New scenery and new planes! That’s what’s coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator with a series of announcements coming in rapid fire motion happening at GamesCom 2022 in Germany. Some of the announcements are already in the marketplace too so let’s have a look!
The world’s first all-metal transport aircraft is the next local legend and its available on the marketplace right now.
The single-engine F 13, designed at the end of World War I, took its maiden flight on June 25, 1919. Crewed by one or two and able to accommodate up to four passengers, the F 13 would remain in production for more than a decade and in service for more than thirty years, with over 300 built. Early in its lifespan, the F 13 formed the basis for the airline Junkers luftverkehr. One of the world’s first air carriers, Junkers luftverkehr would ultimately form an important component of the German airline Luft Hansa.
The aircraft comes with 10 liveries, comes with two variants including a restored version with modern avionics as well as a classic version with original gauges, there’s also a ski and seaplane version and its available to you right now in the Marketplace for $14.99 USD.
Free City Update
A new free scenery update is also now available for download. This is City Update 01, a new kind of update for MSFS, and it brings with it new photogrammetry for several German cities. Those cities include Hanover, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bonn, and Cologne.
New 40th Anniversary Edition trailer new reveals
A second trailer for the 40th Anniversary Edition has been revealed and it gives us a ton of interesting new content to pine for while we wait for this update. The 40th Anniversary update includes 12 new aircraft, 12 heliports, 12 glider airports, 6 classic commercial airports (including the famous Meigs Field in Chicago), and 20 historic franchise missions.
Among the reveals today we’ve learned that the famous (or perhaps infamous) Hughes H-4 Hercules transport, also known as the Spruce Goose, will be available to fly. Another Goose, the Grumman G-21A Goose is also being included. Also spotted are tow planes for gliders and ground crew walking the glider wings along the runway.
All of this will be free and is coming November 11.
You can watch the whole thing including an interview with the Asobo and Microsoft team on the Xbox Booth Live Stream below. Exciting times ahead for Microsoft Flight Simulator!