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Joe Czarnecki
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Purchaser Intelligence Report – Mach Speed Hunters

A pet peeve of mine—and other wargame purchasers—with respect to many air and naval combat games is the lack of a comprehensive list of ships or aircraft included in the game. Short of purchasing the product we have no idea if the particular units of interest (or obsession) are included.

There are often good reasons that a designer does not include certain vessels or planes. Even though your college roommate may have flown that particular exotic model of Phantom, that model may just not have been militarily significant or numerous enough to include with a publisher breathing down the designer's neck about being six pages too long for an economical printing run. On the other end of the scale a designer may make less explicable omissions on personal judgment, or just outright forget. In between lie situations where reliable and complete information may be impossible or impractical to obtain for a certain unit.

The following is a list of the 117 aircraft included in the game title “Mach Speed Hunters” from Polaris Games. This game concerns “aerial combat in the modern age.” The list below is distinctly lacking between the Korean War and Vietnam War and for the NORAD/PVO Strany organizations.

United States Air Force (22 models included):

North American: F-86F and F-100D;
Lockheed: F-104A, F-104G, F-104S, and F-117A;
Lockheed Martin: F-22A;
Republic: F-105D;
General Dynamics: F-111A/F;
Northrup: F-5A, F-5E, F-20A and B-2A;
McDonnell Douglas: F-15A, F-15C, and F-15E;
General Dynamics: F-16A/C;
Fairchild-Republic: A-10A;
Rockwell: B-1B;
Boeing: B-52C, B-52D/E/F and B-52G/H

United States Navy* (20 models included):

McDonnell Douglas: F-4B/C*/D*, F-4E*/F*, F-4J/K*/M*, F-4N/S, F/A-18A, F/A-18C, AV-8A and AV-8B;
Vought: F-8A, F-8E, and F-8J;
Grumman: F-14A, F-14D, “F-14A Iranian Tomcat”*, and A-6A/E;
Douglas: A-4A/B/P*/Q*, A-4E/F/G*/H*, and A-4M/N*;
Ling-Temco-Vought: A-7A/B, and A-7D*/E

*=(”sic”) Actually USAF and/or export models.

Soviet Union* (31 models included):

Ilyushin: Il-28;
Mikoyan-Gurevich: MiG-17C/J-4*, MiG-17D/J-5*, MiG-19B/C/J-6*, MiG-19D/E, MiG-21C/J-7*, MiG-21D, MiG-21J, MiG-21N, MiG-23B/G, MiG-23E/F/H, MiG-25A, MiG-25E, MiG-27D, MiG-29A, and MiG-31A/B;
Sukhoi: Su-7A, Su-9B, Su-11C, Su-15A/D, Su-15E/F, Su-17/20/22C/D/F/H/J/K, Su-24B/C/D, Su-25A, Su-27/33/35B/D, and Su-39B,
Tupolev: Tu-16A/B/C/G, Tu-22A/B/C, Tu-22MB/C, and Tu-95/142B/D/F/H;
Yakolev: Yak-38B

*=(“sic”) Actually PRC license built models.

Great Britain (17 models included):

Blackburn: Buccaneer S.2B/C/D;
BAE: Sea Harrier FRS.1, and Sea Harrier FRS.2;
English Electric: Canberra B.2, Lightning F.1A/F.2A, and Lightning F.3/F.6;
Hawker Siddeley: Harrier GR.1/GR.3, Harrier GR.5/GR.7, Hawk T.1, and Hawk 200;
Hawker: Hunter F.6, and Hunter FGA.9;
SEPECAT: Jaguar S/GR.1A;
Gloster: Javelin FAW.7;
Panavia: Tornado F.2/F.3, and Tornado GR.1;
Avro: Vulcan B.2

Republic of France (11 models included):

Dassault: Etendard IVM, Mirage IIIC/E/O/S, Mirage IVP, Mirage 5, Mirage 2000C, Mirage 2000D/N, Mirage F.1C/E, Rafale C/M, Super Etendard, and Super Mystere B2;

Other Nations (16 models included):

Saab: A/J-32 Lansen, J-35B/D/F Draken, AJ-37 Viggen, JA-37 Viggen, and JAS-39 Gripen;
Folland/Hindustan Aeronautics Limited: Gnat/Ajeet;
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited: Marut;
Fiat: G91R/R.1A/R.4, G91R.3 and G91Y;
AMX International: AMX/A-1 (listed twice);
Israeli Aircraft Industries: Kfir C1/C2/C7, and Nesher/Dagger;
Fabrica Militar de Aviones: IA.58 Pucara;
Mitsubishi: F.1;
Avioane Craiova: IAR-93 Orao;
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