FS1 Flight Simulator

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FS1 Flight Simulator
TRS-80 cover art
Designer(s)Bruce Artwick
Stu Moment
Programmer(s)Bruce Artwick
Platform(s)Apple II, TRS-80
ReleaseApple II
Genre(s)Amateur flight simulator

FS1 Flight Simulator is a 1979 video game published by Sublogic for the Apple II. A TRS-80 version followed in 1980. FS1 Flight Simulator is a flight simulator in the cockpit of a slightly modernized Sopwith Camel.[2] FS1 is the first in a line of simulations from Sublogic which, beginning in 1982, were also sold by Microsoft as Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Sublogic later released updated versions for both the Apple II and TRS-80 on 5 14 inch diskettes. The updates include enhanced terrain, help menus, and a bomb sight.


Apple II screenshot


Computer-graphics specialist Bruce Artwick and pilot and marketing student Stu Moment were roommates at the University of Illinois. Released for the Apple II computer as A2-FS1 Flight Simulator with British Ace - 3D Aerial Battle,[3] it was their first product after forming Sublogic,[4] has black and white wireframe graphics, with very limited scenery consisting of 36 tiles (in a 6 by 6 pattern, which roughly equals a few hundred square kilometers), and provides a very basic simulation of one aircraft.

Sublogic advertised that the $25 FS1 "is a visual flight simulator that gives you realistically stable aircraft control", with a graphics engine "capable of drawing 150 lines per second".[5]


The simulator was later ported to the TRS-80 Model I under the name T80-FS1,[6] which has only rudimentary graphics capability. Because of the TRS-80's limited memory and display, the instrument panel was dropped and the resolution of the cockpit window display reduced.


J. Mishcon reviewed FS1 Flight Simulator in The Space Gamer No. 31. Mishcon commented that "all things considered, this is single most impressive computer game I have seen. It creates a whole new standard. I most strongly urge you to buy it and see for yourself".[2]

Bob Proctor reviewed the game for Computer Gaming World, and said that "although there are other flight simulators, the Sublogic program remains unique for the built-in dogfight game. While raving about the simulation, reviewers have called the game 'difficult', 'challenging', and 'next to impossible'".[7]

Flight Simulator sold 30,000 copies by June 1982, tied for third on Computer Gaming World's list of top sellers.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Inside the Industry" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. September–October 1982. p. 2. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. ^ a b Mishcon, J. (September 1980). "Capsule Reviews". The Space Gamer. Steve Jackson Games (31): 28.
  3. ^ "sublogic_a2fs1_manual" (PDF). fs1.applearchives.com. Retrieved 2023-12-01.
  4. ^ Hockman, Daniel (April 1987). "Bruce Artwick's Flight Simulator / You've Come A Long Way, Baby! / The History of an Epic Program". Computer Gaming World. No. 36. pp. 32–34. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  5. ^ "New for the Apple II & TRS-80... the subLOGIC FS1 Flight Simulator!". BYTE (advertisement). January 1980. p. 94.
  6. ^ "Flight Simulator". mobygames. Retrieved 2023-12-01.
  7. ^ Proctor, Bob (March–April 1982). "You Too Can Be an Ace!". Computer Gaming World. Vol. 1, no. 3. pp. 32–33.
  8. ^ "SoftSide Magazine Issue 28 (Convoy)". January 1981.
  9. ^ "80 Microcomputing Magazine August 1981". August 1981.
  10. ^ https://strategyandtacticspress.com/library-files/Moves%20Issue56.pdf