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Microsoft Flight Launches February 29 2012

Last updated Thu, 02 Aug 2018 21:01:10 GMT
Originally posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2012 07:00:00 GMT

Microsoft has announced the official launch date for Microsoft Flight: February 29th, 2012.

Following a successful beta, Microsoft announced that "Microsoft Flight" will be available to download for free starting February 29, 2012, on the company’s website.

Maule Cockpit in Microsoft Flight.

Maule Cockpit in Microsoft Flight.

Microsoft also announced that on the same day, the Hawaiian Adventure Pack, which includes the remaining Hawaiian Islands, 20 new missions and a new plane, will also be available to purchase on the same day on the website, through Games for Windows-LIVE.

"Microsoft Flight" enables players to fully enjoy the adventure, fun and excitement of flight. Players do not need any hardware or past experience to play "Microsoft Flight" – all that’s required is a PC and a mouse – and you are ready to fly.

Explore the Hawaiian Islands

Players can explore the Big Island of Hawaii for free and also enjoy the skies above the remaining Hawaiian Islands by purchasing the Hawaiian Adventure Pack, which is first in a series of expansions for “Microsoft Flight”. This includes:

  • Spectacular recreations of landmark features, from the breathtaking Waimea Canyon in Kaua'i to the high-rise hotels of Waikiki
  • Hundreds of miles to explore
  • 20 new missions
  • New challenges
  • The Vans RV-6A, a two-seat, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt airplane which is popular because of its maneuverability and speed.

Tour the Skies in Two All-New Planes

At launch, players will be able to purchase two new planes that offer completely different flying experiences.

The first aircraft is the Maule M-7-260C which is a rugged utility aircraft capable of handling take-offs and landings on rough, unprepared surfaces. The second aircraft is the North American P-51 Mustang which is a historical fighter plane with strong maneuverability, performance characteristics and sharp looks. These planes have accurate physics and detailed graphics. They feature highly rendered, accurate cockpits and authentic piloting procedures.

Microsoft thanks its beta testers for their help in getting Microsoft Flight ready for takeoff. Microsoft’s executive producer, Joshua Howard, said "There was an overwhelming demand for access to the 'Microsoft Flight' beta and the number of requests was far more than what we initially planned for. We received amazing feedback from the beta participants and it's great to see this level of excitement from fans as we move toward the release of Microsoft Flight."

You can view our resources for various aspects of Microsoft Flight here:

Microsoft Flight Gameplay Video

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Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

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Peter TikoianMon, 27 Feb 2012 23:39:46 GMT

MFS Is the best ever made. Pro Flight Simulator is a piece of poo.


Pro MemberThomas KurtzThu, 01 Mar 2012 18:49:03 GMT

The install went OK. When I try flying I cannot get into the airplane. The game seems to be stuck in the Flyby camera mode. Anyone know what to do about the problem?

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