Following iniBuilds announcement of the development of the Airbus A310 for Microsoft Flight Simulator in June this year, the company has announced two additional aircraft will be free for owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator or an Xbox Game Pass subscription - the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny and The Grumman G-21A Goose.
The aircraft will be a part of the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Standard Edition coming on November 11, 2022.
The Curtiss JN-4 Jenny is one of the most significant aircraft in aviation history. Introduced in 1915, the JN-4 was responsible for training an estimated 95% of all American World War One pilots and a number of the Royal Flying Corps pilots who trained in North America. By the end of production, 6,813 Jenny's had been built by six different manufacturers.
Although designed as a military trainer, the Jenny is perhaps better known for its post-war career. Following the cessation of hostilities in 1918, thousands of surplus Jennys (some still in their original shipping crates) were sold into the civilian market.
iniBuilds' Jenny features a highly detailed model of the Curtiss OX-5 engine with the exposed valves and associated springs all moving in the correct firing sequence. To take full advantage of this feature, a click spot inside the cockpit can remove the cowlings on the ground. As an early open cockpit biplane, the control linkages are fully exposed inside and outside the aircraft. More than 800 cable loops have been recreated, and the cables have all been rigged using the original aircraft manuals.
The Grumman G-21A Goose is possibly the world's first private luxury aircraft, initially designed as a commuter aircraft in the Long Island area. In 1936, a group of Long Island residents approached Grumman and commissioned them to build an executive transport aircraft that they could use to fly to New York City and the G-21 was the result. The first production variants were intended to carry two or three passengers and came complete with a bar and executive seating. The design was later modified to carry up to eight passengers and went on to serve with various air forces around the world.
iniBuilds has recreated the executive cabin in detail and features authentic seating, bar, champagne bucket and restroom facilities based on reference materials, factory blueprints and manuals, accurately recreating the feel of 1930s luxury travel. Special attention has been paid to modelling and texturing the Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr, which powered the G-21.