Flight simmers and avgeeks alike, rejoice! Orbx and the team behind Friday Harbor has resurrected Chicago’s ‘Little Airfield That Could’, Meigs Field. Located on the coast of Lake Michigan, Meigs Field operated as the gateway to corporate Chicago for over half a century before being razed by bulldozers in the middle of the night in one of the most controversial airfield closures in aviation history.
Flight simulation has been intertwined with the legendary Meigs Field for decades, as it was the default starting airfield in Microsoft Flight Simulator 98. Additionally, few airports hold as much nostalgia, familiarity, and emotion for general aviation enthusiasts.
Now, twelve years after its closure, Meigs Field (KCGX) has been recreated with the utmost attention to detail and accuracy. Depicted as it was in its final years, virtual pilots are welcomed to return to what was once the busiest single strip airport in the United States and enjoy it in high definition. As Meigs Field is a VOR only airport, it is perfect for exploring in a single prop like a PA-28 Cherokee or helicopter such as the R66 Turbine.
Featuring a fully modeled terminal, highly-detailed static aircraft, and other historically accurate elements, Meigs Field has been brought back to life. In addition to the airfield itself, the city of Chicago waterfront and parks district has received a facelift to bring the area up to date.
With over a decade of combined experience in flight simulation development, Alex Goff and Tim Harris have developed Meigs Field using latest technology to provide a beautiful and smooth flight simulation experience. But hey, you don’t have to take our word for it: flight simulation guru and YouTuber Jordan King has put together an awesome video showcasing this beautifully restored piece of GA history:
• 30cm ground imagery for airport and Chicago waterfront
• Custom 5m mesh
• Highly accurate rendition of Meigs Field as it stood in the early 2000’s
• Waterfront landmarks including the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Soldier Field, and McCormick Place Convention Center
• Optional custom autogen trees for improved authenticity
• Optional custom ground bump map for improved clarity
• Full control panel app to customize player’s level of detail. For more information on how to use the Orbx configuration tool, click here.
Click here to visit our Steam store and experience Meigs Field in all its glory!