When Microsoft announced the 40th Anniversary Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator, planned as a free update and expected to be out in November, it was revealed that several historical airplanes would be coming with the update, developed in partnership with a selection of notable third-party developers.
Some of those airplanes are projects we’ve already seen from each respective developer, such as the DC-3 from Aeroplane Heaven, the Milviz Beaver, or the iniBuilds A310. Others, however, are entirely new. That’s the case of the Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis”, a world-famous machine known for the first nonstop transatlantic flight, connecting New York to Paris by the hands of legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh.
This historical airplane is being developed by BlueMesh, whose work we saw in the Caudron C.430 Rafale, the Flying Inflatable Boat, or the still-in-development Leduc RL.21 (which is now coming at a later stage). The developer’s focus is now on the 40th Anniversary Edition of MSFS, with the Spirit of St. Louis as the most notable project for now, among others that we know BlueMesh is also developing for that celebratory moment.
To tease our appetite for what’s coming, BlueMesh shared today the first images of the Spirit of St. Louis in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The duo of shots is very similar, showing us the aircraft’s exterior from the same perspective, under slightly different lighting.
It seems clear from these images that BlueMesh has the modeling in point, presenting us with an impressively detailed J-5C radial engine, undercarriage, and flags painted on the engine cowling.
Besides these first images, BlueMesh didn’t provide any further details about the aircraft, which is to be expected since they are now working in collaboration with Microsoft and Asobo. Still, it’s great to see an important plane such as this being re-created in MSFS, promising to create new opportunities for simmers to experience the real-world expeditions that led to some of the most important events in aviation history!