Famous Flyer #1: Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing Can Now Be Yours

Discover what makes this 1930s plane a famous flyer.

As we shared the other day, the first Famous Flyer to reach Microsoft Flight Simulator is the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing. This biplane boasts a cruise speed of 202 mph (341 km/h, 184 kts), has a range of over 580nm and can carry up to nearly 2,000kg on its legs. All of this makes it one of the most comfortable and exciting planes that were developed in the 1930s.

The aircraft comes with a wide range of liveries and has been built specifically for the new simulator. You can watch the trailer above to see just how versatile this historic plane is.

Microsoft and Asobo partnered with Carenado in order to make this aircraft available to buy through the in-sim Marketplace for both PC and Xbox versions of the simulator. You will be able to buy it for $14.99. If you want to try this plane on the go, don’t forget that Microsoft Flight Simulator is now on Xbox Cloud Gaming so that even more people can take to the skies.

It is disappointing to see that the first Famous Flyer wasn’t the Antonov AN-2, but there should be a good chance we see that aircraft come to light in the future.

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Calum has been an avid fan of Flight Sim since the release of FS2000 and has developed his love for aviation ever since.
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