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AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T

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Key points

Game requires workarounds to function properly on modern versions of Windows.[1]
Also known as Air Strike 3D and Helicopter Simulator. Later also known as Air Hawk: Operation W.A.T.
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T cover
Release dates
Windows December 17, 2002
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Genres Shooter
Vehicles Helicopter
Art styles Realistic
Series AirStrike
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T on MobyGames
AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T 2002
AirStrike 2 2004
AirStrike 2: Gulf Thunder 2005

AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view shooter game in the AirStrike series.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.ini[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location

Essential improvements

Opening video setup tool.
The video setup allows toggling vertical sync, forcing system cursor, texture filtering and showing FPS count. Append -setup to the executable's command line arguments or shortcut's target.
Skip logo/intro.
  1. Open config.ini with text editor.
  2. Add ShowLogo=0 in the [System] section.
  3. Save the file.


Settings from video setup.
Settings from video setup.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Options for different camera perspective which does not affects the FOV.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Disabled by default. Either enable via external video settings utility, Or in config.ini. Set WaitVSync to 1
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Uncapped as-is. Wrappers may override the frame rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)


The input settings in the game, controls can be remapped
The input settings in the game, controls can be remapped

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Certain functions such can't be remapped in-game. Tutorial still refers to default bindings.
Mouse acceleration
Follows Windows' mouse acceleration settings.
Mouse sensitivity
Options to use mouse for helicopter's movement, follows Windows' mouse sensitivity settings.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Supported via DirectInput.
Full controller support
Cannot pause game with a button on controller. Menu navigation are unresponsive due to left/right behaves erratically, and certain menu still requires a mouse to operate.
Controller remapping
Only joystick's axis can be mapped to movement.
Controller sensitivity
Fixed speed with no acceleration present.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Playable with default configuration.
Xbox button prompts
Game still refers keyboard buttons in information screen and tutorials.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Game still refers keyboard buttons in information screen and tutorials.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects
Surround sound
The game has 3D Sound option in the settings
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Use DSOAL, then enable 3D Sound options in the game.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
Supports a combination of mouse/keyboard and a controller, or two controllers.

Issues fixed

Game refuses to run on modern version of Windows

Some versions of the game may came with two executable files, game.exe and AirStrike3D.exe. For fixes using wrappers and Nvidia Profile Inspector methods to work properly. It is strongly recommended to move or delete the old executable file, and rename game.exe back to AirStrike3D.exe.
There is an unofficial bug fix provided here, which according to the creator, named tame64, fixes a buffer overrun error which would cause the game to crash, it is required to be compiled first with msvc or with mingw before it can be used.
Use QindieGL.[1]
OpenGL 1.1 to DirectX 9 wrapper.
Vendor independent which works across modern hardware. Shouldn't cause any missing graphical effects.
Set flags via Nvidia Profile Inspector[1]
For Nvidia graphics only.
  1. Add AirStrike3D.exe to Nvidia Control Panel's profile.
  2. Open Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  3. Select AirStrike3D.exe from User modified profiles menu.
  4. Look for code>Extension Limit and set to 0x00004844
  5. Click Apply Changes.


You may optionally set OpenGL - Version Override to OpenGL Version 1.1 if the issues persists.
Note that settings Extension Limit flag to Enabled (0x1) will results in muddy terrain textures due to the driver flags disables multitexturing for the game. However, this may only affected to certain version of the game.
(Linux) Set Mesa and/or Nvidia's OpenGL extension limit through environment variables.[1]
For Linux system with game running under Wine.
  1. Check your Mesa/GL driver vendor, can be done by running glxinfo and look for OpenGL renderer string
  2. For proprietary Nvidia driver, use the environment variables __GL_ExtensionStringVersion=17700
    • For Mesa-based driver, such as intel, AMDGPU or radeon. Use the environment variables MESA_EXTENSION_MAX_YEAR=2003
  3. The output in desktop entry, shell script files or command line arguments should look similar to this: env MESA_EXTENSION_MAX_YEAR=2003 wine "AirStrike3D.exe"

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio BASS [2]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Pentium or Athlon 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB TNT2-class or other OpenGL 1.1+ compliant video card


  1. 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).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Verified by User:Fudgesiclesxd on 2021-12-15
  2. Confirmed by the presence of the DLL files.