References to the gameIn the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day, John Connor is shown playing After Burner at the arcade at the mall.
ReferencesDuring one of the take-off sequences of the game, you're followed by a small red car. It's the Ferrari from Outrun, another hit arcade game.
ZX Spectrum versionThe ZX Spectrum version of the game has the plane firing its cannon constantly throughout and cannot be switched off. This is due to the fire button being used to fire the missiles.
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