Flight simulator developer Wing42 has specialized in older aircraft and their first release for Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the oldest. The 1909 Blériot XI is their first aircraft out of the gate and it looks like a unique experience for fans of Flight Simulator and historical aviation.
Go back to the pioneers of flight
After the Wright Brothers success became widely known, the brothers spent some time in France developing new designs and perfecting their work. And that attracted other inventors and engineers including Louis Blériot. His Blériot XI was the first to fly across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air aircraft. An example of the aircraft is maintained in flying condition to this day.
Now, you can fly this aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator as well thanks to Wing42. If the screenshots are anything to go by, this looks like a really interesting type that has been researched and presented in very high quality visuals.
The feature list is also impressive with a flight model using reference data and a study of pilot reports on the type. There are custom animations including moving cables and wing warping. The aircraft has two variants available including the including the Anzani powered version as well as the Gnome-powered variant. There’s also a version that includes a more challenging flight model called the R.I.P. Edition although its unclear exactly what the change is aside from it being more challenging to fly. The aircraft also comes with 8-liveries.
Available through the Wing42 website
The Blériot XI is currently on sale through the Wing42 website for €19.99 (tax included). I’m not certain if it will also be sold through the Microsoft Marketplace but if there is news on that front I will update the article.
Wing42 looks like a developer to watch if you’re interested in the pioneering and golden eras of flight as one of their next projects is bringing the Lockheed Vega to Flight Simulator including a version on floats.
One to watch!