Exhibit: RAAF in Korea
Platform: Atari ST, Commodore Amiga
Comments: Proflight was one of the first flight sims I saw on a personal computer. I had bought an Atari ST to arrange and print music for my string quartet and included in the package was a demo of this amazingly fluid sim, running at 600 x 400 pixels (in monochrome).
Developer: Digital Image Design
Publisher: Ocean Software Ltd.
Comments: TFX is an acronym for "Tactical Fighter Experimental". When you look at the graphics available in the other early combat flight sims it is easy to see why TFX caused so much excitement on it's release. The flight model could be adjusted from "arcade" to "military" and play modes ranged from arcade levels to the "UN Commander" mode. As UN Commander you planned missions, selected the aircraft and flew the Eurofighter, F22 or F117 Stealth Fighter.
Exhibit: Command and Conquer
Platform: PC | (various) consoles
Comments: A ground breaking innovater in the 1990s which brought real-time drama to the concept of table-top gaming. And obviated the need to read the rules and carry 16-sided dice!
Description: In 1998 the 3DFX Voodoo graphic card hit the market and caused a quantum leap in computer gaming. Suddenly computers that struggled to get 20 fps could run at 60 fps with amazing textures and light sourcing.
Exhibit: Sinclair Computers
Comments: Clive Sinclair invented Electric Cars and personal computers in the early 1980's and had a colourful and zany public personality... unlike many of today's leaders in the world of technology!
Release Date: 1982
Platform: Sinclair Spectrum
In collection: No.
Comments: "This is where it all started, looking at three dials and flying at night on a crummy TV !!!"
Exhibit: ZX-81 Flight Sims
Platform: ZX81 Sinclair Spectrum
Comments: Type in a flight sim from a magazine? Yes, that was computer flight simulation in the early 1980s.
Developer: SE Software
Platform: PC / DOS
Comments: This sim ran smooth and fast. It included a thorough interactive training system.
Description: A MOBA inspired 54mm miniature game by Gunmeister Games.
" This brand new 747-430 cost Lufthansa about $175 million to build. But you can build your own 747-430 for only $59.95 with Aircraft Factory 99.
You'll save about $ 174,999,940.05."
From Aircraft Factory 99.
Exhibit: Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS)
Published: 2008 - present (2017)
Developer: Eagle Dynamics
Comments: Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield simulation featuring the Crimean peninsula and Georgia.
Added AJS-37 Viggen, MiG-15bis, MiG-21 Fishbed.
Exhibit: Captain "Sully" Sullenberger
Comments: On January 15, 2009 Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's Airbus A320 suffered a birdstrike and he conducted a forced landing on the Hudson River, thus saving the lives of all 155 passengers.
Added the keyboard command list for Strike Aces / Fighter Bomber (1989).
Added videos and updated exhibit
Exhibit: Heinkel He-111
Comments: The He-111 was a German medium bomber with a crew of 5 that flew from 1935 until the end of WWII.
Comments: Heinkel Flugzeugwerke (1922-1965) was a German aircraft manufacturing company founded by and named after Ernst Heinkel.
Exhibit: Flugwerft Schleissheim
Location: Schleissheim, a suburb of Munich
Comments: This museum contains exhibits ranging from Otto Lilienthal's pioneering 19c hang-gliders to the WWII Heinkel-111.
Exhibit: Simulating Reality
Description: X,Y and Z axes, vectors, ray tracing, polygons, texture mapping, these and many more are the tools used to model real events inside a mathematical simulation.
Exhibit: Silicon Graphics Flight Sim
Developer: Silicon Graphics
Publisher: Silicon Graphics
Platform: IRIS workstation
Comments: "... we hunched around an old IRIS 2400 Turbo playing this amazing flight simulator game from Silicon Graphics, Inc.". Modern personal computers in the 90's are now as powerful as graphics workstations of the 80's.
Exhibit: Boeing Stearman
Exhibit: Strike Aces / Fighter Bomber (1989)
Publisher: Activision and Accolade
Platform: Atari ST, Commodore Amiga and PC
Comments: The sim was set in a bombing competition inspired by Gen. Curtis LeMay's training events. It featured an unusual mix of flyable aircraft: F-4 Phantom , F-15E Strike Eagle, F-111 Aardvark, MiG-27 Flogger, RAF and Luftwaffe Tornado and the Saab Viggen.
Comments: The Atari ST 1040 computer was my introduction to the world of flight simulation. Titles like Gunship, Falcon, F-19 Stealth, F-15 Strike Eagle II and others made use of the dedicated graphics and sound hardware built in to the Atari ST. It took some years for the IBM PC's to catch up.
Comments: Commodore computers were incredibly important to flight sim fans in the 1990s, for several years they and the Atari ST series were way ahead of the IBM PC in terms of graphics and sound.
Exhibit: Microsoft Flight
Release date: 2012
Platform: Microsoft Windows
Developer: Microsoft Studios, The Coalition
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Modes: Single-player | Multiplayer
In collection: No.
Exhibit: The Oliver Twins
Developer: The Oliver Twins
Publisher: Code Masters
Platform: 1989 on Amstrad, Sinclair Spectrum.
In 1991 as Firehawk with improved graphics on NES, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga.
Comments: An early helicopter game with full freedom of movement in 2D, inspired by Choplifter, Rambo and Airwolf!
Exhibit: MiG-29 Fulcrum (1990)
Platform: PC DOS
In collection: No
Comments: In 1990 the MiG-29 had only just been revealed to the west at the Farnborough Airshow. It seemed to be a sexy mystery machine which could perform spectacular manoeuvers such as the "tailslide" and "cobra". Despite only having 6 missions, this sim bought coountless hours of fun to flight sim fans on multiple platforms.
Exhibit - Gunship (1987)
Release Date: 1987
Platform: Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore C-64, Commodore Amiga, IBM PC, MSX, Sinclair ZX Spectrum
In collection: Yes
Comments: In Gunship there were no external views available, just a cockpit with a bedazzling array of engine sensors and weapons displays. Engine start left, Engine start right then drop the clutch to start the rotors spinning. Collective up and the rotor blades bite savagely into the air. With a leap and whoops, you're airborne! 1987 had never been more exciting!
Exhibit - F16 Combat Pilot
Release Date: 1989
Platform: Atari ST | Commodore 64 | Commodore Amiga | Amstrad CPC | PC | Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Developer: Digital Integration (DI)
Publisher : Digital Integration (DI)
In collection - Yes
Comments - The simple graphics of this sim belie the amount of information it presented to the pilot in real time, a milestone achievement for flight sims of the era. I first played it in the 1980's on an Atari ST. I used to fly on instruments most of the time and play with the comprehensive information available on the 3 Multi-Function Displays. It was the first flight sim with a dynamic battlefield.
Developer: Flight Sim Developers
Publisher: Just Flight
Comments: LC recreates 20 classic aircraft from the Luftwaffe's 20th century roster and includes a couple of surprises like a gyrocopter, the V-1 Flying Bomb and a Zeppelin.
Developer: Aces Studios
Collection: Beta version CD ROM provided August 2000 by Microsoft | Retail box (2 x CD ROM) | A4 colour flyer
Comments: The sequel to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator (1998). Set in the Pacific Theatre it significantly upgraded the graphics and fidelity of the series.
On September 18th 2002 I interviewed Scott Lee, product manager from Microsoft's Aces Studio, , and checked out the beta version of Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 3. READ ON.