The Microsoft Flight Simulator team introduced today the 7th entry into the Famous Flyer series, the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MU-2. This promises to be a meticulously crafted addition to the platform that offers simmers a taste of this iconic twin-turboprop aircraft’s ruggedness and reliability. It’s available now on the in-sim Marketplace for a price of USD $14.99, and it’s built by iniBuilds, who previously collaborated with the MSFS team in other releases such as the An-225 and the Airbus A310.
Originating from a strict utilitarian design philosophy during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the MU-2 emerged as a testament to the turbine engine’s evolved capabilities. The engineers at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries envisioned a utility aircraft that could harness the turboprop engine’s advantages – high speed, endurance, available power, and exceptional short-field performance. Their efforts bore fruit in the form of the MU-2, an aircraft celebrated for its enduring capabilities and versatility.
The MU-2 is distinguished by its twin-turboprop, high-wing design, featuring a pressurized cabin. Over its production span from 1963 to 1986, 704 airframes were manufactured. Designed for a broad spectrum of civil, governmental, and military uses, the MU-2 boasts a meticulously crafted wing, fuselage, and empennage combination, allowing it to excel in speed, efficiency, and operational versatility across a range of altitudes.
The aircraft’s utility is broad and varied, having served as a business and VIP aircraft, an air ambulance, a search and rescue platform, and a general cargo carrier. It has also played vital roles in military operations, including liaison and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
Now, with its introduction to the Microsoft Flight Simulator, pilots can explore the boundless skies with the MU-2’s exceptional performance. The aircraft’s ability to operate in various landing spaces, including dirt strips, unlocks endless exploration opportunities, whether flying between major cities or venturing into jungle mountain airstrips. This release not only enriches the simulator’s aircraft roster but also offers a nostalgic flight down the memory lane of aviation history, promising countless hours of discovery and flying adventures for simmers enthusiasts worldwide!
The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MU-2 is available now in the MSFS Marketplace for PC and Xbox, priced at $14.99.