Epic series. I remember seeing Operation Flashpoint back in 2001 (or 2002) and having my mind blown seeing that in “infantry sim” you could board the AH-1 Cobra and hunt down this pesky convoy, or UH-60 and transport the troops to battle.
I also have fond memory of Arma 2, not only it’s a fun game/sim, but it was released on the same day my firstborn was born. Later he would sit on my lap in front of PC and we would fly together every helicopter in the game. He even was able to fire up the editor, place every vehicle (empty) on the runway and try each one, only driving/flying and having so much fun. He was probably 4-5 years old at the time.
At the early age he could recognize and name every vehicle featured in Arma series.
I mostly remember the mission from the campaign where you played as the pilot character (can’t remember his name, there were 4 playable soldiers - infantry, tanker, spec-ops and pilot). Anyway after the mission where you got shotdown in A-10 over enemy territory there is a mission where you have to escape. In earlier version of Operation Flashpoint you could just sneak out of the tent where you were held and board a Hind and use it to escape. In patched up version (I still have boxed Platinum version with Resistance add-on) the Hind was “locked”, seems it was too easy way out