Project Stealth Fighter

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Project Stealth Fighter
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Designer(s)Jim Synoski
Arnold Hendrick
Programmer(s)Jim Synoski
Dan Chang
Gregg Tavares
Artist(s)Michael Haire
Michele Mahan
Composer(s)Ken Lagace
Platform(s)Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
Release1987 (C64), 1989 (Spectrum)
Genre(s)Air combat simulation
Mode(s)Single player

Project Stealth Fighter is a combat flight simulator released for the Commodore 64 in 1987 by MicroProse, featuring a fictional United States military aircraft. During the time of the game's release there was heavy speculation surrounding a missing aircraft in the United States Air Force's numbering system, the F-19. Project Stealth Fighter was later renamed F-19 Stealth Fighter and was remade in 1988 for the 16-bit systems with much improved graphics.


In the game, the player take on the role of a fictional fighter pilot flying missions of varying difficulty over four geographic locations: Libya, the Persian Gulf, the North Cape, and Central Europe.


The game was critically acclaimed. Computer Gaming World in 1987 stated that Project Stealth Fighter pushed the limits of 8-bit hardware (noting the resulting great difficulty in landing at airfields) but concluded favorably: "Timely? It couldn't be more so. Realistic? Yes ... Challenging? Definitely!"[1] In a 1994 survey of wargames the magazine gave the title two stars out of five, stating that F-19 and F-117 had superseded it.[2] Compute! in 1988 called the game "a superlative flight simulator". It praised the graphics, stating that they improved on those of the company's F-15 Strike Eagle. The magazine concluded: "If you're to have only one flight simulator in your library, let it be this one ... Project: Stealth Fighter is Microprose's best".[3] The Commodore 64 version's review in Zzap!64 stated "Project Stealth Fighter is excellent, and sets new standards to which other must now aspire".[4] ACE stated the game as certainly enjoyable and the rating for C64 version is 863 out of 1000.[5]

Project: Stealth Fighter was awarded the Origins Award for "Best Military or Strategy Computer Game of 1987".[6]

The game was nominated for the Golden Joystick Awards '88 in the category "Best Simulation - 8 Bit".[7]

A port to the ZX Spectrum version was first advertised in 1988 prior to the game being renamed for the 16-bit releases.[8] By the time it was published late 1989, it used the F-19 Stealth Fighter title in-game but was still packaged as Project Stealth Fighter.[9] A review in Your Sinclair called it "the best Speccy flight sim to date".[10].

Both the Spectrum and Commodore 64 versions were subsequently reissued as F-19 Stealth Fighter[11][12] in the same packaging as the 16-bit versions.[9][13]

In late 1990, the combined sales of F-19 Stealth Fighter across four platforms took the game into the UK Top 20 All Format games chart.[14]


  1. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (December 1987). "Project: Stealth Fighter". Computer Gaming World. p. 26.
  2. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (January 1994). "War In Our Time / A Survey Of Wargames From 1950-2000". Computer Gaming World. pp. 194–212.
  3. ^ Bobo, Ervin (February 1988). "Project: Stealth Fighter". Compute!. p. 51. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
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  5. ^ "Project Stealth Fighter". ACE (4): 60, 61. January 1988.
  6. ^ "The 1987 Origins Awards". The Game Manufacturers Association. Archived from the original on 2012-12-16.
  7. ^ "Golden Joystick Awards 1989". Computer and Video Games. Future Publishing (92): 62. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Project Stealth Fighter – Coming Soon For Your Spectrum". Crash. No. 57. Newsfield. 22 September 1988. p. 55. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Project Stealth Fighter Also known as F-19 Stealth Fighter". Spectrum Computing. Spectrum Computing. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  10. ^ "Project Stealth Fighter". Your Sinclair. No. 47. Dennis Publishing. 10 October 1989. p. 16. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  11. ^ "Spectrum review: F-19 Stealth Fighter". Crash. No. 73. Newsfield. 25 January 1990. p. 118. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  12. ^ "F-19 Stealth Fighter – Spectrum". The Games Machine. No. 28. Newsfield. 8 February 1990. p. 54. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  13. ^ "Project Stealth Fighter - Also known as F-19 Stealth Fighter". Lemon64. Kim Lemon. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  14. ^ "The Gallup All Formats Top 20". Computer and Video Games. No. 107. EMAP. 16 September 1990. p. 65. Retrieved 28 January 2023.

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