Announced: Microsoft Flight Simulator Anniversary Edition

Announced: Microsoft Flight Simulator Anniversary Edition

Microsoft and Asobo Studio have announced a new edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Microsoft Flight Simulator is the longest-running game franchise at Microsoft, and it looks forward to celebrating its 40th Anniversary with the community in November 2022.

The 40th Anniversary Edition is a completely free offering for those who already own Microsoft Flight Simulator or play it via Xbox Game Pass. It is a comprehensive celebration of the franchise with both a tribute to the past as well as an introduction to new and highly anticipated aircraft types. The nod to the past will re-introduce some classic airports and several of the most famous planes from earlier versions including Microsoft Flight SimulatorX and Microsoft Flight Simulator2004: A Century of Flight!

Here is just a small sampling of what simmers will find in the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition:

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.

Microsoft Flight Simulator also announced 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. Finally, in an exclusive partnership with the Halo franchise and 343 Industries, Microsoft Flight Simulator introduces an incredibly detailed Halo Infinite Pelican add-on. It’s available for free in the in-sim marketplace for owners of the sim and Xbox Game Pass members already today.