It was just a couple of days ago that we learned that the highly-anticipated Douglas DC-3 from Aeroplane Heaven will be launching later this year, in November, as part of the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The iconic airliner will be available for free, but Aeroplane Heaven has more taildraggers to launch in MSFS before that, such as the de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk, which was just extensively teased this week.
Aeroplane Heaven promises that a release is imminent for this venerable taildragger, introduced after WWII as a two-seat flight trainer. It was dubbed as a “poor man’s Spitfire”, but thanks to its docile characteristics and ease of flying, it became popular as an entry aircraft for several air forces such as the RAF, the RCAF, and the Portuguese Air Force.
MSFS simmers will soon be able to fly this aircraft, which will come with both the T-10 canopy and the Canadian “bubble” canopy. Simmers will be able to fly from either seat, with a corresponding student/instructor 3D model occupying the remainder position in the cockpit. It seems we’ll have a good selection of civilian and military liveries and pilots, so simmers can choose a configuration that matches their preference. A blank texture will also be available for creators to make their own repaints.
The Chipmunk should be an excellent trainer aircraft for virtual pilots looking to learn more about taildraggers, considering how stable it is to fly. Aeroplane Heaven promises that an authentic flight model has been implemented into this upcoming virtual replica, providing a challenging but stable experience.
The sounds should also be something to appreciate in the Chipmunk, since Aeroplane Heaven says the aircraft will feature authentic WWise engine and cockpit sounds.
The DHC-1 Chipmunk should be out soon for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Stay tuned for further news and, until then, enjoy this vast selection of initial teaser shots that showcase the airplane beautifully, both inside and out, with a variety of different liveries. Looks promising!