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25% of the Wright Brothers' legacy

Microsoft Flight Simulator is now 25 years old.

That's a quarter of the time we've had powered flight...

In those 25 years we've gone from a vague semblance of reality in lines and dots...

to near-photorealistic images that mean that Flight Simulator is now a common primary trainer...


Check out this poster of all the box covers over the years, along with a Channel 9 video from the development team, who seem to have a thing about DC-3s....

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ffutures
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
I used to own a copy of Flight Simulator 2, the second release for the TRS 80 (I think the first one was so buggy they withdrew it). Not sure if this was the first release for any PC, or if it was on other machines first.
redvane
Oct. 28th, 2004 11:54 am (UTC)
It does however make a crappy primary trainer for the very reason ajshepherd points out in that it makes people use the instruments which, when you are first learning, you really shouldn't be looking at too much. Where it is useful is learning instrument flying and I still use it to practice procedural approaches to airports I haven't flown to before.

Mind you I like tootling round in FS2004 and the DC3 is lots of fun to fly :)
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