How to Play the Top Gun Maverick DLC in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Take the highway to the danger zone with this free DLC update for Microsoft Flight Simulator!

by Shaun Cichacki


Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most dazzling examples of technology on the market, with some of the most impressive visuals and specifications of any media form around. You’ll be able to fly nearly photorealistic airplanes anywhere in the world, attempting to spot landmarks that you may have never seen before. However, if you’re looking to take to the skies for some high-flying adventures, what better way to do that than with the help of the Top Gun crew?

You’ll be able to be closer to the crew of the beloved Top Gun franchise more than ever, with one-to-one recreations of the battle jets that they man through the film, rendered in absolute beauty. If you’re looking to get in on the fun, you’re in luck, as this Free DLC update is available to everyone that owns this title. If you’re looking to get into the cockpit, follow along with our guide and take to the skies!

How To Access Top Gun DLC in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Once you launch Microsoft Flight Simulator, you’ll notice that there is a new section titled Maverick Activities. You’ll need to click on this, and head to the Microsoft Store to download the expansion, which is around  4.78GB, so make sure that you’ve got some space left over after the large installation of Flight Simulator. After this, you’ll be ready to take part in the events that the Top Gun DLC has to offer.

You’ll find the F/A-18E Super Hornet, which just so happens to be the same jet that Maverick himself flies during the film, alongside some new challenges to get you prepared for the massive power that this plane holds. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the adventure, and you’ll find some new events to do just that, including a flight over the Yanert Glacier in Alaska, and flying close to the water in Riffe Lake.

Once you’ve mastered these, you’ll be tasked with landing this machine on an aircraft carrier, which is much harder than it looks. You’ll also be able to take a flight from California to Cape Canaveral in a Darkstar Experimental Aircraft and even break into the stratosphere. No pressure or anything, just make sure you’re ready to see some breathtaking views.

If you haven’t purchased this game, you’re also in luck, as Xbox Game Pass subscribers have been able to play this game since Day One. You’ll just need to make sure you have some extra space on your platform of choice since this beefy title does take up a large portion of your hard drive. If you’re curious about this, or just want to marvel at the power of next-generation hardware, you’ll be missing out on a one-of-a-kind experience if you don’t give this a try. With all of the extra additions that have been added, and are continuing to be added, you’ll find a technical marvel that can stand the test of time.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now on PC and Xbox Series X/S.

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