Breitling DC-3 World Tour

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Virtual Breitling DC-3 Would Tour

The virtual world tour is based on REAL World Tour in 2017, which occurred from March to September, here is the event website http://www.flydc3.net/en/. And Breitling also has a website for this event https://www.breitling.com/en/airtime/breitling-dc-3/. For more photo and video you can check https://www.facebook.com/BreitlingDC3WorldTour/.

History

Aircraft

Breitling DC-3

The DC-3 HB-IRJ flying under Breitling colors was delivered on March 12th 1940 to American Airlines under the name ‘Flagship Cleveland’. Between 1942 and 1944, it was hired out to the US military, which based it in Europe. After being bought up in 1949 by Trans Texas Airways, it was subsequently owned by several North American airlines. In November 2008, the pilot Francisco Agullo and a group of friends, supported by Breitling, decided to make a legendary DC-3 fly again in Switzerland and in Europe. After a lengthy search around the world, they ‘fell in love’ with this Priscilla N922CA, based in the United States. Their interest was sparked by its exceptional condition, as well as by its rich civilian and military history perfectly embodying the significance of the DC-3. The Breitling DC-3 was then restored, adapted to European standards, and brought back to Europe. Since 2009, it has been participating in a number of air shows in Europe as well as in events organized by Breitling. Operated by the Super Constellation Flyers Association, based in Switzerland, it can accommodate around 20 passengers in its non-pressurized cabin and is equipped for flying under instrument flight rules. Like the Breitling Super Constellation (one of the world’s two remaining ‘Super Connies’ in flightworthy condition), the Breitling DC-3 vividly illustrates Breitling’s determination to safeguard the finest gems in aeronautical history.

World Tour Event

En 2017, Breitling has decided to launch its DC-3 on a grand world tour in stages, dotted with a number of stopovers providing opportunities to organize events and take part in air shows. Selected passengers will enjoy the privilege of being welcomed aboard for certain stretches. Having taken off from Geneva in March 2017, the plane must first fly to the Middle East, India, South-East Asia, China and Japan, before crossing the ocean to begin a grand tour of the United States, returning to Europe via Greenland and Iceland, and ending its epic journey in September at the 2017 Breitling Sion Airshow in Switzerland. At the venerable age of 77, the Breitling DC-3 is the oldest plane to do a world tour and this fresh claim to fame will be added to the already long list of its feats to date.

Aircraft for Virtual event

Breitling DC-3 in Flightgear

We will use Douglas DC-3 for this event, please make sure you have knowledge about basic IFR skill. Please note that there is NO such DME receiver on this aircraft, and NO auto throttle devices, so please do read Douglas DC-3 wiki page carefully and learn how to fly it.

You can download Douglas DC-3 Full Aircraft package here https://github.com/FGMEMBERS/Douglas-Dc3. (Breitling World Tour livery included)

And also I am working on improve the aircraft, now equipped with a DME receiver so it will helpful for this world tour, and I would make a new flap indicator and ALS effect improvement https://github.com/tonghuix/Douglas-Dc3.

Place it onto your aircraft directory.

Route

For navigation, it is a big challenge that using 'VOR by VOR' navigation, that means you can fly from one VOR (or NDB) station to another VOR (or NDB) until to destination. Also, you can use route manager and fly by FMS/GPS, though it may less fun :).

Due to Douglas DC-3 only flies hundreds mils (less than 1000), so you may have to 'refuel' mid-air for some long haul route.

LEG Departure Arrival Distance Reference duration & Note
1 Geneva Airport (LSGG) Avignon - Provence Airport (LFMV) 149nm 70mins
2 Avignon - Provence Airport (LFMV) Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb (LDZA) 489nm 3h22m
3 Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb (LDZA) Athens International Airport (LGAV) 586nm 4h03m
4 Athens International Airport (LGAV) Ben Gurion International Airport (LLBG) 645nm 3h46m
5 Ben Gurion International Airport (LLBG) Amman Civil Airport (OJAM) 56nm 33min, the scenery of OJAM has bug, part of runway covered by sand hill
6 Amman Civil Airport (OJAM) Bahrain International Airport (OBBI) 841 nm 5h15m
7 Bahrain International Airport (OBBI) Doha International Airport (OTBD) 79nm 58nm
8 Doha International Airport (OTBD) Dubai International Airport (OMDB) 207nm 1h25m
9 Dubai International Airport (OMDB) Jinnah International Airport (OPKC) 643nm 4h04m
10 Jinnah International Airport (OPKC) Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (VANP) 696nm 4h05m
11 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (VANP) Shah Amanat International Airport (VGEG) 717nm 4h52m, outer marker is on the VGEG's runway!
12 Shah Amanat International Airport (VGEG) Chiang Mai International Airport (VTCC) 453nm 2h58, VTCC covered by surrounding terrain!
13 Chiang Mai International Airport (VTCC) Phuket International Airport (VTSP) 638nm 4h10m, note that VTSP rwy27's LOC has a 1.14 deg offset, it's not a bug, see chart.
14 Phuket International Airport (VTSP) Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (WMSA) 355nm 2h28m
15 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (WMSA) Seletar Airport (WSSL) 173nm 1h20m
16 Seletar Airport (WSSL) Kota Kinabalu International Airport (WBKK) 779nm 4h18m
17 Kota Kinabalu International Airport (WBKK) Laoag International Airport (RPLI) 777nm 4h55m
18 Laoag International Airport (RPLI) Macau International Airport (VMMC) 458nm 3h13m
19 Macau International Airport (VMMC) Taipei Songshan Airport (RCSS) 472nm 3h23m
20 Taipei Songshan Airport (RCSS) Naha Airport (ROAH) 337nm 2h34m, LOC of ROHA RWY36 has 0.2deg offset, it's not bug
21 Naha Airport (ROAH) Shanghai Pudong International Airport (ZSPD) 428nm 3h21m
22 Shanghai Pudong International Airport (ZSPD) Kagoshima Airport (RJFK) 460nm 3h28m
23 Kagoshima Airport (RJFK) Kumamoto Airport (RJFT) 62nm 33mins
24 Kumamoto Airport (RJFT) MCAS Iwakuni (RJOI) 105nm 55mins
25 MCAS Iwakuni (RJOI) Kobe Airport (RJBE) 151nm 1h09m
26 Kobe Airport (RJBE) Sendai Airport (RJSS) 347nm 2h50m
27 Sendai Airport (RJSS) Tokachi–Obihiro Airport (RJCB) 295nm 1h51m
28 Tokachi–Obihiro Airport (RJCB) Eareckson Air Station (PASY) 1373nm 8h01m, refuel mid-air once is needed
29 Eareckson Air Station (PASY) Cold Bay Airport (PACD) 830nm 4h25m
30 Cold Bay Airport (PACD) Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC) 539nm 3h49m
31 Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC) Juneau International Airport (PAJN) 496nm 3h08m, It is a challenge landing on PAJN, caution terrain and bad weather.
32 Juneau International Airport (PAJN) King County International Airport (KBFI) 786nm 5h22m
33 King County International Airport (KBFI) Aurora State Airport (KUAO) 138nm 53m
34 Aurora State Airport (KUAO) Oakland International Airport (KOAK) 452nm 2h58m
35 Oakland International Airport (KOAK) John Wayne Airport (KSNA) 322nm 2h14m
36 John Wayne Airport (KSNA) Page Municipal Airport (KPGA) 370nm 2h35m, Great Canyon will on the route, enjoy it!
37 Page Municipal Airport (KPGA) Scottsdale Airport (KSDL) 199nm 1h47m
38 Scottsdale Airport (KSDL) San Angelo Regional Airport (KSJT) 595nm 2h43m
39 San Angelo Regional Airport (KSJT) Ellington Airport (KEFD) 296nm 2h
40 Ellington Airport (KEFD) Addison Airport (KADS) 219nm 1h35m
41 Addison Airport (KADS) St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS) 468nm 3h12m
42 St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS) Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) 333nm 2h16m
43 Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) 116nm 48mins
44 Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) 376nm 2h33m
45 Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) Teterboro Airport (KTEB) 300 nm 2h
46 Teterboro Airport (KTEB) Laurence G. Hanscom Field (KBED) 158nm 1h06m
47 Laurence G. Hanscom Field (KBED) Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (CYQB) 259nm 1h49m
48 Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (CYQB) CFB Goose Bay (CYYR) 576nm 3h51m, CYYR covered by trees!!
49 CFB Goose Bay (CYYR) Narsarsuaq Airport (BGBW) 646nm 5h10m
50 Narsarsuaq Airport (BGBW) Keflavík International Airport (BIKF) 652nm 4h20m
51 Keflavík International Airport (BIKF) Wick John O' Groats Airport (EGPC) 653nm 4h38m
52 Wick John O' Groats Airport (EGPC) Edinburgh Airport (EGPH) 151nm 1h34m, some building near EGPH and Glasgow are floating in the air!!
53 Edinburgh Airport (EGPH) Manchester Airport (EGCC) 161nm 1h28m
54 Manchester Airport (EGCC) Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU) 116nm 47min
55 Duxford Aerodrome (EGSU) London Biggin Hill Airport (EGKB) 46nm 23mins
56 London Biggin Hill Airport (EGKB) Paris–Le Bourget Airport (LFPB) 170nm 1h20m, La Tour Eiffel on the way of approach to LFPB!
57 Paris–Le Bourget Airport (LFPB) Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport (EDFE) 250nm 1h48m
58 Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport (EDFE) Vienna International Airport (LOWW) 332nm 2h11m
59 Vienna International Airport (LOWW) Milan Linate Airport (LIML) 340nm 3h07m
60 Milan Linate Airport (LIML) Dole - Jura Airport (LFGJ) 186nm 1h47m
61 Dole - Jura Airport (LFGJ) Geneva Airport (LSGG) 56nm 52m

Other resources

A tutor for fly DC-3 http://www.douglasdc3.com/dc3throt/dc3throt.htm