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Flight Deck

Produced in the mid 70s, Flight Deck (later it became known as Super Flight Deck after a few modifications) was a game that involved you landing your Phantom on the cardboard aircraft deck of a ship using a joystick. It was the closest thing to being in an actual cockpit for kids in those days, Not surprisingly, it was pretty complicated to set up and achieve your landing - and made worse if you had limited space in Mum and Dad's living room.

I remember having mine for Christmas and by Boxing Day there were wires everywhere. Needless to say, my jet never landed!


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Flight Deck Last post by sf1378
23 April 2012

Do You Remember Flight Deck?

Do You Remember Flight Deck?

  • Anonymous user
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    I had one in about 74/ 75 for Christmas. my dad was in the fleet air arm and they had metal games like this at the air shows given for family members. I loved it, yes it was flimsy but all y uncles and step dad spent all Christmas and boxing with it I didn't get a look in. I had 2 fleet air arm phantom pilots actually playing the game when the visited on new years eve that year ! bet there were not may kids who had people that flew the real thing for the navy doing that. Yes the Navy or rather fleet air arm did fly them I sat in them when they came back off of the carriers. I recently found the game in the attic (2008 I Think) my 2 sons loved it spent hours landing the phantom. In they end they destroyed it. Good times.
  • Anonymous user
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    Wasn't this made by Airfix? I remember them being around as a child, although I never hankered after one myself. If I remember correctly, some of the Phantoms were issued in yellow- weird colour, unless they were ever used for search & rescue...
  • Anonymous user
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    Yep also owned this one about 1975, crossed wires all over the place. Phantom survived in model box in loft,could be still there! Great advert! Real excitement, but a disaster when using it.
  • Action Man
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    Yes, the Royal Navy operated Phantoms from the Ark Royal. I had Flight Deck and having seen the dramatic TV ads. I was utterly dissapointed as it was rubbish really. You'd set it up along the length of the passage, having clamped the pulley fitting to a dining chair, pull the plane back to the it's launch position and then push the control column forward. The plane would then 'fly' towards the deck for a crash landing, and usually snagged the arrestor wire with it's wheels instead of the hook. Several goes of that and you were bored and went and did something else. The plastic pulley mounting soon snapped and that was the end of that. Sorry Mum, I pleaded for it, but it was rubbish!
  • Anonymous user
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    I remeber it was an F4 Phantom in Royal Navy coloues (did the Royal Navy ever use F4s operationally from a carrier?). Lots of nylon fish wire to trip up family members with!
  • Anonymous user
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    i think flight deck was very advanced for it's time,superb game with endless hours trying to land back on the deck,i am trying to find one for my son now.
  • Anonymous user
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    Thats what it was called - obvious really! I have just left a post on the forum about it.. http://www.doyouremember.co.uk/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=38
  • Anonymous user
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    I had this game and was racking my brain to think of it. It was great fun as long as the wires didn't get knotted. The original pre computer flight sim!