Asobo Studio and Xbox Game Studios are working so as to add dozens of historic aircraft to Microsoft Flight Simulator. Called the Local Legends collection, it will kick off with the uncommon three-engined Junkers Ju 52 on Sept. 7.

The Ju 52 is a transport aircraft developed within the 1930s. Over its operational life, the trimotor has had many roles, together with airliner, troop transport, and bomber. But the 90-year-old airframe is notoriously tough to keep up. Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann tells Polygon that his groups’ objective is to assist maintainers and curators struggle “the tooth of time” by making a digital archive inside Microsoft Flight Simulator.

“We think about this almost like a digital museum,” Neumann stated. “We go in and we […] scan the plane down to a millimeter. And then we talk to people who really know specifics.”

To analysis this historic aircraft, Neumann stated that his crew interviewed present and former pilots. They additionally spoke with the grandson of Hugo Junkers, the person who initially helped to design and manufacture it.

Image: Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios

Image: Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios

“We want to preserve these planes in perpetuity,” Neumann stated. “At some point, the real thing will be gone. There will be nothing, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. So it makes me happy because we make these digital scans, we built the plane, we give that to the museums that we work with, and we also give them a donation.”

Neumann stated that his crew is at the moment working with over 40 museums all over the world on comparable initiatives, and that the Local Legends collection will proceed to roll out for years to come back.