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Microsoft Flight Simulator gets free content update for 40th anniversary

Microsoft Flight Simulator is Microsoft's longest running video game IP. This year to celebrate its 40-year anniversary, Microsoft Flight Simulator on PC and Xbox Series X/S will be getting a free content update, including classic planes from previous iterations of MFS, as well as a new collaboration with Halo.

The nod to the past will re-introduce some classic airports and several of the most famous planes from earlier versions including Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. The development team has also been listening to feedback and will add new vehicle types to the game, including helicopters and gliders.

Here are the new aircrafts being added with this content update:

Historical Aircraft:

  • Wright Flyer
  • Ryan NYP (“Spirit of St. Louis”)
  • Douglas DC-3
  • De Havilland Canada DHC-2-Beaver


  • Bell-407
  • Guimbal Cabri G2


  • DG Flugzeugbau LG8-18
  • DG Flugzeugbau DG1001E neo

True-to-Life Airliner:

  • Airbus A310

Many of these aircraft were made in collaboration with the best third-party developers including iniSimulations, MilViz, Bluemesh, Aeroplane Heaven, and others.

Aside from these real-life vehicles, the development team has also worked with 343 Industries to bring Halo Infinite's Pelican to the game. You can download and start flying the Pelican for free today by claiming it from the in-game marketplace.

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