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Xbox has announced Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition, an expanded version of the modern flight title meant to celebrate Microsoft’s longest-running game franchise with several new and past additions. They include classic airports and several of the most famous planes from earlier installments of the series, including Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight, as well as a brand-new aircraft type in the form of helicopters (i.e., Bell-407, Guimbal Cabri G2). Players will even find the addition of a Pelican, one of the more iconic spacecraft from 343 Industries’ hugely popular Halo franchise, available to download beginning today. Microsoft Flight Simulator’s 40th Anniversary Edition is completely free for those who already own the original game or have access to it via Xbox Game Pass and will be released in November 2022.

Small sampling of added aircraft:

Historical Aircraft:

  • Wright Flyer
  • Ryan NYP (“Spirit of St. Louis”)
  • Douglas DC-3
  • De Havilland Canada DHC-2-Beaver

Helicopters:

  • Bell-407
  • Guimbal Cabri G2

Gliders:

  • DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18
  • DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo

True-to-Life Airliner:

  • Airbus A310

Many of these aircraft were made in collaboration with the best third-party developers including iniSimulations, MilViz, Bluemesh, Aeroplane Heaven, and others.

Microsoft Flight Simulator also announced today a unique collaboration with the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum to bring one of the world’s most famous planes, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” to life in the simulator as part of the 40th Anniversary Edition.

Source: Xbox Wire

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