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Falcon 3.0

IBM PC/AT DOS 5.25in. disk published 33 years ago by Spectrum HoloByte

Not listed in MAME yet

Falcon 3.0 © 1991 Spectrum HoloByte

Falcon 3.0 is a combat flight simulator video game, it's the third official main entry in the Falcon series of the F-16 Fighting Falcon simulators.

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Falcon 3.0 was claimed to have used flight dynamics from a real military simulator, and required a math coprocessor to enable the high fidelity flight mode. Even in less demanding modes, it was still virtually unplayable on computers slower than a 386. The recommended configuration was a 33 MHz 486, a top end machine at this time.

Falcon 3.0 offered Padlock view, in which the player's POV is slewed in the direction of a selected target, scanning around the cockpit if necessary. It also offered players more natural looking topography than other commercial PC flight simulations at the time—with mountains, hills, valleys and other features having their own unique shapes.


Developed by Sphere Inc.

Original Design Concept: Gilman Louie
Simulation Team: Erick Jap, Kuswara Pranawahadi, Gary Stottlemyer, Les Watts
Interface Team: Scot Bayless, Daniel Deremiah, Ian Falicov, Michael Mancuso
Additional Programming: Rebecca Ang, Don Harlow, Lee Powell, Farah Soebrata, Donald Tsang
Project Lead: Scot Bayless
Artwork: Chuck Butler, Matt Carlström, Zachary Fuller, Daniel L. Guerra, Louis Sremac
Video Animations: Matt Carlström, Zachary Fuller
Digital Actors: Joe Ward, Scot Bayless (Woof), Russel Reiss (Blue Jay), Matt Carlström (Mack Daddy), Zachary Fuller (Defiant), Tony Beccia, Daniel Deremiah (Bullfrog), Marisa Ong (No. 19), Bill Hall, Elizabeth Chambers, Shannon Lee
Stunt Effects: Matt Carlström (Mack Daddy), Elizabeth Chambers
3-D World Building: Anthony Chiang, Daniel Deremiah, Eric Grotke, Joe Ward, Peter Ward, Bradd Huddle (Bluto)
Sound & Music: Paul Mogg
User Manual: Howard Bornstein, Pete Bonanni (Boomer), Kyle Brink, Robert Giedt, Steve Perrin, Joe Ward
User Manual Editing: Kyle Brink, Maggie Brown, Robert Giedt, Marisa Ong, Joe Ward
Quality Assurance: Brett Amick, Randy Angle, Stephen Blankenship, Kurt Boutin, Eric Chin, William Chin, Andrew Edlen, Michael Isgur, Stephen Keith, Lawrence Kevin, Douglas Lin, Karl Maurer, Mike Nebeker, Russel Reiss, Stacey Springer, Evan Birkby (Baron), David Wessman (Wotan)
Beta Testers: Frank Bartolotta (Turk), Tom Basham (KC), Terry Carraway (Pinecone), James G. Cook (Hawk), Alvin Dickerson (Moondog), Matt Dimmic (Mythman), Steve Edwards (Auger), Mark Estephanian (Endo), Mike Hartmann (Black Viper), Buzz Hoffman (Ballistic), Eric Pearson (Reckless), Dave Reichlein (Lawman), Donald Rinker (Blue Max), Kevin Turner (Thrusty), Michael Vario (Misha), Steven Wartofsky (FT), Mike Weksler (Moondawg)
Special Thanks: Shelley Addison, Tom Byron, the Customer Support crew, Erik Flom, Barbara Gleason, Rosann Goodrow, Rita Harrington, Guymond Louie, Ann McCue, Lisa Meucci, Michael Nelson, Hallie Park, Terry Thompson, our Production Department, Michael Hatfield (at General Dynamics), Bob Carter (of ThrustMaster), Ron Haidenger (of Advanced Gravis), Joseph Colligan (of Delta Lithograph), Rod Hume (Linotext), Charlie Pettler, Rick Banker, Tinamarie Goldman, the Typesetting Shop in Oakland, Air Combat USA in Fullerton, 'Hollywood' 'Dooley' 'Club' and the rest of the guys, all the folks at Cermoss for helping dupe the disks, MapLink, Kevin Goyer, the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit for sharing their personal memories of Desert Storm, Randy Angle (Customer Support), Andrew Edlen (Customer Support), Karl Maurer (Customer Support), Darleen Seymour (Customer Support), Me'lissa Stallworth (Customer Support), James Sullivan (Customer Support), Mike Collier (Production Department), Belinda Ellingworth (Production Department), Todd Randall (Production Department), Tuyen Trin (Production Department)

Technical Illustrations: Chuck Butler (Bunhead)
Layout: Van Winkle Design Group
Photos Courtesy of: Armed Forces Journal, Aviation Week, General Dynamics, U.S. Department of Defense, Pete Bonanni, Gilman Louie, Dick Stamm


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