by Richard Sheffield
Appendix A Getting the Graphic for the Real Stealth Fighter—the F-117A
While MicroProse was developing F-19 Stealth Fighter, everyone in the industry really believed the real Stealth Fighter would be designated the F-19. The general shape of the aircraft was also pretty much agreed to be bell shaped, much like the space shuttle.
On the very day MicroProse announced the release of F-19, November 10, 1988, the Air Force made an announcement of its own. On that day it released the first photo of the real Stealth Fighter and announced it would be designated the F-117A.
Well, the game was already set to ship, so it was too late to change the graphic and the name. But for those of you who insist on accuracy, there's a graphic of the F-117A you can download from the CompuServe online service. The file is located in the Gamepub Forum in Library 13.
For those of you who don't have access to CompuServe, newer versions of the game will probably include this file. Then, if you like, you can switch this file for the F-19 graphics file. Doing so will allow you to see the F-117A when using the External Views.