Civil Flight Sims of the 1980's

1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989

Add-ons for the Microsoft series of civil simulations - 1980 - 1989

Before 1980

Aero Products Research Flight Simulator Board Game
Title - Aero Products Research Flight Simulator Board Game
Release Date - 1965
Developer - Aero Products Research
Publisher - Aero Products Research
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Flight Sims on Calculators
Title - Calculator sims
Release Date - Before 1980
Developer - Various
Publisher - Free code listings in magazines

Comments - Some people will make a flight sim out of tissue paper and a comb ! I have known air combat enthusiasts who recreated the entire Battle of Britain using a plastic Spitfire on a stick and rolling a 10 sided dice !

Of course the flip side of "pilot" is "boffin" - so as long as electronic "counting machines" have been were available those same people been using them to simulate flight.

Flight Simulator 1
Title - Flight Simulator 1
Host Sim - SELF
Release Date - Before 1980
Developer - Bruce Artwick
Publisher - SubLogic
Comments - Flight Simulator 1 was one of the first flight sims released for personal computers. A whole generation of flight simmers was hooked for life on the wire frame graphics and the "dogfighting" in the Sopwith Camel. The Graphical spendour rested mainly in the mind of the player - but it was a beginning!


Title - Silicon Graphics Flight Sim
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Developer - Silicon Graphics
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1980

World Flight

Title - ZX-81sims
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Comments - Clive Sinclair invented Electric Cars and personal computers in the early 1980's and had a colourful, zany personality.... unlike many of today's leaders in the personal computer world...!

1981

Title - 747 - 1981
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Comments - 747 was a civil flight sim created for the Atom computer with 12 K of RAM ( !!! ) in 1981.

1982

Flightsim by Psion for the Sinclair Spectrum
Title - Flightsim by Psion for the Sinclair Spectrum
Release Date - 1982
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Comments - "This is where it all started, looking at three dials and flying at night on a crummy TV !!!" "... it took about 30 minutes to load off the tape, with a 60% failure rate."

Title - Time Gate
Release Date - 1982
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1983

1983 - Aviator by Geoff Crammond, , creator of the 'Grand Prix' games, Stunt Car Racer, and Sentinel.
Title - Aviator
Release Date - 1983
Developer - by Geoff Crammond, , creator of the 'Grand Prix' games, Stunt Car Racer, and Sentinel.
Publisher - Acornsoft
Comments - Written for the BBC MicroComputer. More info at www.beebgames.com.

Title - Final Flight
Release Date - 1983
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Comments - "You're approaching the air strip, and must use your instruments and the view from your cockpit to land safely. You control pitch (angle with the ground), yaw (angle about the plane's vertical axis), and power with your joystick. Overall, this is an excellent and convincing simulation. "

Title - Final Flight
Release Date - 1983
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Comments - "You're approaching the air strip, and must use your instruments and the view from your cockpit to land safely. You control pitch (angle with the ground), yaw (angle about the plane's vertical axis), and power with your joystick. Overall, this is an excellent and convincing simulation. "

Title - IFR
Release Date - 1983
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Comments - "... since it had no out the window graphics at all it's about as IFR as you can get."

Solo Flight was released in 1984 on the Atari 800 and Commodore Amiga.
Title - SoloFlight
Release Date - 1983
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Comments - One of the earliest sims, SoloFlighthails from the days when the Commodore Amiga reigned king of the graphics world!. " ... the most famous thing about it was the speech synthesis, in the form of flight control guiding you through the flying, telling you to pull up your flaps, etc. and taking you through your landing routine."

1984

1985

Acrojet - 1985 aerobatics sim
Title - Acrojet
Release Date - Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore 64 and 128 - 1985
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Publisher - Microprose
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Title - Flight Simulator 2
Host Sim - SELF
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Comments - At the time, there were three 6502 versions of FSII. There was one for the Apple II, one for the Commodore 64 and one for the Atari 800. When the the Atari ST and Amiga were introduced (which ran the Motorola 68000 processor), new versions were released for those machines, for the Tandy and for the MacIntosh through Microsoft. The versions of FSII for the 6502 processor DID have solid filled graphics not just wireframe. There was only 6k memory allotted for scenery so a sophisticated system of loading parts of the scenery was devised. The whole FS world was big enough to properly place and scale landmarks and airports relative to each other. That was accomplished by a brilliant hybrid coordinate system that Bruce Artwickdeveloped. Also, the simulation was sophisticated enough to support instrument navigation.
Links - Add-ons for the Microsoft series of civil simulations - 1980 - 1989

1986

Title - LAS 86
Release Date - 1986
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1987

3D Helicopter Simulator
Title - 3D Helicopter Simulator (1987) by Sierra
Release Date - 1987
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Comments - This sim must have been one of the first sims to support head to head play via a modem. For it's time it looked outstanding with 3 dimensional polygon choppers and scenery.

Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer
Title - Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer
Release Date - 1987
Developer - Edward Lerner
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Comments - Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainerwas an ambitious attempt to teach the basics of flight on a personal computer.
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Title - Instrument Flight
Release Date - 1987
Developer - Jim Bailey
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Comments - An instrument flight sim for the CP/M operating system. It even had voices... "It hollered at you if you were off your altitude!".

1988

Flight Simulator 3

Title - Flight Path 737
Release Date - 1988
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Title - Skychase
Release Date - 1988
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1989

Title - Blue Angels
Release Date - 1989
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Comments - Aerobatic Flight Sim featuring the US Navy's F/A-18 Hornets.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4
Title - Microsoft Flight Simulator 4
Host Sim - SELF
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Comments - Flight Simulator launched thousands of airmchair pilots into their virtual careers. It even sparked the interest in a real aviation career for some.
Links - Add-ons for the Microsoft series of civil simulations - 1980 - 1989

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