Do you remember
your first take off with Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00 or with
any other more than 20 years old subLOGIC/Microsoft's flight simulation
program? Would you like to travel back in the history of flight
simulation and experience the feeling of old times? Just take Commodore
Amiga or Apple II and fly to the skies! Did your old computer and games
already end up on the scrap heap. Never mind! I have a solution.
DOSBox download (71MB)
which allows playing very old flight simulation programs on some
current PC with Windows. For few reasons there is a password for
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 for IBM PC with subLOGIC Hawaiian Odyssey
Scenery Adventure Disk - "The Treasure"
It is wonderful
that there are programs called emulators. The emulators are programs which
can emulate some hardware environment and they can run early Flight
Simulators on current computers.
DOSBox program can emulate virtual
DOS environment and can run DOS games.
I made the special compilation with DOSBox, D-Fend Reloaded and enlarged
collection of early Flight Simulator versions. D-Fend
Reloaded is an interface for the user friendly usage
Well, download my FS DOSBox package and unzip the file anywhere to your hard
disk. Start DOSBox by DFend.exe file.
On a picture below you can see an interface screen. Then choose
some Flight Simulator in the list of versions and run the version by double
DOSBox with D-Fend
most important commands for running DOSBox are: ALT-ENTER switch to window screen and
back to full screen, ALT+PAUSE pause the emulation, CTRL+ALT+F5 start/stop creating a movie
of the screen in avi format, CTRL+F5 save a screenshot in png
format, CTRL+F9 turn off DOSBox, CTRL+F10 capture/release the mouse, CTRL+F11 slow down emulation
(decrease DOSBox cycles), CTRL+F12 speed up emulation
(increase DOSBox cycles).
compilation covers whole early history of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator
for DOS. The package with DOSBox included:
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00 and 1.05
for IBM PC,
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.10, 2.12,
2.13, 2.14 for IBM PC and Tandy,
- all subLOGIC scenery disks like
Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure, Japan and others,
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 for IBM
PC with scenery disk Europe,
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b for IBM
- all scenery disks for MSFS 4 (Mallard's
and Microsoft's SDs by MicroScene, BAO and subLOGIC),
- Microsoft Aircraft & Scenery Designer,
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 with
Microsoft Caribbean, Japan, Paris and New York Scenery,
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1,
- subLOGIC Flight Assignment: Airline
- subLOGIC USA East, USA West and
Nomssoft 3D Advanced Graphic System for 3D glasses,
- subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Data
- subLOGIC Jet 1.0, 2.1 for IBM PC,
- subLOGIC Thunder Chopper 1.0 for DOS,
- subLOGIC Flight, Flight Light, Flight
Light Plus for DOS and Windows 3.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
4.0b with subLOGIC's Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure - fly into the
treasure hunt gate
How to control the Flight
Simulator? Below are brief instructions for some version. You can use full
manuals as well (available for some versions).
Simulator II for Data General/One is the very rare version for one of the
first laptops in the world. The version is only monochromatic. Start the Flight Simulator
and when the introduction screen appears, select screen mode A – slightly
textured sky. Then select operation mode B – regular flight mode. Press F2
to get full throttle. Your plane will go and take off. Use cursor keys to
control the plane. The detailed control keyboard map is
(they are included keyboard maps for next versions).
Simulator II for Data General/One - Miss Liberty in New York
The DOSBox program
has few advantages. It can save screenshots and even movies. Just use
Ctrl-F5 keys. The screenshots are saved to subdirectory \DOSBox\FS\capture.
The same is for creating a movie. Use Ctrl-Alt-F5 keys. It is important to
install a special video codec before creating movies. The codec is within
the mentioned “capture” sub-directory. Just right click on a file called
zmbv.inf and in a menu choose install.
Simulator 1.00 for IBM PC is the first ever version published by Microsoft
although it was made by Bruce Artwick of subLOGIC. As you can see the
version already displays four colors. Sometimes it is claimed that the
version was only monochromatic. It is not true. The colors are display
correctly only with CGA graphic cards and color composite monitors. Start
the Flight Simulator and when the introduction
screen appears, select display mode A - color TV or composite monitor (for
color mode) or B - black and white TV (for monochromatic mode). Then select operation
mode B – regular flight mode. Press F2 to get full throttle. When you get
speed of 50 knots, pull rudder up to about half position by down cursor key.
Your plane will take off. Sometimes there appears a SPLASH message. It
depends on you use the rudder in a right moment. Once you get in the ear,
use cursor keys to control the plane. You can use
the original manual.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
1.00 for IBM PC (color composite monitor) - wonderful view of Chicago Meigs
Simulator 2.14 for IBM PC/PCjr/PS/2 is the latest version in 2.xx series and
it is very rare as well. Start the Flight Simulator and when the introduction screen appears, select display C – RGB monitor.
Then select operation mode B – regular flight mode. Then select keyboard
mode C – IBM PC, function keys on top. Press F4 to get full throttle. Use
cursor keys to control the plane. You can also use a
manual to 2.10 version.
Simulator 2.14 for IBM PC and PS/2 (color composite monitor) - Champaign
Simulator 2.12 for Tandy 1000/1200 is a special edition for Tandy computers.
The version is nearly the same as the version for IBM PC. Start the Flight
Simulator and when the introduction screen
appears, select display C – RGB monitor. Then select operation mode B –
regular flight mode. Then select keyboard B – Tandy 1200 type keyboard. The
latest answer: Do you want to use mouse? Choose - N. Press F2 to get full
throttle. Use cursor keys to control the plane.
Simulator 2.12 for Tandy (RGB monitor) - right wing view of night Chicago
Simulator 3.0 for DOS has included standard scenery and additional scenery
disk Europe. Start the Flight Simulator. The
Flight Simulator will start at runway 36 of Chicago Meigs. Press F4 to get
full throttle. Use cursor keys to control the plane. Press S key to get
other view (tower, track, spot and back to cockpit).
Simulator 3.0 with scenery disk Europe - Paris - Eiffel Tower
Simulator 4.0b for DOS has included standard scenery, additional scenery
disks and Aircraft and scenery designer add-on with
new planes like Boeing 747. Start the Flight Simulator. Use the same control
keys like for version 3.0.
Simulator 4.0b with Boeing 747 (Aircraft and scenery designer)
change a scenery disk? For example to the Island of Bora Bora: open the 5
NAV/COM menu and choose 2 SCENERY LIBRARY. Then choose disk MS-2. Move back
(by ESC) and open 1 MODE, then F MODE LIBRARY, 7 SEE MORE MODES....
Finally, choose the mode "Bora Bora (MS-2)" and hit ESC. The same for the
other scenery disks. There are prepared modes in the mode library for each
scenery disk. When you would
like to use next scenery disk which is not shown in the SCENERY LIBRARY
menu, first you must delete one of the sceneries
within MSFS4 subdirectory, for example JPN.SCN (this is caused by MSFS4
scenery library menu limitation).
Simulator 4.0b with the
Mallard's (MicroScene) scenery disk 2 (Island of Bora Bora,
Simulator 4.0b with subLOGIC's Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure - fly
Simulator 4.0b with subLOGIC Great Britain Scenery Disk 1 - white cliffs
Simulator 4.0b with Mallard's (MicroScene) scenery disk 4 - Japan (F/A-18 + USS
Simulator 5.0 for DOS has included standard world scenery and Microsoft Caribbean,
Japan, Paris and New York Scenery. Start the Flight
Simulator. Use the same control keys like for
previous versions. Use DOSBox control keys to adjust the simulation speed. If the flight is not enough
fluent, then you have to increase DOSBox cycles by Ctrl+F12. When the Flight
Simulator sounds are discontinuous, then you should decrease DOSBox cycles
by Ctrl+F11. You should find right DOSBox speed. In other case you should
decrease details in Flight Simulator scenery.
Simulator 5.0 - Paris
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 with Microsoft (MicroScene - BAO) Paris
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1 for DOS has included standard world scenery
and old FS4 scenery. Start the Flight Simulator and use the same control keys like for 5.0 version and the same
recommendation for DOSBox cycles.
Simulator 5.1 - San Francisco with Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz island
SubLOGIC Jet 1.0 for IBM PC and PCjr gives you feeling of combat flight
simulation beginnings. The IBM PC version 1.0 was released in 1985, so it is
time comparable to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.x series. As you can see on
the picture below the simulator has RGB color graphics only and the colors
seem a bit funny. When the introduction screen appears, select keyboard type
1 - IBM PC, then select a game mode, for example 1 - dog fight, then choose
skill level 1 - easy, select aircraft type 2, select armament and exit the
menu by 5. Press +/- to increase/decrease plane throttle. Use cursor keys to
control the plane. Press A to turn HUD on, press G for gear up/down, press
SPACE for a rocket launch. Next you can try to fly Jet 2.1 as well.
subLOGIC Jet 1.0 for IBM PC,
PCjr - an enemy plane in sight
subLOGIC Jet 2.1 for IBM
PC/XT/AT and PS/2
SubLOGIC Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot for DOS was the first
time released in 1990 and it was a contemporary of Microsoft Flight
A lot of virtual pilots claim that Flight
Assignment: ATP was much better than MS Flight Simulator 4.0. See a superb
article by Marcus
more details. I have to
notice you that Bruce Artwick was not a director of subLOGIC yet. He was
running his new firm BAO in this time. Actually the version in my
compilation is a later release of 1.0 revision D with the voice of air
traffic control. When you start the simulator, press Esc to exit a demo
mode. Then use PgUp/PgDn to increase/decrease plane throttle and use cursor
keys to control the plane. F1 - F10 keys roll menus.
The detailed instructions are available in the main control sheets here
(the same web link as above).
Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot for DOS - San Francisco area
subLOGIC Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot with subLOGIC USA West
and Nomssoft 3D Advanced Graphic System
To get subLOGIC Flight running in DOSBox was probably the most tricky thing
I have ever done with DOSBox. The problem was to get enough base
(conventional) memory. Finally I used Windows 3.11 as the operational system
in DOSBox with D-Fend Reloaded shell.
Microsoft Windows 3.11
running in DOSBox and subLOGIC Flight, Flight Light and Flight Light
SubLOGIC released the flight
simulation program three times. The first time in 1994 with a name Flight
Light. Then in 1995 they released an improved version called Flight Light
Plus. Finally in 1996, when Sierra bought subLOGIC, they released the final
version called simply Flight. The versions seem almost the
same. There are all versions in my package. Flight has five types of planes
and the subLOGIC USA East, USA West scenery disks.
Well, when you start the Flight in D-Fend Reloaded list, it is loaded Win
3.11 and then you can choose one of the Flight Light.
Then use PgUp/PgDn to increase/decrease plane throttle
and use cursor keys to control the plane. F1 - F10 keys roll menu.
Flight for DOS and Windows - Washington, DC - Pentagon on the right, White
House and Capitol on the left
At the end I appended a small bonus - subLOGIC Thunder Chopper. In my
opinion it has almost nothing with Flight Simulator series and nothing with
Bruce Artwick, but the program at least presents subLOGIC's program production.
The battle helicopter has completely different control but it is quite easy
to find right control keys.
I spent much money to get original old versions of Flight Simulator. What
was important, I need disk images. Some of them I found on
Internet but the rarest versions did not exist. I bought the versions on eBay and sent
a copy to Jeff Leyda who lives in USA. Thanks to his great job I got back
disk images of Flight Simulator 2.12 for Tandy computers, Flight Simulator
2.14 for IBM PC and PS/2, Flight Simulator II for Data General/One.
Next much thanks deserve to Peter Veenstra who made the special DOSBox
release which support Flight Simulator 1.00 for IBM PC.