Freeware Edgley Optica released – an usual “bug-eyed” aircraft

Update 2: It’s back! The freeware Edgley Optica is now available again in a much improved version!

Update: Unfortunately this freeware Edgley Optica is no longer available. However, Orbx as announced that they are working to bring the Optica to MSFS with a high-quality model.

The Edgley EA-7 Optica is one of those strange looking airplanes that makes you wonder what on earth were people thinking when they came up with the idea. But, when you learn more about its history, it starts to make sense.

Designed as a low-cost alternative to helicopters, the Edgley Optica is made for low speed observation, taking advantage of its unusual cabin, that offer a 270º view all around the aircraft. It’s also really quiet, so it’s perfect to stalk those elephants and giraffes roaming around Africa’s savanna.


This freeware release for MSFS is based on a modified FSX model, and includes functional gauges, lights and cockpit animations. Originally created by Craig Richardson, it’s now been imported to MSFS and made functional by Brandon Yaeger (NewkTV).

You will definitely not find an accurate and realistic flight model. This is intended more like a fun, slow aircraft to appreciate the scenery and enjoy in VR, which has recently been added. You’ll find some nice liveries to go along with the plane, and also a variant with snow skis, for those arctic explorations.

The Edgley Optica is available for free at Check the showcase video below to see how cool it looks!

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