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[04MAY19] PMDG DC-3 Announcement - Come Say Hello!

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    [04MAY19] PMDG DC-3 Announcement - Come Say Hello!

    Captains,

    Back in 2011, I had a moment of boredom and decided that it might be fun to restore a nearly-derelict Douglas DC-3.

    I have always had an affinity for old airplanes- and the DC-3 and I crossed paths a couple of times, so it all seemed pretty logical that we should save her from the inevitable scrap heap of disuse and corrosion.

    Fast forward a bunch of years and having accomplished the mission, I began to ponder selling the airplane on to her next adventure- but then an opportunity crossed my desk that was hard to let pass: The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings was being celebrated with Daks Over Normandy 2019 and just a few weeks later, there is the Berlin Airlift 70th Anniversary celebration being held in Berlin. A fellow DC-3 owner set out to organize as many US based DC-3/C-47 aircraft as possible to cross the Atlantic Ocean to participate in these historic anniversaries, and this seemed like an adventure impossible for a vintage aviation guy like me to pass up.

    I bounced the idea off our crew and once again each of them failed to take the opportunity to talk me out of the idea, so we commenced planning to bring our airplane to Europe.

    Now, unlike the olive drab painted C-47s that are going, our DC-3C is a luxury ship. She was operated as an airliner right up until 2003 and we have upgraded the interior and really enhanced the plush accommodations, so while the olive-drag guys are throwing their passengers out over the invasion beaches, we will be serving our guests coffee and sandwiches from the galley while WWII era music plays softly over the PA system.

    But that doesn't mean that the trip will be easy.

    Hand flying a DC-3 is not an easy feat. She has a HUGE wing that is exceptionally good at lifting, which means flying her in unstable air is a bit like trying to sit on a yoga ball in a dark room with only one foot touching the floor.

    Hand flying a DC-3 for 6 legs, averaging 5hrs per leg, over open ocean across the Blue Spruce Route across northern Canada, Southern Greenland, Iceland and Scotland is an even harder feat.

    BlueSpruceRoute.jpg

































    (NOTE: Route has changed slightly since this graphic was created. Current itinerary available at ClipperTabithaMay.com)


    The logistical planning has been underway for some time. The fuel for the journey had to be purchased late last year so that it could be pre-positioned by barge in at least one of our fuel stops.

    We are the lead ship for fifteen making the crossing from the United States (there were as many as 30 early on, but as the planning gets more serious, fewer and fewer remain.) We plan to depart our home base at Manassas, VA on 14MAY, making our way across with an eventual arrival sometime between 19-21MAY depending upon the whims of the weather along the route.


    CTM_Crew_Small.JPG


    After we arrive, the airplane will be stored at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in the UK and the crew will head home for ten days or so because we all have families and jobs and airline jobs to tend to. (I have this NG3 project nagging at me... ) We will return on 01JUN to operate the airplane in/around southern England and northern France until 09JUN in support of the D-Day anniversary celebrations, and then on 10JUN we will be bringing her to Paderborn, Germany to spend a day with our friends and colleagues at Aerosoft.

    For those of you who can make it to Paderborn, we will be offering you the opportunity to meet part of the PMDG team, breathe in some "old airplane" smells and even get close enough to the DC-3 that she might baptise you with hot oil if you aren't careful. Aerosoft will be publishing some information this week about the gathering- as it will be an informal open-house of sorts where everyone who likes airplanes and simming can come out and enjoy a bit of friendship and some laughs together.

    We have decals and some other things to give away to those who can attend- so you won't leave empty handed.

    We have a number of other stops planned throughout Europe before we leave the continent to return to the United States in late June. You can see the currently planned schedule at the airplane's website (below) and you can also follow along on the flight tracking page- as the airplane has satellite based tracking enabled so any time we are in flight you can follow our progress in real time.

    We also have the ability for members of the PMDG team to text the crew live in flight, so we are pondering doing some kind of informal Q&A as we make our crossing. Stay tuned for details on that. We are also trying to negotiate a deal that might provide for better data pricing via satellite that might allow us to provide occasional live-video capture from the cockpit as we approach places like BGBW and BIRK along the route.

    You can see our planned itinerary and other information about the airplane here: ClipperTabithaMay.Com

    So please do take a look at our schedule. If you are a PMDG customer, avgeek, DC-3 fanatic, or just want to say hello- we'd love to see you- particularly if you can make it to Paderborn!

    Let me know if you have any questions!
    Attached Files
    Robert S. Randazzo
    PMDG Simulations
    http://www.pmdg.com



    #2
    Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
    breathe in some "old airplane" smells
    And meanwhile, just two days ago, I was doing a drop and hook, dropped a loaded trailer, and the trailer I ended up getting was one of our brand new trailers. Popped open the door, went inside, and it certainly had that new car smell. New trailer smell? I don't know.
    Captain Kevin

    Kevin Yang

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      #3
      Robert,

      I loved the tour you gave on the last episode of "Plane Savers". Got some real cool insight into your DC3. She's a beautiful bird!

      Can't wait to follow along. Wish you and the crew a safe journey across the pond.
      Sante Sottile - CYVR

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      • Ephedrin
        Ephedrin commented
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        Can you tell me which episode that was?

      #4
      Sounds like a great adventure Robert and have a fantastic time.The pic of the shining DC-3 is excellent reminds me of PBR😁ohh yeh and of course you all look very smart as well😉.You all have a Safe and great flight and all the best.
      Regards.
      Last edited by Ausflight; 08May2019, 02:16.
      Danny Z.Cebis

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        #5
        Where are flight attendants?Long journey like this, certainly requires at least one hahahahaha
        STEFAN ĐORĐEVIĆ

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          #6
          Originally posted by Stefan_888 View Post
          Where are flight attendants?Long journey like this, certainly requires at least one hahahahaha
          Guy with the least stripes serves the coffee

          Craig Gear

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            #7
            What altitude will you be flying stateside? Hoping to catch a glimpse on Tuesday if you fly close enough to Wilmington, DE!
            Matthew Glanden

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              #8
              Dear Robert,

              according to the german site "Foerderverein LuftBruecke" (Friends association airlift) and the listed aircraft there, I can't see your DC-3 listed there ...?
              Is that correct?


              And another question: for Berlin itself (according to that site) there is a "fly over" planned for the 15th and 16th of June. Do you have further informations about that fly-over? Is it over Berlin City itself, Tempelhof? Or what happens there?

              many thanks for answering, greetings from Berlin!
              Guenter
              Guenter Steiner

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                #9
                It will surely be an unforgettable trip for all of those involved.
                Enjoy and savour every moment.

                Will be looking forward to your reports, videos and stories of adventures.
                Roberto Stopnicki
                Toronto, Canada

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                  #10
                  I'm going to try to get to Wiesbaden!! Not sure if it will be possible as I'll have to take the day off but I'm going to try it!
                  i7-6700k, GTX 1080TI, 32GB DDR4 RAM @2666MHz, 4k

                  Marc Ehnle

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                    #11
                    I'm having exams from May 27th until June 17th... Would've loved to try and meet you guys somewhere, either France or Germany, otherwise... Good luck, safe flying and enjoy the trip to all involved!
                    Best regards,

                    Lars Domen

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                      #12
                      With the thread title, I thought they are really announcing a PMDG DC-3 for P3D or something lol
                      Goodluck with the trip and safe flying!
                      Last edited by snapshot21; 07May2019, 08:38.

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                      • Ephedrin
                        Ephedrin commented
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                        My first thought, too 😂

                      #13
                      Will anything be happening at Duxford, apart from the aircraft being stored there for 10 days? similar thing to what your doing in Germany?
                      Jason Dilley

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                        #14
                        I'll be at Duxford on 2nd June, so hopefully will catch you then. Good luck and enjoy the trip !
                        Neil Burgess - EGCC

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                          #15
                          Originally posted by Ephedrin View Post
                          I'm going to try to get to Wiesbaden!! Not sure if it will be possible as I'll have to take the day off but I'm going to try it!
                          Marc, out of curiosity where Wiesbaden fits? I mean we will be at Paderborn, unless I miss something obvious

                          I believe the 10th was chooses as it's public holiday in Germany so people will have "easier" access instead of a normal working day
                          Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                          PMDG Technical Support
                          http://www.pmdg.com

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                          • Ephedrin
                            Ephedrin commented
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                            Yep, but Paderborn is too far for me. Wiesbaden on Monday is close to Frankfurt and for me - coming from Stuttgart - it‘s well reachable within motorcycle range 😂. As Kyle wrote below it‘s scheduled for arrival at the 10th.

                          #16
                          Originally posted by cmakris View Post

                          Marc, out of curiosity where Wiesbaden fits? I mean we will be at Paderborn, unless I miss something obvious

                          I believe the 10th was chooses as it's public holiday in Germany so people will have "easier" access instead of a normal working day
                          The event at Wiesbaden is supposed to be 10/11 June.
                          Kyle Rodgers
                          PMDG Developer Emeritus

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                            #17
                            Great stuff, guys, love it. Safe and pleasant flying.

                            If you do get a chance to check out the aircraft, do so. I spent a few minutes touring it at Oshkosh a few years back and it was an absolute treat. The whole team has done a wonderful job preserving and upgrading her.
                            Kyle Weber

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                              #18
                              Originally posted by Ephedrin View Post
                              I'm going to try to get to Wiesbaden!! Not sure if it will be possible as I'll have to take the day off but I'm going to try it!
                              Marc, for sure the DC3 will be at Paderborn at the 10th of June for the full day, Just saying to save you an unnecessary trip to Wiesbaden
                              Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                              PMDG Technical Support
                              http://www.pmdg.com

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                                #19
                                Although I am living 300km away in the lovely rainy Nothern of Germany (East Frisia region), I will try to manage it. Looking forward to meeting you in Paderborn... Please don't forget to bring some sunshine with you
                                Is Fassberg still in the schedule? Could be an alternative for me also.
                                KR
                                Last edited by VoyagerP3D; 12May2019, 09:01. Reason: Signature not showing up
                                Christian Mbeumo
                                i7-8700K @3,7GHz, Z370 Gaming Pro, RAM 32.0GB, DDR4 3000MHz GTX 1080Ti 11GB

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                                  #20
                                  Originally posted by VoyagerP3D View Post
                                  Although I am living 300km away in the lovely rainy Nothern of Germany (East Frisia region), I will try to manage it. Looking forward to meeting you in Paderborn... Please don't forget to bring some sunshine with you
                                  Is Fassberg still in the schedule? Could be an alternative for me also.
                                  KR
                                  Will try to brink some Mediterranean sun with me
                                  Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                  PMDG Technical Support
                                  http://www.pmdg.com

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                                    #21
                                    Good flight tomorrow guys and take care, take some pictures of the polar bears
                                    i7-6700k, GTX 1080TI, 32GB DDR4 RAM @2666MHz, 4k

                                    Marc Ehnle

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                                      #22
                                      A heads up to anyone interested... They are currently en-route...

                                      https://go.spidertracks.com/public/p...ations#/flying
                                      <-------------->
                                      Mike Murawski

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                                        #23
                                        Just heard them on Syracuse Approach as "Douglas 611" through liveatc.net.
                                        Onela Pivra [ATPL (A/H) ME CFII]
                                        [email protected] GHz, Nvidia RTX 2080S, 16GB DDR4 3200, 4K samsung UJ59

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                                          #24
                                          Wow, I'll actually be in Berlin around the time you guys will be there. If I have the opportunity to do so, I'll try to pay a visit. After reviewing your products for so many years it would be nice to meet you folks in person.
                                          Last edited by MCarter; 16May2019, 12:16.

                                          Marlon Carter

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                                            #25
                                            Originally posted by mmminez View Post
                                            A heads up to anyone interested... They are currently en-route...

                                            https://go.spidertracks.com/public/p...ations#/flying
                                            Looks like they are enroute from Montreal to possibly Goose Bay?
                                            Dan Downs KCRP

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                                              #26
                                              Originally posted by DDowns View Post

                                              Looks like they are enroute from Montreal to possibly Goose Bay?
                                              Correct Goose Bay is the next stop
                                              Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                              PMDG Technical Support
                                              http://www.pmdg.com

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                                                #27
                                                On controller.com Looks like if you go to meet them with a big enough check book you can take the DC3 home!

                                                Rob are you selling the clipper? Sad times
                                                Mr. James Alexander.

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                                                  #28
                                                  Which airport in Berlin will you guys be at?

                                                  Marlon Carter

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                                                    #29
                                                    Good work on making it across the Atlantic.
                                                    Steven

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                                                    • DDowns
                                                      DDowns commented
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                                                      On the ground at Glasgow Prestwick

                                                    #30


                                                    As it was a nice evening last night I cycled up to Duxford to have a look

                                                    13 maybe 14 Dakotas parked around the airfield. Very impressive, especially the ones with the D-Day stripes.

                                                    Unfortunately the pics I took with my iPhone aren't worth sharing.

                                                    All the best.

                                                    Simon Grant





                                                    Simon Grant

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                                                    • DDowns
                                                      DDowns commented
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                                                      You 'cycled' up to Duxford! How very Major Stovall of you and that reminds me it's time to get the old Twelve O'Clock High DVD out and watch with some popcorn and bourbon and my dog by my side.
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