Even if the title screen says 1980, the Cockpit model was released in May 1981. It was sold $2,795 at its release. Only 504 units were produced.
Red Baron was designed to accurately recreate World War I aerial combat. It was definitely the first flight simulator available to the public back in 1980. Red Baron was a lot like "Battlezone
" in the air, whichh made a lot of sense, because Red Baron ran on almost exactly the same hardware as "Battlezone
", and most Red Baron Upright machines shipped in factory-converted Battlezone cabinets (they usually even have Battlezone sideart underneath the red 'Iron Cross' sideart). Unfortunately this game never did as well as "Battlezone
" did, the game did poorly in the arcades. Maybe the world just wasn't ready for a 3-D flight simulator?
Red Baron used almost the exact same hardware as "Battlezone
", but not quite. "Battlezone
" will run on Red Baron hardware with a few minor modifications, but Red Baron will not run on "Battlezone
" hardware without a Red Baron 'auxiliary board', as the "Battlezone
" auxiliary board did not have enough sockets for all the Red Baron ROM chips. The two games control completely different though.