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 “...no 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.

Hooked

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