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The Dam Busters - Story & Screens

by Thomas on Aug. 1, 2002 @ 5:12 p.m. PDT

Experience the first home computer simulation of 617 Squadron's epic raids of World War II.. On 16th May 1943, 19 aircraft led by Squadron Leader Guy Gibson flew on Operation 'Chastise', now commonly known as the 'The Dam Busters' raid. Lancaster ED932, AJ-D was flown by Gibson and carried the ingenious bouncing bomb designed by Barnes Wallis which was used to attack three dams in Germany's Ruhr valley.

"The biggest thing to happen to flight sims since the Wright Brothers"

Now the innovative British company Just Flight, world leaders in the flight simulation genre, is ready to release what is being hailed as the first 'ultra-realistic' flight sim that meticulously captures the heroism and sheer excitement of the historic Dam Busters raid of 1943 and many other operations of the squadron behind it.

"The Dam Busters epitomised the best of British determination and ingenuity - this PC simulation is no different"

The Dam Busters (£24.99) will be released in the UK on 6th September 2002. And has been designed as an expansion to work exclusively with the latest in Microsoft's Flight Simulator series: both Combat Flight Simulator 2 and Flight Simulator 2002, which themselves have set records with sales well in excess of 21 million (Guinness Book of Records).

Much like Wallis and his team struggled to make this remarkable technical achievement, Just Flight and its development team have worked diligently to achieve the level of realism worthy of such historic events. Mimicking history, one of the most difficult elements was the bouncing bomb - a first in flight simulation!

"Dim the lights and get two fried eggs on the stove!"

Imagine flying a heavy Lancaster bomber, 60 feet above the water in the dark of night, whilst under heavy flak… your only focus is maintaining a steady course and altitude above all else. The Dam Busters most famous mission demands you summon the skill and courage of the heroic WWII crew to destroy the Ruhr dams and paralyse the enemy's industrial heart. It's no surprise the raid was carried out by the RAF's elite!

"Re-live the most daring raids of WWII from the RAF's most courageous elite aircrew."

The Dam Busters, as 617 Squadron became known as after the raids of May 1943, were also responsible for some of World War II's other great sorties: the sinking of the Tirpitz, raids on V1 & V2 rocket sites, Bergen U-boat pens and of course the raid on Hitler's 'Eagle's Nest'. There are 19 daring missions awaiting those with courage and good old-fashioned grit.

Alternatively, marvel at the sheer flying spectacle of these amazing machines and drink in the authentic scenic vistas and realistic roar of the old Merlin engines.

"Left, steady, right, steady… hold it Skipper… bombs gone!"

The Dam Busters hosts an impressive and authentic selection of aircraft which were used by 617 Sqn. including the famous 'bouncing bomb' Lancaster, Grand Slam Lancaster, Mosquito and Wellington.

About Just Flight
Just Flight is the world's leading flight simulation specialist, publishing a wide range of digital aviation products. Their range spans over 50 titles, including standalone flight simulation games, add-ons for the multi-million selling Microsoft Flight Simulator and Combat Flight series and even books, videos and DVDs.

The British, Cambridge-based company has been established for 6 years. It prides itself on quality, value and customer service, which it backs up with a unique money-back guarantee on all its products. It has been recognised with nominations for 'Best of British' by the software industry and accolades from the Daily Express and Royal Mail for its innovative marketing techniques.

It currently communicates regularly to over 150,000 known flight simulation enthusiasts in the UK and beyond. Its products are found in major chain stores throughout Europe and the rest of the world, with the company boasting users in over 150 countries.

Just Flight already has an official endorsement for their previous recreation of aviation history with their Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. They are the only company to have this kind of relationship. They have also been supporters the RAF Benevolent Fund since 1998, with their RAF Collection and RAF 2000 simulation titles. Most recently, Just Flight have been also supporting the RAF Association, with the provision of PC and flight sim equipment for their fund-raising trailer, fully loaded with the full selection of Just Flight games and add-ons, and other cross marketing support.

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 or Flight simulator 2000 or 2002.
Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME or XP.
Pentium II-450 CPU
64 Mb of RAM
8 Mb 3D video card
115 MB of available hard disk space.
CD ROM drive. Lancaster plane

RECOMMENDED:
Pentium III-500 or higher.
128 Mb or more of RAM
32 Mb RAM or more 3D video card
3D sound card

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