The Microsoft Flight Simulator team took to the Flight Simulator forums to announce the release of the latest Local Legend 13: Saab B 17A for the platform. The latest Local Legend from Microsoft is a pillar of Swedish aerospace history and was extensively used by the Finnish, Ethiopian, and of course, the Swedish Air Force.
About the Saab B 17A
The Saab (Svenska Aeroplan AktieBolag) B 17 was a Swedish single-engine monoplane reconnaissance dive-bomber aircraft developed by ASJA prior to its merger into Saab. It was the first-ever all-metal stressed skin aircraft developed in Sweden. The B 17A measures 32 feet in length, stands 14 feet tall, and has a wingspan of 44 feet. It features a conventional mid-wing cantilever monoplane with a long greenhouse-style canopy. Control surfaces were covered in fabric while the remainder of the aircraft body featured stressed-skin duraluminium.
The developer has not provided an official feature list for this aircraft but has provided us with lots of screenshots. Judging by the screenshots provided, the aircraft features a very detailed exterior model with high-definition PBR texturing, well-modeled landing gears, visible wear and tear, a highly detailed and immersive virtual 3D cockpit, and the area behind the main pilot has also been modeled. Furthermore, the Saab B 17A also includes seven distinct liveries including the Swedish Air Force, Finnish Air Force, Imperial Ethiopian Air Force, and the Xbox Aviators Club.
Local Legend 13: Saab B 17A for Microsoft Flight Simulator by Asobo Studios/MS is available to purchase from the in-sim Marketplace and retails at USD 14.99. The World War 2 era plane is another lovely edition of the sim and will be very appealing to vintage aircraft simmers out there. The MSFS team has also shared a trailer showcasing the aircraft on their YouTube channel.