Microsoft Flight Simulator will digitize and release historic aircraft
Asobo Studio, Xbox Game Studios and Microsoft Flight Simulator are collaborating to add many historic aircraft. The Local Legends series is being launched with the rare Junkers Ju 52 three-engine Junkers Ju 52 on Sept. 7. The plane will cost $14.99, according to a post released on Tuesday.
The Ju 52 was a transport plane that was developed in the 1930s. The trimotor served many roles over its operational life. It was used as an airliner, troop transporter, and bomber. The 90-year-old aircraft is notoriously difficult for maintenance. Jorg Neumann, Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, tells Polygon that the goal of his teams is to assist curators and maintainers in fighting “the tooth of Time” through creating a digital archive within Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Neumann stated that they think of it almost as a digital museum. “We go in, and we […] scan down the plane to a millimeter. Then we speak to people who are really knowledgeable.”
Neumann stated that his team interviewed former and current pilots to help him research the historic aircraft. They also spoke to Hugo Junkers’ grandson, the original designer and manufacturer of the aircraft.
Neumann stated that they want to keep these planes alive all time. “Eventually, the real thing is going to be gone. It will all be gone, and there is nothing anyone can do. It makes me happy that we do these digital scans, that we build the plane, that we give to museums we work with, that we also give them a donation.”
Neumann stated that his team works with more than 40 museums globally on similar projects and that the Local Legends series would continue to be produced for many years.