism as a simulation of the air war in the Korean conflict. In November 2001 Rowan released the source code, so expect the sim to keep developing in the hands of dedicated fans.
MiG Alley South Korea MiGMan Reviews Korean War Cold War article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 MiG Alley achieved very close to a perfect blend of action and graphical realism... and managed to run very fluidly in 1999 on a Pentium 233 with a Creative 3D Blaster Banshee, and that was with all the graphics options maxed out at 800 by 600 resolution. Game developers take note - there is a market for games which actually run well on modest hardware !
MiG Alley MiG-15 South Korea MiGMan Video ATI Radeon 9600 XT MiGMan: Combat Diary article pub: 2006 article updated: 2019-10-03
MiG Alley F-86 South Korea MiGMan Video ATI Radeon 9600 XT MiGMan: Combat Diary article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 One of MiGMan's wobbly test flights! This video is more for the enthusiast, consisting as it does of 3 minutes dogfight footage of the F-86 Sabre in this classic sim.
MiG Alley P-51 South Korea MiGMan: Combat Diary Air to Ground Napalm article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 There's mine - missed totally. Napalm was the weapon most feared by the North. A mixture of gasoline and detergent, it covered everything, including flesh, and caused horrific injuries. Thankfully flight sims spare us the "up close and personal" perspective of weapon effects.
MiG Alley South Korea Mission Planning Interface article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 Typical mission planning screen. There is a host of information which can be called up as needed in smaller windows. This is a model of good interface design.
You are supporting a ground battle that is being fought on the Korean peninsula. As the peninsula runs north-south you will find that the front line generally lies east-west. Although your specific objectives will vary from campaign to campaign, the overall objective is to support the UN ground forces in their effort to move the front line up to the Chinese border.
MiG Alley South Korea Virtual Cockpit Cockpit article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 The cockpits in MiG Alley are all virtual cockpits. There is no fixed cockpit and you don't need or want one as these do the job well and maintain a sense of immersion in the sim with the canopy rails and reflections.
MiG Alley P-51 South Korea article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 The P-51 Mustang was apparently known as the F-51 in the Korean War. What was one of the most formidable and effective air superiority machines in WW2 was, only 5 years later relegated mainly to a ground attack role. The jet age had begun.
MiG Alley F-80 South Korea article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 The F-80 Shooting Star was flying in Italy in January 1945 but didn't see combat.
On the 8th of November 1950 a Shooting Star shot down a MiG-15 in what is thought to be the first jet to jet air combat encounter. The first 4 months of the Korean war saw the F-80 bearing the brunt of the combat with over 15,000 sorties being flown.
MiG Alley F-84 South Korea article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 The F84 ThunderJet often ran out of runway in the hot Korean weather and was known as the "Groundhog" because of this reluctance to become airborne. I noticed fairly quickly in MiG Alley that on take-off it is important to keep the flaps down until the speed has built up and to keep the climb out fairly shallow.
Other fliers have reported that a "flaps up" setting is best for takeoff, with a very shallow climb out... barely clearing the treetops at about 2 degrees climb angle.
MiG Alley South Korea ACM article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 The dogfights at altitude in MiG Alley become mass of contrails, visible from miles away. Also visible are the glints of sunlight reflecting off canopies and dropping fuel tanks.
MiG Alley South Korea MiGMan: Combat Diary Flight Test article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 Inverted flying didn't seem to cause fuel starvation in any of the aircraft.
MiG Alley Formation Flight article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 The aircraft in MiG Alley use the classic "Finger Four" formation. This was known to Commonwealth pilots (Canadian and Australian) as "High Battle Formation". According to Christie Harris, who flew for the RCAF in the 1950's, "You started as a wingman, with three practically foolproof opportunities for disaster.
MiG Alley MiG-15 MiGMan: Combat Diary article pub: 1999 article updated: 2019-10-03 Now I foolishly decided to add a crowd pleasing element to my one-person airshow..... an outside loop with the gear extended ... Read on