Douglas DC-3

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This aircraft article is obsolete but is kept for historical reference.

This FGAddon aircraft has been deleted from the repository, as it has been superseded by the Douglas DC3 C-47 Skytrain aircraft.

Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC3.jpg
Type Airliner, Historical aircraft, Military transport aircraft
Propulsion Piston aircraft, Twin-engine aircraft
Manufacturer Douglas
Author(s) David Megginson
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Status Alpha
 Repository The development repository of the Douglas DC-3.

The Douglas DC-3 is an American fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft whose speed and range revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Because of its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II, it is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made.

Differences to the C-47 Skytrain

The C-47 is the military version of the DC-3 and in FlightGear much more sophisticated than this airplane. There is a complete and mouse triggered cockpit, many different livelies, better flying characteristics, cabine interior, a more detailed 3D model, ...

The C-47 got some World War II modifications (including being fitted with a cargo door, hoist attachment, and strengthened floor, along with a shortened tail cone for glider-towing shackles, and an astrodome in the cabin roof) but most of the airplane (main structure, flight characteristics, hydraulic, engines,...) hasn't changed. After WWII many C-47 have been reconverted to a DC-3. Most of the DC-3s flying today, are converted from C-47s. The seats in our FlightGear C-47 also lead to this conclusion. (The DC-3 model here does not even have cabine interior or doors)

Due to the tini differences between the DC-3 and C-47 decided the team to discontinue the development of the DC-3. Meanwhile the C-47 became one of the most advanced and most popular airplanes in FlightGear. So we recomment to download the Douglas C-47 Skytrain.

Development status/Issues/Todo


  • no cockpit light at night visible
  • no pilot and co pilot visible
  • no light at the passenger windows at night visible
  • wings and engines are not textured
  • no aircraft light available
  • aircraft has no wheel well area for the landing gears
  • baydoors for gears are missing

3d Cockpit:

  • no cockpit light at night available
  • no rudder/stick control in 3d cockpit available
  • switches and levers are available but can't be triggered with the mouse
  • elevator trim is not animated (or animation is not visible)
  • no cockpit instruments available
  • cockpit is only partly textured
  • no pilot and co pilot present
  • cockpit window has no windscreen wipers


  • engine sound in cockpit does not differ from outside engine sound
  • only one engine is selected by default
  • hud is not available
  • aircraft has the wrong elevation (approximately 50 meter above the runway) after flying and pressing the reset key
  • aircraft is not set on the correct elevation when starting flightsgear, lowest part of the aircraft is approximately 0.40 m above the ground