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Microsoft Flight Simulator F-86 Sabre Gets Release Date, F-5E Tiger II Released

Third-party developers shared quite a few interesting news and releases today about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, including aircraft and scenery.

We start with Blackbird Simulations’ sub-brand Shrike, which announced a release date for its classic fighter F-86 Sabre. 

It’ll come on March 30 on the developer’s website and it’ll also be sold on the official marketplace, albeit it won’t include visible weapons there, as usual. Below you can see it in action with a trailer, also showing several liveries.

SC Designs finally released another classic fighter, the F-5E Tiger II. It’s available on Just Flight for €21.95.

It comes with the following features.

Fully native MSFS aircraft

  • All models have been coded with Microsoft Flight Simulator native ‘Model Behaviors’ animations and built to MSFS operational specifications to prevent issues with future simulator upgrades
  • All custom cockpit instruments and screens are coded in HTML for native, high-performance display in MSFS
  • The Tiger II makes use of the new simulator’s features such as effects and sounds, fully reflective glass, native aerodynamic sound structures, the new ‘Modern’ aerodynamics system with the ability to provoke ‘departure spins’, and customised visibility controls for wheel chocks and covers
  • All F-5E-relevant animations, including extendable oleo gear leg for take-off
  • MSFS SDK-compliant use of decals and materials for fine detail inside and out
  • Fully compliant with Virtual Reality headsets

Cockpit

  • High Fidelity virtual cockpit featuring accurately modelled ejector seat, controls and detailed texturing
  • All analogue instruments constructed in 3D with smooth animations
  • Reflective rear-view mirrors
  • ‘Scratched canopy’ glass effects, reflective glass, icing and rain effects
  • Crew figures in the virtual cockpit are coded to disappear when you occupy their seats
  • Fully customisable crew helmet, name, flight suit patches and even faces

Aircraft systems

  • 3D modelled dials, ADI, ‘whiskey’ compass and other high-detail instruments designed to emulate the appearance of the real aircraft
  • Display screens with visual layouts based on the real aircraft’s systems (within the confines of MSFS’ current capability)
  • Custom-coded, user-controlled ordnance via the simulator Payload Manager, allowing for live mounting of weapons on hardpoints with active weight increase
  • Functional multiplayer-compatible radar

Paint schemes

  • 17 paint schemes are included
    • Austria
    • Bahrain
    • Chile
    • Plain grey
    • FAB
    • Iran
    • ‘MiG-28’
    • RMAF
    • ROCAF
    • ROKAF
    • RSAF
    • RVNAF
    • Swiss
    • USAF Aggressor
    • USN Aggressor
    • USAF Silver
    • DC Designs Fighter Weapons School

Next, we learn from Lionheart Creations that the Wittman Tailwind is “on the immediate horizon.” The package will include the W8 and W10 versions with different engines and performance, panels, seats, and interior features.

Another aircraft “coming soon” is the Robinson R22 helicopter from Cowan Simulation, and you can see a few screenshots below.

Moving on to airports, Fly2High showcased its upcoming airport, also coming soon. It’s It’s Yeosu Airport (RKJY), one of the southernmost airports in South Korea.

Pacific Islands Simulation revealed that its Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (KGSP) in South Carolina, United States, is now complete and is starting beta testing, with release coming soon after if all goes well.

The developer also announced that its next project will be John Glenn Columbus International Airport (KCMH) serving Columbus, Ohio. The goal is to release it before the Fall. 

In the meantime, you can check out a number of screenshots of Greenville-Spartanburg below.

Lastly, MM Simulations released new screenshots of the upcoming Vilnius International Airport (EYVI) serving the capital of Lithuania.

As usual, please keep in mind that here on TechRaptor, we serve daily Microsoft Flight Simulator news for your perusal.

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