Flight Simulator 2002
Whether you're a nervous tenderfoot or hardened devotee of desktop flying, this is the Flight Simulator you've been waiting for.
Dogfighting in MiG Alley is one of the best experiences a virtual pilot can hope for.
IL-2 Sturmovik is destined to be a classic. This is one of those simulations that reminds you why you love the genre.
Following hot on the heels of Longbow 2, F-15 is, if possible, an even more impressive piece of work.
Whether you're a serious armchair pilot or an arcade maniac who likes to blow the hell out of anything and everything in existence, Apache is the game for you.
Total Air War
This is, quite simply, one of the most addictive, entertaining, and approachable jet combat sims I've ever seen.
Flash Point Korea: AH-64D Longbow
There is no doubt that this is the finest helicopter sim ever made, and one ofthe best sims of any type.
Flight Unlimited III
Enough has been improveduponand added to makeFlight Unlimited IIIa worthy successor to a classic series.
Longbow 2 is a feature-rich, detailed, and truly impressive piece of work.
Enemy Engaged: RAH-66 Comanche Versus Ka-52 Hokum
Enemy Engaged sets a higher standard for how immersive a flight sim can be, while it also avoids getting mired down in the technical minutiae of combat aviation.
Red Baron 3D
Kudos to Sierra and Dynamix for taking a disappointing disaster and turning it into the best World War I simulation yet.
Even with its quirks, this is a standout game - and one that any fan of World War II air combat will want to play.
Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
You can pilot one of three variants of the F-16 Fighting Falcon in the detailed flight simulation Falcon 4.0: Allied Force.
In exchange for your money, you're getting a quality flight simulation with continued support and some of the most experienced opponents to ever play online.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight
You could say that Flight Simulator 2004 is still a straightforward simulation, but if you have even a passing interest in flying, you'll definitely get your money's worth from it.
Airstrike II: Gulf Thunder
Airstrike II: Gulf Thunder is a 3D combat helicopter simulation with missions set in Iraq and the Middle East.
Jane's F/A-18 succeeds in being a superb flight simulator without being truly exceptional in any specific area.
Flight Unlimited II
It doesn't have the globe-spanning sweep of Microsoft Flight Simulator, but it renders its own little corner of the world with admirable fidelity.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000
If you have the hardware to run it, this simulation really stands out.
European Air War
European Air War doesn't push the state of the art, but it excels at good, old-fashioned gameplay.
F/A-18 Korea is an exacting portrayal of the twin-engine F/A-18C/D Hornet dual-purpose fighter.
Just observing the aircraft in flight, especially at high altitude with contrails streaming, is enough to evoke admiration for what the developers have achieved.