Famous Flyer 6: Ford 4-AT Trimotor released

Microsoft has announced the sixth Famous Flyer aircraft, the Ford 4-AT Trimotor, is now available.

The Trimotor is powered by three 300hp Whirlwind radial engines.
The Trimotor is powered by three 300hp Whirlwind radial engines. Microsoft

The three-engine aircraft, developed by the Ford Motor Company’s Stout Metal Airplane Division, marked an important milestone in the history of early commercial aviation. Powered by three 300hp, 9-cylinder Wright J-6-9 Whirlwind radial engines, it had a range of 570 miles and a maximum speed of 132 mph. The aircraft first flew in June 1926, and during its production run from 1926 to 1933, a total of 199 examples were built.

The Trimotor provided greater passenger comfort for its time and it was operated on several long-range routes, including the line connecting Key West, Florida to Havana, Cuba. Approximately 100 airlines used the Ford Trimotor, a testament to its reliability and efficiency. It even saw limited service in military logistics support.

The package sports five high-resolution liveries.
The package sports five high-resolution liveries. Microsoft

The Trimotor quickly established itself as one of the icons of the Golden Age of Aviation thanks to its forgiving handling characteristics and the ability to operate out of some of the world’s most rugged airfields. It could also be equipped with floats for water operation or skis for snow or glacier take-offs and landings.

The cockpit features period instruments.
The cockpit features period instruments. Microsoft

The Ford 4-AT Trimotor for Microsoft Flight Simulator features a detailed 3D model both inside and out, high-definition PBR textures and an authentic interior with a choice of three cockpit layouts, including modern with or without a GPS or period instruments. It also sports five liveries and three undercarriage configurations: wheeled, floats, and skis.

The 4-AT for MSFS can be equipped with wheels, floats or skis.
The 4-AT for MSFS can be equipped with wheels, floats or skis. Microsoft

From June 23 to June 30 at 11:59 PM PDT, the Trimotor can be downloaded for free from the in-sim Marketplace. From July 1 onward, it will be available for $14.99.