Microsoft Celebrates Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary With Classic Airports

Microsoft’s longest-running game franchise Microsoft Flight Simulator will be marking its 40th anniversary in November 2022 and this week Microsoft has revealed the plans to celebrate this iconic event. To celebrate the game Microsoft will be reintroducing classic airports and many of the most well-known planes from earlier versions including Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight.

Other celebrations come with an exclusive partnership with game developers 343 Industries. Working together Microsoft and 343 will introduce the Halo Infinite Pelican add-on. It’s available for free now in the in-sim marketplace for the players of the sim and Xbox Game Pass members.


Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th anniversary

“With more players than ever enjoying the incredibly detailed aircraft and authentic representation of our planet, MFS forged new territory with versions now available on PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and mobile devices via Xbox Cloud Gaming,” writes Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, on Xbox Wire. “The 40th Anniversary Edition, a completely free offering for those who already own Microsoft Flight Simulator or play it via Xbox Game Pass, is a comprehensive celebration of the franchise with both a tribute to our past as well as an introduction to new and highly anticipated aircraft types.”

“Many of these aircraft were made in collaboration with the best third-party developers including mini simulations, MilViz, Bluemesh, Aeroplane Heaven, and others. MFS also announced today a unique collaboration with the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum to bring one of the world’s most famous planes, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” to life in the simulator as part of the 40th Anniversary Edition.”

A small sample of what the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition will come with.

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

Source: Xbox Wire

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