Realistic air combat is waiting for you, in some of the most intense dogfights of the Cold War era!
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Release Date: May 24, 2006

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Wings Over Europe: Cold War Gone Hot lets you pilot any of the 12 most legendary Cold War fighters! Realistic air combat is waiting for you, in some of the most intense dogfights of the Cold War era. Flyable aircraft include the: F-100 Super Sabre, F-105 Thunderchief, F-4 Phantom II, F-15 Eagle, A-10 Thunderbolt II, British Hunter, and the exciting vertical take-off and landing of the Harrier "jump jet." Next generation environmental effects including volumetric clouds and state-of-the-art dynamic lighting Highly-accurate planes, weapons, flight models, and challenging enemy AI Win decorations, awards, and promotions with each successful mission.


- Engage in blood-draining, G-pulling, action-packed dogfights against 13 different types of Cold War Soviet aircraft.
- Fly era-specific aircraft through Central Europe in three epic campaigns.
- From the developers of the highly successful European Air War, Strike Fighters: Project 1, and Wings Over Vietnam.
- Random mission generator provides maximum flexibility and replayability. Campaign missions also have a different outcome each time.
- Open architecture for mod support. Download thousands of user-created skins, aircraft, terrain, missions, campaigns, and editors already available on the Internet.
- Next generation environmental effects including volumetric clouds and state-of-the-art dynamic lighting.
- Highly-accurate planes, weapons, flight models, and challenging enemy AI.
- Win decorations, awards, and promotions with each successful mission.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/2000
    • Processor: 650Mhz Pentium III/Athlon Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32MB DirectX 9 Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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56 of 56 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Update: If you do decide to get this after reading this review, you can download a patch that will fix many things in this still great sim. Download it here:

Something more is that there is some pretty awesome third party addon content for this simulation that is faithful to sim itself and the flight eras it offers. Check the great site: in the campaign section for a series of four addons that will improve your experience of this great sim.

As a flight sim hobbyist but not a dedicated, I've had a long history with flight sims such as Chuck Yeager's Flight Trainer and Air Combat Sim, MS Flight Simulator (from the very early days). Aces Over Europe and Red Baron (both Dynamix) and Knights Of The Sky (Microprose) who included greats like Billy Bishop (a Canadian Ace from WWI) and Ike Immelman (a tactical aviation innovator whom has a manoeuvre with his namesake). Spectrum Holobyte's Falcon 3.0 which utilized the new advancement of the FPU unit of the Intel 386 to offer real military quality flight simulation (apparently Spectrum Holobyte adapted their actual military flight simulator technology for use in the game).

One of my favourite flight sims was F117 Stealth Fighter by Microprose on the basis of its customizable mission dynamics and flight strategy with stealth technology, you were guaranteed replayability. Which is what brings me to Wings Over Europe.

Wings Over Europe has all of the elements of the classic flight simulator games offered by Microprose and one of my heroes of Microprose, "Wild" Bill Cody who was like a the Tom Clancy of flight simulation in his day. It has all of these elements without overdoing it and keeping it simple enough for the newcomer to flight simulation to accomplish and advance.

Most of the missions take place during the Cold War, so you won't be flying any stealth fighters such as the YF-22 or F-35. You will however get a fun and unmatched flight experience of the cold war era and a lesson in the advance of jet and missile technology during the era. Missions are tense though sometimes you might not have an encounter during a mission in campaign mode if you are careful enough. This is what brings the realism to it. The enemy AI is great and they communicate, so once you're spotted, that's it. They're firing AAA or SAMs and scrambling their hardware to dispatch you.

I'm running Windows 7 (32-bit) and though I've found that it runs great, it tends to drop out of the game after missions but still retains your progress. I've run the same game on Windows Vista (several years ago) and played it through time and again without problem so I suspect that what I'm experiencing is a UAC problem (maybe running under admin will work).

You don't need a flight stick to fly the flight sim as the keyboard controls are good, but a flight stick would definately be a big advantage.

One of the greatest features is that the entire battlefield feels like it a living and breathing conflict and the enemy and allies are on standby all of the time. There are ground units whose eyes and ears can result in you being spotted resulting in a nearby airfield dispatching its own air CAP to deal with you.

Likewise you might fly missions where you are quickly scrambled while enemy squadrons attack your airfield.

All in all a very enjoyable experience despite the fact that it is an older title. The graphic and gameplay hold up for certain. Just try all of the different camera views and you'll see what I mean...

Highly recommended for any avid flight sim fan especially those of Microprose flight sims, and those who are new to flight simulation who want something that is scalable as they learn more about the controls and aircraft. Don't get me wrong, this has some advanced features like targeting different targeting (supporting A2A, A2G, A2R and Guns) and radar modes and ECM and a Radar Jammer (Electronic Counter Measures) as well.

This is the flight sim for fans of classic sims and those looking to get into sims.

If you want to get pumped about this and games like this, watch the movie The Right Stuff.

Brian Joseph Johns
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2014
Flying is pretty fun. It is more arcadish than sim. So if you like planes and just want to mess around you will enjoy this game.

You have to maually patch this game to not have any crashes for windows 7 and probably 8 too.
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55 of 77 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
While it features a decent selection of classic jets, fun combat, and easy to pick up sim characteristics, I cannot recommend Wings over Europe for the simple fact that it's a poorly optimized mess and offers nothing over the Strike Fighters 2 series. It's not bad, it's just obselete.

To be clear: Third Wire does not see a penny of the money from this product.
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54 of 80 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
A great modern flight simulator that reminds me a lot of the 90's sims before they got rediculously complex.

I thoroughly recommend it, but DON'T BUY IT FROM STEAM!
Buy it from Third Wire directly!

Third Wire are the developers, and they DON'T RECEIVE A SINGLE CENT from the sales of this on Steam, so you're only supported immoral publishers and their contracts.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2015
It's a great game but i wouldnt recommend you to buy this ON STEAM. You have to patch it, start it from the original .exe file, its all trouble, and Steam is shipping the broken version for 9,99. Such a fraud.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This game is just truly epic. The planes included all have their advantages and disadvantages, and it rewuires some thought to load them and select them. Another plus about this game is the huge mod community. has many great plane addons and also the NATO Fighter packages. also has many addons, which include weapons, textures and planes. However, I would not reccomend installing the "October 2008 Patch". When I installed it, it erased all my addons, pilot data, and I was unable to load weapons onto my plane. I then had to delete and reinstall the game. But still, this game will always be ranked oin the top with me.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
For the asking price during a sale, this is an exellent purchase. The game has dept and an amazing modding community that provides aircraft, campaigns and the like.

However, the sequels is far superior. You can buy them off the Developers website here:
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Doesn't work well in newer OS. Be warned.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
This flight sim is some of the most fun I have had in a long time. It feels a lot like the old, defunct sims Janes would put out back in the 1990s. Not exactly as hard-core 'study sim' as the more pricey DCS modules (such as A-10C), but also not nearly as arcadey as Ace Combat and HAWX. The mix of aircraft included stock is pretty good, especially if you are a fan of the F-4 Phantom II or the original Harrier designs. But, there is also a HUGE mod scene with all kinds of aircraft you can add into the game, including the A-6 Intruder, A-7 Corsair, F-14 Tomcat, MORE versions of the F-4, and the A-4.

If it wasn't obvious, this game isn't meant to be 'modern', but based on hypothetical scenarios that could have occured from the 1960s to 1980s between the Soviet Union and NATO. There is a single mission generator based on many mission types, including escort, fighter sweep, recon, strike, close air support, anti-ship, and scramble. Going into the settings menu, you can decide if you will start on the runway for a full-on mission, or about 15 miles from the target for some quick action. My one complaint, is there really isn't a mission builder as to be expected in simulations like this included. It is randomized based on the variables you customize. But, that is easily forgivable. BE SURE that you download the latest patch from Third Wire, as that will drastically improve stability on modern operating systems.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2015
PATCH IS ON DEVELOPER WEBSITE!! They do not get any money from this :(


One of the best sims out there. It is not the most accurate in weapon management or flight model, but the gameplay is über. More than that, the game is totally moddable, you can basically play any combat plane of the last 70 years in any mission, especially if you combine the games together. You can fly any kind of mission under any nation, under any scenery. Just use the modpacks that are freely available!!

It is a very good entry to the series, because of the price and the huge number of mods that already available. The second series is the more up-to-date one though, but that is more expensive. That contains some optimizations, new features and better modding capabalities(mostly). But Wings over Europe is a very good start. A good set of basic planes, various missions, and let me repeat myself a tons of mods.

At this moment I can intercept Bears over the Bering Strait with my Canadian Arrow, or bomb the hell out out California with my Su-17, or wipe the floor with Lybia flying in a Panavia Tornado, with this very same game. So get it, and get to the developer website and get the series!!!!

However this version is not the official one, this is an outdated version which is owned by Strategy First. The developer has a series of fighters which can be combined together for maximum fun.
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11.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
90's Microprose Simulators revamped! Great fun for intermediate PC pilots!
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
Be it Wings over Israel, or First Eagles, or Wings over Europe, or Wings over Vietnam, or Strike Fighters... it's all pretty much the same game. each just has a major theme change and setting for a different era or a different war.

I agree with one comment that Wings over Europe is pretty much Strike Fighters, but I would have preferred Wings over Israel or Wings over Vietnam to depict ars that actually happened rather than the hypothetical cold war campaigns.

In fact, I don't know why Third Wire and/or Strategy First didn't reissue all the version on Steam. It would have been a great great to collect and replay these titles, or better yet have them in a bundle.

Anyway, I give this game the thumbs up for being a great simulation for its time...10 years ago. Also, it is fairly accurate in its depiction of air warfare, including air combat and strike. Another element is that there is something about how they have crafted it with mission background, situation briefings, mission planning, etc.; along with the flight dynamics and real world limitations that make it feel authentic.

Authentic to me feels like everytime I play a campaign and I'm planning and executing a mission, I get a glimpse of what it as like back then flying over the jungle in Vietnam to ripple off a load of 500lb Snakeyes...and completely miss; or erratically jinking over the Suez Canal desperately trying to avoid SA-2 SAMS...and having the stabilizer blow off...

It just feels authentic...and doesn't need a lot of glitz and glam that other air combat games have.

Totally worth it in the $15-20 range (undiscounted), and $20-30 bundle of Wings over Israel, Vietnam, and Strike would be sweet too.

I haven't tried any of the titles with Windows 10. I don't see the point in an OS change when Windows 7 is so awesome. I should point out that I had no end of technical issues with all the versions of this flight series under Windows 7 using retail disk...I was glad to see the Steam version of WoE had no such issues, which is another reason why I would like the other games on Steam.

I would expect to see compatibility issue with Windows 10,regardless.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: June 29
Won't work on Windows 10 properly regardless of a patch. Used to work on Windows 8.1 for me and wasn't a bad game from what I recall. Decent value for the price if on sale.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: June 12
won't work and you wont get your money back
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0.4 hrs
Posted: February 26
Remenber old times!
Was the best SiM!
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40.1 hrs
Posted: January 7
I really Like it, it helps me get better at flying a plane.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: October 25, 2015
No multiplayer....... I hate it
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 5, 2015
a nice game. It will remember me to the good old times with EF2000 or F22 Raptor. In this time this great fligth jet simulatiors will born. Ok long time ago :) So this one is nice i think. But so many problems with the graphic in full screen with 3 Monitors and i have problems to in the beginning with the config of the joystick. I will look to fix the problems and make a guide for this. I think it is a good simulation of jets. Thx for bring it out to steam!
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