After a short delay, the fourth Local Legend for Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available for purchase.
The Italian Savoia-Marchetti S.55, a flying boat from the inter-war period, has been co-developed between Asobo and Mike Johnson (founder of Lotus Sim and an expert on the L-39 Albatros), who used the only surviving real-world aircraft as a reference to bring this historical machine to the virtual world of MSFS.
The S.55 release is tied to the latest World Update, which was dedicated to Italy and Malta. It’s a very peculiar aircraft, with twin tail booms, triple vertical stabilizers, and a tractor-pusher engine mounted on top.
Although initially designed to play military roles, the S.55 ended up being a more important aircraft for long-range flights, especially transatlantic journeys, such as when Brazilian aviator João Ribeiro de Carlos departed from Italy to Brasil, an incredible adventure that took place aboard the Jahú. This is precisely the last existing model of the S.55, currently on display in the TAM Museum, in São Carlos.
The Savoia-Marchetti S.55 package that is now available for MSFS includes two different models. Besides the S.55, there’s also the more powerful S.55X, the final and most advanced airframe produced. This was the model used in the famous mass transatlantic formation flight known as the “Decennial Air Cruise”, which saw 25 Savoia-Marchetti S.55Xs fly from Rome to Chicago for the Century of Progress world fair. It’s one of aviation’s greatest success stories and paved the way for decades of passenger transatlantic flights!
The Savoia-Marchetti S.55 and S.55X are now available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator Marketplace, priced at $14.99.