Of course, you're probably wondering what brought up this lovely trip down memory lane. I was on YouTube the other night and found some videos of the intro sequences to this game. One is a super-cheesy air battle, while the other two have some good file footage of Naval aircraft and operations set to some pretty rockin' music. First, the cheesy air battle from FA:
Next, the intro to USNF 97, bundled with FA:
Last, the intro to the Vietnam campaign:
The campaigns had some pretty fun missions...I think my favorite campaign as a whole would be Ukraine. One memorable mission was rescuing the Il-96 flying Boris Yeltsin's ass out of the country from MiG-31s in an F-14; the only way to be successful was to go into full burner as soon as you got the rescue call and launch your AIM-54s from max range, otherwise the Foxhounds would splash the airliner before you could nail them. Another was the mission to take out a nuclear power plant north of Kiev. The only listed targets for the mission were a couple of power relays, but having several SLAM-ERs left over, I decided I'd attack the plant itself just for giggles...bad idea. Missiles impact and mission failed comes up. I had to think about it for a second until I realized I had just caused the second Chernobyl. Oops. I think my all time favorite would have to be the series of missions operating against a Russian battle group centered on a Kiev-class carrier. Over the period of missions in a Hornet you attack the various escorts, including a several Krivak frigates, some Sovremenny destroyers, eventually going after its Kirov escort, and finally destroying the carrier itself.
Another very cool mission occurred in the Vladivostok campaign where a B-2 went down in enemy territory relatively intact. You were called upon to fly to the heavily defended airbase deep in enemy territory to destroy the bomber. I was always able to penetrate the Chinese air defenses outside the perimeter of the base, but once I got to the base the short range AAA and SAMs always got me...the best I could manage was a quick strafing run to destroy the B-2 followed by an ejection right before my aircraft disintegrated.
Anyway, no real reason for posting this other than this game is what I spent a large chunk of my 11-15 year old phase doing.