Big Radials has broken the silence regarding new aircraft development for Microsoft Flight Simulator! Since the launch of the Grumman JRF-6B Goose we’ve heard very little from the team, but they finally came out with some news just before Christmas: a teaser image of the Noorduyn Norseman, which they say will be out in early 2023!
The Noorduyn Norseman is a Canadian bush plane designed in the 1930s to operate on unprepared surfaces. It had a good production run that lasted for almost 25 years, with just over 900 units produced. It could be fitted with wheels, skis, or floats, and was built to withstand the harsh arctic conditions in Canada and other northerly regions in the world.
The Norseman is powered by the famous Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine, a radial power plant that makes this aircraft a perfect fit for… Big Radials! This engine is the father of the Wasp Junior engines that were fitted in the Goose, which were beautifully replicated by Big Radials in their latest MSFS project.
For now, the team doesn’t provide any additional details about this aircraft. Only a teaser image and that “early 2023” timeframe. The aircraft does look beautiful though, with a gorgeous green and yellow livery and the recognizable chubby landing gear that is so notable in the Norseman. Stay tuned for more information (hopefully) soon!