The Douglas DC-3

The DC-3, affectionately referred to as the "Gooney Bird", probably did more to establish air transport as a routine means of travel than any other airliner.  The DC-3 was requested by American Airlines to compete with TWA, which was using DC-2's.  Because American's route was longer and thus it felt it needed a sleeper plane, it was forced to operate Curtiss Condor biplanes since the DC-2's fuselage was too narrow for sleeping berths.  Douglas was hesitant to begin a new airliner, since the DC-2 was proving very successful.  American insisted, however, and Douglas did not want the business to go to a competitor.  Thus he widened and lengthened the fuselage of the DC-2, and the DC-3 was born.

American, United, Eastern, TWA, and KLM were early adopters of the DC-3, but eventually virtually every airline had DC-3's.  The armed forces of many countries also had DC-3's, known as the C-47, C-53, and R4D in this country.  Douglas built a total of 10,655 DC-3's, and another 2500 were built under licence in the Soviet Union and Japan.  Many DC-3's are still in service, and several have been restored to airline colors and are on the airshow circuit.

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FS2004 CalClassic DC-3 Package. This package contains two FS2004 models, created from the default MS DC-3. The first model has an extra small bitmap that textures one side of the vertical tail so each side will display lettering correctly. Some paint work is required to create the extra texture. The other model included is mapped to fit the FSX Awesum4sum textures, originally created for FSX by James Eden and Jon Murchison (none of their work was directly used in this conversion, however). If only FSX textures are available for the FSX version, conversion from DDS to DXT BMP textures is required. I have converted some textures for the model (see below). Last updated on 4/19/13.The original FSX Awesum4some DC-3 by James Eden and Jon Murchison. Last updated on 4/19/13.


FS2004 Pacific Air Lines DC-3. This is a conversion of the fine MAAM-Sim textures from Dave McQueen, by permission. Pacific flew DC-3's until the early 1960's. Thanks Dave! Also requires the CalClassic DC-3 package. Last updated on 4/22/13. Improved Nose Texture. Last updated on 4/22/13. For the MAAM-Sim textures see below.


FS2004 Bonanza Airlines DC-3. This is an FS2004 conversion of the fine FSX textures from Gary Harper, by permission. Bonanza flew DC-3's until they received all of their F-27's, becoming one of the first all-jet powered airlines. Thanks Gary! Also requires the CalClassic DC-3 package. Last updated on 4/19/13. FSX textures by Gary Harper. Last updated on 4/19/13.


FS2004 West Coast Airlines DC-3. This is an FS2004 conversion of the fine FSX textures from Gary Harper, by permission. West Coast flew DC-3's until they merged with Bonanza and Pacific into Air West. Thanks Gary! Also requires the CalClassic DC-3 package. Last updated on 4/19/13. FSX textures by Gary Harper. Last updated on 4/19/13.


FS2004 Western Airlines DC-3. This is an FS2004 conversion of the fine FSX textures from Gary Harper, by permission. Western flew DC-3's until the mid-1950's. Thanks Gary! Also requires the CalClassic DC-3 package. Last updated on 4/19/13. FSX textures by Gary Harper. Last updated on 4/19/13.


FS2004 United Air Lines DC-3. This is an FS2004 conversion of the fine FSX textures from Gary Harper, by permission. United flew DC-3's until the CV-340's arrived. Thanks Gary! Also requires the CalClassic DC-3 package. Last updated on 4/19/13. FSX textures by Gary Harper. Last updated on 4/19/13.

MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. This package for FS2002/FS2004/FSX has become the propliner package that all other such packages are measured against. This donationware package (US$30 plus $4.95 shipping in 2009) has a wonderful assortment of planes, panels, sounds, extra addons (on the CD and downloadable), and an amazing number of free repaints and addons. In addition to the two airline liveries (UAL and BEA), the package includes a total of 16 different models - DC-3s, C-47s, R4Ds, Dakotas, and XC-47 amphibians, plus a bonus Reading KRDG scenery. Wow! And your donation will help support the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM). Their collection includes the R4D used as the basis for this simulation, as well as a Martin 404 and a Vickers Viscount!


FS2002/FS2004/FSX United Air Lines DC-3. This is one of two airline liveries included in the base MAAM-Sim package. This is the original UAL livery, after United decided that the DC-3 was so much better that they dumped their relatively new Boeing 247's and bought DC-3's. Last updated on 12/14/09.


FS2002/FS2004/FSX United Air Lines DC-3. This is one of dozens of repaints available for the MAAM-Sim DC-3, painted by Tim Scharnhop. This is the livery that United's DC-3's flew after WWII, until the delivery of the CV-340's put them out to pasture. Thanks! Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 12/14/09.


FS2002/FS2004/FSX American Airlines DC-3.
  Another repaint in the colors of the "Flagship Knoxville", currently on display at the AA museum near DFW.  This one was painted by Chuck Lawsen. I think it looks great in the classic original colors - thanks! Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 12/14/09.  FS98 version by Andre Kemner. Last updated on 8/28/99.


FS2002/FS2004/FSX TWA DC-3. This repaint is by Tim Scharnhop, and he did a great job. These are the original colors of TWA's DC-3's, which started the Douglas revolution with the DC-1. Thanks! Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 12/14/09.


FS2002/FS2004/FSX Pan American DC-3. Pan American also used DC-3's, and this is the white top version used in the 1950's. Painted by Tim Scharnhop, these DC-3's opened up much of the interior of South America and other remote locations around the globe. Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 12/14/09. Bare metal version. Last updated on 12/14/09.


FS2002/FS2004/FSX Western DC-3. One of the last major airlines to operate DC-3's in California was Western, who had them flying well into the 1950's. This one was painted by Wayne Tudor, which has painted a lot of our propliners. Thanks! Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 12/14/09.


FS2002/FS2004/FSX Pacific Air Lines DC-3. Pacific flew DC-3's all over California until they were replaced by M202's and M404's. They flew to certain locations until the early 1960's, though. This nice rendition was painted by Dave McQueen - thanks! Last updated on 4/19/13.

FS2002/FS2004/FSX Bonanza Air Lines DC-3.  I used to see these planes land at Santa Ana Municipal airport (now John Wayne/Orange County) when I was a kid.  Bonanza was a regional airline that served Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada.  It was eventually merged (along with Pacific and West Coast) into Air West, then into Republic, and finally into Northwest. This one in the older livery was painted by Dave McQueen - thanks! Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 2/28/11.

Bonanza DC-3
FS2002/FS2004/FSX Bonanza Air Lines DC-3
.  I used to see these planes land at Santa Ana Municipal airport (now John Wayne/Orange County) when I was a kid.  Bonanza was a regional airline that served Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada.  It was eventually merged (along with Pacific and West Coast) into Air West, then into Republic, and finally into Northwest. This one was painted by Tim Trivett. Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 12/14/09.  FS5 version by Tom Gibson. Last modified on 3/20/96.

FS2002/FS2004/FSX Southwest Airways DC-3.  No, not the Southwest Airlines of today. This airline that flew up and down California later became Pacific Air Lines.  It was eventually merged (along with Bonanza and West Coast) into Air West, then into Republic, and finally into Northwest. This one was painted by Dave McQueen - thanks! Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 2/28/11.

FS2002/FS2004/FSX West Coast Airlines DC-3.  West Coast flew into California from the Pacific Northwest.  It was eventually merged (along with Bonanza and Pacific) into Air West, then into Republic, and finally into Northwest. This one was painted by Dave McQueen - thanks! Requires the MAAM-Sim Douglas DC-3 Package. Last updated on 2/28/11.

 FS2000/FS98 Continental Airlines DC-3.  After this DC-3 visited the Classic Airliners home port of San Diego, I knew I had to paint this plane.  Continental uses this '3 around it's system for advertising and special events.  It's a close copy of the aircraft that put Continental in the big time - the legendary DC-3.  Last updated on 10/8/00.

FS98 American Airlines DST.  Harry Follas has painted up a Douglas Sleeper Transport, the initial reason why American had the DC-3 developed.  The DC-2 was too narrow for the sleeper berths, and thus Douglas widened the fuselage to create the DST, but when used as a day plane it became the famous DC-3.  Thanks, Harry!  Last updated on 4/24/99.

FS98 Pacific Southwest Air Lines DC-3.  This is the other PSA DC-3, I received, from the webmaster of the PSA History Page, Kevin Trinkle.  He painted his DC-3 based on old photos, as well as the recent DC-3.  This is a passenger-only DC-3, and has the bright red and white colors that became their standard scheme for many years.  Thanks, Kevin!  Last update on 10/8/00.

Pacific Air Lines DC-3 FS5 Pacific Air Lines DC-3.  CalClassic's first plane!! This plane was repainted from the Paradise DC-3 included in BAO's Flight Shop.  It includes an opening door, and now I have given it flight dynamics by Mike Vidal.  It now flies and taxis like a real DC-3!  Pacific Air Lines was a regional airline which was originally known as Southwest Airways.  PAL flew throughout Central California, and was a common sight at Sacramento Municipal airport (now Sacramento Executive) when I was a kid in the mid- to late-sixties.  However, by then I usually saw F-27's, not the classic DC-3.  They also owned Martin 404's (Skyliners, pg. 98).  Last modified on 3/20/96.

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