JFA is nothing close to “real”, and back then most of us didn’t give a damn, because it was just so fun.
So many neat screen gadgets and gimgaws never duplicated again. Want to see your flight envelope while you’re flying? No problem. Want to see an inverse-tactical-view of the missile that the nearest hostile just fired? Sure, put that in a little window, too. Oh, and want to fly the X-23 against the Vietnamese? Yeah, we can do that.
I have that big black box in the closet, and when I go to sleep at night I have to shut my ears against all the sexy nostalgic things it whispers