THE MID-ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM

 DOUGLAS R4D, DC-3, C-47
FOR FS2002 and FS2004

 

 

MAAM-SIM, the all-volunteer flightsim development team of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania, consisting of Bill Rambow, Jan Visser, Fred Banting, Rob Young, Howard Sodja, and Mark Beaumont have produced the most authentic DC-3 simulation, for FS2002 and FS2004, ever.   The initial demonstration and release of the Douglas R4D / DC-3 CD was held at MAAM's famous World War II Weekend Show in June, 2004.  Show-goers were able to fly the award-winning B-25J 'Briefing Time' and any of three new, G-max Douglas DC-3's included on the new release.   As always, 100% of the proceeds from all sales of MAAM-SIM products go directly to the restoration programs of the museum.

 

The R4D-6 in gleaming bare-metal flies over the MAAM ramp of the MAAM-SIM freeware scenery, "Reading Regional Airport / MAAM" for FS2004 ( krdg-fs9.zip)

 

Here is #50819 in her present-day silver paint, buzzing the famous Pagoda, the symbol of Reading, also from krdg-fs9.zip


ALL NEW FROM THE GROUND UP

Some of the thousands of users of the previous, award-winning versions of  the team's R4D-6 have probably been expecting just an upgrade of the old bird.  They're in for a surprise.  Everything is new, from the ground up, inside and out, in this Gmax package.  The "extreme photo-realism" and the "fly it by the real book" attention to detail and authenticity of MAAM-SIM's B-25J 'Briefing Time'  package is obvious in every aspect of this new product, as well.

 

Start in the photo-real 2-D Pilot's Panel, then click an icon to move to...

 

...the Copilot's seat.   Every gauge and control duplicates those of the real ship.

 

Want to take a closer look at a gauge, or fly "under the hood"?  Bring up the enlarged, IFR, pilot's panel...

 

...or the enlarged copilot's panel. 

 

The Overhead Electrical Panel and Full Quadrant pop-ups give access to dozens of working switches and controls.

 

The photo-real Gear and Flap, and Hydraulic and Cowl Flap pop-ups.

 

But that's just the 2-D aspect of the plane.  Let's add a dimension...

The Virtual Cockpit is an exact replica of the real R4D-6 #50819's flight deck.

 

An optional model allows removal of the yokes for a clear view of all the instruments in the VC.

 

Step through the radio operator's compartment and stroll down that eleven and a half degree slope toward the galley...

The R4D is a 28-passenger admiral's transport, familiar to user's of the old R4D package, but now rendered in 3-D, from nose to tail.

 

TWO ADDITIONAL CIVILIAN AIRCRAFT MODELS

Besides MAAM's own #50819, a U.S. Naval Air Transport Service R4D-6, powered by 1350 hp P&W 1830-94 engines, purchasers of the CD will also receive two new civil DC-3's.  Both are equipped with 1830-92's of 1200 HP and have their own flight models and instruments appropriate to the power plants.  Each also has it's own, distinctive model and virtual cabin.   

United Air Lines Mainliner "City of San Francisco"

 

Take your ease in one of UAL's luxurious, leather seats in a 21 passenger configuration.

 

British European Airways RMA Freighter "Sir Eric Geddes"

 

BEA's freighter cabin can be loaded, and unloaded with the stroke of a key.

 

 

 

Among the many animations, one or both cargo doors may be opened on the freighter...

 

    

...as can the starboard passenger and port baggage doors on the UAL bird.

 

 These three different models - a military, astrodome equipped military version; a freighter, and a civil passenger model, will engender many free repaints.  A number of these are already in the works by the team.  A free Repainter's Texture Kit is available, free, and outside repainters will be encouraged to upload their own free liveries, so you can have your own favorite.

In addition to the liveries, other free enhancements have been produced and more are planned.  The prototype XC-47C Amphibian has already been released and is now included on the CD...

 

At the 2005 World War II Weekend Show, MAAM-SIM introduced its D-Day C-47 'Skytrain' and Dakota Mk III Expansion.  This four-plane package has now been added to the CD, as well.

You get these four war veteran aircraft...

'Sugar Blues' was a C-47A of the 89th Troop Carrier Squadron, 438th Troop Carrier Group, 53d Troop Carrier Wing.  She is depicted as she appeared on June 5/6th 1944, in full D-Day markings. Squadron Tactical Code 4U, call-sign N, tail number 2100795.   The 438th led the airborne invasion of Normandy, dropping the first units of the 101st Airborne into France.   The ‘Sugar Blues’ model is configured to carry cargo... 

At a key-stroke you can unload cargo to reveal the folded bucket seats...


‘Sugarpuss’ is a C-47A of the 90th Troop Carrier Squadron of the same group as ‘Sugar Blues’   The squadron identifier is Q7 and shows chalk number 15.  This is the number used by the paratroopers to identify their aircraft for a drop.  This ship differs from her group mate in that she is equipped with the smallest of the three types of carburetor air scoops fitted to P&W 1830 type engines, while “Sugar Blues” features the largest scoops, sometimes called “desert scoops” which are ram and non-ram, filtered intakes.  ‘Sugarpuss’ also is equipped with the glider-tow tail, rather than the pointed tail cone of her sister.  “Sugarpuss’ is configured to drop U.S. paratroopers...

Like the other planes in the quartet, 'Sugarpuss' has a completely recolored virtual cockpit...

Blue recognition lights glow atop the wings and fuselage...


The Douglas Dakota Mk III, serial KG374, marked YS-DM is without doubt the most famous Dakota in RAF service.   This aircraft of 271 Squadron, 46 Group,  RAF Transport Command, based on Down Ampney, Gloucestershire was piloted by Flt. Lt. Lord, DFC, VC.   KG374 is depicted as she was painted for Operation Market Garden, the attack on Arnhem, Netherlands in September of 1944.   Her invasion stripes have been hurriedly painted over on the upper surfaces to better camouflage the aircraft whilst on the ground in foreign territory in subsequent months.    This aircraft was lost in a gallant and well-documented action over Arnhem while dropping supplies to beleaguered British troops.  For his action, Flt. Lt. Lord was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the only such recognition given to a pilot of RAF Transport Command.   This model is configured to air drop cargo...

The C-47 / Dakota 2-d panel...


Douglas Dakota Mk III YS-DJ, KG444, "Pie Eyed Piper of Barnes", was piloted by Flt. Lt. "Professor" Jimmy Edwards, DFC, also of 271 Squadron, 46 Group.  This representation shows KG444 in D-Day invasion markings. KG444 was later shot down on Sep 21, 1944 at Arnhem, Holland.  This model is configured to drop UK paratroopers...

The two paratrooper models feature an animated paratroop exit panel and folding bucket seats...


Once you have your R4D/DC-3/C-47 CD installed, you can download and add many other free add-ons, directly from our Free Stuff page or your favorite flightsim website.


 

USER'S MANUAL

The extensive html User's Manual includes dozens of clear diagrams and instructions, like this one of the 2D pilot's panel...

 

 

...and this one of the Overhead Electrical Panel.

 

Perhaps best of all, the User's Manual also features a number of instructional videos in which MAAM President and Chief Pilot, Russ Strine, demonstrates and discusses every phase of  operation of the R4D from the real #50819's cockpit.   These are all Windows Media Video files (wmv), played right in your browser by simply passing your cursor over the desired video box in the manual.


On the kneeboard, you will find a complete set of interactive checklists and detailed reference pages for the aircraft.

 


The CD also includes a scanned, genuine, 96 page World War II Pilot Training Manual for the C-47.

...Original special effects include start-up smoke and exhaust stack flashes...

 

... cabin and cockpit lights can be separately switched on and off...

 

...dust and tire tracks on unpaved strips, tire skid marks on pavement, belly landing sparks, and more.

 

You can order the MAAM-SIM R4D / DC-3 / C-47 for FS2002 and FS2004 directly from the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum.   Just follow this link. 

The price is $30 and it will be shipped by air mail anywhere in the world for $4.95.