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Microsoft Flight Simulator gets 40th anniversary update with Helicopters and more

Ever since its launch back in Autumn 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator has continued to evolve with constant and consistent updates – not only improving performance and graphics over time, but also the amount of content. Now as part of the franchise’s 40th anniversary, Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting an update adding new planes, airports, dozens of missions and more.

Taking to the Xbox Blog, Jorg Neumann, the Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator announced the 40th anniversary update, saying “Today we celebrate the exciting history of aviation with the release of the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition, the most advanced version of this beloved franchise yet.”

As part of this update, the game is getting a great deal of throwback content, namely the addition of “a true-to-life airliner, the Airbus A310-300, rendered with stunning accuracy” as well as the inclusion of helicopters and gliders for the first time since 2006.

Additionally, Flight Simulator is also “introducing seven renowned historical aircraft”: The 1903 Wright Flyer; the 1915 Curtiss JN-4 Jenny; the 1927 Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis; the 1935 Douglas DC-3; the 1937 Grumman G-21 Goose; the 1947 Havilland DHC-2 Beaver; and the 1947 Hughes H-4 Hercules Spruce Goose – “the largest seaplane and wooden aircraft ever built”.

That is not all, as the game is also adding 4 classic commercial airports including the Meigs Field in Chicago and two-dozen “classic missions from the franchise’s past.”

All of this content is available right now for free as part of Microsoft Flight Simulator’s 40th anniversary update. If you haven't played the game since launch, this update represents an additional cherry on top of the cake – though MSFS was already quite delectable.

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