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Microsoft Flight release date announced!

Fans of the long running Microsoft Flight Simulator rejoice! If you didn't get into the beta either, do not fret, you've not long to wait until the free-to-play Microsoft Flight is released!

In addition, Microsoft have also announced the first optional content pack; The Hawaiian Adventure Pack which includes the remaining Hawaiian Islands, the Vans RV-6A and 20 new missions and will be available to purchase on the same day as the release via Games for Windows Live for 1600 Microsoft Points.

There will also be two planes available for purchase on the day of release; the Maule M-7-260C, and the North American P-51 Mustang.

The Maule M-7-260C is a rugged utility aircraft that is especially adept at handling take-offs and landings on rough, unprepared surfaces. Players can find out what makes the Maule the plane of choice for adventurous bush pilots by trying tricky landing challenges that push the aircraft’s ability to land on rough airstrips. They can enter the Maule’s cockpit and take the controls to transport people and cargo to complete jobs and advance their pilot career.

Available via Games for Windows Live for 1200 Microsoft Points, the Maule M-7-260C has a richly detailed external model for flying outside of the plane, as well as a fully furnished cockpit.

The North American P-51 Mustang is a historical fighter plane with strong performance characteristics, manoeuvrability and sharp looks. Stripped of guns and some weight, this version represents a restored Mustang that might be found at airshows today. The Mustang’s superb agility makes it a great option to choose to complete hoops courses and master many other skilled challenges and missions found in the game.

The North American P-51 Mustang will only be flyable from the outside and will be available via Games for Windows Live for 640 Microsoft Points.

Microsoft Flight will be available to download worldwide for free starting February 29th 2012, as will all of the purchasable content such as the Hawaiian Adventure Pack, it's been a long time coming, but we cannot wait!