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Old 05-03-2008, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default F-19 Stealth Fighter

Feel free to comment and discuss this game here. Also, if you have any useful tips or tricks don't hesitate to share them with other people! Thanks!

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Old 07-03-2008, 03:56 AM   #2
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This was one of the first games that I ever owned. I still have it on floppy disk in the crawl space. It was very technologically advanced for its time. It's also a very good game, too.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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Default The tension still haunts me :)

This game is full of win, just like it's cousin F15 Strike Eagle. Both games are extremely similar in appearance and mechanics, but where F15 is all about showing the enemy how much the F15 powns in the sky, F19 is all about making it to your target and back alive. I can't remember how many night I've spend flying trough darkness at 20 metres above the ground in an attempt to take out that nuclear reactor. Both these games are very highly recommended.
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:30 AM   #4
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Default one of the top ten best games ever!

Hey there, I have dug this game out of storage for the first time in ages, and I've forgotten how amazing it actually is! The only problem is, I don't have the keyboard map! I can remember 99% of the controls, but there are some I can't! Are there any nice people out there who have a scan or anything like that? The main thing I can't find it how to fire the main gun cannon (without a joystick)!

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Old 10-03-2008, 01:58 AM   #5
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Hmm, yes, a reference card would be nice, if anyone can get ahold of an original one and scan it for us.

EDIT: I found this at HOTU! Enjoy! :laugh:


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                F-19 Stealth Fighter
                --------------------
                (C) Microprose 1988
                --------------------
                 Keyboard Controls
                --------------------

        NOTE! Stealth Fighter does not work with KEYBSU or KEYBSV keyboard
              driver. You will need to run KEYBUK to play game.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Control Stick
=============
Pitch down                                      up-arrow
Roll right                                      right-arrow
Roll left                                       left-arrow
Pitch up                                        up-arrow
Down & right                                    Pgup-key
Down & left                                     Home-key
Up & right                                      PgDn-key
Up & left                                       End-key
Adjust stick sensitivity                        Ins-key
  (tiny, small and medium stick movement)
Maximum stick movement                          fast double-press of the key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Throttle
========
Max Pwr (maximum power)                         Shift and '+=' key
Incr (increase throttle)                        '=' key
Decr (decrease throttle)                        '-' key
No pwr (no power)                               Shift and '-_' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Other flight controls
=====================
Gear (landing gear toggle)                      '6' key (on main keyboard)
Flaps (extend/retract toggle)                   '9' key (on main keyboard)
Brakes (on/off toggle)                          '0' key (on main keyboard)
Autopilot (on/off toggle)                       '7' key (on main keyboard)
Accel (accelerated) time                        Shift and 'Z' key
Norm (normal) time                              Shift and 'X' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Out-of-plane Viewing
====================
Slot view                                       Shift and 'F1' key
Chase plane                                     Shift and 'F2' key
Side view                                       Shift and 'F3' key
Missile view                                    Shift and 'F4' key
Tacti view (you & enemy)                        Shift and 'F5' key
Invrs tacti (enemy & you)                       Shift and 'F6' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Out-of-Cockpit Viewing
======================
View ahead                                      Shift and '?/' key
View rear                                       Shift and '>.' key
View left                                       Shift and '<.' key
View right                                      Shift and 'M' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Other view keys
===============
Zoom (view or map)                              'z' key
UnZoom (view or map)                            'x' key
View angle (narrow or wide)                     'c' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cockpit Controls
================
Cockpit view                                    'F1' key
HUD Modes (switches between three modes)        'F2' key
CRT Maps (toggles left-side CRT)                'F3' key
Data (on right side CRT)                        'F4' key
Ordnance (on right side CRT)                    'F5' key
System Damage (on right side CRT)               'F6' key
ILS (on/off the HUD)                            'F9' key
Mission (on right-side CRT)                     'F10' key
Eject (bail out)                                Shift and 'F10' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
INS (Inertial Navigation System)
================================
Select Way Point (on right-side CRT)            'F7' key
Change Way Point (on both CRTs)                 'F8' key
Reset Way Point (all)                           Shift and 'F8' key
Select/change Previous waypoint                 Shift and 'PgUp' key
Select/change Next waypoint                     Shift and 'PgDn' key
Move Waypoint Up (changing pt)                  Shift up-arrow key
Move Waypoint Down (changing pt)                Shift down-arrow key
Move Waypoint Left (changing pt)                Shift left-arrow key
Move Waypoint Right (changing pt)               Shift right-arrow key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tracking Camera (appears on right-side cockpit CRT)
===============
Cam Ahead                                       '/' key
Cam Rear                                        '.' key
Cam Left                                        'm' key
Cam Right                                       ',' key
Select Target (in current view arc)             'b' key
Designate New Target (ahead only)               'n' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Armaments
=========
Ordnance (on right-side CRT)                    'F5' key
Select Ordnance                                 space bar
Bay Doors (toggles open/closed)                 '8' key (on main keyboard)
Fire Ordnance                                   return key
Fire Cannon                                     backspace key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Defenses
========
Flare (drop one cartridge)                      '1' key (on main keyboard)
Chaff (drop one cartridge)                      '2' key (on main keyboard)
IR Jammer (toggles on/off)                      '3' key (on main keyboard)
ECM (radar jammer on/off)                       '4' key (on main keyboard)
Decoy (drop one)                                '5' key (on main keyboard)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Simulation Controls
===================
Pause (press any key to un-pause)               Alt and 'p' key
"Boss" (hides simulation)                       Alt and 'b' key
Quit (return to DOS)                            Alt and 'q' key
Resupply (training only)                        Alt and 'r' key
Change mission to training                      Alt and 't' key
Night/day (training only)                       Alt and 'n' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Keyboard Control Stick Adjust                   'Ins' key
  kybd sensitivity 3 = keypress causes large stick movement
  kybd sensitivity 2 = keypress causes moderate stick movement
  kybd sensitivity 1 = keypress causes small stick movement
  note: double-press causes maximum stick movement
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Volume Adjust (4 sound levels)
  sound level 3 = all sounds
  sound level 2 = all sounds except engine background noise (default)
  sound level 1 = firing and explosions only (no warning sounds)
  sound level 0 = no sound
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Detail Adjust (3 levels)
  detail level 2 = exceptional detail (fast AT and 386 computers)(default)
  detail level 1 = moderate detail (average AT computers)
  detail level 0 = limited detail (PC and XT computers)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Slew Controls (4 directions) Training only
  slew north                                    Alt and 'i' key
  slew west                                     Alt and 'j' key
  slew south                                    Alt and 'k' key
  slew east                                     Alt and 'l' key
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Notes on Simulation Controls

        Change Mission to Training (Alt and 't' key): Tapping this key
  converts your current mission into a training mission. This means that
  henceforth enemy weapons do no damage. Tapping Alt 't' again exits
  training.
        Once a mission is converted to training you cannot score any points
  for it, even if you toggle training off again. However, the slew controls
  and resupply key only function when training is active.

        Keyboard Control Stick Adjust ('Ins' key): This regulates the
  amount of control stick movement a keypress causes. We recommend you use
  this key frequently while flying, and always set the sensitivity to "1"
  on your final approach to landing.

        Detail Adjust (Alt and 'd' key): The level of detail affects the
  game's speed.

        Slew (Alt and 'i'j'k'l' keys): These keys function _only_ in
  training. Tapping the key "teleports" your aircraft in that direction.
  The distance you're teleported varies with the current Zoom/UnZoom scale
  of the satellite/radar map. Slew is an excellent way to check out the
  region while trainig.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Old 12-03-2008, 02:42 PM   #6
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By the way, does anyone know if there are any reasonably recent sims with F-19's kind of focus on stealth? I know F-117 came out two or three years later, and that it's basically the same but with a different (real) plane and better graphics. However, I'm looking for something more recent.

As far as I know, all the F-22-centered games don't model stealth-related issues like RCS, for example. It's a shame, as I love being the flying equivalent of a ninja. :laugh:

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Old 12-03-2008, 04:43 PM   #7
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I do have the keyboard template and I could scan it (assuming my scanner still works, it has been years since I last used it).

So let me know.
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:03 PM   #8
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A blast from the past! One of the best games ever created. I first played this on a C64 and then promptly bought the PC version. Nothing finer than blasting the sub pens at Sevastopol and high tailing it out of enemy territory. Sierra Hotel folks. I never did check out F-117...just wasn't sure it'd live up to its predecessor.
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:57 PM   #9
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Really, it's like an upgraded version of the same game (you could call it F-19 v2.0):

- F-19 replaced by F-117
- Better graphics
- Better sound
- More theatres to fight on (Cuba and Vietnam, among others)

The only downside, at least aesthetically, is the absence of the F-19, oddly enough. :laugh:

Even though it didn't exist, the F-19 looks much cooler than the F-117 (which is the ugliest aircraft ever made). I wish there was a mod that placed the F-19 back in.
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Old 13-03-2008, 03:18 AM   #10
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I think there was also a patch from Microprose for this game, that changed the plane's outside graphics to the F-117's, leaving everything else in the game unchanged.

I heard that the reason for the F-117's edged design, was the limitations of the computers at the day, since in CAD software curves are approximated by more or less straight lines... :laugh: Nowadays the F-22 Raptor ATF looks a little like this F-19.
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