Flying high and fast with an average cruise speed of Mach 2.02, the Concorde is a legendary aircraft achieving a feat that none before or since have been able to accomplish. A reasonable successful commercial supersonic transport (for a time anyways). Aircraft maker DC Designs have brought this aircraft to life in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Let’s have a look.
Available for $39.99 USD on the Just Flight store (and coming to the MSFS Marketplace later), DC Designs have just released their Concorde after several months of development. Coming with four high resolution liveries, modeled cockpit and passenger area, the developer says that all dials, gauges, and systems have been modelled for the Concorde. Everything is reportedly coded with MSFS native code and behaviors so it should be a consistent experience as the sim evolves.
DC Designs is keen to tell users that this is not a study level representation of the Concorde and is intended to be accessible. Here’s what they had to say:
DC Designs’ Concorde is designed to provide a top-quality aircraft that is extremely detailed, yet less demanding to fly than today’s most complex procedural simulators. Equipped with all required avionics, and with custom-coded animations and systems, the DC Designs Concorde is designed to be accessible to all users without the need for intense study while also providing a challenge for those who like to fly complex airliners.
The launch comes with a bunch of new screenshots.
And it also comes with a promotional trailer.
DC Designs F-15 was their first aircraft released to the sim and it received some very mixed reviews from the community. I haven’t kept a close watch on it or some of their other releases but from what I hear the developer does seem to be continuing to improve their process. They’ve even stated as much in a recent Facebook post thanking purchasers for making Concorde their biggest release so far and suggesting that they are continuing to work on it.
With that in mind, I’ve been a bit skeptical about the release of the Concorde but from what I hear the overall experience is good. There are a few community reviews out there with some users on Reddit weighing in on systems.
And Into the Blue has done a comprehensive review of the aircraft already going in detail on what you should and should not expect with this aircraft. In the conclusion he calls this more of a Concorde experience than a study level recreation. I see that as keeping with the stated goals of the project and that perhaps puts it in line with a lower price than you may see from a more study level release.
Check out Into the Blue’s review here.
In either case, seeing the Concorde come to MSFS is a great thing and for some people this recreation of the aircraft will hit the mark on what they are looking for. Others will probably want to wait for something else – and that’s ok too!