The Fokker F.VII and Fokker F.VIIb/3m Southern Cross come to life in Microsoft Flight Simulator!
Today we are pleased to announce that the Fokker F. VII aircraft, the second in our “Local Legends” series, is now available at Microsoft Flight Simulator! The series celebrates the history of aviation and these releases always coincide with World Updates. Local Legends are aircraft that are locally famous but may not be as well known to a global audience.
The F.VII, manufactured by Fokker in the Netherlands, is one of the great legends in aviation history. This great little plane made major advances during the golden age of aviation in the 1920s and 1930s due to its ruggedness, reliability, power, and payload capacity. The F.VII, which first took to the air on November 24, 1924 and was introduced to the public in 1925, served the early aircraft industry by transporting cargo, airmail, and as a scout craft.
Originally designed as a single-engine aircraft, the high-wing F.VII was manufactured primarily as a tri-engine, powered by three Wright J-6 Whirlwind 9-cylinder radial engines rated at 300 horsepower each. With a range of 750 miles, a cruise speed of 111 mph, and a takeoff and landing run of just under 750 feet, the F.VII proved ideal for numerous scenarios.
Capable of carrying up to 8 passengers, a total of almost 2,300kg of cargo, or a combination of both, the Fokker F.VII made its name on a number of key airmail, passenger and cargo routes. The F.VII was also the aircraft of choice for various explorers on expeditions across continents, oceans, and adventures in polar regions or other uncharted places on the planet. The Fokker F.VII is a wonderful iconic icon from the early days of the world of aviation; one that still captures the imagination of aviation lovers and keeps a great legacy alive.
The Fokker F.VII package includes:
The famous Southern Cross it is the Fokker F.VIIb/3m aircraft that completed one of aviation’s greatest firsts, crossing the Pacific Ocean: 11,670 km from Oakland, California, to Brisbane, Australia. Nine days after starting, while battling storms, exhaustion and equipment malfunctions, the four drivers arrived in Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia.
To cross the Pacific, aviators flew the aircraft Southern Cross on a route that took them first to Hawaii, then an incredible 5,000km, 34-hour stretch of the journey to Fiji – the first time a plane had landed on the island – and finally to Brisbane. Historians say that success was due to both the Southern Cross and its four pilots.
Friendship is the Fokker F.VIIb/3m that crossed the Atlantic Ocean in June 1928 with legendary aviator Amelia Earhart as a passenger. The tri-engine plane took just over 20 hours to cross, starting at Trepassey Harbour, Newfoundland, and landing at Burry Port, Wales. This flight of the high-wing monoplane secured a place in history for the Fokker F.VII line of aircraft as one of the true giants of early aviation.
Josephine Ford was a Fokker F.VIIa/3m piloted by Richard Evelyn Byrd on his daring expedition to the North Pole on May 9, 1926. At that time in history, the North Pole had never been reached by aircraft. While doubts remain about the success of the attempt, it remains one of the great adventures of early aviation, proving that the Fokker F.VIIa/3m trimotor would become one of the icons of the golden age of aviation. the aviation.
The Fokker F.VIIa is a single-engine monoplane manufactured by the Dutch aviation company Fokker. The F.VIIa, was one of the first passenger aircraft in the world. It was slightly larger than the original F.VII and also featured a number of technical improvements, including a heated cabin. The aircraft, which could carry up to eight passengers or 800 kg of cargo, made its maiden flight on March 12, 1925. A total of 36 F.VIIa units were manufactured and became an integral part of various airlines with routes throughout Europe and in many other parts of the world.
The Fokker F.VII proved to be an aircraft of great historical significance for the Dutch airline KLM during its early years. The first F.VII, painted in KLM’s distinctive blue livery, was delivered to the airline in 1924 by Anthony Fokker. This aircraft was used on the first flight from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies. The F.VII allowed the airline to flourish and laid the foundation for what would become one of the world’s leading airlines.
The Fokker F.VII aircraft have been carefully recreated to Microsoft Flight Simulator, paying particular attention to the finer details of both the exterior and interior. To celebrate and appreciate the achievements of the brave aviators of the 1920s, the package also includes the historic Southern Cross, Josephine Ford and Friendship missions.
The Fokker F.VII package is now available in the Marketplace of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now on Xbox Series X|S and PC with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Windows 10/11 and Steam. Find it in the Microsoft Store (Argentina, chili, Colombia Y Mexico). If you want to know more about Microsoft Flight Simulator, do not detach yourself from Xbox Wire in Spanish or from the account @MSFSOfficial On twitter.