Ancient “Regressors” Exposed

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Those of us who flew Air Warrior back “in the day” remember the “Aggressors” all too well. Hardy lads with wool in their teeth and a song in their hearts who would gladly take off from a field under heavy attack. Over and over … and over … and over … and … over.

Darwinism may have (mercifully) passed these amiable sheep-lovers by, but in my vast wanderings upon the Internet I unearthed a photograph of a rare exhibit of fossilized remains of the earliest known practicing of the “Regressor Mating Ritual.”

Shocking, isn’t it!? […]

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Air Warrior Pilot Reunion

The event starts today out in Indianapolis. My guess is a few hundred former players and developers will be there – including the guys from Kesmai, Blue Baron, and Robert “Mouse” Shaw (author of The Bible: “Fighter Combat”).

Kind of hard to believe that the journey of Air Warrior started almost a quarter of a century ago and this group is still in contact through all that has happened over those years. I wish I could make it, but circumstances don’t allow it this year. […]

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Flight Sim “Motivators”

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Some folks on the Aces High BBS were goofing around with some despair.com style “motivators” for the game. Given what goes on in it, there is a lot to get sarcastic about. So I did a few as well. Funny thing is that they apply to just about any MMOG flight sim … some things never change. I’ve put the 16 best of these designs here.

If you’re looking at this stuff and it makes no sense to you, well, they’re all kind of “inside jokes” for an online game community that’s been around since 1987. […]

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T-Rex A’La Mode

Sheepless in Seattle … So many dweebs, so little time … How to stop worrying and love the warps …

What follows are my recollections from 15 years of involvement and/or association with Air Warrior. At least as best as my memory can recall such things. My serious activity in the game was from 1987 through 1992, so much of this will be unfamiliar to most AW readers. And odds are I’ll get some of the chronology wrong. But screw it. […]

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An Ackstar Is Born

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The Story of the “Blood Dragon” in WarBirds

Many people today refer to the B-17 in gunship mode as an “ack-star.” Which is more or less true – grinding around in circles spewing tracers isn’t all too challenging a feat. But the noble beast has roots, as the reader will soon find …

Welcome to the Machine

“Creative” use of the B-17 (or bombers in general) began back in Air Warrior. The two favorite ships were the F/A-26 “Blood Pig” and the “A/B-17 Blood Dragon.” The ‘Pig was used as follows – swoop in, pop acks, land at enemy field, taxi and park behind take-off spot at enemy field, kill people as they appear. […]

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