Microsoft Flight Simulator celebrates its 40th anniversary and offers an expansion worthy of the event!

Game News Microsoft Flight Simulator celebrates its 40th anniversary and offers an expansion worthy of the event!

Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the oldest video game franchises, even older than the legendary Super Mario Bros. Initially released in 1977 but marketed only from 1982 by Microsoft. Flight Simulator is undoubtedly the flight simulator of all generations of players and still today amazes with its realism and its breathtaking graphics. 40 years later, Flight Simulator is still in cruising flight, and to celebrate the event, Microsoft and Asobo are offering us a gargantuan update.

The Flight Simulator license has often been a figurehead for Microsoft since the 1980s. But at the end of 2012, with a failed Microsoft Flight, the title no longer seems to be a dream and is gradually falling into disuse, gradually blurring Saint-Exupéry’s dreams… However, at E3 2019, resilient as never, Microsoft announces the rebirth of the title with Asobo Studio at the helm. The success is resounding and 40 years after the publication of the first title, the simulator imagined by Bruce Artwick is still at cruising altitude, higher than it has ever been.

All new planes for Microsoft Flight Simulator’s 40th anniversary update

The main feature of this update is, unlike the previous free updates called “World” in adding aircraft. However, this is not the first time that Microsoft has offered planes, but these DLCs are generally paid.

The Game’s 40th Anniversary Update does not offer just any planesbut those who made the glory of aviation and presented in the sandstone of previous Flight Simulator titles. This allows you to use aircraft from previous iterations. Note that most of these planes have been developed by third-party publishers, renowned for providing very realistic quality products often sold at exorbitant prices.. It is therefore a gift of great value that is offered by the publisher of Redmond with in particular the Airbus A310 which was entrusted by IniBuilds whose X-Plane version of the A310 is sold for more than 80€. Other editors like MilViz, Bluemesh or even Airplane Heaven are in the game.

Microsoft offers a wider variety of aircraft with for the first time the addition of helicopters and gliders. The addition of these required a complete overhaul of the flight model system in order to add maximum realism to the delight of users.

For gliders, it will even be possible to take advantage of thermals to gain altitude. Simulator requires, these can even be viewed in the game to learn more about the operation of this type of machine.

Below is the list of the new 12 new planes, gliders and helicopters available in this 40th anniversary version of Microsoft Flight Simulator:

historic aircraft

  • The Wright Flyer (The Wright brothers’ plane)
  • Curtiss JN-4 Jenny,
  • Ryan NYP (“Spirit of St. Louis”)
  • Douglas DC-3
  • Grumman G-21 Goose
  • 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
  • Hughes H-4 Hercules



  • DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18
  • DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo


The update also includes a batch of airports and helipads as well as several activities. Complete list of improvements is
available here.

Evolution of Microsoft Flight Simulator in 40 years

For 40 years Microsoft Flight Simulator has amazed our senses and it’s time for us to dive back into this long saga, the very first version of which was released in 1982. and we can only note the impressive technical evolution throughout the versions of the series. We dare not imagine what the game will be like in another 40 years…

The update is available now on Xbox Series and PC (Steam and Windows Store).

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