The C-46 has arrived! I know I know I know, how is it possible that new content has appeared for Microsoft Flight after development was discontinued? Well it seems as though this aircraft was complete, but they still needed to do the paperwork to get it released.
You can read more about the release of the C-46 on Microsoft Flight here and here.
This plane was originally built as a cargo and troop transport during WWII. This twin engine aircraft can carry up to 17,000 lbs of fuel and cargo to almost any remote and rugged landing strip. It has a relatively high cruising speed of 200 kts and a maximum range of 1500 miles. This makes it the perfect cargo aircraft for Alaska.
- Authentic Model: Beautifully rendered exterior of the C-46 and its Pratt and Whitney R-2800 engines give you a realistic experience.
- Great Cargo-Carrying Capability: Over 17,000 pounds of fuel and cargo capacity allows flexibility and efficiency in completing jobs.
- No cockpit view is included.
I think this is a great addition to Microsoft Flight and is an aircraft I look forward to flying. It’s too bad that there is no cockpit view.
I know I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I really wish there was a way for the community and 3rd party vendors to create additional content (aircraft, maps, etc) for Microsoft Flight.
Sadly on July 25, 2012 Microsoft announced it has cancelled further development of Microsoft Flight and the team has been scrapped and any plans for future content have been scuttled.
That’s too bad because I was really enjoying Flight and just started to fly in the new Alaskan Wilderness pack.
Microsoft has commented that they will continue to support the community that has embraced Microsoft Flight and that it will continue to be offered as a free download. You will also be able to buy any of the DLC material.
I’ve bought all my DLC material from Steam as they have sales and bundles. If you like Microsoft Flight and are thinking about buying any DLC…watch for sales on Steam. I suspect with development grounded, the prices won’t remain as high as they are now.
The community complained that the flight simulation lacked extensive terrain, aircraft and support for 3rd party content. Perhaps Microsoft should open up Flight and let the community extend it.
Anyway for the time being, I will continue to enjoy what Microsoft Flight brings until such a time a new simulator emerges from Microsoft. Maybe we will see a flight simulator tailored to Windows 8.
The Steam Summer Sale has started, and all Microsoft Flight DLC is 40% off until July 23rd.
Check out the sale here: http://store.steampowered.com/dlc/203850/
I just purchased the Microsoft Flight: Alaskan Wilderness pack. I’m very excited to give this a try.
Microsoft will soon release its second expansion, Alaska Wilderness DLC for Microsoft Flight.
Like Hawaii, with its rich history of military aviation, Alaska has also seen its share of airborne hostilities. The difference is that the opponents in Alaska aren’t other pilots: they’re the elements and terrain itself. In a land where the nearest roads might be hundreds of miles away, planes provide the only efficient way to travel and transport cargo over long distances. You’ll face capricious crosswinds over mysterious vistas, unpredictable terrain with isolated and difficult landing strips, and other challenges in this land of fierce and dangerous beauty. Are you ready to take on the Alaskan Wilderness?
Look for this adventure to be available soon. Until then here are some awesome screenshots:
Microsoft Flightis Now Available and Free to Play on Steam.
Experience the thrill and wonder of flight with Microsoft Flight. This free download gives you the opportunity to explore the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii in the state-of-the-art Icon A5 or the classic Boeing Stearman. Enjoy hours of gameplay with a variety of exciting missions, challenges that will test your skills, and hidden Aerocaches that will give you yet another reason to explore.
The Steam edition is different to the original Microsoft Flight version in that it provides better pricing via the Hawaiian Starter Bundle, which is cheaper on Steam by $13 than it is on the Xbox.com Marketplace. The bundle includes two aircraft, the Maule M-7-260C and the North American P-51 Mustang, and the Hawaiian Adventure itself.
I’ve switched to using Steam when playing and buying any game content for Microsoft Flight. I like the pricing model and the game is always kept up to date.
If you haven’t tried Microsoft Flight yet, you should.
Microsoft released Microsoft Flight on February 29, 2012 as a free game, with additional purchasable downloadable content for items such as additional planes and locations.
The sky’s the limit! Experience the thrill and wonder of flight with Microsoft Flight. Now anyone can enjoy the fun, freedom and adventure of flight. Feel the power at your fingertips as you take to the skies and launch into thrilling missions and exciting challenges over the free-to-play Big Island of Hawaii. Take off today and fly into the ever-expanding world of Microsoft Flight.
This free download gives you the opportunity to explore the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii in the state-of-the-art Icon A5 or the classic Boeing Stearman.
- Direct X Version: DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0
- Memory: 2.0 GB
- Operating System: Windows® XP with Service Pack 3
- Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz or higher
- Graphics: 256 MB (DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0 compatible)
- Hard Disk Space: 773 MB
START FLYING NOW… IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES TO GET IN THE AIR!
GAMERTAG NOT REQUIRED TO DOWNLOAD AND PLAY THE FREE VERSION.
The free version includes everything you need to take-off and fly around the Big Island of Hawaii including the following:
- Play Online or Offline
- Includes the Icon A5
- Hidden Aerocaches
Flight is available at the Xbox Marketplace.