Mcdonnell Douglas DC 3:
American manufacturer made the Mcdonnell Douglas DC 3 aircraft in the 1900s until now. It is historical aircraft with two engines and propellers that during the world war. The United States developed this aircraft, and the Americans used it in the second world war. It was able to fly from New York to Los Angeles with few stops, and travel time is under 24 hours. The previous one was DC 2, and the difference between DC 3 and DC 2 aircraft is a performance improvement. The aircraft is for commercial and private purposes.
Douglas DC 3 Specification:
Speed: up to 240 km per hour.
Range: 2400 km
Passenger capacity: maximum 32
Altitude: 20,000 feet
The aircraft has three wheels, two in the front and one beneath the tail.
Note: The maximum take-off weight is less when there is no passenger.
Douglas DC 3 cockpit:
The cockpit of the Douglas DC 3 is different from regular aircraft. The cockpit interface is all analogue, and the display is not as sophisticated as modern aircraft. You cannot directly see the runway because the plane is in an upward position while on the ground. In real life, the only way to see the runway is when you are about to take off, but it is easier to see the runway when landing. There are few controls on the overhead panels.
The throttle look is different from regular aircraft because it uses a throttle quadrant. There are mixer controls and power controls. On the right side of the throttle, there is a trim wheel. Modern aircraft also uses a trim wheel. Use the middle throttle to increase or decrease power. The throttle is used in specific ways, but that depends on the engine type. When using the keyboard or joystick, you will notice one of the sticks is moving, not the whole quadrant.
My experience with Douglas DC aircraft:
The Douglas DC 3 is one of my favourite aircraft because it flies at low speed, and I can explore cities and landscapes at my own pace. However, while preparing for taking off, I have to wait for the aircraft to level off, or I have to press the W key on the keyboard to hide the cockpit display in order to see the runway. This aircraft can take off in short runways, but you need to push the throttle to full for faster take-off. It can also land in paved and unpaved runways at a length of over 400 metres. Older Douglas aircraft can land in shorter runways.
On the cockpit panel, I can see the primary instrument, but they are old. The altitude indicator is displayed in a small and large needle, the flap and fuel indicator are shown in the front panel, and there are other controls displayed as well. The switch for landing light, strobe light, and fuel is located in the overhead panel.
When the aircraft take off, the landing gear is retracted but not fully because I can still see the wheel of the plane, and there is no landing gear door.
Here is a video of Mcdonnell Douglas DC 3: