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June 17, 2016

           Dovetail Games Flight School has been released. Flight School was announced as a standalone experience focused on learning to fly. It was not intended as a successor of the Microsoft Flight Simulator, but probably many users were expected rather a new great flight simulation program than a common game. They probably expected at least amazing graphics. I tried the Flight School only for few days, but my first feeling is not good. I even think that it is a bad version of Microsoft Flight. We can not compare this flight simulation with Microsoft Flight Simulator X at all.

           There are some similar features taken from both MS Flight and MS Flight Simulator X, but the result seems outdated. The graphics looks unfinished and sometimes quite funny. The ground textures do not match with position of buildings. The roads are non sensuously interrupted or even completely crazy (for example at Kennedy Intl.). The next bad thing is, that the instruments on a panel are not readable. So you must constantly zoom between the instrument panel and a view from a window or fly without instruments.

Dovetail Games Flight School

Funny roads (for example at KJFK)

Dovetail Games Flight School

The ground textures do not match with position of buildings. Where is One WTC (Freedom Tower)?

           The aircraft choices are very limited at the moment. You can use only Piper PA-18 or Piper PA28. There are two flight schools which need to be more tested to say assessment. So try it and make you own opinion. It is only for 14.99€. I still wait for Dovetail Games Flight Simulator and I hope for much better result than DG Flight School.

February 23, 2016

           Late in 2015 Dovetail Games released also Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition Premium, which is the same like previous issue. It in addition includes some add-on collection.

FSX Steam Edition Premium

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition Premium, released 2015

           On the 9th of July 2014 Dovetail Games announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition and to develop further products based on Microsoft's technology for the entertainment market. On the 11th of February 2016 Dovetail Games announced their plans to launch two new flight simulation titles in 2016: Dovetail Games Flight School and Dovetail Games Flight Simulator. Flight School should be released in April 2016. That will be a standalone experience focused on learning to fly.

           The Dovetail Games Flight Simulator is scheduled for launch in the latter part of the year. Dovetail says: "DTG Flight Simulator is still very much in development and is planned to be more expansive and evolved than Flight School. We are committed to developing a cutting edge flight simulator which takes full advantage of modern PCs and can be continuously built upon. For starters, Dovetail Games Flight Simulator will be a 64-bit simulator using DirectX 11 and take full advantage of modern GPU and CPU performance. We are in this for the long term and intend to support and expand upon DFS for years to come. We aren’t just going to make a new simulator – we intend to build a new simulation platform which grows with you, our players, over time".

           In my opinion, this is the most important information, because in fact it means that the long Flight Simulator history is still alive!!!

October 7, 2015

           My website tries to describe development of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator. Apart from the simulator itself, I always wanted to describe subLOGIC’s story and especially role of Mr. Bruce Artwick. There are some articles on Internet, but I discovered, that they are full of errors, confused statements and missed information. So please read my new page.

Stu Moment, Bruce Artwick and their Cessna 150, January 1983

August 24, 2015

           My website update began. First of all I made small website face lifting and solved some minor bugs. I hope that the new look is better, a bit more modern and what is important, it is compatible with most Internet browsers. My first main update is downloading. I changed the external file server from 4Shared to Uloz.to. Now you can download historical manuals and very very old versions of Flight Simulator without problems and without registering (login). All previous downloads are available and I appended the first ever Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00 user manual. It is really world rarity! I made it from the original paper book, which has more than 100 pages. For few reasons there is a password for download: sublogic

           Do you remember your first take off in your live with some version of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator? Just use my DOSBox or MESS download which allows playing of old FS versions on current computers with Windows.

DOSBox with D-Fend Reloaded interface

DOSBox with D-Fend Reloaded interface

           I made a new DOSBox package which includes 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 and all subLOGIC scenery disks like Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure, Japan, Europe and others, Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 for IBM PC with scenery disk Europe, Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b for IBM PC with all scenery disks (Mallard's and Microsoft Scenery Disks by MicroScene, BAO and subLOGIC) and Microsoft Aircraft & Scenery Designer, Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 for DOS with Microsoft Caribbean,  Japan, Paris and New York Scenery, Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1, subLOGIC Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot with subLOGIC USA East, USA West and Nomssoft 3D Advanced Graphic System for 3D glasses, subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Data General/One, subLOGIC Jet 1.0, 2.1 for IBM PC, subLOGIC Thunder Chopper 1.0 for DOS and finally subLOGIC Flight, Flight Light, Flight Light Plus for DOS and Windows. Really very large package of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator flying history!

Microsoft Windows 3.11 running in DOSBox and subLOGIC Flight, Flight Light and Flight Light Plus

Microsoft Windows 3.11 running in DOSBox and subLOGIC Flight, Flight Light and Flight Light Plus

           I made a new MESS package which includes everything you need in one file. Now you do not need to download separately MESS, software and ROMs. The package includes subLOGIC first ever Flight Simulator demo (from A2-3D1), subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II, subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for TRS-80, subLOGIC Flight Simulator II (v1.0, v2.0) for Apple II, subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Color Computer 3, Commodore 64, Amiga, Data General/One, subLOGIC Flight Simulator with Torpedo Attack for MSX, Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00, 1.05, 2.10, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14 for IBM PC and 2.12 for Tandy, Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00 and 1.02 for Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 and 4.0 with scenery disk Europe.

           I would like to notice, that now there are for download my flight simulator history movies. I appended also my older movie which ends with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 - it was my first FS movie. You can see all my movies online on my YouTube channel.

Microsoft Flight Simulator History - YouTube

August 14, 2015

           Hello my flying friends and enthusiasts. After significant long time I came back to my never finished job with Flight Simulator history research and with my website. It is unbelievable that the Flight Simulator history website celebrated 10 years of existing this year! Much work must be done. So, let’s go!

           I missed here for more than 3 years. It was just when the Microsoft Flight was released in February 2012. Although the Microsoft Flight with its philosophy is mostly focused to easy game flying, I did not expect that they cancel development of the Microsoft Flight so soon (on 26 July 2012). In my opinion, the Microsoft Flight has nearby nothing with previous long genealogy of Microsoft Flight Simulator. So I do not consider the Microsoft Flight a follower of Flight Simulator series. Anyway I had to mention this side direction. You can read a small article and see screenshots regarding to MS Flight on its special page.

Microsoft Flight

Microsoft Flight

           Another side direction of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which should be mention, is Prepar3D by Lockheed Martin, released in 2010. Prepar3D is based on source code of Microsoft ESP which was a commercial version of Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Prepar3D is still alive and in development. It goes its own way.

Lockheed Martin Prepar3D - F-22 Raptor over Langley Air Force Base

Lockheed Martin Prepar3D - F-22 Raptor over Langley Air Force Base

           Finally, Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition was released on 18 December 2014. According to official announcements, it is a re-release of Microsoft Flight Simulator X Gold Edition, which includes the Deluxe and Acceleration packs and both Service Packs. It includes "all standard Steam functionality", and replaces the GameSpy multiplayer system with Steam's multiplayer system. FSX: Steam Edition has not a box distribution, only Internet download with activation is available. On the 9th of July 2014 Dovetail Games announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft to distribute Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition and to develop further products based on Microsoft's technology for the entertainment market.

FSX: Steam Edition has not a box distribution

FSX: Steam Edition has not a box distribution. This is only the fictional box on the Internet.

February 29, 2012

           On 29 February 2012, half a year after an official announcement, Microsoft released their latest flying product made by ACES Studios team. It was my honour to participate in a beta testing, so I had some time to form my opinion on the Flight Simulator successor. The page dedicated to MS Flight is here.

The main menu of the Microsoft Flight

The main menu of Microsoft Flight

November 15, 2011

           When I made the Flight Simulator History movie (almost 40 minutes long) a year ago, I thought about to make some short promotional movie as well. Now I did it! It consists of nearly 150 film cuts and amazing song by Queen (Don't stop me now - Jazz, 1978). You can download my website promotional video in HD resolution as well.

This is a promotional movie for the Flight Simulator History Website

           This is a promotional movie for my Flight Simulator History Website. Would you like to know more about whole history of the subLOGIC / Microsoft Flight Simulator ? Go through my website or see my other detailed films dedicated to all FS issues ever released. The complete (almost) 40 minutes movie is available in Download section or now on-line on YouTube.

The Microsoft Flight Simulator history movie

February 2, 2011

           I would like to notice you that Microsoft Flight development team released few next new screenshots of the Flight. They mainly present scenery environment look. In the mean time they explained few main questions from the Flight Simulator community. So if you want to see more pictures, to know why they changed the Flight Simulator name or other answers, give a look at their official website. By the way, there and there, are very nice comparisons of the sceneries from Flight Simulator 98 to Flight.

Microsoft Flight

Picture of the Microsoft Flight from the official web

November 14, 2010

           On June 2-3, 2010, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, USA, hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) learning system – “PLATO@50: Seeing the Future Through the Past”. Session 5 was entitled "PLATO Games: An Early, Robust Community of Multiplayer, Online Games." What is interesting, there was Bruce Artwick among guest participants. Except his session appearance, Robert Scoble, blogger, Building 43 member, caught Mr. Artwick and made an off hand interview. It is amazing to see Bruce Artwick, because there are very few pictures of him. You can find couple of very old photos on Internet, but any of current one. So now, thanks to Robert, you can see even a video.



Bruce Artwick interview - the father of Microsoft Flight Simulator

           During more than one hour session Bruce Artwick appeared few times. He answered several questions regarding to PLATO with connection to his Flight Simulator. I would like to notice you with a sequence at 0:22:25 – 0:23:23. The conference organizers used a screenshot, which I personally made from subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for TRS-80, as a background picture on the projecting screen.

PLATO@50 conference - Session 5 - "PLATO Games: An Early, Robust Community of Multiplayer, Online Games"

August 18, 2010

           August 17, 2010, on the eve of Gamescom 2010 in Cologne, Germany (Aug. 18 – 22), Microsoft Corporation announced the development of “Microsoft Flight,” a new entry inspired by the best-selling “Microsoft Flight Simulator” franchise. For the present, little information is available. In fact we have only press announcement:

           Twenty-eight years after the debut of “Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0,” Microsoft Game Studios announced the internal development of “Microsoft Flight,” a new Windows exclusive. “Microsoft Flight” will bring a new perspective to the long-standing genre, welcoming everyone, including long-time fans, to experience the magic of flight.

           So it is too early to say any worlds about Flight. For continual updates over time and to view a teaser of the future of Microsoft Flight on the Windows PC, visit official game website.

a picture from a teaser

A picture from a teaser

March 10, 2010

           Just today my website met the 5th anniversary. Although I still use old frame system, I hope that I made quite nice five years boy. I had only four thousands of visitors during the first year. Now I have more than 195 thousands in all (each IP address is counted only once a day). Of course, I am not a rival of the renowned webs like AVSIM, VATSIM and others. I am glad that I managed to popularize a history of the legend: subLOGIC – Microsoft Flight Simulator. I had success with joining the Microsoft’s official web - the FS Insider, I had an article in the GameStar Germany Magazine, my pictures are used on many webs and few publications, my video took a part of Windows Vista advertising, it was used in the Aeronautical museum Gianni Caproni in Trento, Italy, for an exhibition dedicated to a flight simulation. My friend Jos Grupping used my video for presentation on regular exhibitions in Aviation museum in Lelystad, the Netherlands, and few next achievements.

           I am quite busy with my job, but always I did my best to give you new information, pictures, even some 20 or 30 years old versions of Flight Simulator, to share with you feelings of virtual pilots then years. On the 5th website anniversary I prepared something special. It is a movie called "The Fantastic World in Microsoft Flight Simulator X". I captured 250 GB of movie materials which is about five hours of recordings. I selected 10 minutes (the web limit) for my YouTube channel. I intentionally used only original Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Acceleration Expansion Pack. There are not any additional add-ons, planes, sceneries, special cameras. There are intentionally only original sounds without music. I want to show you a virtual world of flight enthusiasts. Everything you will see in the video you can see on your computer.

           The second main thing is a movie which describes whole history of subLOGIC – Microsoft Flight Simulator. My previous edition had "only" 25 versions. Now there are all issues from the first subLOGIC Demonstration, the first ever subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 to the latest Acceleration. There are very rare issues for NEC PC, Data General One, extremely rare subLOGIC Scenery Disks for Apple II and IBM PC. Whole movie takes almost 40 minutes, so it is not online on YouTube, but the file for download is not too large. Everyone can find his first version, everyone can compare the graphics. The movie represents more than thousand words.

           There are many other new things. Few new videos of the rare Flight Simulator versions and Flight Simulator X. I launched two new screenshot pages with subLOGIC scenery disks, Mallard's and Microsoft sceneries (it is included add-on for using with 3D glasses).

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 with Microsoft (MicroScene - BAO) Paris Scenery

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 with Microsoft (MicroScene - BAO) Paris Scenery

subLOGIC Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot with subLOGIC USA West and Nomssoft 3D Advanced Graphic System

subLOGIC Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot with subLOGIC USA West and Nomssoft 3D Advanced Graphic System

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 for IBM PC with subLOGIC Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure Disk

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 for IBM PC with subLOGIC Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure Disk - "The Treasure"

           This way I want to say much thanks to all people, including Stu Moment, who helped with information, to emulator makers, for old software or for pure support with kind words. Thank you very much guys!

           I corrected information about a special release of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 for AST Research, Inc. The version is exactly the same version as the version for IBM PC computers. Microsoft made a special edition with AST Research label on a floppy disk and a manual. The game itself is the same without any differences, even with the same file date. The version has been sold with new AST Research computer (IBM PC compatible). You could not buy the special edition separately. The user's manual was included in a blue three ring binder. On the picture below you can see the first manual page with a turquoise stripe - Special Edition for AST research, Inc. not for resale.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 - a special edition for AST Research subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Apple II with a special label

           Thanks to Joe Metro from California, USA, I have information about a special release of subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Apple II (the second picture above). The special issue includes competition from subLOGIC and TWA - find Moscow's Red Square on a Western European Tour scenery disk and win a trip for two to Western Europe. You can read the text on a label here. By the way, you can find my Red Square among screenshots. I miss the competition for more than 20 years...

December 15, 2009

           I was very busy with my job last half year, but in the meantime I collected tons of materials. I bought several subLOGIC Scenery Disks for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.x,  thanks to Michael Snook from USA I got few next missing subLOGIC Scenery Disks and other stuff, thanks to William Vandenberg from Canada I received few Mallard's add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0, I made hundreds of screenshots, my best "hacker" - Jeff Leyda from USA, managed to make disk images from the subLOGIC SD's for IBM PC (from my own floppy disks), I prepared few new downloads and so on. I will publish the most of my new stuff during next year. Finally I bought a new strong computer with i7-950 over clocked at 3.9GHz, 12GB fast RAM, ATI Radeon 5870 and Windows 7 64-bit. So it is time to make a new Flight Simulator history movie.

           What is new now? I published the Flight Simulator X page. My new computer is really strong machine and the screenshots look wonderful.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X - Cessna C208B Grand Caravan - an outside plane view of Sydney, Australia

Microsoft Flight Simulator X - Cessna C208B Grand Caravan - an outside plane view of Sydney, Australia

           I opened my own YouTube channel to get all my old videos available for on line playing and I made the special comparison video page on my website. You can see my old videos and read detailed descriptions.

          Thanks to Fred Peralta from USA you can see an advertising video, which he made for subLOGIC many years ago, and I improved few next minor things.

March 19, 2009

           I am just celebrating my name day and here is my gift for you. A short animation of subLOGIC Jet 2.1 for IBM PC/XT/AT and PS/2. Compare its EGA with RGB of the 1.0 version.

subLOGIC Jet 2.1 for IBM PC/XT/AT and PS/2

subLOGIC Jet 2.1 for IBM PC/XT/AT and PS/2

February 20, 2009

           After quite long silence period on my website I can introduce a lot of new interesting things. The first great news is that I enlarged my DOSBox download page. I thought about to give you possibility to compare graphics and especially abilities of other subLOGIC flight simulation programs. So I included next four famous flight simulators: subLOGIC Jet, subLOGIC Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot, subLOGIC Flight (previously Flight Light) and subLOGIC Thunder Chopper. The new download update is included in my compilation with D-Fend Reloaded graphical interface. So you can compare subLOGIC software production since Bruce Artwick left his first firm. Of course the Jet was partly Airwick's job.

subLOGIC Jet for IBM PC, PCjr

subLOGIC Jet 1.0 for IBM PC, PCjr - landing on the aircraft carrier

           Thanks to Brian Ties from USA I could expand download of the MESS emulator. He made a disk image of subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Apple II sub-version 2.0. So you have already 21 versions or sub-versions available for download on MESS page.

           Just recently I bought subLOGIC Scenery Disk 9 for IBM PC's Flight Simulator 2.x. Then I made few interesting screenshots of the rare and hard to find issue. By the way, if you have any other subLOGIC scenery disks for IBM PC (for Flight Simulator 2.x and JET), I would be glad to buy it from you or at least having a Teledisk image copy. I am missing SD 8, 10 and 12. I want to make screenshots from all that disks to save them for history.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 and subLOGIC Scenery Disk 9

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 and subLOGIC Scenery Disk 9 - Chicago

           Finally, I made a completely new section of my website which is dedicated to a battle Microsoft Flight Simulator branch - to Combat Flight Simulator series. I made a small reflection about the combat series origin. The combat series information has effect to Timeline and Covers section as well.

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2

Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2 - P-38 in a hard battle over Hollandia - New Guinea

           Still not all news... I appended next two scenery disks for MS Flight Simulator 4.0 (it is included in Flight v2 compilation). The first one is very interesting subLOGIC's Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure. Load mode called "Volcano (SD-HAW)" and fly into the crater to find 7 fantasy sceneries or fly into the other crater to find treasure...

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b with subLOGIC's Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b with subLOGIC's Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure - fly into volcano...

           The second appended scenery is a part of subLOGIC's Great Britain Scenery. Load "White Cliffs (SD-GB1)" mode and try WWII pilot feelings when they were coming home to Britain.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b with subLOGIC Great Britain Scenery Disk 1

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b with subLOGIC Great Britain Scenery Disk 1 - white cliffs of Dover

September 4, 2008

           There are many news on my website:

- few very old manuals are available for download (A2-3D1 Load and Go, A2-FS1, T80-FS1, MSFS2.10, AT-FS2) in PDF format,

- I enlarged the comparison page (to the three pages),

- the DOSBox download page is enlarged with D-Fend Reloaded graphical interface, thanks to Peter Veenstra of DOSBox team, there is the version which can run Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00 and 1.05. I appended all FS "booters" and few scenery disks. There are included some screenshots as well,

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b with Mallard's (MicroScene) scenery disk 4 - Japan (USS Enterprise)

Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0b with Mallard's (MicroScene) scenery disk 4 - Japan (F/A-18 + USS Enterprise)

- thanks to Phil Lange I made several new screenshots of FSII for C 64,

- new animation of Flight Simulator 1 for TRS-80 is available on its page.

December 12, 2007

           I removed my old comparison page with the real photographs and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. Now you can compare some screenshots taken from the same scenery in couple versions of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator.

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Apple II Microsoft Flight Simulator X

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Apple II and Microsoft Flight Simulator X

November 27, 2007

           I present next wonderful program which can emulate virtual hardware environment. It is the DOSBox. I made a compilation which includes few Flight Simulator versions from 2.xx to 5.1 with special individual setups for each version. Now you can fly almost all ancient PC (DOS) versions on your current computers with Windows. See new section on Download page.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 for DOS - in front of Golden Gate Bridge

Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0 for DOS - in front of Golden Gate Bridge

November 15, 2007

           I launched next part of my disk image collection for downloads. It took much money and much work to get them running with MESS emulator. My compilation now covers whole early history of Flight Simulator. You can see the first ever Flight Simulator "demo", the first generation for Apple II and TRS-80, the second generation for few type of computers and you can compare graphic differences (Apple II, Color Computer 3, C 64, Data General/One, IBM PC, Tandy), you can see the third generation as well for few type of computers (Macintosh, Amiga, IBM PC).

Interface of Multiple Emulator Super System (MESS)

Interface of Multiple Emulator Super System (MESS)

July 20, 2007

           When Bruce Artwick established his subLOGIC corporation in 1977, his new firm offered a “3D microcomputer graphics package” that allow engineers, architects, designers, pilots and anyone else interested in 3D wire frame drawings to generate what they wanted on a TV screen. The first version of 3D Graphics was available in BASIC and M6800 assembly language already in August 1977. In this time they were preparing other 3D Graphics packages for 8080, 6502 and Z80 processors. Bruce Artwick presented his programs in Kilobaud magazine, issue 10, in October 1977.

           In August 1979 was released 6502 processor version of 3D Graphics package (it hit markets in October 1979). It means the version for Apple II computers. The program was marked as program number A2-3D1. The assembly language version was distributed with 32 pages user’s manual (called Load and Go manual) and 84 pages technical manual. The BASIC version was distributed with 22 pages Load and Go manual and 60 pages BASIC 3D Graphics manual.

           Here are shown the covers of the assembly language manuals:

A2-3D1 technical manual A2-3D1 user’s manual

          The programs were distributed on one cassette or one floppy disk. What is interesting and the most important regarding to our interest, there was included a special demonstration program. We can consider the demonstration program as the first public demo of the following worldwide famous Flight Simulator.

subLOGIC 3D Graphics package - demonstration

subLOGIC 3D Graphics package - demonstration for Apple II

           This demo is an ancestor of the first ever released subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II (A2-FS1). The program is depicting 14 still pictures of the flying area with six mountains and the airport location which is more detailed than the similar airport in A2-FS1. Only one airport is included. The flying area is 5 x 6 grids instead of 6 x 6 grids in Flight Simulator 1. An instrument panel is not presented. It must be highlight that it is not playable demo; you can not take control of the plane. The pictures are repeatedly depicting. I made an animated picture which shows the view of all 14 demo pictures in right sequence and timing as you can see in the demo on real Apple II.

           Thank you very much to Marc-Andre Handfield for much valuable information, pictures of 3D Graphics manuals and mediation of information from Stu Moment and Mark Percival. Thank you very much to Mark Percival for help with the FS demo loader.

May 31, 2007

           I was lucky last month. After a great fight on Yahoo Japan Auction I won a copy of subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for NEC PC-9801F/VF/VM. It took more than four years of hard searching to get this version. I was lucky twice because by chance I won other copy of this version for PC-9801U2/UV2 as well. In fact these releases are differing by floppy disk format only. The first is on 5,25 inch floppy disk, the second is on 3,5 inch floppy disk. They both are the same subversion 1.01 of Flight Simulator II. The floppy disk format is differing because there are available appropriate drives on the computers.

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for NEC PC-9801F/VF/VM subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for NEC PC-9801U2/UV2

           I made few tests with original source floppies and finally I was able to make a disk image suitable for PC-9801 emulator (T98Next, Virtual98 and Neko Project 2). It was surprisingly easy. Then I can run this rare version on normal home computer. The screenshots have great quality. The best thing is that after many years the virtual copy of the version will be still saved for future. The real copy protected floppy disks will not to be readable due to their age.

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for NEC PC-9801

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for NEC PC-9801 - Chicago below right wing

May 17, 2007

           Few guests of my website a day come from Wikipedia. So I prepared a new subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II GIF animation to help them. Here is other one.

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II

May 2, 2007

           I am very glad that I can present a great job of my American friend Jeff Leyda. He is one of the smart people who are willing to spend their time on old floppy disks (booters) to make them working in emulators. We met two years ago and Jeff made especially for me a disk image of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.12 for Tandy computers. So I could make screenshots and a piece of video for my subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator history video. Jeff is back and he did next wonderful job.

           The first task was the copy protected floppy disk of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.14. This last 2.xx version is very rare. It is similar to the previous 2.10 – 2.13 versions but in addition it supports IBM PS/2 computers. I bought it for about 50 USD in February in USA. Due to some problems I received it in March. I made a Teledisk image of the floppy disk, not usable for emulators, and sent it to Jeff. He managed to make the disk image for MESS and DOSBox. By the way, I copied whole Flight Simulator 2.10 manual in PDF format for you.

           The second, and the most important, task for Jeff was to make a disk image of subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for one of the first laptop in the world – Data General/One. I bought this Flight Simulator version about three years ago in USA. I even bought a real DG1 computer to get the Flight Simulator running. It did not run on my oldest i386 computer. I expected that the Flight Simulator version could run on some IBM PC XT. I was partly right. Jeff managed to make the disk image for emulators but there is not any DG1 emulator. The image did not work within any IBM PC clone in MESS. It was the same result as on my i386. It froze on an introduction screen. Fortunately Jeff found out some check in Flight Simulator program which was looking in BIOS for DG1. He removed the check and the disk image became compatible with IBM PC! Then I can run it in MESS or DOSBox. I have to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GREAT JOB Jeff!!!

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Data General/One

subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Data General/One

April 30, 2007

           In March 2007 I was asked by Silke Stein, who is a writer for GameStar Germany magazine, for an interview regarding to my Flight Simulator history website. I agreed and answered his questions. The interview was published in April issue of GameStar magazine. The most of my readers do not speak German and come from other countries. If you have an interest about, you can read the interview in English too.

April 25, 2007

I have next nice news today. My Canadian friend Marc-Andre Handfield managed to get in touch with Stu Moment. As you probably know, Stu was the second main person in subLOGIC when Flight Simulator 1 was released. In addition he is signed a book called “Flight Physics and Aircraft Control” which was included in Flight Simulator II releases. He shared some interesting information regarding many early editions. One of the main information is the release date of the first Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II.

There is very often mentioned 1979 as the year of the first release. You can find the information on Internet, it is written in some later Flight Simulator versions manuals and it is on a subLOGIC 10th anniversary poster as well. This is a difference from 1980 year which is presented in a manual to Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II. It is exactly – January 1980, in the manual first release, first printing. Where is the truth?

I always believed that the program was made in 1979 but I was not sure about the year when it got in public. Now I can quote Stu Moment. The program was really done later in 1979 and it was ready for distribution during a week after Christmas 1979. SubLOGIC “product status sheet” presents exactly December 31, 1979. He remembers that he had to write few apologetic letters to users who wanted to have Flight Simulator 1 as a Christmas gift. Then now we know a background which followed the very first edition.

           Just recently I bought a manual to the very first edition, first printing. It includes the “release information sheet” which is exactly dated January 1, 1980. The information confirmed everything mentioned above. The manual is interesting by a blue colour of its soft cover because all following A2-FS1 covers have yellow colour. There even exists exactly the same manual the first printing with yellow cover. Why other colour? Stu Moment gave an answer. “There may have been blue covers for FS1 in the beginnings. All FS1 printing was done at local printers. Color decisions were often made depending on the printer’s stock. After we grew, we’d warn printers before reprints and they’d get the correct paper or cover stock.” I made a copy in PDF format and you can admire this piece of flight simulation history.

subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II, the first edition on a MG cassette

March 30, 2007

Great news today! After few years of very hard searching I could add two rare releases of Flight Simulator. In actuality you can find its front box covers on my Covers webpage.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.14 for IBM PC, XT, AT, PCjr, PS/2 Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0 for NEC PC-9800

It is Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0 for NEC PC-9800 series computers. You know the program look from my FS history video or from my screenshots. I had the version disk image but now I got the real 3,5 inch floppy disk with manual and paper box. The box was one of the latest missing items in my collection. It was very difficult to get this version for Japanese market. Japanese people are really great people but they mostly do not support international shipping. Then I had to use a deputy shopping service. It is curious that I won the Flight Simulator in Yahoo Japan auction for les than 1 US dollar but my shipping and handling fees were more than 50 US dollars!

The second new box cover is the cover of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.14 for IBM PC and Compatible, PC XT, PC AT, PCjr and PS/2. The 2.14 version is the latest released 2.xx version and it is very rare as well.

March 18, 2007

           After quite long period I decided to update the introduction page. Well, there is not much news but some statements were not already accurate and some Internet links did not work. In addition I appended few interesting pictures.

March 5, 2007

           There is usually at least one great news monthly on my website and I realized that some of them need more detailed commentary. Then I decided to make a special section for news.

February 20, 2007

           When I started to work on my website early in 2005, I wanted to make a timeline which describes whole history of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator in dates of releases. I had a great problem to get this dates simple and clear. There are many versions, sub-versions and partial releases for wide range of computers. Mentioning of all the versions can cause chaos to common readers. Then my first timeline is not included much detailed information and in spite of that it is quite complicated.

           There was the second reason for the simple timeline. I had not enough information for exact description. During last year I did really serious research and discovered much information by myself or with help of many enthusiasts. The greatest one was Marc-Andre Handfield from Canada. I had to buy many real boxes with Flight Simulators to find out many details. Just recently Marc-Andre motivated me to make very accurate and detailed timeline. He has probably the largest collection of subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator releases in the world and his knowledge fulfilled gaps in my own large collection. Then after our close cooperation we could launch the detailed timeline with all known versions.

January 27, 2007

           When some job is done, it is good to know its review. I received many feedbacks from my website readers by e-mails. Recently Jakob Horsch from Germany suggested to create a guestbook for public reactions and suggestions. Thanks to few first feedbacks I improved a colour of arrows in a screenshot section; I found out that due to incompatibility, the screenshot section is not displayed properly in Opera explorer.

           I need your help and opinion for next improvements, for correcting of bad or incomplete information and of course, for making me happy.

                                                          

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