All my childhood favorites are returning to Microsoft Flight Sim. Oh, and the Halo dropship

With the Halo Warthog making a cameo in Forza Horizon 5, it seems fitting that we had the Halo Infinite Pelican dropship in Microsoft Flight Simulator. I mean, what’s better than trying to land an Airbus A320 at Gibraltar airport on a windy day? Pilot a revolving spaceship around the most impressive monuments in the world.

One of the best parts of Microsoft Flight Simulator when I was a kid was modifying a spaceship in the game. I just flew in an impossibly agile spaceship and ignored all those slow-moving giant Boeing ground jets – what can I say, I had a short attention span. Now, in the most impressive full-scale flight simulator to date, you get something potentially better.

The Pelican dropship from Halo Infinite should be a super exciting addition to the game. I can’t think of many planes in the game today that would outperform a spaceship from the year 2500. And probably few that are that tough. As long as it’s not as complicated to fly as the Warthog is to drive.

Pelican will arrive as a free add-on to the game, and is available starting today in the in-sim marketplace for game owners and Xbox Game Pass members. More is on the way, however, as part of a wider free update to the game on its 40th anniversary. This game has truly been a mainstay of gaming for generations of gamers, and the free update seems to be bringing back some “beloved planes”.

  • Wright pamphlet
  • 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
  • Airbus A310

I was always terrible at flying helicopters, but I loved taking the old school wonders to the skies again. I don’t remember if they used to be hard to take off or I was bad at trying. Still, I’m very excited about this update and figuring out how to pilot these beauties again.

These new planes will arrive at some point november of this year (opens in new tab), just over two years after Flight Sim’s original release date. That’s 40 years after the first Microsoft Flight Simulator, released in 1982 for the IBM PC. Now, that’s a legacy that goes back to the early beginnings of PC gaming.

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