DC-6/7

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DC-6/7

Post by UAL233 Franklin Dermody » Feb 14th, '17, 04:20

Where does the Douglas DC-6/DC-7 rank within the fleet? Is it a Captain, Senior Captain, or ATP Captain aircraft? Flying a pteranodon/dinosaur is a lot of fun! As far as awards go, I'd like to know where this aircraft ranks in terms of the fleet structure.
Thank you in advance and awaiting your reply.
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UAL277 Kevin Finch
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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL277 Kevin Finch » Feb 14th, '17, 14:00

It's not part of our fleet now, Frank. If management adds it, I suppose it would be comparable to a Viscount, therefore at the Captain's level. If UAL and its predecessors didn't fly it, though, it likely won't be added.
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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL006 Sante Sottile » Feb 15th, '17, 00:44

Hi Frank,

Just as Kevin said, it most likely wont be added. I'll do some searching to see if it was flown with a previous United\Star Alliance member but, I cant guarantee anything. If it does come up, it will be part of our vintage fleet.

Hope this clears it up.

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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL718 Sterling Paulsen » Mar 11th, '17, 21:29

I posted about it in a different thread, but did United definitely fly the DC-6. They along with American were the two launch customers.

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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL006 Sante Sottile » Mar 17th, '17, 13:29

UAL718 Sterling Paulsen wrote:
Mar 11th, '17, 21:29
I posted about it in a different thread, but did United definitely fly the DC-6. They along with American were the two launch customers.
Thanks for letting us know.

We will be updating our vintage fleet once our downloads\fleet page has been redone on our website.

Cheers,
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UAL718 Sterling Paulsen
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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL718 Sterling Paulsen » Mar 17th, '17, 21:39

Thanks; it doesn't matter to me until PMDG gets around to releasing their DC-6 for FSX, which looks like it's going to be amazing.

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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL277 Kevin Finch » Mar 21st, '17, 17:28

For confirmation, from Wikipedia: "Douglas Aircraft modified the design into a civil transport 80 in (200 cm) longer than the DC-4. The civil DC-6 first flew on 29 June 1946, being retained by Douglas for testing. The first airline deliveries were to American Airlines and United Airlines on 24 November 1946.[1] A series of inflight fires (including the fatal crash of United Airlines Flight 608) grounded the DC-6 fleet in 1947. The cause was found to be a fuel vent next to the cabin cooling turbine intake; all DC-6s were modified and the fleet was flying again after four months on the ground.

"In April 1949, United, American, Delta, National, and Braniff were flying DC-6s in the United States. United flew them to Hawaii, Braniff flew them to Rio de Janeiro, and Panagra flew Miami-Buenos Aires; KLM, SAS, and Sabena flew DC-6s across the Atlantic. BCPA DC-6s flew Sydney to Vancouver, and Philippine flew Manila to London and Manila to San Francisco."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_DC-6

That said, there are currently 14 DC-6 flights in the vUAL timetable.
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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL007 Jonathan Kost » Mar 21st, '17, 17:56

Just to chime in here real fast. Our "retro" flights in the timetable have been there for a very long time...to their accuracy that is another answer I do not have. I honestly never spent much time or gave them much thought as acquiring timetables that I can parse the data from is a little hard to come by.

We aren't questioning whether United flew the aircraft as United flew the DC-3, DC-4 and DC-6 We can add the aircraft to the fleets for charters if it is not already and that would be the best solution I have from a scheduling standpoint. I can't make any promises if an investment of time will be made into the retro flights schedule in the near future.
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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL006 Sante Sottile » Mar 21st, '17, 18:04

As Jonathan said, you can use the charter option for now. Managing retro schedules on top of current schedules is a very time consuming task. For the time being, a charter option would be best. That's what it's there for, actually.

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Re: DC-6/7

Post by UAL718 Sterling Paulsen » Mar 24th, '17, 23:19

Is there any chance of just making a blanket statement that if Wikipedia lists it in United's "Historical Fleet" section that we can fly it? I'm asking because I just saw another plane I'm interested in: the Boeing 377, which United also flew.

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