Jane's USAF

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Jane's USAF
Jane's USAF cover
Pixel Multimedia
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1999
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
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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 no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Version 1.02 Patch[edit]

The Version 1.02 patch provides graphical optimization, improvements and fixes to gameplay. It can be found on most copies of Disk 1 or here.

Tackleberry's Patch[edit]

Tackleberry's Patch removes the disc check, fixes all images including bitmaps (.BMPs), ranks, and scroll menus, and fixes support for Windows Vista and 7 (though 8.1 and 10 were observed to work as well). Multiplayer does not work.

Thunderbird's Missions[edit]

Thunderbird's Missions adds three new missions and special F-16c model.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Menus are 640x480, 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.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

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
Controller remapping
Joystick is fully remappable.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Speech, engine, background, and effects volume can be toggled separately. A master controller is also available.
Surround sound
Enabled by default for all dialog.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

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] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).