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YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Sat May 14, 2022 7:49 pm

Fascinating video from 1975 on how flight simulators from that era were used. I knew flight sims were in use during this time, I just did not know what pilots would see outside the cockpit - it's cool to see how that was set up. Also interesting to see motion hydraulic technology in use at the time.

FLIGHT SIMULATOR 1975

Source: YouTube user "Historic Films Stock Footage Archive"
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Sat May 14, 2022 8:31 pm

Thanks for posting this. Interesting as well that a lot of the computing done then was analog as well as digital. Digital computers at that time lacked the speed and smoothness of analog.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Sat May 14, 2022 10:08 pm

Great video, thanks for posting.

PS - I love the pants of the guy on the left at 0:45.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Sun May 15, 2022 12:58 am

That's really cool.

The Apollo mission simulators also used a camera over a model for visuals. I'm wondering if that was the first application.

Later simulators went to very primitive (by today's standards) computer graphics.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Sun May 15, 2022 2:46 am

Fascinating - what an awesome find! They sure got a lot of mileage out of that projector footage.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Sun May 15, 2022 5:52 pm

There is a terrain display board at the American Airlines training center at GSW on the entire wall of a hallway where the camera flew over as the pilots flew in their simulator. It’s been there for at least over 20 years probably longer before I saw it for the first time 20 years ago.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Sun May 15, 2022 7:06 pm

I remember an ad in a flying magazine about an airline that for a hefty fee allowed aviation enthusiasts to have 30 minutes in a simulator like the one in the video. I don't remember which airline it was now but it was in Denver if I recall. If I had the money I would have tried it out.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Sun May 15, 2022 7:24 pm

Starlionblue wrote:
That's really cool.

The Apollo mission simulators also used a camera over a model for visuals. I'm wondering if that was the first application.

Later simulators went to very primitive (by today's standards) computer graphics.


Yeah I remember seeing videos of sims from the 80's and 90's that looked like mostly flashing lights, or very blocky simulated images.

That old tech is absolutely wild though, especially the camera on the mount moving over the scale model. I guess I just never really though about how those older simulators worked.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Wed May 18, 2022 11:36 pm

Cool find, thanks for posting the link to the video.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Mon May 23, 2022 3:19 pm

Ive never seen a simulator suspended from the ceiling before! they must have figured out quite quickly how to do all the motion from the floor jacks. I wonder if this was the last such simulator before the more modern style came about. All the 1980's videos I've seen of these have them mounted only on the floor.
 
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Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Mon May 23, 2022 3:21 pm

shamrock137 wrote:
Starlionblue wrote:
That's really cool.

The Apollo mission simulators also used a camera over a model for visuals... especially the camera on the mount moving over the scale model. I guess I just never really though about how those older simulators worked.


Original Concorde simulators used similar camera tech. There was a huge simulator manufacturing in England I believe it was a company called Rediffusion who built them. I wonder if this was one of those old British simulators?

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