Feel the power of really flying a B-17! See what it was like to be part of the 10-man crew on dangerous bombing missions over occupied Europe.
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Positive (25 reviews) - 80% of the 25 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 13, 2000

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“B-17 -- Flying Fortress is the most stunning combat flight simulator I have ever seen. It's nerve racking, historically educational, deeply immersive, graphically unbelievable, awe-inspiring and a sim that proves once again an old axiom -- it's intense software that drives the development of intense hardware, no the other way around.”
90 – GameSpy

“I've been looking forward to this game since I first heard about a year ago. A game that allows you the chance to jump from station to station within a single B-17 has always been a dream of mine. And when I heard that Microprose was making this game, I jumped all over it. Each build that came my way received weeks of attention (which is just one of the reasons we don't have an Animorph's preview by the way). So now, after numerous delays and even a few cancellation rumors, the game is in stores. In short, it's everything I thought it would be -- chaotic, confusing and a lot of fun.”
80 – IGN

“When the average gamer thinks about flight sims, two primary styles readily come to mind. First is cruising over mountains and oceans at blazing speeds in an F-16 while dodging missiles and releasing chaff packets. The second is a far more technical branch of simulators. These products take great pains to reproduce every last physical force on the aircraft bodies, right down to vectored thrust and the effect of directional windspeed on flight times. While the first style is geared toward action lovers, the second has far more appeal to would-be pilots and people who have actual licenses. Each of these styles also has its own representative series which defines its genre based on the crucial differences. Action has the venerable Jetfighter series while realists might prefer something along the lines of Combat Flight Sim 2 or Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. Past realistic flight combat games have had one crucial historic element missing.”
80 – Adrenaline Vault

About This Game

Feel the power of really flying a B-17! See what it was like to be part of the 10-man crew on dangerous bombing missions over occupied Europe. Outstanding graphics, animations, and sounds realistically recreate every aspect of the strategic air war in WWII.

Fly a variety of aircraft from the legendary B-17 to the rugged escort fighters - you can even fight "The Mighty Eight" in the role of a German Luftwaffe pilot!

Take to the skies in any one of ten B-17 Flying fortress crew positions:

Pilot, Co-Pilot, Navigator, Bombadier/Chin Turret Gunner, Radio Operator, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, Port Waist Gunner, Starboard Waist Gunner, Ball Gunner and Tail Gunner!

Strap yourself in, fire up the engines and get ready for high-flying adventure!

Features:

  • All aircraft are beautifully rendered and astoundingly real
  • Fly highly detailed flight models of the American B-17G bomber, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt and the German Bf 109, Fw 190 and ME 262 fighters
  • Take to the skies in "Quick Start" missions with available Instant Action mode
  • Carry out a realistic 25-mission tour of duty based on historically accurate scenarios and targets
  • Plan real missions, select authentic flying formations and manage both crews and bombers
  • Experience breathtaking air combat sequences using a myriad of special views
  • Take total control: Take-off and land massive bombers, shoot from various crew positions, navigate across a realistically mapped Europe, operate the radio, line up the bomb run, release the bombs and bail out if necessary
  • Assess you crew's strengths and skills to effectively re-position member to cope with wounded aircrew

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • DirectX: Version 6.0
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
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Overall:
Positive (25 reviews)
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perpetualmuppet
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
I expect most people will find this game because they used to own it many years ago and wanted to revisit it. Good news - it still works on modern kit. Mostly.

If you're just uncovering this game, it's a bit of a gem but it's a sim, not an arcade game. Don't expect to pick this up in 5 minutes, and for the first few goes have the manual open on your phone or something. You'll need it! There's good tutorials in it but note the tutorials in the game don't tell you what to do. They're supposed to be played alongside the manual.

The game itself is big enough to support hundreds of hours of play (note the steam counter only tracks time spent in the launcher dialog). Each mission can consume an hour or so of time, making it quite frustrating when you've fought your way to the target and your bombs miss anyway. It's a sim and that happened in real life too!

You can do as much or as little as you like during the missions. Natural instincts are to take over the pilot role (being a flight sim and all), but this is probably one of the harder jobs as you need to manage the engines and the such as well as fly the plane. The co-pilot will assist, but perhaps best left alone until some of the keyboard shortcuts are mastered. I started by just taking over the bomb aiming (go through the tutorials), and a spot of navigation after each time jump. The navigator usually has the plane in slightly the wrong place, so you just have to drag it back once you've worked out where you are.

What is currently stopping me from exploring other bits of the game is I'm struggling to get the joystick working. This effectively prevents me from taking up the gunner and pilot positions. Other reviews suggest it could be some conflict with the mouse, so once I've had my fill of navigating and bombing I may investigate this a bit further.

In summary, if you like getting involved and want the full sim experience, there's a lot to be had from this game. If you just want to fly around and bomb some stuff for 5 minutes at a time, this isn't the game for you I'm afraid.
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RoadMaster
53.6 hrs
Posted: July 15
Highly recommended. Currently running under Win 7 Pro 64 bit. Upgrading to Win 10 today, so I hope it still runs...

Great sim. I bought it when it first came out. It DOES have some problems, some of which players made some modes to correct, but I'm not sure if they can be installed on a Steam version.

1) The high section of bombers (to your left and above) doesn't seem to really exist. While they do get shot down from flak, fighters ignore them.

2) The plexiglass gun turrets are completely dirty and it's almost impossible to see out of them. To be sure, these were cleaned and polished before EVERY fligtht. I'm not sure what the developers were thinking or where they got a dumb idea to do this. But, you can still see well enough to shoot at fighters if you want to manually.

Overall, still a great simulator. When you fly on the bomb run over a flak sight and they zero in on you, the sights and sounds of the barrage will absolutely stop your heart!!
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TazmainianDevil
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 10
realistic fun its not all about graphics wich is nice its more about content and the game love it
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Kreigsmaschine (War Machine)
0.3 hrs
Posted: June 28
*Annihilates a squadron of Me-262s*
*Dies when bird flies into engine*

Rate 15/10
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droobloo
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 26
The moment you master the Norden Bombsight, there's no going back.

Knowing that you set the drift and rate correctly on the Norden after just seeing the target for a couple of seconds, and letting the bombs fall through two layers of overcast clouds and still on to your target, brings you a feeling of unparallelled satisfaction.
Target status? Totally Destroyed

Don't mind that this is an old game (Runs well on W8.1!). Graphics may be dated but there is no sim out there with gameplay as complex as this for a bomber sim.
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Stormtrooper8629
6.2 hrs
Posted: May 11
Ignore the playtime, for whatever reason my play counter doesn't count accurately.

10/10 would bomb German industrial complex again.
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yiulen9
2.4 hrs
Posted: May 2
DOES NOTWORK FOR WINDOWS 8 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HOW DO YOU FIX THE START EXE PROBLOM FOR IT STOPPED WORKING
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PFC Haupt [29th Ret.]
0.3 hrs
Posted: October 29, 2015
Great game! Controls are hard but guys if you buy the game, you must either be a die hard 8th AF guy or like realism. But either way i wouldn't trade this game for anything! 10/10
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hagakuremoi
0.4 hrs
Posted: April 23, 2015
First the playtime counter is broken.
Runs perfectly in Windows 8.1 64x

You control a B-17 with a crew of 10 man, and you can take control of each position: Pilot, Copilot, Radioman, Navigator, Bombardier and gunners. A Joystick is vital to fly the plane, is practically impossible to fly with keyboard.
It tends to be repetitive after a couple of missions.

I recommend this only if you are really into flight simulators.
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Camomanef
1.6 hrs
Posted: March 28, 2015
Don't pay attention to my playtime, it only counts time in the launcher
Great game although old.
These sorts of games no longer exist. It resembles Silent Hunter Sub sim with crew managment although if you wish it can also be a hard-core B-17 simulator, down to starting up each individual engine ( the flight physics aren't the most detailed).
One problem is that the controls aren''t the least bit intuitive. Imagine trying to start up a B-17 without even having been into one before.
Bottom line, I highly recomend this game to anyone that loves Silent Hunter, B-17's or flight sim fans as this will provide for hours of fun.
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98 of 101 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
I suggest a quick look at the date released and expect it in graphics.....That being said there are just not many games out here even today that seemed to get all the pieces right as this game has. Tough learning curve with an insane attention to historical detail.

I do not know how I missed this game all of these years.


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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
love the game never played it before until now, great to play more of a crew managment game than a actual shooter. can be tricky if you up the realism but well worth the money highly recommend it to anyone
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Not so much a simulator as a crew managerment a la Silent Hunter, though crew progression feels shallow beyond skill improvement and medals. I found it difficult to be attached to them when they're in the hospital all the time.
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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
Don't pay attention to my playtime, it only counts time in the launcher
Great game although old.
These sorts of games no longer exist. It resembles Silent Hunter Sub sim with crew managment although if you wish it can also be a hard-core B-17 simulator, down to starting up each individual engine ( the flight physics aren't the most detailed).
One problem is that the controls aren''t the least bit intuitive. Imagine trying to start up a B-17 without even having been into one before.
Bottom line, I highly recomend this game to anyone that loves Silent Hunter, B-17's or flight sim fans as this will provide for hours of fun.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
Great game! Controls are hard but guys if you buy the game, you must either be a die hard 8th AF guy or like realism. But either way i wouldn't trade this game for anything! 10/10
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2015
First the playtime counter is broken.
Runs perfectly in Windows 8.1 64x

You control a B-17 with a crew of 10 man, and you can take control of each position: Pilot, Copilot, Radioman, Navigator, Bombardier and gunners. A Joystick is vital to fly the plane, is practically impossible to fly with keyboard.
It tends to be repetitive after a couple of missions.

I recommend this only if you are really into flight simulators.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
*Annihilates a squadron of Me-262s*
*Dies when bird flies into engine*

Rate 15/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
realistic fun its not all about graphics wich is nice its more about content and the game love it
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14 of 28 people (50%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
I can plan missions and send my crew on suicide missions where there is allmost no chanse of return!
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2015
cant figure out how to get in the plane i just get to watch
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