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Re: Tornado
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2016, 04:33:13 AM »
It is with considerable delight that my attention has been drawn to this tribute website. We had tremendous fun at DI during the development of Tornado, the highlights of which involved several trips to meet the aircrew and RAF Honinington. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to my programmers and design artists who showed such dedication during Tornado's development.
Many thanks
Dave Marshall
Digital Integration Ltd.

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2016, 09:24:09 AM »
Hey Frankie,
Really pleased you're keeping up the good work. Very attractive site. Best wishes.
Zurg

Dudikoff

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2016, 05:09:04 PM »
Nice to see this sim still being appreciated. This and the F-14 Fleet Defender are my favorite sims of all times (liked playing Strike Commander as well for the story and upgrades aspect, but that's not really a sim). Hopefully there'll be a DCS Tornado module in not too distant future.

Ray

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2016, 05:46:30 PM »
Please make this happen. Would be great.

Renders

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2016, 08:10:50 AM »
Good Job Frankie!
Renders DOW VU

Olof P

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2016, 10:44:36 PM »
Good to see someone picking up the torch and carrying it on, so to speak! I still have Tornado installed (in DOSbox) and keep it in fond memory, but only take the time to fly a training mission once in a while to see if I still remember the controls... Let's hope for a revival!
-- Olof of Olpe's Tornado Page

Stephen Marshall

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #21 on: March 23, 2016, 06:04:57 AM »
Stephen Marshall here, son of Dave Marshall. It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that my dad has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

I know that he was always delighted to see people getting such joy from his work, as shown by his post here just a month ago. From my point of view, I could not be any prouder to have had him as a father. Digital Integration will always be one of the original pioneers in flight simulation software, and some of my fondest memories are of growing up surrounded by flight manuals, floppy disks, computer hardware, and the games industry in general.

Frankie et al, your dedication to Tornado and DI is extremely touching and I absolutely love that this product still stands as one of the finest simulations ever produced. It's inspiring. Thank you all so much.

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2016, 07:38:01 AM »
Dear Stephen

I am sadden by the news of the passing of your father. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

I had always wanted to make contact with Dave, your father, ever since I started the website back on in 2004. It was only in the last two months that I began rebuilding it. It was sometime in February, after reading an interview article on retro games UK website that I guessed that the man who plays and teaches a mean banjo was David Marshall. I sent him an email. I was elated when he replied to me:

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On Monday, February 15, 2016, David Marshall wrote:
Hi Frankie

Well, this is a bolt out of the blue!  I really appreciate you getting in touch and thank you for all of your very kind words.

With regards to making any changes to Tornado then I think it’s a forlorn hope.  The rights to the source code passed to Titus when they bought out DI, and Titus no longer exist.  That throws considerable double over the existence of the Tornado source.   Unfortunately I am in a very poor state of health and not fit enough to offer any assistance in locating source code, assuming that it still exists. After leaving DI back in 1999 I was rather “burned out” with all things involving simulation so I didn’t touch a flight simulation until February 2012.  I now amuse myself designing scenery and flying light GA aircraft on XPlane 10. 

Thanks for keeping the dream alive.  Those were exciting times J

Warmest regards
Dave

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Thank you for sharing your growing-up life's memories of your father and your touching words. Your father will always live on in the my memory. Keeping Tornado alive, and making contact with others who remember the game and Digital Integration, is an honour for me as a living testament to the greatness of your late father, David Marshall.

Deepest condolences
Frankie Kam

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2016, 10:33:44 AM »
I created a tribute page to Dave here.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2016, 11:03:14 AM by Frankie Kam »

Stephen Marshall

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2016, 06:30:36 PM »
My goodness... that is incredibly touching. What a tribute. Thank you so much Frankie, I will share this with my family and others.

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2016, 11:08:43 AM »
Hi Stephen

Simone Serponi, Italian game blogger
asked me to convey his personal condolences to you and your family.

Frankie
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Re: Tornado
« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2016, 10:45:54 AM »
Hi Frankie

I hadn't visited your website in awhile and was stunned how much you've added to it. I know we agree Tornado is the best flight sim ever but yours has to be the best fan site ever. I mean…listening to David Punshon's music while browsing all-things Tornado…how cool is that!

It was especially gratifying to see your tribute  to David Marshall. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He and the DI team got so many things right and set the bar so high with this product. Truly a golden age for realism in flight simulations. It must have been a very exciting time to be a programmer.

I'm proud to admit this sim has been part of my life since 1994. It's the most reality I've ever gotten out of a software box. I still have it running on both an IBM PS1 486DX 20MHz (my first PC) and an IBM Aptiva Pentium 166MHz. While I've also used DOSBox on later machines I still prefer how it looks and sounds on the older ones.

You have so much good info on your site that I'm not sure if I have anything new to offer. But I'll look through what I've collected over the years and see if I can find anything that might be of interest to you.

Kudos on your dedication to putting together a team for Tornado 2, especially Kevin Bezant as advisor. While I've read a bit about Assembly alas I'm not a programmer (at least…not yet!) But I would certainly be willing to help on this project in any way I can. Especially with the 25th anniversary right around the corner!

It's amazing to me how this sim and the real airplane have both proven the critics wrong and stood the test of time. They are each beautiful pieces of engineering that consistently do exactly what they were designed to do. And the multi-national development story of the airplane has so many lessons to teach the modern business world.

Thanks again for writing and for all your efforts keeping Tornado alive. I will definitely keep in touch!

Aloha,
Speedwagon
Re: Tornado
« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2016, 04:00:03 AM »
Hi Everybody,

I am happy to read here that I'm not the only one that still enjoys playing Tornado from time to time.
The game still holds up to this day in my humble opinion and it never fails to amaze me every time every time I give it a run.
The details to the weapons systems,the campaign, the mission planner ... All very advanced for its time and it ran great on not so advanced PC's in its time.

I'm happy to see that you have a new site up with a lot of interesting resources.
Keep up the good work and keep this site online. A beauty of a game like this should always have it's proper website to it might never be forgotten.

sincerely,

StijnDW

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #28 on: June 08, 2016, 09:47:35 AM »
Hi StijnDW

Many thanks for your kind words.
> The game still holds up to this day in my humble opinion and it never fails to amaze me every time every time I give it a
>run. The details to the weapons systems,the campaign, the mission planner ... All very advanced for its time and it ran
>great on not so advanced PC's in its time.
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That rings true for Tornado! You hit the nail on the head with description of Tornado - several times! BTW, please check this out:
http://dogsofwarvu.com/forum/index.php/topic,2403.msg9946.html#msg9946
It shows just how realistic Tornado is and how it behaves as per real-world avionics. All a lasting tribute to the exactness of David Marshall and the development team's insistence on real Tornado data and flight modelling.
BTW, please feel free to register as a member of the Dogs Of War Virtual Unit's forums. That's were the Tornado  aficionados and connoisseurs hang out to discuss Tornado. Especially with the availability of Tornado's 16-bit x86 Assembly Language source code (to the development team that is). If you are able to contribute to this Tornado Website (in any way or form), or to the development of Tornado 1.0F/G ot Tornado2, do let me know!
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Regards
Frankie Kam
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Juri Salminen

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Re: Tornado
« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2016, 01:24:12 AM »
Just wanted to thank you Frankie for keeping the site up and running and to pay my condolences to Stephen Marshall and his family.

I'm a long time flyer of Tornado. I first got the Amiga-version back in 1994 and when I switched to PC/Windows in late 1996 the first software I bought was Tornado :)

Eight years ago I thought I lost my Tornado manual and even thought I know all the keys by heart I went out on the net to look for a copy. I found a fellow in USA who had a copy of Tornado on Ebay and I bought it for a few bucks. The shipping to Sweden costed about 20 US :) A few days after I got the Tornado package including all the original floppys and manual (including Desert Storm and Falcon 3) I found my own manual, so now I have two :)

I have been running the sim from time to time over the years using DosBox and after I post this, I plan too fly a mission or two. As other already mentioned, todays sims mostly excels in graphics and flight model, but I don't think any comes near Tornados mission planner.

I really wish DCS or someone else will make an DI equal Tornado sim!

Thank you again for a great site!