A History of Military Flight Simulation – Part 3

Part III – The Mature Years: 1997-2000

In February 1997, the first commercial internet magazine dedicated to combat simulations was founded. COMBATSIM.COM was registered as a domain name by Doug Helmer and Leonard Hjalmarson [the author of this series – Ed]. These two Canadian simulation fans gave a voice and created a forum for the growing virtual community that was taking shape around combat simulations on the PC.

The box artwork of Digital Integration’s F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The box artwork of Digital Integration’s F-16 Fighting Falcon. Leonard ‘Flightdoc’ Hjalmarson

1997 – A busy year

In 1997 Digital Integration released F-16 Fighting Falcon which featured its unique ‘headlock’ target tracking system. Not long afterwards a patch was released that included 3dfx graphics card support.

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