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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 II

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 Airport, Chicago

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 program

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.

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