In the late 1920s, the Fokker F.10 Trimotor was the workhorse of a burgeoning airline industry. The F.10 was a roomier variant of the F.VII/3m, which had proven itself in many pioneering flights, notably the first ever trans-Pacific flight and Amelia Earhart’s first Atlantic crossing, but in an age where wood and fabric construction was still the norm, things were about to change. In 1931, an investigation into the crash of a TWA Trimotor revealed a systematic flaw in its laminate construction that ultimately saw all F.10s withdrawn from passenger service and a loss of confidence in wooden construction.

The Boeing 247 was an attractive all-metal alternative to the Trimotors, but was unavailable to TWA as Boeing had committed to selling the first 60 aircraft to United Airlines, which it owned. Instead, TWA invited tenders for a new all-metal design, to which the Douglas Aircraft Corporation submitted the DC-1, a sleek and elegant twin-engined aircraft that was reminiscent of the Boeing 247 but surpassed it in performance and passenger payload. TWA received the DC-1 prototype in December 1933 and ordered 20 with bigger engines and a slightly longer fuselage to accommodate 14 passengers. By May of 1934, the first of these DC-2s entered service with TWA.

The European airlines also wanted DC-2s, and for the European market they were assembled under licence by Fokker in the Netherlands. KLM famously entered their first DC-2, nicknamed ‘Uiver’ (Stork) in the 1934 MacRobertson Trophy air race from England to Australia, where it proved itself by taking second place to a de Havilland DH-88 Comet racer conceived and purpose-built for the race. Third place went to a Boeing 247, and the race was a public relations triumph for KLM and Douglas.

Although overshadowed by its successor, the bigger DC-3, the DC-2 lives on in the hearts of those who flew it, and at least one remains in flying condition. This aircraft, a replica of the original ‘Uiver’, is owned and operated by the Aviodrome Aerospace Museum at Lelystad in the Netherlands, and was the inspiration for the virtual DC-2 examined here. The Uiver Team X DC-2 is available for both FS2004 and FSX (the FSX version shown here), and all the proceeds go towards keeping the real aircraft flying. Join us as we take it for a ride!

 


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Mark Hurst holds a real-world CAA PPL, which he obtained in Southern California in 1993. He flew intermittently out of Leavesden and Long Beach for a few years before the inevitable lapse, but he harbours dreams of resurrecting his licence and barging microlights around the treetops of Bedfordshire. He has been a flight simulator enthusiast since SubLogic’s Flight Simulator III on the Atari ST, and recently he rekindled his passion for aviation with the assembly of a dedicated FSX machine. In the real world Mark works for the NHS as a Family Therapist.

Nick Churchill has been providing images for marketing purposes of Flight Simulator products for several years and claims that staring at a virtual cockpit for too long can make you go blind.

 

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