Flight sim fun

I like when a story can be told with just pictures. Mostly because it’s less work for me (ha, sorry little brother!).

I remember when the first flight simulators came out on the C-64 and we only had one kid on the block who had a computer. So we all played the flight sim together. It was some sort of a bomber flight simulator where you flew over Germany and encountered all kinds of planes and V-2 rockets and such. One guy was flying with the joystick, one guy had the keyboard to switch screens and drop bombs playing the co-pilot, and one guy sat in the back keeping score and navigating. And after every mission we switched. Those were the good ‘ol days. Back then even computer gaming was something kids did together!

I can still remember how excited we all were to play a flight simulator on a computer. I am sure our faces were lit up as bright as Chuck’s every morning and often we ended up shut down and upside down just like Chuck here.
But now, after 7000+ fight hours in real life I don’t play the FlightSim much anymore. Mostly cause it makes me feel like I am still at work ๐Ÿ˜‰ And if you ask me what most of my pilot friends are playing on the computer is anything at all, the answer is “Silent Hunter”! (which is pretty much the complete opposite of flying and probably for a reason).

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20 comments on “Flight sim fun
  1. Fabo says:

    As an avid flightsimmer, I can only say one:


  2. Oddball says:

    I remember one for the Spectrum 48K (showing my age now) called Night Gunner. you where a Tail Gunner on a Lancaster flying missions against various targets defending your plane from attacks by ME110’s and 109’s, while in between acting as Bomb Aimer dropping bombs.

  3. Floyd says:


  4. CeridianMN says:

    “Silent Hunter” – flashbacks of long boring watches at the sonar console of one of the last 637 class subs before we brought it to WA for decom…

    I’d rather get a private certificate (sport even) and get in the air, or flight sim for now until I can afford it, then go back to that. although, the time-compression in sub simulators helps a lot!

  5. Cpt. Blade says:

    I can’t stop admiring the “Game Over” frame… guys, take a look at the altimeter: Chuck only got like 50ft into the air! Man, this comic had me laughing out loud (it actually reminded me of myself, when I first tried to play FS). Kudos, Michael and Stef!

  6. stef says:

    Thanks for the great feedback, guys! I am especially proud of the Sopwith Camel in this strip! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Pitz says:

    Wow, I remember the excitement of my first flight in Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2004, although I had already six years of experience in flight sims (Jane’s Blue Star,YSFlight and FS98), It felt new to me, I remember the flight, it was in a J-3 from Taba to Eilat.
    And when I did my first real flight in a C172 I didn’t touch the simulator for about a month.

  8. Louis says:

    I remember doing all sorts of aerial stunts and dabbling in aircraft modifications (which unconsciously taught me about things like dihedral…) on FS 4.0 as a kid.

    Now, I’m more of an X-Plane fan, but hardly ever touch the thing anyway since I’m flying the real thing for a living.

  9. Peter says:

    It takes practice, thats all.

  10. Presi says:

    echt genial jungs!
    und ich dachte, ich wรคr der einzige pilot, der auf u-boote steht… ๐Ÿ˜€

    bitte weiter so!!!

    grรผรŸe aus รถsterreich ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. darren elliott says:

    i started with FS95 then moved to FS2002, and now im with FS9. Still havent gotten X yet. funny comic

  12. mike says:

    HA that’s funny, guys! @CeridianMN the U-boat guy is playing flight sim and the pilots are playing U-Boat sims….
    Talk about the grass being greener on the other side ๐Ÿ˜‰ . . . . . .

  13. Karl says:

    Inverted stall… nice!

  14. Manuel says:

    Well, if I remember my C64 days (or actually my brother’s) correctly the game should have been “Ace of Aces”. Played it too for endless hours …

  15. mike says:

    “ACE of ACES!”…. YES! That’s what it was called! I remember now!
    Man, I was wrecking my brain when I was writing the blog but I couldn’t think of it. (too many years plus I have a hard time remembering what I had for breakfast)
    Good times…..

  16. Halbe says:

    Actually, I heard someone suggest to program this message into our uni’s full flight simulator SIMONA for crashes after reading this strip… ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. mike says:

    That would be awesome, Halbe !! Do it!!

  18. Manuel says:

    You’re welcome. Now get that DH 98 Mosquito flying! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. warbirdali says:

    Ha! Only now catching up on archives and using “Chuck, is that you” from the tag cloud. When I got MS century of flight FS it was harder to fly the 172 on FS than the real thing. And the trouble I got into “flying” in FS that is a good thing

  20. Thordalf says:


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