Proflight, the Tornado sim by Hisoft for Atari St and Amiga (1990).

Rob "Bomber" Henderson remembers -

" This was "the" dedicated Tornado flight sim before the appearance of Digital Integration's Tornado (1993).

It was shipped in a pretty hefty box and contained a huge a very detailed manual. The manual was cased in a ring-binder, and also included a full history of the actual Tornado aircraft design and operations to date, and an impressive technical cut-away drawing of the ADV version.

The list of keyboard commands was extensive and the game would have benefited from having a keyboard overlay or a separate reference card. The Tornado in this sim was more biased towards the ADV rather than the IDS.

The main weapons included were the 27mm cannon, Skyflash SARH AAMs, Sidewinder IR AAMs and 1000lb GP bombs. The flight performance of the jet was very complex, but was made even more so by the fact this beast had to be flown by the mouse. Using the keyboard and joystick was just short of impossible due to the high sensitivity of the main flight controls. You could get into some really nasty spins with this one!!

The Tornado cockpit in Proflight

The cockpit was packed full of instruments and digital displays, but bore no resemblance to a Tornado cockpit. The radar was very basic and was a combined radar and threat display. The weapons had to be armed before launch, and I remember the missiles had to be launched within certain "g" limits.

The HUD contained no numerical data such as airspeed or altitude, but was a mass of lines showing a pitch ladder, compass, vertical speed and velocity vector. The "gunsight" was a recticle made up of a series of diamonds, and I seem to remember that there was also a "floating" dot - but I'm sure this was a reference to the current "g" being pulled, and it needed to be inside the gunsight for the AAM's to launch correctly.

The autopilot was a complex piece - I think it had six different modes which could be used on their own or coupled together for various effects. Some of the modes had a higher priority and would cancel out the functions of a "lesser" mode. The wing sweep and flaps could be set as either manual or automatic operation. There was also an auto-throttle which could be set in knots IAS or TAS.

The jet engine sound effects were VERY nicely done. You could spin in the Tornado, but it was a real bitch to recover using the mouse. "