Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer
|Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer|
|Platform(s)||Commodore 64, Apple II, MS-DOS, Amstrad CPC, Tandy 1000, ZX Spectrum, Macintosh Plus, Macintosh II, MSX|
Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer is a 1987 computer aircraft simulation game produced by Electronic Arts that was originally released as Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Simulator. Due to a legal dispute with Microsoft over the usage of "Flight Simulator" in the name, the title was pulled from shelves and later re-released as Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer. Many copies of the original title were sold before being pulled from the shelves. Chuck Yeager served as technical consultant for the game, where his likeness and voice were prominently used.
The game allows a player to "test pilot" 14 different airplanes, including the Bell X-1, which Yeager had piloted to become the first man to exceed Mach 1.
The game is embellished by Yeager's laconic commentary: When the user crashes one plane, Yeager remarks "You really screwed the pooch on that one," or other asides.
Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer includes 11 real aircraft and three experimental aircraft designed by the developers. The fictional experimental aircraft were named after people who worked on the game.
- Real aircraft
- Bell X-1
- Cessna 172
- Douglas X-3 Stiletto
- General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
- Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
- McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
- North American P-51 Mustang
- Piper PA-28 Cherokee
- Sopwith Camel
- SPAD S.XIII
- Supermarine Spitfire
- Experimental aircraft
- Grace Industries XPG-12 Samurai
- Hilleman Ltd. XRH4 MadDog
- Lerner Aeronautics XNL-16 Instigator
The game was a big hit for EA, selling 100,000 copies by December 1987. Its sales had surpassed 250,000 copies by November 1989. Game reviewers Hartley and Patricia Lesser complimented the game in their "The Role of Computers" column in Dragon #126 (1987), stating "There is so much in this game that it’s going to be quite some time before another flight simulator can offer so much performance for your buck." The reviewers gave the PC/MS-DOS version of the game 4 out of 5 stars. The Lessers reviewed the Macintosh version of the game in 1988 in Dragon #140 in "The Role of Computers" column, giving that version 4 stars as well. Compute! criticized the blocky graphics and sound, but noted that the simple graphics resulted in a high frame rate. It concluded that Chuck Yeager differed from other games in simulating flying high-performance experimental aircraft. In a 1994 survey of wargames Computer Gaming World gave the title one-plus stars out of five, stating that it was "More than replaced by Chuck Yeager's Air Combat".
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