L749 in Juneau

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L749 in Juneau

Postby Dave Reed » Mon May 28, 2018 9:42 pm

Flying from Klawock to Juneau near sunset. In Alaska, views like this are not uncommon!
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Landing on runway 8. These new operations out of Juneau are primarily non-precision approaches. No ILS's in these regions! I'll post something in the GENERAL TOPICS tab on how to fly those. They are, in reality, quite fun and a bit more challenging than the basic ILS.
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Parked at the gate. What can I say, I love flying the Connie on these routes! A challenging aircraft to fly, on routes that are both beautiful and unforgiving!
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Here are a couple of shots of my newest airport mod, Juneau. I used ADE175 to clear out all the stock buildings and then used Abacus to add new ones. I really like how it turned out. In the SCENERY tab I just did a piece on how to change an airport, and I used Klawock as my example. In it I mention at the end a few changes I will make, and on this flight, before I took off, I made those changes. The results are very good! If you like making scenery (it's so simple!), you must share your airport photos in the Scenery tab!
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Re: L749 in Juneau

Postby PAA0691 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:01 pm

Nice work!, and of course, a BEAUTIFUL bird. For me, the most beautiful of all the propliners.
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Re: L749 in Juneau

Postby Dave Reed » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:33 pm

A beautiful machine alright, but here's how it compares to the DC-6B it was designed to compete against:
1. Both carried 80-89 passengers
2. Both had a takeoff weight of 107,000 lbs
3. Both had engines making 2500 hp each
4. Both had a range of 2600 mi with a full load
5. The L749 was 15 kts faster than the DC-6B

The L049 came out just as WW2 started, and all production went to the military. Douglas had its C54/DC4 in production, and was working on a DC6 proposal for the Army, but Donald Douglas saw a huge market for the DC6 after the war. In 1946 Lockheed opened with their L049 and Douglas with their DC6. Douglas then upgraded to the DC6B (the DC6A was an all freighter) so Lockheed upgraded to the L749A. Airlines seemed to favor the DC-6 for its simpler systems and better reliability. For example, the flight control system in the Connie was hydraulically boosted and tremendously more complex than the Douglas's simple tabbed system. Also, the Wright 3350 was more maintenance intense than the P&W R2800. A new DC-6B cost just over $400,000 while a new L749 cost closer to $650,000. This helps explain why only 213 L049/649/749 Constellations were built, compared to 665 DC6A/B.
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Re: L749 in Juneau

Postby HAG0688 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:25 am

Great!!!
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Re: L749 in Juneau

Postby HAG0688 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:27 am

PAA0691 wrote:Nice work!, and of course, a BEAUTIFUL bird. For me, the most beautiful of all the propliners.

For me too!
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Re: L749 in Juneau

Postby PAA0691 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:14 pm

Great data Dave!

I need those two birds, with THOSE paint schemes on X-Plane, NOW! :P
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Re: L749 in Juneau

Postby Pedro Soares TAP0622 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:01 pm

Love the Connie myself (who doesn t right?) despite being called worlds best tri motor :D
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