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The Air Combat Emulator... at last you can really fly!
Your AWAT (All Weather All Terrain) jet stands fully fuelled and fully armed. A vast invasion fleet is anchored just off your shores. Ground forces have come ashore and are advancing on your positions protected by massive air cover.
You are the last fighter pilot. Your country turns to you and asks... "Are you good enough to be called an Ace?"
Multiple Ground Objects
Two Kinds of Enemy Jet
Enemy Helicopter Gunships
Enemy Fleet Off-Shore
Twin Flying Mode
Fly and Fight With The Aid Of A Friend
Air To Air Refuelling
Night, Winter and Summer Modes
Some features are not included in the C16 and Vic-20 versions.
Select Summer, Winter or Night Time. Select single or dual role and set skill level (Level One - training mode)
Before each sortie, select the weapons load appropriate to your next mission (e.g. ground attack, naval attack, default is multi-role capability)
Accelerate to at least 150 knots, gently pull back on the joystick and you will take off. Raise the undercarriage.
The Satellite Intelligence Map is used to locate the enemy forces, your airbases and refuelling tankers. The Sim shows units or groups of enemy forces, *not* individual tanks and planes etc. Your aircraft is the white flashing one, and allied territory is green, enemy-held territory is red.
Attacking Ground Forces
Dive to below 3,000 feet and slow to about 500 knots or less. At lower speeds you are more vulnerable to attack from enemy missiles and ground fire but it is easier to take out your target. Engage the enemy. If locked onto and chased by an enemy missile out-manoeuvre and dodge the missile or launch a decoy flare to throw the missile off-course.
Try to gain height and get behind the enemy fighters before attacking with cannon or air-to-air missiles. Use your radar and rear-view camera and watch out for fighters manoeuvring behind you. Fast reactions will be needed to shoot them down.
Delta-winged aircraft are slower and less agile than the straight winged enemy fighters.
Climb to 2,500 feet at about 300 knots. Attack with an air-ship missile, avoiding anti-aircraft fire and surface-to-air missiles.
Note: The enemy fleet only appears on the map after you destroy *all* of the enemy ground forces.
Using your on-board computer, go to the speed and altitude of the tanker if one is available. Approach from behind the tanker with care watching your speed very carefully. When you are close enough, the tanker crew will deploy the refuelling pipe, with the basket on the end. When you hear the crew on the refuelling tanker giving approach orders, manoeuvre your aircraft until the tip of your refuel probe is in the centre of the basket and keep it there until you are fully refuelled.
If your aircraft has suffered severe damage, to survive you will have to eject. You cannot eject over enemy territory, or if you are flying upside down. If your aircraft crashes, the game ends, regardless of how many aircraft are left at home base.
Navigate to an allied airbase and approach it at under 500 feet. When you see the runway on the horizon, slow to 200 knots and lower your undercarriage. Put the nose down slightly and, when you are over the runway, land and reduce thrust. Ensure that you stop with enough runway left to allow you to take off again.
When your aircraft has stopped, the ground crew will re-fuel, re-arm and repair any damage to your aircraft allowing you to take off on another mission.
Avionics. The Instrument Panel
Thrust - Shows the engine's power output.
Fuel - Amount of fuel left.
Vel - Airspeed in Knots, Stall Speed - 140 knots. Max Speed 960 Knots at Sea level. 1590 Knots at 70,000 feet.
UC - Undercarriage up/down indicator.
Compass - Gives your heading.
SC - Score
Roll & Pitch - The two aircraft show your banking angle and the degree of climb or dive.
Computer Output Panel - Your on-board computer displays messages/warnings, etc. Important messages are synthesised audibly as well as being displayed.
Rear View Camera - Mounted in the tail, the wide angle lens shows enemy aircraft to your rear and missles chasing you.
Mode Indicator - Shows flight mode. In combat mode, this shows the current weapon selected and ammunition left.
Use Of Weapons
All the weapons must be guided visually at least until the missile is locked onto the target. This is accomplished by having the target in the sights when you fire. In the two player mode, the sights can be moved to assist targetting and locking on of the missiles.
To destroy a target with a missile, the correct type must be used (Air-to-Air, Air-to-Ground, Air-to-Ship) and it must be recognisable and larger than a dot on the horizon. Targets need several hits from cannon shells which are fired at 6,000rpm. Use the Decoy Flares which are rearward firing to thwart incoming enemy missiles.
Only a select few will survive for long and to become an Air Ace you must destroy the entire invasion force at the hardest skill level which simulates true combat conditions. They will be extremely rare but can prove they are an Ace by saving their score using the high score save feature.
E - Left, R - Right, S - Up, X - Down, Z - Increase Thrust, CAPS SHIFT - Decrease Thrust, ENTER - Select Weapon, X - Fire Weapon
J - Eject, U - Toggle Undercarriage up/down
M - Map (Also pauses game)
Q - Restart (Hold down Q to operate)
Weapon Main Controls
O - Move Sights Left, P - Move Sights Right, I - Move Sights Up, K - Move Sights Down, N - Fire Weapon
Ace Instrument Panel
Shows engine's power output
Amount of fuel left
Aircraft's altitude in feet
Airspeed in knots
Undercarriage up/down indicator
Gives your heading
Roll & Pitch
The two aircraft show your banking angle and degree of climb or dive
Computer Output Panel
Your onboard computer displays messages/warnings, etc.
Your aircraft is in the centre. The viewpoint is from above. An arrow pointing upwards indicates an enemy aircraft above you. An arrow pointing downwards indicates an enemy aircraft below you, and a rectangle with no arrowhead is one within 1,000 feet of your altitude. A blip is a ground target.
Rear View Camera
Mounted in the tail, the wide angle lens shows enemy aircraft to your rear, as well as missiles chasing you.
Shows flight mode. In combat mode, shows amount of ammunition left, and weapon selected.
The following utilities are also available to allow you to edit the supplied screens of this game:
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