edition of Flight Simulator has its own distinctive cover. Therefore, the
designs of covers and manuals can provide a good clue to the identity of
each version. Needless to say, a great number of them have been issued since
1980, and what is more, there were often more variants available.
The first examples shown here
represent manuals of subLOGIC Flight Simulator 1 for Apple II (blue, green
and yellow covers). Here are
actually the very first editions plus the following edition on a MG cassette.
Why three colors for the same version? You can find an answer on
a special page.
next edition, released on a 5.25” floppy disc, contained the same manual as
the MG cassette version, but it also included a card describing the use of
the disc version and a green paper sheet. The whole package was wrapped in a
plastic bag. There was not a box cover.
Flight Simulator 1 for TRS-80 saw several editions with different manuals
too. The disc version
then comprised an additional card, which describes disk dissimilarities and
paper sheet. The cassette version as well
as the disk version was distributed in a plastic bag only
(still not in a paper box cover).
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.00 on a 5.25” floppy disc came out. Its manual was
stored in a small perforated cardboard box.
between 1983 and 1987 saw the release of a number of subLOGIC Flight
Simulator II editions for numerous platforms (see
the timeline section for more details). The medium, manual, flight
physics description and the keyboard map were distributed in a typical VHS
cassette format paper box.
The Amiga and Atari ST releases have a bit bigger paper
It's hard to find copies of Flight Simulator with the
packaging intact. Sometimes good copies can be found put away in
pods storage or other types of storage units where they are usually
protected from deterioration.
type of package was used for editions of subLOGIC Flight Simulator
with Torpedo Attack for MSX and NEC PC-8801. The boxes were made of plastic.
In 1987, Atari XE console packages included subLOGIC Flight Simulator II on a
cartridge, which was distributed in a plastic bag with a black/white manual.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2 for IBM PC,
issued in 1984, and all 2.x modifications had a manual with ring binding and
a solid paper cover. The covers of 2.10 and 2.10A modifications were the same
green colour as the cover of 1.00 (1.05) version, so it was not difficult to
get these two versions mixed up. The medium and
the manual for
2.10and 2.10A versions were sold in the same green paper box (with the same design
as the manual).
The manuals of later versions 2.12, 2.13 and 2.14 were already in a typical
blue colour. The Special Edition for
AST research has its
manual in a blue three ring binder.
The covers of the editions for
Tandy computers (version 2.12), Apple Macintosh (versions 1.00 and 1.02) and
Texas Instruments Professional Computer (1.00) were very similar to IBM PC
following editions of Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 5.1 for PC came
in familiar large paper boxes containing media, manual and additional
materials. The 5.0 version was released in two slightly different boxes (USA
and Canada edition x not USA edition). There is a special offer edition -
together with MS DOS 6.2 update. The 5.1 version was released on 3.5" floppy disks and the first
time on CD ROM as well (two different editions).
The paper box covers of
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 for Tandy/IBM PC, Microsoft
Flight Simulator 4.0 for Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0 for
NEC PC-9800 and
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.0a for NEC PC-9821/ PC-9800/ PC-H98
computers have nearly the same
design as the same called versions for IBM PC compatible computers. In fact,
they are differing by text labels only, but I show
the boxes here to give you complete information. Here is presented another
box cover of MSFS 3.0 for Tandy/IBM PC as well.
it has become easy to identify a concrete version by the designation on the
be noted that besides “professional editions” of Microsoft Flight Simulator
2000 and 2002 there is also a “standard edition” with a different cover.
There exist few language mutations, for example German edition of Flight
Simulator for Windows 95, Japanese edition of Flight
Simulator 98 or Spanish editions of Flight Simulator for Windows 95, Flight
Simulator 98 and Flight Simulator 2000.
been released some reeditions, which were sold for relatively low price. For
example: Microsoft Flight Simulator 95, 98 or 2002 Standard edition.
are the cover boxes of the Combat Flight Simulator series. Microsoft Combat
Flight Simulator, Combat Flight Simulator 3,
the Japanese Combat Flight Simulator 2 issue and
"the rest of world" issue box cover.
MS Flight Simulator 2004 was released in a classical paper box but there are
more often seen editions in
a DVD case (on CDs). There exist a special edition of MS Flight Simulator 2004 in a
and also there is
Equipment Manufacturer) DVD release
(without box cover).
Microsoft Flight Simulator X was released in two announced editions – Deluxe
and Standard. It is interesting that some European Deluxe editions, for
example Italian, German, Spanish and French, are marked as Professional
edition. The editions are in a DVD case. The USA/Canada editions have extra paper sleeve and the DVD case is a bit fatter than European
edition. The Japanese edition is in a big paper box. It should be mentioned
that Microsoft released an official playable demo of Flight Simulator X as
well. The latest product is Microsoft Flight Simulator X Acceleration
Expansion Pack - an official Microsoft add-on for Flight Simulator X.
My collection of box covers looks complete but I am sure there exist some
differing boxes. I would like to ask you for help. If you find some unknown
box, please let me know. There is also
a variety of special national editions. If you feel that you could encourage
and support my effort to preserve the Flight Simulator history, I would be
very appreciating for any scan copies of front (and back) covers in a
minimum resolution of 300 dpi. You can send the scan copies to one of mye-mail
addresses. I will add the covers on this page.
main missing item is a custom version of
Flight Simulator for Cessna's retail flight stores (I am not sure about a number of version and
a computer type).
I am the most grateful to
Messrs Marc-Andre Handfield from Canada (all Apple II releases, TRS-80, Texas Instruments Professional Computer,
Color Computer 3,the cassette
version for Commodore 64, all Atari ST releases, MSFS 2.1 paper box, both
boxes of MSFS 3.0 for Tandy/IBM PC, both MSFS 5.1 CD ROM editions, Russian MSFS
2004 edition, MSFS 2004 OEM, MSFS X Demo, MSFS 95 reedition, MSFS 98 German reedition,
MSFS5.0 special edition), Jos Grupping from the
Netherlands (MSX version),
Satoshi "Bin" Hiranuma from
Japan (NEC PC-9801 FS II, MSFS 5.0a for PC-9821, FS for PC-8801), Joe Metro
from California - USA (A2-FS2 edition with a special label) and Enric Plana from Catalonia - Spain (all Spanish box covers)
for their support and help.