SPRITES, SPRITES AND MORE SPRITES

BACKGROUND:

About ten years ago I wrote an interesting little sprite program for one of my grandsons who was just getting started with his first computer. It was named p38.com and allowed the user to barrel roll a World War 2 Lockheed Lightning twin engine P-38 fighter plane into both left and right barrel rolls. The barrel roll right simply ran the 53 full page sprites backward and looked rather silly so I removed that feature.

Sprites may be any size you wish and I chose to use the computer's 320 pixels wide by 200 pixels high with 256 colors mode for the fastest/most realistic action with a sprite size of NEARLY full screen heighth and width. Illustrated below is a considerably reduced size P-38 Lightning in nearly level flight.


The next graphic below displays an inverted P-38 lightning while doing a barrel roll. It too is reduced from nearly full screen size.

As you can see in the above graphic it has the World War 2 invasion of Europe markings on both wings. Amazingly, the top U. S. Airforce ACE in World War 2 was Major Richard I. Bong with the 5th Air Force (Pacific) with 40 kills to his credit flying P-38s. With its two nearly 2000 horse power Allison engines the P-38 was about as manuverable as a lead sled, but its centrally located cannons and machine guns gave it the most awesome fire power of any USAF World War 2 fighter.

Sad to say, Major Bong was killed in 1945 while test flying an experimental Lockheed XP-80 Lightning Shooting Star aircraft. I flew the P-80A Lockheed aircraft in 1947 which was a joy and delight to fly. It did not have a mean bone in its body and would NOT pop a rivet while pulling 9 Gs.

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