PRESS RELEASES UPDATED JUNE 28, 2011
MAAM-SIM IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
The 7th Edition of our award-winning B-25J Mitchell has had a major rework. First of all, both the FSX and FS9 installers will automatically detect your particular Flightsim path, even if it's one of those Win7/Vista 64 bit non-standard paths. Of course, for the first time, this also means no more messing about with upgrades, patches and fixes to get the B-25 up and running in FSX.
But that is just the beginning of the new goodies...
You still get the original three models, of course...
But how about a few extra Mitchells...
In addition to the three original models, there are 40 pre-installed liveries by four of the most talented repainters in FS. Among the included aircraft that Stephen Demmelmeier, John Terrell, Chuck Lawsen, and Tim Scharnhop have given us are most of the B-25's currently flying the airshow circuit.
Enough skylarking outdoors. Step into the office...
But, just because you don't have to leave the VC, you still may want to. So we've given you the option of installing a Wide-Screen 2-D Panel so that owners of 16:10 or 16:9 aspect ratio monitors no longer have to suffer squashed controls and oval gauge faces...
While the FSX aircraft package is a "port-over", meaning it was originally designed for FS2004, it has been extensively modified and optimized for FSX. When our first 'Briefing Time' model was introduced for FS2002, nearly ten years ago, it set the bar for extreme realism in vintage aircraft for MSFS. We are pleased to say that 'Briefing Time' operates, looks, and flies beautifully in FSX and we are confident you will enjoy and appreciate this latest iteration.
There's a lot more to tell about the package, but if you want absolutely all the details you can download the 7th Edition B-25J 'Briefing Time' Software User's Manual from our Free Stuff Pages. Whiole you're there, look around at all the other Free Enhancements available for the package. All of the repaints created for the earlier editions are still compatible with version 7.
MAAM-SIM products are produced by a multi-national, all-volunteer team. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of MAAM-SIM products go to support the restoration projects of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. Available on CD or as a Download, only from the Museum On-Line Store, or the MAAM Shop at Reading Regional Airport, PA. Thanks for your support.
R4D/DC-3/C-47 10th Edition CD and Download
RELEASED October 1, 2010
ADD-ON AIRCRAFT AND SCENERY PACKAGE
FOR MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR X and 'CENTURY OF FLIGHT'
The latest edition of the storied MAAM-SIM Douglas R4D/DC-3/C-47 add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator includes a dedicated automatic installer for FSX. The FS2002 version has finally been dropped from the package.
The FSX package is a port-over version of the FS9 version of the package modified for Flight Simulator X. It is compatible with all editions of FSX, including Service Pack 2 and the Acceleration. Essentially, what you get is the complete FS9 package with the FSX Basic Compatibility Upgrade and SP2 Transparency Fix already included in an automatic installer so that no further patching is required.
MAAM-SIM's first aircraft
add-on was the museum's Naval Air Transport Service R4D-6 (DC-3). The add-on was
first produced in 1999 when the team was called "The R4D Team". Now a completely
new, from-the-ground-up redesign using Gmax has taken the famous Douglas
transport to the next level.
The new R4D / DC-3 / C-47 Package in the latest edition still includes MAAM's Douglas, in both gleaming bare-metal and silver paint finishes. But that is just the beginning. There are also two civilian DC-3's included - a United Air Lines passenger model, the Mainliner "City of San Francisco" and the British European Airways cargo carrier, "Sir Eric Geddes".
Then you get a squadron of military models: First there is the rare prototype seaplane version, the XC-47C, also available in a civilian livery.
The four-plane D-Day Expansion Pack is included:
'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 which, 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.
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.
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.
The "All Theaters" C-47 Expansion Pack and Virtual Cockpit Upgrade is also included. Six more C-47 models of the USAAF, RAF, RAAF and CNAC in liveries from the ETO, CBI, SWPA, and Med Theaters of Operation. The planes feature U.S. and UK paratroop and para-drop cargo effects. The included VC Upgrade incorporates numerous fully functional controls, radio and navigator's compartments and animated pilots.
One final addition is the Danish Dakota Friends restored C-47, OY-BPB.
Aside from this squadron
of aircraft, the CD includes a number of extras...
The extensive html User's Manual includes dozens of clear diagrams and instructions. 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 knee-board, 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.
If you want to opt for the download version, all of these manuals and videos are available from our Free Stuff Pages, where you will also find scores of repaints and other enhancements in an ever-growing collection.
You may purchase the CD or DL version of the R4D/DC-3/C-47 package only from the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum Store.