Golden Age Simulations has released the iconic Boeing Stearman biplane for Microsoft Flight Simulator. Announced last year, this release brings a slice of aviation history to MSFS simmers, offering an opportunity to fly the classic biplane that trained many military pilots in the 1930s and 1940s.
The Boeing Stearman, known for its service as a military training aircraft, was a key player in the aviation era of the 1930s and 1940s. Over 10,626 units were built in the United States, and post-World War II, these aircraft found new roles in civilian markets as crop dusters, sports planes, and show planes for aerobatic and wing walking performances.
Golden Age Simulations has recreated the Stearman’s design for MSFS with the aim of capturing its rugged biplane structure and open cockpits. The product includes various models reflecting the Stearman’s versatility:
- The PT-17 with a Continental R-670-5 engine.
- The N2S series, colloquially known as the “Yellow Peril” for its paint scheme.
- The A75L300, a post-war modification fitted with a Lycoming R-680-13 engine.
Key features of the simulation include:
- Detailed cockpits that provide an immersive flying experience.
- True-to-life controls and operational equipment, including aileron and elevator controls, rudder pedals, and tail wheel steering.
- Flight characteristics are replicated to give players a realistic feel of flying a vintage biplane.
- An EFB for aircraft management
- Custom avatars
- Interactive checklist
Golden Age Simulations includes a comprehensive manual with the package, which details many operating instructions such as detailed start-up sequences, engine controls, and various in-flight operations.
This is the second payware Stearman for Microsoft Flight Simulator (DC Designs made one a while back), and it looks like a comprehensive package that has been well-made and thought out.