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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (244.91 KB)
MD5: cfd58a7a1dfad0477a837a0cb9ac9c3b
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
airborne_feb_85_recon.sit (242.68 KB)
MD5: e13e5b5df65895eb9f1f86e94bebac1c
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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Banzai.SIT (21.42 KB)
MD5: ca50e037bef05673a1860b66faa5e82b
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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Airborne.dsk_.sit (266.73 KB)
MD5: 56f9a04acf40137554acb3035be7c8aa
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (55.79 KB)
MD5: 3b6ee3319f3acf9d15ab5172343db019
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This game works with: Mini vMac

An army of paratroopers, tanks, and jets are arrayed against one guy in the corner with a couple of guns. How long can you stave off the inevitable? (Be sure you've got sound on if you want a chance against the jets.)

This was the first Mac game to make use of digitized sound, most famously a symphonic excerpt from Ride of the Valkyries over the title screen. It debuted at the February 1985 Macworld Expo, where Silicon Beach, "a startup company that could barely afford to be at the show, created a sensation" (David Bunnell, Macworld).

The first download is a near-mint disk image of a revised version dated August 1985.

The second, strictly for historical interest, is an approximate reconstruction of the initial Expo release. It's incompatible with the 128K Mac, among other minor differences.

A free demo without any airborne enemies was distributed as Banzai! (third download).

Fourth download is a dsk image made especially to work with Mini vMac.

Architecture: 68k


ThinkIndifferent's picture
by ThinkIndifferent - 2019, July 20 - 4:57pm

Video of this game:

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by Ronzo - 2015, September 30 - 2:57am

Awesome old school game! Here is what I did to get this game running... using Mini vMac 3.3.3 booted the "hfs20M.DSK" image which boots into System 7.0.1. Then I dragged the Airborne!.image file on to the 7.0.1 desktop. Desktop shows the Airborne! disk. Open the disk, run the game. Don't try to copy it off. If you get an error about an alias file, click through it and try again. It should work fine. I did not have any luck booting the System 6.0.8 disk first and then running Airborne - it just opens and closes. I hope this helps everyone trying to get this game running.


CalTheOnly's picture
by CalTheOnly - 2014, August 16 - 8:59am

Another great one. Loved that guy landing on the cactus. Rarely survived more than one or two jets myself.

Gael_FR's picture
by Gael_FR - 2014, April 27 - 3:38pm

Updated with full scans from my (sealed when bought !) original Airborne!, including 'manual' and disk image.
Enjoy !

Arthegall's picture
by Arthegall - 2012, March 20 - 12:50pm

I just added an interview with Jonathan Gay (the 55k file) in which he discusses some of the history behind this game and his views on software preservation.

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by wazeem - 2011, November 22 - 11:45am

I'm running this on a Mac Plus, it's quite an amusing little game. I used Stuffit 4.0.1 to unpack and Diskcopy 6.3.3 to make a disk.

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by Snowyfox16 - 2011, May 24 - 2:26am

Isn't this an earlier version of "Banzai!"?

emimac's picture
by emimac - 2011, February 23 - 11:16pm

A amazing game!

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2010, October 29 - 5:21am

I'd like to see an original dc42 of this.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2009, December 29 - 9:22am

Can someone explain how to restore this file?

I've got a better idea:
The download file is now a Disk Copy 4.2 ".img.sit" file, which just must be unstuffed and dragged onto the vMac window to get it mounted.

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by mmmmna - 2009, December 26 - 11:00pm

Loved this game back in the day.

Using minivmac 3.1.3 and Mac OS 7.0.1, nothing I have will open the .sit you are serving.

I have tried Stuffit Converter 3.0.2, Stuffit Lite 3.5 and Stuffit Lite 3.6, Stuffit Expander 4.0.1; nothing decompressed it.

Seems to not be a MacBinary file, either; none of these will convert it: MacBinary II+ 1.0.1, DeBinHex Droptool 1.0.1, BinHex 4.0 (by Yves Lempereur).

Can someone explain how to restore this file?

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User

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by CuriosTiger - 2009, September 4 - 10:46pm

I used to love this game.

watchsmart's picture
by watchsmart - 2009, June 23 - 7:19am


You're going to have to use an emulator. Here's a list of emulators:

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2009, May 20 - 5:32pm

> "How did you get this to run? There are no executables in the download? Anywhere I can go to read up on how to run these types of applications?"

Yes, it is. It is the one with the exclamation mark in its name. You are not talking about PC executable files?

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by Anonymous (not verified) - 2009, May 20 - 4:53pm

How did you get this to run? There are no executables in the download? Anywhere I can go to read up on how to run these types of applications?

watchsmart's picture
by watchsmart - 2009, April 21 - 1:49pm

This oldie (but goodie) seems to only run well in Mini vMac with System 6. Very crashy in Mac OS 7 and later.

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User