The Douglas DC-6A and DC-6B

The DC-6 was developed as a faster, larger, and pressurized version of the DC-4 which first flew in 1946.  This popular airliner was faster than TWA's new 049 Constellation, and allowed one-stop transcontinental service in 10 hours.  When more powerful P&W R-2800 engines became available, Douglas decided to stretch the DC-6 by over 4.5 feet to produce the DC-6B.  The first DC-6B flew in February, 1951, and the first operator was American Air Lines.  Production of the DC-6B reached 288 by the close of the production line in November, 1958. The DC-6A was a very similar plane designed especially for freighter service.  Produced in parallel with the DC-7 series, many airlines found the DC-6B to be preferable to the DC-7's.

The reason for this preference is due to the impressive operating statistics of the DC-6B.  It had the best operating economics of any large piston airliner of it's time, and passengers also appreciated its quietness, smoothness, and general comfort.  Douglas sold more DC-6B's than any other civil airliner in the DC-4 to DC-7C series, which indicates it's popularity with the public and the airlines.  The virtues of the DC-6A/DC-6B/C-118A have endeared it to many recent operators, and several are still flying today.

High quality R-2800 DC-6 stereo sounds are available from Jon Jefferys. These are the best I've heard so far. They are designed to be used with the FS2004 slow engine startup. This package is downloaded separately; the base packs include a much smaller PropSound package. Now version 2!

Paint kit for GMAX DC-6B's.  Contains layered PSD files (usable in both Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro) which allow you to place your paint scheme between the bare metal layers and the windows and doors (19 MB).  Makes for fast painting!  Note:  there are no instructions in the file; follow the detailed instructions in my Repainting Tutorial. Last updated on 8/3/11. Description of the DC-6A interior textures here and here. Last updated on 8/6/11.


The DC-6A/B Base Packs now come with a new VC based on Jens Kristensen's great DC-6 VC! (see below for Jens' planes too), opening doors complete with airstairs, and improved flaps! Now with checklists (F10).

Green Panel/Cockpit Option by Eric Joiner and Tom Gibson. Last updated on 5/11/10.

Systems Description by Ryan Rice. A nice summary of the systems from the C-118A manual.

Click on the image to download the plane.

United Air Lines DC-6B FS2004/FSX United Air Lines 1958 DC-6B CB-16 Base Pack.  This is a great GMAX version by Greg Pepper and myself, and flight dynamics by FSAviator. This was the most common propliner seen on United in the 60's, and often flew into Sacramento Municipal when I was a kid.  Although not as "sexy" as the DC-7's, without prop spinners and 4-bladed props, this airliner was a thoroughbred, and with it's excellent economics was the last passenger propliner retired by United. I've painted it into the "jet delivery" colors of 1958; some propliners were actually given the new paint before any jets arrived. This one was named the Mainliner San Diego, Cal Classic's home.   Thanks, guys. Now includes non-radar versions and Polar Path Compass. This Base Pack includes the DC-6B flight dynamics with CB-16 engines. Includes the KMCC DC-6 Panel and Prop SoundsIf your engines won't keep running after engine start, be sure to advance the throttles to about 1000 RPM. 22 MB.  Last updated on 4/20/14. FS2002 version. Use for all versions of the DC-6B. Last updated on 9/15/08.  FS2000 version. Last modified on 9/16/01.   FS98 version.  Last modified on 10/8/00.  FS2000 night lit version.  Last modified on 6/11/00.

 FS2004/FSX Pan American DC-6B CB-17 Super Six Base Pack.  Wayne Tudor has painted the DC-6B into it's last colors at Pan Am.  They used the '6B in the 1960's for secondary and feeder routes throughout their great system. Now includes non-radar versions.  Thanks! This Base Pack contains the flight dynamics for the more powerful CB-17 powered version of the DC-6B, often used on DC-6B's that flew internationally. You must download and install the United Base Pack (above) to get the DC-6 panel and the sounds.  If your engines won't keep running after engine start, be sure to advance the throttles to about 1000 RPM. Last updated on 4/20/14. FS2002 version by Harry Follas. Last updated on 8/22/02.   FS2000/FS98 version. Last updated on 8/20/00.

FS2004/FSX Flying Tigers Line/American Airlines DC-6A CB-17 Base Pack.  Now includes opening doors, cargo, and ground equipment! This plane comes in two version, Combi and Freighter. The Combi version is painted in Flying Tiger colors. Flying Tiger Line came on the scene after WW2 as an all-cargo-airline flying the Curtiss C46, C-47, C-54, DC-6A and Connies.  Painted by Wayne Tudor, this livery gives you a freight carrier to fly.  It's sister was leased to Northeast and crashed on Riker's Island (NYC prison site) in 1957 after takeoff from La Guardia. The Freighter version is painted in American Airlines colors by Frank Gonzalez. American used their DC-6A's in transcontinental service. Thanks again! This Base Pack contains the flight dynamics for the DC-6A with CB-17 engines.  You must download and install the United Base Pack (above) to get the DC-6 panel and the sounds.  If your engines won't keep running after engine start, be sure to advance the throttles to about 1000 RPM. Last updated on 4/20/14. FS5 Flying Tiger Version by Rich Boehringer.  Last updated on 7/20/97. FS98 American Version by Joe McNulty. Last updated on 3/5/00.

DC-6A CB-16 Base Pack. Now with DC-6BF models as well (wide crew door). All the same model features as the version above, but without the black "football" ADF antennas. This version also uses the less powerful CB-16 engines. This is common in the modern era. Liveries supplied are Northern Air Cargo (small spinners, painted by Jim Campisi) and Everts Air Cargo (large spinners, painted by Dave James). Thanks! Last updated on 6/12/13.

FS2004/FS2002/FSX American Airlines 1960 DC-6B Textures Only.  Here's the American DC-6B I've painted in later colors with radar nose, named Flagship San Francisco.  You must download the United Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files.   Last updated on 6/11/10. FS2002 version by Manolito Gomez.  FS2000 version. Last modified on 9/16/01.   FS98 version.  Last updated on 10/8/00. 

FS2004/FS2002/FSX Western Airlines 1957 DC-6B Textures Only.  This livery uses the model with the larger prop spinners, improving engine cooling and performance.  Greg Pepper did this great paint job - thanks!  You must download the United Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files.   Last updated on 6/11/10. Version by Eric Joiner (use only the textures). Last updated on 6/11/10.  FS2000 version. Last modified on 9/16/01.   FS98 version.  Last modified on 10/8/00.  FS5 version.  Last modified on 6/20/98.

   FS2004/FS2002/FSX Transocean Airlines DC-6B.  Dave McQueen has painted up this bright paint job of Transocean's only DC-6B, named the "Royal Hawaiian".  Thanks, Dave!  You must download the Pan Am Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files (use only the textures from this package). Last updated on 6/30/03. 

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American DC-6B  FS2004/FS2002/FSX Pan American World Airways DC-6B.  Pan American used it's DC-6B's in tourist service alongside the Stratocruisers and DC-7's.  It's excellent economics allowed the airlines to offer tourist class fares for the first time.  Pan American DC-6B's served faithfully until sold in 1968.  Dave McQueen has painted the Greg's new DC-6B into the original Pan American colors.  Thanks, Dave!    You must download the Pan Am Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files (use only the textures from this package). Last updated on 6/30/03.   FS2000/FS98 version. Last updated on 6/11/00.  FS5 version by Rich Boehringer.  Last updated on 8/22/98.

 FS2004/FS2002/FSX National Airlines DC-6B Textures Only.  National used the '6B on it's main routes to Florida until the DC-7's arrived, and then it was used on the shorter legs.  National also used DC-6B's on the American/Delta/National interchange service from Miami to Los Angeles and San Francisco, some stopping at San Diego.  I've painted this one in the "Airline of the Stars" livery.  You must download the United Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files.   Last updated on 6/11/10. FS2000 version. Last modified on 9/16/01.   FS98 version.  Last modified on 10/8/00.

  FS2004/FS2002/FSX Pacific Southwest Airlines DC-6B Textures Only.   PSA only had one DC-6B, and here it is!  They bought it second hand, and used it along with their Electras.  You must download the United Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files.   Last updated on 6/11/10. FS2000 version. FS98 version.

 FS2004/FS2002/FSX United Air Lines 1957 DC-6B.   Eric Joiner has painted up the DC-6B into the original delivery colors of United, worn until the "jet" colors arrived in 1958 (before the jets!). Thanks Eric!!  You must download the United Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files (use only the textures from this package). Last updated on 6/11/10. FS2000/FS98 version by Joe McNulty. Thanks, Joe!  Last updated on 12/25/00.

FS2004/FS2002/FSX SAS DC-6B.  Jens Kristensen has painted up Greg's DC-6B into this very nice rendition of SAS, the first airline to fly over the pole, with the DC-6B.  The Viking ship prow and national herald graphics add a dramatic flair to this European paint job. Thanks Jens!   You must download the Pan Am Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files (use only the textures from this package). Last updated on 7/8/03.   FS5 version painted by Tom Gibson.  Last modified on 6/15/96.

FS2004/FS2002/FSX Trans American Airlines DC-6B.  Wayne Tudor has painted up this handsome Trans American '6B.  TAA was one of the group of airlines that offered low cost transcontinental flights, and lead directly to the institution of tourist fares by the major airlines.  The CAA then shut TAA down for violating their interpretation of their charter certificate - too bad.  Textures only.  You must download the United Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files. Last updated on 1/18/05. FS2000/FS98 version by Harry Follas (North American Airlines, an earlier name). Last updated on 6/11/00.

FS2004/FS2002/FSX Western Airlines 1964 DC-6B.  Eric Joiner has repainted the GMAX DC-6B into the "jet age" colors of Western.  Looks good! Textures only.  You must download the United Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files. Please note that you should use the large spinner version in the Base Pack for these textures. Last updated on 6/11/10.  FS2002 version by Tom Gibson. Last updated on 8/22/02.   FS2000 version. Last modified on 9/16/01.   FS98 version.  Last modified on 10/8/00.

  FS2004/FS2002/FSX Continental Air Lines DC-6B.  After WW2 Continental took off with DC-6's and was the third US airline to invest in the British-built Viscount, after Capital and Northeast.  In 1982 they were merged with Texas International and became a major domestic and international airline.  Wayne Tudor has painted up this edition - Continental used them for their shorter main trunk routes throughout Texas and the Midwest, as well as interchange service to San Francisco from Houston, with American. Package also includes the Continental-United scheme, used on the interchange route to Seattle. Textures only -You must download the United Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files.  FS2002 version by Tom Gibson. Last updated on 8/22/02.   FS2000 version. Last modified on 9/16/01.   FS98 version.  Last modified on 10/8/00.

FS2004/FS2002/FSX REAL DC-6B. Luiz Foernges has painted up the '6B in the colors of REAL, the original Brazilian airline to fly to California and across the Atlantic. REAL replaced it's L-1049H Super Connies with these DC-6B's (probably as an economy move?) just before being bought by VARIG. VARIG continued the South America-Mexico City-Los Angeles-Honolulu-Tokyo flights for a month or two with VARIG Super Connies but soon discontinued the run past LAX. Thanks Luiz!  You must download the Pan Am Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files (use only the textures from this package). Last updated on 3/15/07.

FS2004/FS2002/FSX Japan Air Lines DC-6B.   Wayne Tudor has also done the first Asian carrier's DC-6B, Japan Air Lines.  Japan used the '6B on it's routes to Seattle and San Francisco until the delivery of the DC-7C's.  Thanks Wayne!  Textures only. You must download the Pan Am Base Pack (above) to get the rest of the required files.  Last updated on 3/23/05. FS5 Version by Rich Boehringer. Last updated on 5/24/97.

FS2002 American Air Lines 1955 DC-6B.  I've painted the DC-6B into the traditional bare metal scheme of American Air Lines, with no radar and orange flashes on the wing and horizontal stabilizer Last updated on 8/22/02.    FS2000 version. Last modified on 9/16/01.   FS98 version.  Last modified on 10/8/00.  

FS2002 Western Airlines 1952 DC-6B.  I've also painted the new DC-6B into the bright colors of Western Airlines, a regional airline that grew to serve all the West (including Hawaii!), and was eventually absorbed into Delta. This is the original 1952 delivery edition, with small spinners.   Last updated on 8/22/02.   FS2000 version. Last modified on 9/16/01.   FS98 version.  Last modified on 10/8/00.

 FS2000/FS98 Pan American DC-6A.  Harry Follas has created a new DC-6A, complete with animated cargo doors!  Check out those textures of the inside of the aircraft - some taken from actual photos!  Thanks, Harry!  Last updated on 8/20/00.

FS2000/FS98 United States Overseas Airlines DC-6B.  This new animated DC-6B's paint should remind you of an airline - United.  Although this one wasn't, most of USOA's planes were purchased from United, and they just changed the paint a bit.  USOA was a large irregular carrier, operating many military charters as well as civil.  Based in New Jersey, USOA picked up much of the business when Transocean quit (or was forced to quit, based on your viewpoint).  Another in the long series of non-sked DC's by Rich Boehringer - thanks again!  Last updated on 4/16/00.

FS98 United Air Lines 1965 DC-6B.  Harry Follas has painted our animated FS98 DC-6B into the later colors of United, complete with exit outlines, etc.  Thanks, Harry!  Last updated on 8/21/99.

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