SWOTL (Secret Weapons of
and TFH:BOB (Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain)
WWII era flight sims published by LucasArts
Entertainment Company. This site is maintained by Richard
Muth as a service to SWOTL fans all over the world. This site is in
no way connected with or endorsed by LucasArts Entertainment.
on 4 February 2007
This site has been open over ten
years, since 18 January 1997.
running SWOTL in a modern computer or under MSWindows?
Loader (or here,
thanks to Remi),
Thanks to Keith
Heitman, and others, for these tips!
for SWOTL II ?
LucasArts heard us and Larry is Holland wrote it.
called "Secret Weapons
over Normandy," but it just isn't
quite SWOTL II...
viewed in at
least 800x600 resolution, with Mozilla]
pages into other languages with Babblefish]
find here: (Click on the picture to move to the associated
FAQ. This HTML
file has answers to many of the most Frequently
I get about SWOTL. If you have a question, check here first!!
Along with the companion "Secrets and Hints"
and "Scoring Info" pages, this is an evolving
resource. Check back to see more developments!
Attention SWOTL CD-ROM users!
is quite a bit of info about dealing with the troublesome CD-ROM
in the SWOTL CD FAQ!
and other miscellaneous
SWOTL related files. Check out these wonderful tools for use with SWOTL
and TFH:BOB. I bet some are just what you've been wishing for! NEW:
The Pilot's Edge available for FREE!
have been "Hex Edited" from those included with the game to create
historical and non-historical planes for use with SWOTL. There are
to 300 of these, including the ones in the various Mods. More info
about working with these files can be found in the SWOTL FAQ.
by numerous SWOTL and TFH:BOB fans. If you're getting a little bored,
out some of these missions! There are some real challenges (ever tried
"Whoa Baby"?) as well as many historically researched missions. Some tips
on writing your own missions can be found in the "Secrets and Hints"
which are Modules
or Modifications. Mods were created by dedicated SWOTL flyers who
some of the original game files and added several custom missions in
to make new theaters of operation, or new stories. (The most famous,
innovative, of these is "Lucky Strikes", by Anthony Shimizu.) All of
mods include historically researched aircraft (some not found on the
Page!), and many include missions which are historically researched as
well. Each opens new possibilities for an "old" game, and adds hours of
enjoyment. They are well worth the download.
allow you to use the above Mods with the Air Combat Classics
version of SWOTL (v2.2). There are also "upgrades"to SWOTL version 2.1,
as well as for the ACC version of SWOTL, Battle Hawks 1942
about the site should be addressed to Richard
I will also do my best to answer questions regarding SWOTL. If you are
an old "SWOTL Group member", or another fan I have had the privilege to
converse with in the past, please drop me a note to say hello!
regarding the use of a specific file found here should first be
addressed to the author (assuming that you can't find an answer here.)
You may often find an E-mail address for the author in one of the text
files included in the archive. There are also some E-mailed links for a
few at this site! NOTE: Be sure that your
return E-mail address is included in your posting if you want a reply
people prefer to use "anti-spam addresses" as their return address.)
posted on this site were compressed with PKZIP version 2.04g so
a compatible unzipping program should be utilized. For DOS users, I
and for Windows users, my preference is WINZIP.
All the files have all been scanned with several of the top antivirus
prior to uploading. To the best of my knowledge, no viruses have ever
associated with any of these files. As for the names listed here.
note that I have tried to maintain the author's original file name as
as possible. Changes were made only when a conflict arose with another
file, or with the "valid characters" that can be used under UNIX. Some
sets originally distributed in 2 parts have been combined.
As far as I have been able to
is the most complete set of current files for use with SWOTL in any
location. I have only found a few other sites on the World Wide Web
even a handful of SWOTL files. There are over 11 MB of files available
for download on this site. And more are being added as SWOTL fans from
all over the world contribute them.
a copy of SWOTL:
The latest version of SWOTL is
the Air Combat Classics
set listed above. This is an "updated" (in 1993 for faster CPUs) set of
ALL 3 of their fine WWII combat flight sims on floppy disk. The cost is
$19.95 (plus shipping). Air Combat Classics (item number: IBM# 01-015)
can be ordered direct from LA by calling 1-888-LEC-GAMES
or by visiting The
Company Store at LucasArts' Web site. For
of you outside the US and Canada, Lucas Arts has a web page listing
Contacts. Be sure to ask for Air Combat Classics,
not just for SWOTL!! NOTE: I am told
LA no longer sells any version of SWOTL, including ACC.
Older copies of games may often be found on various Internet
sites" (such as eBay.com)
and other software clearing sites. Another good way to obtain a
copy of SWOTL is to post a message in one of the various internet News
Groups such as comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.flight-sim
Try the original SWOTL demo
About Compatibility and SWOTL Versions
There are a few versions of SWOTL out
The 3 main versions being the "original" floppy disk based set
evolved up to version 2.1 when the
3 "add-on" plane disks were released by LucasArts (LA). There is also
infamous CD-ROM version (v2.2) produced under license by "The
Toolworks" (now "Mindscape.") This set is a modified form of version
and includes all 4 of the "add-on" planes from LA (and is notorious for
problems.) Finally, there is the Air Combat Classics set which
an upgraded SWOTL version 2.2 (for 486 class processors) and all the
planes from LA. The ACC set also includes Battle Hawks 1942 and
Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain along with its add-on set called
"Their Finest Missions." This set comes on floppy disks only. (More
about it can be found in the Air Combat
section of the SWOTL FAQ.) SWOTL players who live outside the US may
have even another version! I don't know much about it, nor where to
a copy in Europe, or... If you want to send me some more info I'd be
to post it for others here.
Some custom missions and custom
require you to have one or more of the "official" add-on disks from LA
so that they can use aircraft files not included with SWOTL originally.
(See the SWOTL FAQ for information on working around this.) If you have
ACC this should not be an issue. CD-ROM users should refer to the CD
FAQ. Most of the Mods were created with version 2.1 of SWOTL, and
not run with any other version. You may also upgrade to version 2.1
If you have the ACC set you will need the updated "patch"
files for each of the mods you use.
If you wonder about "upgrading" your
for use with these mods, see the links above. If you are thinking about
buying a "better version" of SWOTL (particularly if you own the
CD-ROM) I highly recommend the Air Combat
disk set. (See ordering info below.) More information on all these
and working with them, can be found in the SWOTL FAQ. (You
can check your version by pressing [Alt][V] during any mission and
the message in the corner of your screen. NOTE: Both the CD
and the ACC version will both report "FINAL V2.2 05/18/92" -- but they
the same. Oops...!)
Flight Sim and Aviation sites: (Last updated
If you're looking for Flight
Sims of all types you'll find a lot at the Indiana University of
(that's the real name...) archive.
War Museum and the American
Air Museum In Britain, are where I took most of the pictures
will see here. If you spend any time in England I recommend that you
Take a B-17
tour, look at the virtual
B-17 web site (requires Shockwave Plug-in), or check out
Several SWOTL fans have web sites worth
In case you're interested in more
your SWOTL Web master, I have now put up my own "Personal"
Web Page that tells a bit about me and also links to some of my
sites, photos and some Win9x Themes that I have made. Drop by if you
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