Chino reported in 2000 :
"Something about the lighting and rendering in this sim just blows my mind -- although European Air War is very "painterly" (as you said in the museum, like flying in a Robert Taylor painting), Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 2 is approaching photo-realism.
So much so that in some screen shots, you have the effect of a hyper-realistic-style oil painting (you somehow know it's not a photo, but so close... perhaps with anti-aliasing... )
One oddity you can see in the last shot -- the B-24D cockpit structure is wrong, too much glass on top. The B-24 had very claustrophobic cockpit windows -- this version looks more like a B-26 cockpit (I'm sure there will be a user-built replacement soon enough). But otherwise the B-24 is superbly rendered, and the Zero, even more so ! "
" This looks just like the very detailed 1/48 scale metal model of a Zero that I have on my desk here -- I spotted it in a department store in Tokyo some years ago. Our Japanese reps give me a gift at the farewell party every time I visit. Since I've visited many times, Tanaka-san routinely asks me what I want, rather than giving me yet another set of geisha-girl coasters.
So I told them I wanted this Zero model, which was something like $ USD 80.00 at the time. It required slight assembly and it weighs about 5 pounds! The Zero was quite an elegant little plane, one of my faves. "
Exhibit: A Citizen Soldier in the Air: Lt. Charles H. Cook in World War II, by Bruce Irving.
Comments: Lt. Charles H. Cook flew a B-24D named "Cookie" with the 90th Bombardment Group in the southwest Pacific in 1942-1943. At that time, Allied forces were greatly outnumbered, and Japanese invasion of New Guinea and Australia was a very real threat. Bruce Irving has interviewed Charlie Cook and composed this valuable record of his aviation career. The entire article is also available for free download here - Charles H. Cook.