Every aviation enthusiast has an appreciation for the Douglas DC-3. It may not get your adrenaline pumping as much as a high speed pass by a P-51 Mustang or Spitfire, but the venerable DC-3 has a remarkable history everyone must appreciate. From revolutionizing airline travel to carrying paratroopers into France to hauling cargo around the frozen north of Canada and Alaska, the DC-3 is an accomplished design.
Now you can fly the DC-3 in X-Plane 10 and 11. The quality add-on by vSkyLabs focuses less on eye candy and shifts toward realism. If you are used to the point and fly dynamics of FSX, then this isn’t the aircraft for you. But, if you want to try your hand at operating this workhorse, then grab the model. Heck, if you want have a bit of aviation nostalgia in your virtual hangar, then grab the model. But, read the instructions first!
The visual model is a little dated, but still relevant. It is a model from an older version updated and ported to work with XP10 and XP11. While a little rough around the edges, you can appreciate the classic DC-3 nose, square side windows and the unique tail section. To me, the protruding landing gear behind the oil coolers is really what makes this a DC-3!
On the inside, using Shift-9, you can fly the aircraft from the Virtual Cockpit view. Holding a right click on the mouse allows you to pan around the 3D model of the cockpit and cabin. Plenty of switches, nobs and levers to keep your inner pilot giddy for hours.
This model truly shines from when you start the takeoff roll, or even before if you start the sim cold and dark. This model behaves like a real DC-3. Locking the tail wheel is a must! Proper trim, power setting, and finesse of the controls is the name of the game. Abuse this plane and it will result in virtual personal injury. You truly have to be aware of what the aircraft is doing and don’t over correct or over control the aircraft. The DC-3 is a gem to fly, if you work with her, not against her.
For $19.95, this is a great deal. While the visual model might not be the best thing out there, it does not matter since the flying dynamics and realism are what counts in this purchase. I highly recommend this purchase for all serious simmers.