One of the most robust and versatile planes comes to Microsoft Flight Simulator
Along with the launch of World Update X: United States, today we are pleased to introduce the fifth aircraft in the Microsoft Flight Simulator “Local Legends” series, the Beechcraft Model 18. It is a twin-engine, low-wing utility aircraft produced by the American aircraft manufacturer Beech Aircraft Corporation. Frequently called the “Twin Beech” or, less frequently, 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 to mainline service shortly thereafter. More than 9,000 were made between 1937 and the end of 1969.
With power to spare from its two powerful radial engines, the all-metal Twin Beech has fulfilled needs including passenger and cargo service, business and executive transportation, scientific, firefighting and mapping. During World War II, more than 4,500 aircraft, designated C-45s, were used for forward observation, reconnaissance, and bombing. Today, despite its age, the Model 18 serves in more than a dozen countries around the world, a testament to its sustainable design and rugged construction.
The Model 18 features a slightly canted main wing with a 47-foot, 8-inch wingspan, traditional landing gear, and a twin-fin empennage consisting of one 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, stops 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 club, an Xbox aviator club, and seven civilian variants. Taking to the skies in the Beechcraft Model 18 is an unforgettable experience for any pilot. The historic machine has brought power, control and prestige to aviators for decades. Try it today! It is available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator market in the sim for $14.99. Stay tuned for more “Local Legends” planes coming soon. Heaven is calling!
Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available for Xbox Series X|S and PCs with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Windows, and Steam, and on Xbox One and lower-spec compatible mobile phones, tablets, and PCs through Xbox Cloud Gaming.
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