[OFFICIAL] Weekly Dev Update Screenshot Challenge: 40 Years of MSFS

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FS9 a.k.a. FS2004
A free Boeing 777-300ER mod made by Project OpenSky.
I took this screenshot because I saw aurora in game.
This screenshot was taken in the year of 2006.
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Wind Farm at Mojave, CA at night.

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To celebrate 40 years of flight simming, here are 40-ish years of flight development:

1909 Bleriot XI

1916 Nieuport 17

1919 Junkers F 13

1925 Dornier Do J Wal N25

1927 Fokker F.VIIb-3m

1932 Gee Bee R-2

1932 or in case of D-AQUI 1936 Junkers Ju-52/3m

1943 Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXc G-IRTY

1946 Douglas DC-6B

1954 (Prototype) Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

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“Looking back at our history” - Meigs Field, SubLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Atari

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My first civil sim was Microsoft flight simulator 95






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From FS4 to MSFS - This has shaped my entire aviation career…
It all started for me at Meigs Field…

A bit of a blend of then, and now…

I still have FS4 on my machine, running the original files (copied from medium to medium over the decades) via DosBox.

I’ve had some fun with these creations!


And some comparison pics:

And finally something a little bit fun:

I will be releasing it at the same time as the anniversary update!

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Venire, videre, vicere





Also getting lost is the best way of sightseeing
Tlod 400
Olod 10 off yes
Buildings low
Trees low
Grass and Bushes off
Train your sim by flying over a couple times of pg
Not bad i think for a 8 gb card (gigabyte gaming 3060 ti)
Can’t wait for helicopters to come for they fly slower

Asobo, Microsoft and partners, and flying community congratulations with 40th anniversary

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Now this is a challenge I happily accept! Being a digital pilot since the old Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1 days I have spend many hours in the skies. However I sadly couldn’t find any pictures prior to 2006:

Microsoft Flight Simulator 9:

Flight Simulator X:

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A great idea to allow screenshots from older MSFS versions. I started with FS5.1 in 1996 when I was 12 years old and had every version since then. Unfortunaltely most pictures were lost as creating back-ups wasn’t a priority for me back then and the PCs changed frequently. However, I still found a few screenshots from FS98.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 98

Believe it or not, but this DC-3 was my very first payware addon. I paid the equivalent of $35 in today’s money for it. And even while it was very rudimentary (e.g. no animations at all) I had lots of fun with it. Years later I talked to the developer and he told me he had sold 100000 copies of this DC-3. Impressive.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

Microsoft Flight Simulator X

I really can’t wait for the 40th years anniversary edition!

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FSX v. FS2020

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Good day everyone!
My first Microsoft Flight Simulator experience was back in the late 80s. PC was an IBM PCjr with 64K RAM and a 640x200 four color RGB display. Things have certainly come along way…

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As real as it gets…

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Fall storms over the Sedona and the Verde Valley in Arizona.

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I specifically use this picture since it was the first time I ever used a Flight Simulator. Bad idea starting out with a CRJ700!

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This was my first Flight Simulator, on TRS-80 Level2!!!

This scenery could be found in all versions of flight simulator up to version 5. From version 5.1, the world has become round… Yes before it was flat!

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New Screenshot Challenge: [OFFICIAL] Weekly Dev Update Screenshot Challenge: Helicopters