The Human Element - A personal journey

Flight simulation: A personal journey

Can you remember your first experience of using a flight simulator? I can vividly recall mine. Back in the early 1980s, the ZX81 was a highly affordable home computer. Packed with a 3.25MHz processor and 1KB of RAM (expandable to 16KB), it was all the rage 40 years ago. It ran flight simulation from Sinclair Research at a mind-blowing 64 x 48 resolution.

One magazine at the time said “ words can do justice to this most elegant of programs” and for me, at the tender age of 12, it was right. So, there we were as a family hunched over this ridiculous keyboard trying to land the impossible. I failed several times and it was only my dad, who was a 747 pilot for British Airways at the time managed to do what eluded the rest of us.

Where it all started for me: Psion’s Flight Simulator for the ZX81.
Where it all started for me: Psion’s Flight Simulator for the ZX81.


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