@AlexH Did you have the tape version? I dont think there were any missions on the tape version, could be wrong though...
I remember playing Elite (the tape version), made it all the way to Dangerous, before my tape deck chewed up my save tape. Bah. Later on, bought ArcElite when it came out (still the best IMHO) and made it to Deadly. But never Elite. Never made it to Elite ;-(