Ever played European Air War? An uncle lent it to me one summer and I enjoyed trying to shoot enemies down before redding out and sweeping low to bomb pixelated English cottages so much that he had to buy a new copy. It hit the shelves in 1998, which isn't that far behind us. But simulators sure have developed since then.
I wrote an article for this month's Aviator Magazine that takes a look at the valuable asset that simulation has become in flight training. Check it out here.