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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Try the Microsoft Flight Simulator for Free

When I was a kid a friend of mine had Microsoft's flight simulator on his computer (he was also the only friend I had that had a computer at home) and he played on it for hours. All I remember about it is that it had a lot of disks. Fast forward twenty or so years and now Microsoft Flight doesn't require any disks and, as I learned today from Jen Deyenberg, it can be downloaded for free. Check out the promo video below.


Microsoft Flight is what we call a freemium game. The basic game is free to download and play, but there are some upgrades that you can purchase from the Microsoft Marketplace.

Applications for Education
I downloaded Microsoft Flight but haven't played with it for more than ten minutes yet, but my initial thought is that it might be a fun way for some students to experiment with some basic aerospace physics. On a related note, Google Earth has a flight simulator which you can activate by going to the tools menu and selecting "activate flight simulator" or by press "ctrl+alt+a.

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