Microsoft Flight Simulator Releases Beechcraft Model 18, a New Aircraft in Local Legends Series

One of the most robust and versatile aircraft comes to Microsoft Flight Simulator

In conjunction with the release of World Update X: United States, today we are excited to introduce the fifth plane in the Microsoft Flight Simulator “Local Legends” series, the Beechcraft Model 18. It is a low-wing, twin-engine utility aircraft produced by American aviation manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corporation. Frequently called the “Twin Beech” or, less commonly, the “Beech 18,” it seats six in typical configurations with two crew members. It took its first flight on January 15, 1937, and was introduced into mainstream service shortly thereafter. More than 9,000 were manufactured between 1937 and late 1969.

With power to spare thanks to its two muscular radial engines, the all-metal Twin Beech has served needs that include passenger and cargo service, business and executive transport, scientific, fire suppression, and mapping. During the Second World War, more than 4,500 of the aircraft, designated as the C-45, were used for forward observation, reconnaissance, and bombing. Today, despite its age, the Model 18 serves in more than a dozen countries throughout the world, a testament to its sustainable design and rugged construction.

The Model 18 features a slightly-swept main wing with a span of 47 feet, 8 inches, a traditional undercarriage, and a twin-fin empennage that consists of a horizontal stabilizer and two vertical stabilizers. It is powered by two wing-mounted Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Junior 9-cylinder radial engines that each produce up to 450 horsepower. The Beech 18 has a range of 1,130 miles, climbs at 1,200 feet per minute, and has a service ceiling of 20,500 feet above sea level. It cruises at 211 miles per hour, stalls at 77 mph, and enjoys a top speed of 230 mph.

The Beechcraft Model 18 comes with ten liveries in total: a historic Navy, Aviator’s Club, Xbox Aviator’s Club, and seven civil variants. Soaring the skies in the Beechcraft Model 18 is an unforgettable experience for any pilot. The storied machine has delivered power, control, and prestige to aviators for decades. Try it out today! It is available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator in-sim marketplace for $14.99. Stay tuned for more “Local Legends” aircraft coming soon. The sky is calling!

Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available for Xbox Series X|S and PC with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Windows, and Steam, and on Xbox One and supported mobile phones, tablets, and lower-spec PCs via Xbox Cloud Gaming.

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