The Controls Configuration menu appears the first time you start up 1942 THE PACIFIC AIR WAR. (You can also call it up as necessary; please refer to the Keycard for the exact method.) This menu is what you use to specify how you want to control the game.
The Primary Flight Control is what you’ll use to control your aircraft. Which selection you settle on will also affect how you control your weapons. Note that your choices for the other options will change (and may be limited) depending on this selection.
The External Camera (which you’ll learn about later) is moved around using the Camera Control. This can not be the same controller as the primary flight control.
Throttle Control is fairly self-explanatory. The only unusual aspect of this is the “Button 2” option. If you use this control method, pressing and holding the second button on the Primary Flight Control temporarily turns that controller into a throttle control. At that time, moving that control forward increases throttle, while moving it back decreases throttle.
The Rudder Control is used to move the rudder from side to side. As with the Throttle Control, there is a “Button 2” option. If you use this control method, pressing and holding the second button on the Primary Flight Control temporarily turns that controller into a rudder control. At that time, moving that control to the left is equivalent to a Rudder Left, while centering the control or moving it to the right cause the corresponding rudder movements.
You can also choose to turn the Sound, Music, and Digitized Sound on or off at this menu, depending on how you wish the game to sound.