subLOGIC FS II for the Apple II (1983)
Flight Simulator II for
the Apple II was first released by subLOGIC in 1983, about
one year after the release of the first version of FS by
Microsoft for the PC. The graphics are a bit different,
especially with respect to the use of colours. The PC
versions use only 4 colours and dithering, while the other
versions use solid colours. But functionally both versions
are the same. This version was released on a 5,25"
floppy disk. The screen has the familiar look with an almost
complete panel below and the 3D scenery view above. As far
as I know, the colours in the picture below are quite
authentic, including the misplaced stray colours.
To be able
to run this program we either need a real Apple II or an emulator that
runs on a current PC with a compatible disk-image of the original program.
Below we offer 2 different solutions, one with a dedicated Apple II
emulator, the other with a universal solution, based on MESS
(Multiple Emulator Super System). First the
"standard" Apple emulator.
There are quite a few Apple II emulators
around, but for our purpose I choose the Applewin emulator,
version 1.8j, originally by Michael O'Brien and enhanced by
Terry Hsu. As the name suggests it is a true Windows
program. It also contains a good HELP file. Thanks to
Matthew Wu for helping me with the emulator and associated
FS-images. A different setup can be found on Johan van
Cranenburgh's website; see the links below.
The 5.25" diskettes of FS2 for the Apple
Flight Simulator program
FS II for the Apple II was
originally released on two 5,25" diskettes. There have
been a few successive releases, each improving on the
previous one. Included is the very first release 1.0 from
1983. If you happen to have a later one, please send me a
copy. The download contains both the emulator with docs and
the FS II program in the form of a disk-image, suitable for
an emulator. Below you will also find a copy of the original
control key reference card that was included with the 90
page pilot's handbook.
: the emulator download contains both FS1
and FS II for the Apple II.
The familiar starting position at Meigs
Instructions for starting up the emulator
First create a new
directory and unzip the contents of the emulator file into
this directory. Start up the emulator by double clicking on
the Applewin.exe program. If you think of running it more
often it might also be a good idea to create a new (Applewin)
shortcut on the desktop. Click on the Help button (or press
<F1>) to read the HELP information. E.g. <F8>
opens "system setup", <F9> switches between
window and full screen and <F11> switches between
colour and monochrome.
Click on the
button to select A2-FS2, then click on
the button to
start the program.
Instructions to run the
When the program starts,
you are placed at a familiar place: the beginning of runway
36 at Meigs Airport, Chicago. The aircraft controls are
based on those of version 1, but much enhanced. You can now
also view in all directions. For
further instruction read the docs and the reference card.
Alternative solution: MESS
0.92 + FS 2
Since short we also have another,
more universal solution, prepared by Josef Havlik. His new approach is
based on using MESS (Multiple Emulator Super System). With MESS a
still growing number of old processors can be emulated. The current
download emulates 7 of the required platforms, including the Apple IIe,
for both subLOGIC FS 1 and FS 2.
For the downloads and
instructions for this solution please go to our special
MESS page. Other
utilities like the control key reference card and other docs can be
downloaded via the links above. There you can also find instructions about
running FS 2.