It’s been a while since we’ve brought you news from DC Designs, the prolific developer behind some of the most popular military aircraft currently available for Microsoft Flight Simulator. We’re happy to report that the developer’s next release is just around the corner and it’s set to be another exciting addition to DC Designs’ lineup for MSFS: the F-4 Phantom!
The Phantom has been in development since last year and has seen significant progress in recent weeks after some unexpected delays earlier this year. Dean Crawford has now reported that this iconic American supersonic jet fighter-bomber is nearly complete, with only a few final tasks remaining before its anticipated release.
The team has been focusing on refining the LOD models and the final coding to polish the aircraft. They’re also patiently waiting for custom sound packs from Sim Acoustics, which are expected to be completed by the end of the month. So, it’s safe to say that the F-4 Phantom will land in MSFS no later than July.
In addition to the Phantom, DC Designs shared the first images of the C-5 Galaxy cockpit, specifically the engineer’s station. The C-5 Galaxy, an American military transport aircraft, is another project under development by the company. Miltech Simulations is responsible for the 3D modelling of the aircraft, which is decidedly promising given their great work with the MV-22 Osprey.
The first major stage of the C-5 project has been completed, with other stages to follow throughout the summer. The launch of the C-5 Galaxy is expected to be at the end of this year, pushed back due to the delays in the Phantom project.
To go along with this update, DC Designs shared some preview images of both the Phantom and the C-5. The latter, in particular, looks especially impressive, showcasing Miltech’s work on the engineer’s station. Let’s hope this partnership results in an upgrade to the visuals typically delivered by DC Designs, which is one of the areas many simmers have hoped to see improved in the developer’s releases.