A pair of World War champs are joining Microsoft Flight Simulator

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator recently launched its Famous Flyer 9 DLC, which adds two iconic pieces of aviation history. The $14.99 DLC currently available from the in-game marketplace adds the Douglas C-47 Skytrain and the Waco CG-4A glider. Sales of the DLC through July 5 will go to benefit the USO, a non-profit dedicated to serving US service members and their families throughout their enlistment in the armed forces.

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Designed to ferry troops and supplies, these two unarmed aircraft were crucial to the success of the invasion of Europe during World War 2. The C-47 Skytrain, affectionately referred to as the “Gooney Bird,” was the primary method of getting paratroopers into occupied France to disrupt enemy operations and open the way for the seaborne invasion of Normandy. Following World War 2, the C-47 continued operations supporting the Berlin Airlift and would remain in service with the U.S. Air Force through 1967.

A photo of the C-47 Skytrain from Microsoft Flight Simulator

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The Waco CG-4A was used during World War 2 to stealthily land special operations units in occupied territory or supplement airborne operations that were limited by the number of available planes. The lightweight glider was towed to altitude by a C-47 or similar aircraft, decoupling ahead of the drop zone and making a controlled landing on a clear patch of terrain.

A photo of the Waco CG-4A glider

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While not quite as exciting as its Ornithopter DLC, these two planes are an essential addition to the growing list of military and civilian aircraft available to fly in Microsoft Flight Simulator. If you’d like to try your hand at flying these second World War relics, the Famous Flyer 9 DLC is currently available to purchase from the in-game Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace.

This post was originally published on Polygon

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