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Microsoft Flight Simulator SU-27 Flanker, A-10C Thunderbolt II, AV-8B Harrier II, & Ben Gurion Airport Announced; Kodiak & Molde Released

Third-party developers have released new addons for Microsoft Flight Simulator while announcing more coming down the line.

Third-party developers have released new addons for Microsoft Flight Simulator while announcing more coming down the line.

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First of all, we get news from DC Designs, that spelled its development schedule for 2022. Besides the upcoming Concorde, which is 90% into development, we’re also getting a SU-27 Flanker (60% developed), an A-10C Thunderbolt II (60% developed), and an AV-8B Harrier II (50% developed).

A P-47 Thunderbolt (40% developed) and the previously-revealed freeware P-61B Black Widow (50% developed) may possibly be released in 2022 as well.

Improvements will also be made to the already released F-15 and F-14 on top of SC Designs’ F-16 as follows:

“F-15 Eagles: increased modelling detail and texture enhancements, more stock liveries, more special effects, all cockpit switches animated, extra functions added. Decal panel lines and rivets on exterior, customisable pilot and WSO. Any further useful features from Sim Updates incorporated.

F-14 Tomcats; increased modelling detail and texture enhancements, more stock liveries, more special effects. Any further useful features from Sim Updates incorporated.

SC Designs F-16 Fighting Falcons; increased modelling detail and texture enhancements, more stock liveries, more special effects. Any further useful features from Sim Updates incorporated”

Last, but not least, low-cost livery packs will be released on the official Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace, which is especially relevant for Xbox users.

Speaking of aircraft, SimWorksStudios released its Daher Kodiak 100 (wheeled version). It’s currently available on the developer’s own store, Just Flight, and SimMarket. The price is most affordable at SimWorksStudios’ own store (€29.99) and a release on Orbx Direct is also forthcoming.

Next, we move on to airports, with Aerosoft announcing Israel’s major hub Ben Gurion Airport (LLBG) serving Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Here’s what we can expect:

  • Accurate Terminal 3 and the old Terminal 1 buildings, Concourse, hangars, towers, and airport layout
  • Full Dynamic Lighting
  • High resolution building textures with PBR materials
  • Animated custom jetway system for all gates
  • Custom runway and apron/tarmac textures
  • High resolution (20cm pixel) photoreal ground textures
  • Static airplane on apron (old EL AL 777)

Last, but not least, Orbx released Molde Airport (ENML) in Norway.

It’s available on Orbx Direct for $16.23.

  • Detailed depiction of Molde Airport, Norway
  • Complete with PBR textures
  • Crisp photoreal
  • Custom GSE
  • Interior modelling of terminal
  • GA statics matching real-world liveries
  • Selection of POI buildings outside perimeter fence
  • Ground work by Jakub Łukaszewski

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