A History of Military Flight Simulation - Part 1

Part I – In the beginning...

The year was 1971. Intel released its first microprocessor, the 4004, which powered the Busicom calculator. The 8008 was released the following year. In 1974, the 8080 was released. The 8080 became the brains of one of the first personal computers - the Altair, allegedly named after a destination of the Starship Enterprise from the Star Trek television show. Computer hobbyists ordered kits for the Altair for $395 (£318 approx). Within months, it sold tens of thousands, creating the first PC back orders in history.

The first iteration of the Falcon series was released by Spectrum Holobyte.
The first iteration of the Falcon series was released by Spectrum Holobyte. Leonard ‘Flightdoc’ Hjalmarson

In 1975, Steven Jobs and Stephen Wozniak built computers in Jobs’ parents’ garage. In 1976, they sold 600 units of the first Apple computers for $666.66 (£536 approx). In 1976 the Beatles held their first West Coast fan convention in Seattle, Washington. Just over 2,000 people attended the two-day show.

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