NOTICE: 07-21-03 - 3D Tutorials are once again available.

NOTICE: 07-01-03 - Most downloads are once again available with a few exception. Some of the 3D tutorials by Mustang were lost and some broken links need to be repaired.

NOTICE: 06-26-03 - Downloads will be turned back on in a day or two once the new domain server is activated.



-Terry McArthur aka Tyler McFly



WOW - New F-105 Addon - By Armourdave and friends.


ALL 3D TUTORIALS   BY MUSTANG - Are now available direct from McFly Aviation. Previous links to Mustang's ftp site had been removed by Mustang for space considerations. We will be hosting them for a limited time for the same reason. Get them NOW. New tutorials may be made. Send your request for what ever problem areas you may be having.


WEAPON EDITOR & GUN EDITOR - Conditional release. This is not supported by Third Wire or Strategy First. Get it now. Thanks TK.

AVAILABLE NOW - "THE PATCH" - STRATEGY FIRST has released the first Service Pack. Contains many enhancements and bug fixes. Complete details included with the DL. GET IT HERE. Check out the Read Me on the Patch page.

CAUTION - The patch overwrites some files including your aircraft.ini's. You will have to re-enter your custom skins and aircraft. You will also loose your pilot data, so back them up.

01.05.03 - Check out the 3D Models page.

Deuces European terrain tile set now available.


November 14, 2002 - .cat file extractor. Super cool utility to open the .cat files. By Skypat. Get it at: McFly mirror or Check Six.   This is the start of deeper modding. Inquiring minds must have.

November 14, 2002 - Decal tutorial from TK.

Hi everyone,

Here's the long awaited tutorial for editing the decal textures in Strike Fighters: Project 1. It includes a couple of examples to help you step through some of the process.

As usual, if you have any questions, just let us know!



November 11, 2002 - New skins . . . Check it out.

November 11, 2002 - An update from TK. . .

Hi guys,

I hope everyone's having a good Veterans day!

Sorry the testing for the patch is taking so long, but here's something you can play with while you wait...

As requested by some, I'm sending out the textures (in .bmp format) used by various weapons in the game. To get the game to recognize your custom "skin" for the weapons, you just need to drop your
custom texture into the Objects folder. That's it! :)

A couple of warnings...

First, because these are mapped onto every simple models, we don't have any .psd templates for them. Most of the textures should be easy to figure out (I hope!), but some might be a bit tricky without actually seeing the 3d model. If you need any help figuring out mapping on any particular weapon, please let us know and we can use texporter to create a blank template.

Second, some of the textures are re-used on multiple weapons, so please be careful whenmaking drastic changes... :) I hope the texture names are self-explanatory, if not, please let us know, we
can compile a list of which textures go with which weapons.

And finally, having multiple skins of single weapon... unfortunately, you can't have different skins on a weapon based on skin selection of the aircraft (as all weapons are pre-loaded by the game). So
there currently is no easy way to add "gray" tankand"camo" tank,for example. We might think of something clever to fix this in the future, but for now, you are limited to one skin per weapon (sorry!)
As always, let us know if you have any questions!

And looking forward, I'm currently going over the DecalsTutorial put together by DanW, and I hope to get that out in the next couple of days. We'll also be making the exporter plug-in for 3D Studio Max available shortly as well, so look for that later this week!


November 3, 2002 - Game problems? Or lend a helpful hand on the Strike Fighter forum.

Novermber 3, 2002 - Got a great tip? A new skin? A cool mod? A hot mission? A new 3d Model? Send them in. E-Mail McFly.

November 2, 2002 - Strike Fighters has reached the west coast! The national feeding frenzy has started. I think we can now say "Let the game begin." We'd like to see a couple of well thought out reviews. Contributions are welcome.

October 30, 2002 - Just received, Photoshop skin templates for the A-4E. Checkout the Skins page

October 17, 2002 - E-mail recieved Oct. 16, 2002

Okay, its official, Strike Fighters: Project 1 has gone Gold!

It will be available in stores across North America in a couple of weeks. For more information, please visit the Strategy First webpage at

Thank you,

TK     . . . . . . .

Here is the realse note from Strategy First:

Strike Fighters gone gold
Montreal, Quebec. October 16, 2002 -- Publisher Strategy First and Developer Third Wire are pleased to announce that Strike Fighters: Project 1, the flight simulation that will have people lighting the fires under their PCs, has gone gold for a full North American release.

“We are very excited to have this game ready for full release,” says Steve Milburn, Director of Marketing for Strategy First. “I hope that everyone in and out of the flight sim community enjoys it as much as we do.”

From Tsuyoshi Kawahito (aka TK), the legendary lead designer behind Jane’s Longbow 2 and European Air War, Strike Fighters: Project 1 is set in the 1960s, a unique decade when aviation technology was still primitive, but advancing at a rapid pace. This historical era has been overlooked by flight sims – until now! Take control of some of the most renowned aircraft of the era, including the F-4 Phantom II, considered one of the most versatile combat aircraft of all time. Along with a historical timeframe, Strike Fighters: Project 1 has a thrilling Middle Eastern setting that puts gamers high above the now controversial desert sands.

Strike Fighters: Project 1 uses an all new “next generation” graphics engine that generates incredibly detailed images that transport you directly into the cockpit. But the ride doesn’t stop there! With its mod-friendly generator, Strike Fighters: Project 1 follows in the footsteps of games like Half-Life that offer gamers endless hours of new and exciting gameplay and replayability.

Strike Fighters: Project 1 will be on retail shelves nationwide on October 29th. For more information on Strike Fighters: Project 1, please visit

September 16, 2002 - Thanks to all that have stopped by. Coverage will begin when Strike Fighters is offically released in it's intended form. _______________________________________

August 1, 2002- To help answer the ongoing question of a beta/pre-release or genuine flight sim. James Zimmerman has forwarded his reply from Strategy First, publishers of Strike Fighters, when asked about problems running the game and the validity of the release.

"Thanks for your email, we understand your frustration and hopefully we can clarify some things for you and your fellow gaming community.
The release of Strike Fighters that everyone is talking about is a limited commercial release, special only to one specific retailer, and is NOT a beta copy as some have insinuated. The release is a "basic version" that is targeted towards that specific retailer's audience. We admit that we have discovered more bugs than we thought and we are fixing them as quickly as we can in a patch that will be released in the coming weeks.
The next release which is the "fully featured" version will be released in September and will be distributed through the regular distribution channels. Those who have bought the "basic version" will be able to upgrade to the "fully featured" release for free. If they do not want to download that patch they will simply have to contact Strategy First at and we will gladly send them the upgrade on CD directly.
Strategy First supports TK and the developers in this project and we have not gone against what was discussed and agreed upon. The release is targeted to a specific retailer and its audience, while the next release is targeted to the rest of the distribution channel for a more hard-core gaming audience.
Thanks again for your comments.

Strategy First Inc.

It doesl look like both versions of the explanation are starting to merge.

07/26/2002 - We're not going to start off with the premature release flap. Rather, TK has sent McFly Aviation pre-release .bmp texture files, PhotoShop .psd templates for the F4E and to top it off a Strike Fighters Skinning Tutorial.

JUST RECEIVED - 07/27/2002

Not clickable. . . DL the package for full views.
There are 5 .bmp files that make up the skin.



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