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Best of the Best
MIDI & Sound
Explore the Triumphs and Tragedies of Aviation's Greatest Moments
Soundtrack features the music of Elton John, The Scorpions, Robert Cray, Charlie Parker, and others.
Experience nearly 10 decades of aviation history! Meet the men and women whose courage and resourcefulness put their names - and their machines - into the record books! Discover the evolution of aircraft design from the Wright Flyer to experimental Stealth jets! This Deluxe Edition - produced by an Emmy Award Winning team - features "Episode One: 50 years of Gs and Jets" "Episode Two: The Golden Age".
Interactive cockpit - Explore the instruments of dozens of aircraft in 3-D, listen to "cockpit chatter", learn what it's like to eject, and find out how "Stealth" really works.
Interviews and stories with famous aviators - listen to Chuck Yeager, General Boots Bleese, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and 21 others.
Stunning graphics and illustrations - Compare and study 42 of the world's most celebrated aircraft.
Air combat film - Experience a dogfight with a MiG, a Desert Storm bombing run, and more.
Videos - Take a stratospheric test flight, look inside the B-17 bomber "Memphis Belle", and get face-to-face with WWI Ace Baron von Richthoffen (the "Red Baron").
Photos and text - Print over 1,600 full screen photographs - many recently declassified.
486SX - 25 MHz, 4 MB RAM (8 MB recommended), 5 MB hard drive space, Double-speed CD-ROM drive, SVGA video card with 512K RAM, SVGA monitor display 256 colors, 16-bit Windows compatible sound card, Mouse, Windows 3.1 or later.
Tested OK on Windows XP.
Computer Gaming World, December 1994 (Review of Episode 1)
"Wild Blue Yonder focuses on four post WWII eras: The Jet Age, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Tomorrow. Each era includes five aircraft. Each aircraft comes with a short, minute-long video segment. After the video, each aircraft entry has seven categories of information: Stories, a collection of narratives about the aircraft, usually including design issues, combat accounts, and stories on famous pilots. Specs, your standard aircraft specifications such as top speed, range, etc. Performance, which uses bar graphs to compare speed, range, climb rate, etc. against the other aircraft in the selected era. Cockpit, in which a photo of the cockpit is shown. Moving the mouse over instrumentation identifies the selected device. Black box, as the name implies, focuses on crashes of the selected aircraft type complete with numerous photos. Scrapbook, a potpourri of photos of the selected aircraft, usually showing famous pilots, test pilots, interesting situations, etc. Although only 20 aircraft are discussed, each entry is very detailed."
"Ambiance is a large part of the Wild Blue Yonder experience. Roughly half the manual is a history lesson detailing interesting anecdotes from the time periods covered by the CD-ROM, many not even related to aviation. Overall, I greatly enjoyed Wild Blue Yonder."
Electronic Entertainment, January 1995
"Wild Blue Yonder follows the lead of Warplanes with an emphasis on death from above. The first in three-part series focuses on the last 50 years of the jet age. Episode two will cover the Golden Age of aviation, from the Wright Brothers through the 1930's, and the focus of the third installment has not yet been determined.
Although Wild Blue Yonder has the most pedestrian interface of the five packages we examined, its content is ultimately the most satisfying. More than a roundup of metal and explosives, it aims to capture the soul of the men who flew the planes and recreate the tenor of their times. So in addition to photos and technical information on dozens of aircraft, you get interviews with the pilots, speeches from leading figures of the age, and period music from performers such as Charlie Parker and the Scorpions."
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