Doc and a number of others have come up with an idea for a group flight "Over the Hump" recreating a major effort performed by MATS during WW2.
This is growing in to a major project.
Stay tuned for updates.
Nico, Ice, Raz, Trigger and Mad Dog are helping get all the files together. A few planes on the way. It seems everyone likes the old props so it's been fun the last few weeks to see the interest.
A web site for the project is at http://www.freewebs.com/matsfs
We will be discussing the project in the Forum
NEW! MATS C-74 Flights screen captures
When this is all finished, we'll all have the MATS fleet planes and could do some videos in groups.
Current hop list is 13,262nm with 33 hops.
The main western hub is VTCM. The scenery places VTCM on top of VEBR over 600nm from where it is in Flight Sim.
FSNav will show both locations but in Flight Sim use "Go to Airport" VEBR to be in the right place.
YOU NEED THE SCENERY otherwise you will not find most of the airports.
Note: As we update these files we are changing the /aircraft folder name to start with the word "MATS" to make them easy to find.
Also in the "aircraft.cfg" file, "ui_manufacturer=MATS". This way all MATS planes will be listed under MATS.
For the Noobies that have a problem with navigation, Iceman has provided an AFCad file to show the airfields on the GPS.
Download MATS Hump AFCADS.rar File size=117kb. Back then there was no GPS.
This file contains the airports, flight plans and documentation
Without this you will not be able to find the airfields
Download The Hump.rar - File Size = 6,817kb
Beechcraft C-45G Expediter MATS.zip
File Size = 17,288kb
C-45 FS Passengers payload.zip - 37kb
Fairchild C-119B Flying Boxcar MATS.zip
File Size = 5,152kb
C-119B FS Passengers payload.zip - 25kb
File Size = 12,229kb (New 03/09)
C-54 MATS payload.zip - 71kb
File Size = 9,102kb
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter MATS.zip
File Size = 20,864kb
File Size = 17,031kb
These files will be replaced soon.
File Size = 11,883kb
File Size = 9,701kb
Lockheed C-121A Constellation MATS.zip
File Size = 23,511kb
Howard 500 MATS.zip - 35,182kb
Howard 500 MATS payload.zip - 26kb
Wow! How did this get here?
Alpha-Sim Sikorsky S-55 helicopter.zip
File Size = 1,876kb
North American TF-51 MATS.zip
File Size = 2,788kb
Flight 1 Cessna 310 MATS.zip
File Size = 3,190kb
MAAM-Sim R4D MATS repaint.zip
File Size = 3,003kb
Captain Sim 707 MATS repaint.zip
File Size = 2,301kb
"In December of 1942, after the Japanese had cut off the Burma Road, the Air Transport Command took over the responsibility of supplying China from India. Although a number of their aircraft and supplies had been "pirated" by other unsympathetic commands, they still had a job to do. The goal of the ATC's India-China Wing was to deliver 2,500 tons during the month of February and to double that tonnage shortly thereafter. The ATC succeeded in making their quotas and, near the end of the war in July, 1945, were able to deliver the amazing total of more than 71,000 tons of cargo to China for that month.
This they did by flying the 520 miles directly from the broiling sun of Assam, India, over steaming, fetid jungles infested with unfriendly headhunting tribes; wild animals, snakes, and insects; poison and disease; and enemy-held territory where Japanese patrols tried to lead them astray with false beacons. It was a flight that took them over the world's highest, most treacherous mountain range - to the rough, hand-hewn runways at Kunming, painstakingly laid out by countless thousands of Chinese coolies. And often, after these intrepid ATC pilots had completed their treacherous journey, they found that the landing field was underwater and/or closed in by clouds.
Many times the pilots took the less direct route, farther to the northwest, flying an additional 200 miles to avoid the enemy-held territory. They crossed the Hump at from 16,000 to 18,000 feet. In bad weather, however, the minimum was 20,000 feet, at which altitude the wings and control surfaces iced up."
Assam is the northeast State in India. Assam is not in fs9. The Capital city of Assam is Dispur which is not in the game either but it turns out Dispur is a suburb of Guwahati.
Guwahati is VEGT in fs9 with no other airports closeby and a 9,000' runway close to sea level.
Kunming, China is ZPPP, nestled in a valley in the mountains. It's a 600 nm trip direct.
I think it would be a blast ! Say set a day and time to start at VEGT. Anyone late could start at VEGT and we could watch everyone coming in to land at ZPPP and take screenshots of everyone landing like a mass fly-in.
The planes used for that were the C-47 and the C-46. Everyone has the default DC-3 so nobody has to install anything.
Thank you for flying