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To appreciate the historical context of our products, we prepared this little timeline. Immerse yourself in the past and discover the significance of the aircraft we recreate!

17. December 1903
Wright Flyer
Wright Brother's First Flight at Kill Devil Hills
First powered flight

The first documented, heavier-than-air and powered flight took place on 17th of December 1903. Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their "Kitty Hawk" airplane at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina.

23. January 1909
Blériot XI
Wing42 Blériot XI
First flight of the Blériot XI

Louis Blériot's aircraft model XI took to the skies the first time in Paris, on the 23rd of January 1909.

25. July 1909
Blériot XI
Wing42 Blériot XI
Crossing of the English Channel

To recover his tremendous financial losses incurred while developing his aeroplanes, Louis Blériot dared a flight across the English Channel (French: "La Manche") to win a 1000 £ price from the British newspaper "Daily Mail".

You can re-create this experience with the Wing42 Blériot XI add-on for MSFS.

23. September 1910
Blériot XI
Wing42 Blériot XI
Crossing of the Alps

On the 23rd of September 1910, Peruvian born, French national Jorge Antonio Chávez Dartnell took of with his Blériot XI, from Ried-Brig in Switzerland. With his flight on that day, he became the first to cross the Alps, however the crash-landing at Domodossola in Italy resulted in his death.

28. July 1914 to 11. November 1918
The Great War
WW1 tank in the mud
World War I

The First World War ravaged Europe from 1914 to 1918. Throughout this time, many advancements were made in developing technologies to kill soldiers and bystanders. The wide use of aircraft at many theaters of war was introduced in this time. Even the Blériot XI was used by the military of multiple nations.

January 1920
Prohibition 1928
Begin of the Prohibition

The prohibition on the manufacturing, transport and consumption of alcohol began in the United States in January 1920. Besides the fact that it resulted in an increase of organized crime, smuggling and illegal bars, the rate of alcoholism also went up.

4. July 1927
Lockheed Vega
Wing42 Vega for MSFS
First Flight of the Lockheed Vega

The first Lockheed Vega, named "Golden Eagle", flew from Lockheed's plant in California for the first time on the 4th of July in 1927. With a cruise speed of around 120 mph, she was extremely fast for her time.

We are working on the creation of the Lockheed Vega for Flight Simulator for some time now. Find out more here!

25. May 1928
Sikorsky S-38
Sikorsky S-38
First flight of the Sikorsky S-38

The Sikorsky S-38 marks the first true commercial success of aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky. The amphibious "Air Yacht" became a choice aircraft for explorers, filmmakers and pioneers.

4. September 1929
Wall Street Crash
Bank run
Begin of the Great Depression

The Wall Street Crash from 1929 was the beginning of the "Great Depression", during which many people lost their jobs, businesses had to close and inflation took hold in many places around the world. A number of aviation companies foreclosed, both manufacturers and airlines.

July 1931
Lockheed Vega
Wing42 Vega for P3D/FSX
Winnie Mae around the world!

On the 1st of July 1931, an exhausted pilot Wiley Post landed with his equally exhausted navigator Harold Gatty in his Lockheed Vega 5C at Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York. With this landing, they had completed the incredible feat of circumnavigating the world in just eight days. Time for a ticker-parade!

20.-21. May 1932
Lockheed Vega
Lockheed Vega
Amelia Earhart soloed across the Atlantic

On the 21st of May 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman pilot to solo across the Atlantic ocean in her Lockheed Vega 5B.

8. February 1933
Boeing 247
Wing42 Boeing 247 (wip)
First flight of the Boeing 247

Often cited as the first "modern airliner", the Boeing 247 took her first flight in 1933. You will soon be able to get the full experience of this aircraft when we release our Wing42 Boeing 247 add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator!

20 October 1934
Boeing 247
MacRobertson Air Race Trophy
Start of the MacRobertson Air Race
The MacRobertson Air Race was a high-priced race from London, UK to Melbourne, Australia. With his modified Boeing 247D, Roscoe Turner came in 3rd place, finishing the route after 92 hours, 55 minutes.
1. September 1939 to 2. September 1945
World War II
WW2 Stuka
World War II

The world plummeted into chaos again in 1939, when the German Wehrmacht invaded Poland. In the ensuing war, millions of lives were lost, cities devastated. Technology made a big jump though, so... yay humanity?!


Because we have so much to say about our products, we prepared some additional information you can access through our product information pages listed below.

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