A few days ago, Italian race and stunt pilot Dario Costa made headlines and set a Guinness World Record for being the first man to fly an aircraft through a tunnel. Now you can do the same thing (virtually) in Microsoft Flight Simulator.
41-year-old Costa flew his Red Bull liveried Zivko Edge 540 race plane through one of the twin Çatalca Tunnels in Turkey on September 4, traveling a route designed for cars in the air, at an average speed of 245kph.
The tunnels can’t be flown through in the default Microsoft Flight Simulator, but third-party developer Simulación Extrema (we recently reviewed their Amami airport) released a free add-on that reproduces the tunnels and adds a handy runway (code LTTC) close by.
All you have to do is to download the addon from the developer’s website unpack it in the Community Folder (at the moment, it’s available only for PC), pick whatever aircraft you dare to use for the challenge, select LTTC as your starting airport, and see if your hand is firm enough.
Of course, the tunnels have collision detection enabled, so you’ll have to be very, very careful.
Below you can check out what the challenge looks like in a video from the developer.
Recently, we published our massive interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, focusing on the Xbox version and short and long-term plans for the sim (on both platforms).
If you’d like to read more about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, you can enjoy our recent reviews of Amami Airport, Bristol Airport, Marrakech Menara Airport, Great Britain Central, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Kraków Airport, Fukuoka City & Airport, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Chongqing City & Airport, Manila Airport, Santiago Airport, the Frankfurt City Pack, Key West Airport, the Okavango Delta, Bali Airport, London Oxford Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the CRJ 550/700, the PA-28R Arrow III, Kristiansand Airport, Macau City & Airport, Bonaire Flamingo Airport, Milano Linate Airport, the Singapore City Pack, Tokyo Narita Airport, Yao Airport, the F-15 Eagle, the Paris City Pack, Greater Moncton Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Santorini Airport, Sydney Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Reggio Calabria Airport, Bastia Poretta Airport, Munich Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Newcastle International Airport, Sankt Johann Airfield, Dublin International Airport, and Seoul City Wow. We also have a beta preview of Singapore Changi airport.
If you want to learn more about the game itself, you can read our review that will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s game.