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Legacy of Liveries #8: MSN 34202 for VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain and DC-3 Airliner 2.c.0

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* These six real-life inspired liveries were all worn by the Douglas C-47B-45-DK originally assigned serial number 16943 but changed to 34202 when built in 1945.
* MSN 30422 was delivered to the United States Army Air Forces and wore the tail number 45-0940.
* In 1954 the craft was converted to the VC-47D configuration for VIP transport duties throughout Europe.
* By 1968, 34202 returned to the United States to be stored at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona and was declared Excess (eligible for sale) by 1971.
* Desert Air Parts acquired the airframe and had it registered for civil use as N17778.
* Ownership changed in 1977 to R. Michalesen of Los Altos, California.
* Ken Haas Aviation of Burbank, California acquired the airframe in 1981 and re-registered it as N403JB.  Some references suggest an intermediate ownership by Jim's Air with the same registration, but that aircraft was MSN 6318, clearly a heavily-modified DC-3A circa 1979.
* Freight carrier Atorie Air of El Paso, Texas bought N403JB in 1983 and gave it a unique green paint job including the "Pegasus" nose art.
* Union Flights [https://www.airhistory.net/basic-operator/9295/Union-Flights] of Las Vegas, Nevada bought "Pegasus" in 1985 and continue to operate it unchanged until around 1990, when a Air France inspired livery was applied.
* One B. Ware of Albuquerque, New Mexico purchased N403JB in 1991.
* Two years later ownership is believed to have passed to an organization called the "New Mexico Flying Service"".
* In 1999, Catalina Flying Boats of Long Beach, California purchased N403JB to replace their aging Grumman Goose amphibians as cargo haulers to Catalina Island.  They must have liked the Air France livery, because their second Douglas transport, a DC-3C registered N2298C was also painted similarly.
* In 2008, Catalina Flying Boats replaced the Air France scheme with striking blue-and-red stripes and continued to operate N403JB for another nine years.
* By 2017, the turbine-conversion company Preferred Airparts of Kidron, Ohio acquired N403JB and stripped nearly all of the old paint off.
* MSN 30422's current fate is unknown, with the latest image showing it devoid of engines and control surfaces, potentially in line for an engine conversion.


* These add-on liveries are for application upon the VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain digital model for X-Plane 11 & 12.   Obtain it from:
* This package is also compatible with the VSKYLABS DC-3 Airliner digital model for X-Plane 12 only.  Obtain it from:
* Only the aircraft's exterior is being modified by this package.  Interior textures will remain the developer's default.
* Some liveries represent passenger door equipped aircraft, which are painted as such but do not visibly align with the animated cargo door objects.
* Proprietary normal/bump maps are included, implementing Physically Based Rendering ("PBR") when appropriate.
* Custom ski textures are provided.  Skis are activated in the simulator by a knobbed lever near the captain's left shoulder.
* Exclusive night-time textures (LITs) are provided, with guidance on their optional activation.
* Optional replacements for the spinning propeller texture (whose tip color is red by default), along with installation instructions.


1. X-Plane version 11 or 12
2. A legal copy of the VSKYLABS C-47 Skytrain or DC-3 Airliner model, which needs to be already installed into your X-Plane's aircraft repository
3. Adequate free storage space for the installation of this package (around 90 Megabytes)
4. Familiarity with using your operating system's file manager to move folders
5. Optionally, a text editor to revise select .obj files


Instructions are provided with the included "_read me" text files.


* This package contains the original artwork of Robert W. Heyen and it is not affiliated with, or endorsed by, VSKYLABS or Laminar Research.
* Only you may use the graphic files including with this package on your own computer for your own personal entertainment.
* Any component or content of this package may not to be sold in a commercial product, or included in any payware or freeware package without specific written permission from Robert W. Heyen.
* View the file named "the eula.txt" for details regarding the licensing agreement in affect.


* Please do not contact VSKYLABS or Laminar Research with questions regarding this package.
* Requests for help should be sent by e-mail to dcthreepainter@yahoo.com.


* Positive reviews and comments are always welcome.
* Constructive criticism is solicited ...but read the "the notes.txt" first!
* Support future updates to this package and the development of new liveries:

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