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{{++}} Reliable graphics renderer which supports widescreen resolutions
{{++}} Reliable graphics renderer which supports widescreen resolutions
{{ii}} It has to be selected in the {{file|USAFConfig.exe}} application.
{{ii}} It has to be selected in the {{file|USAFConfig.exe}} application.
{{ii}} Requires a registry entry in <code>{{p|hkcu}}\Software\Wine\AppDefaults\USAF.exe\Direct3D</code> (handled by running {{file|wine.reg}} in latest Tackleberry patch):
{{ii}} Requires a registry entry in {{registry|{{p|hkcu}}\Software\Wine\AppDefaults\USAF.exe\Direct3D}} (handled by running {{file|wine.reg}} in latest Tackleberry patch):

Latest revision as of 09:31, 31 January 2023

Jane's USAF
Jane's USAF cover
Pixel Multimedia
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows October 19, 1999
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control, Voice control
Genres Action, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Europe, Middle East, Cold War, Contemporary, Historical
Series Jane's Combat Simulations
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Comes on two CD-ROMs. Disk 1 is required for playing without Tackleberry's Patch due to SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version is available from GameFront.

Essential improvements

Official patch

The version 1.02 patch provides graphical optimizations, improvements and fixes to gameplay. It can be found Bob's Your Uncle or GameFront.

Tackleberry's patch

Latest version (which includes the WineD3D renderer, see below) can be found here.[3]
A common 2015 version can be found here for troubleshooting purposes.
Tackleberry's patch removes the disc check, fixes all images including bitmaps (.BMPs), ranks, and scroll menus, and fixes support for Windows Vista and newer.
Multiplayer does not work.
Even with this patch applied, USAF.exe will remain with compatibility settings on. All of them except "Run as administrator" need to be deactivated to ensure stable gameplay.

WineD3D renderer

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Reliable graphics renderer which supports widescreen resolutions
It has to be selected in the USAFConfig.exe application.
Requires a registry entry in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\AppDefaults\USAF.exe\Direct3D (handled by running wine.reg in latest Tackleberry patch):

Thunderbirds Missions

Thunderbirds Missions is a free official add-on which adds three new missions and a special F-16C model.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Pilots\*.ini[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Pilots\Master\Player.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Pilots[Note 2]


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Menus are 800x600, but the simulation is widescreen. Supports all resolutions listed in Windows. Cockpit is stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV increases with resolution. No custom FOV.
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Supports bilinear and trilinear filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
High-fidelity upscaling
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Joystick calibration application (JoystickSetting.exe)
Joystick calibration application (JoystickSetting.exe)

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse works in menus and is used to toggle cockpit buttons in simulation. No turning with mouse.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Mouse does not control any looking in game.
Controller support
Joysticks are supported. Unknown if gamepads are.
Full controller support
Menus require the mouse.
Controller remapping
Joystick is fully remappable.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Sound settings
Sound settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech, engine, background, and effects volume can be toggled separately. A master controller is also available.
Volume changes do not occur in real time; changes have to be accepted to be applied.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 JanesCombatNet servers have been shut down.

Issues unresolved

Multiplayer menu crashes the game

With Tackleberry's patch, clicking on the multiplayer menu will crash the game to desktop.

Issues resolved

Flickering in gameplay, black screen in menus

Disable compatibility settings
  1. Right-click on USAF.exe, and choose Properties.
  2. In the Compatibility tab, uncheck all options except "Run as administrator"
  3. Click on Apply, then OK.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6.1 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).