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Fly as an American or Japanese pilot in one of 4 operations in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. This simulation can also qualify as educational software because the manual features tons of historical information. Twelve aircraft (including variants) and about 20 types of ships are represented. First of the Lucasfilm/Lawrence Holland WWII air combat trilogy.


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The game that defined all future WWII air combat simulators DOS Raphael (1261)
If you enjoy WWII you want this flight combat sim. DOS gametrader (233)

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jun, 1989 935 out of 1000 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Feb, 1989 928 out of 1000 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jun, 1989 930 out of 1000 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Mar, 1989 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) DOS May, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Power Play DOS 1989 74 out of 100 74
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Jun, 1989 73 out of 100 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1989 8.8 out of 12 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST May, 1989 7.6 out of 12 63
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Nov, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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Lucasfilm Flight Sim Group 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (61060)
Mar 23, 2012



  • Computer Gaming World
    • October 1989 (Issue #64) – Action Game of the Year

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