Here you do a N-coast-to-S-coast pioneer flight in Dutch Papua. Follow the rivers in the steaming jungle - into the Highlands which were uncharted territory at the time. PAP_IJ__dornier_wal.PLN (5.6 KB)
There are persistent rumours of gold and mineral deposits up there (todays gigantic Puncak mine). Land at your discretion on fabled mountain lakes (13000+ft !) for ore inspection and nugget collection (pics). Fuel is only available at mission stations Danau Lake & Wamena.
1925 two of their Dornier Wals made a scouting trip called the “Centroflug” from Colombia via Central America and Cuba to Florida and the Bahamas, looking for post & passenger opportinities.
Ultimately the project was stalled by the USA (and PanAm).
Info about the route is scarce and inconsistent, so I took the liberty to place WPs: vulcanoes as nav-aids, lakes for emergency landings plus scenery highlights. All WPs labelled “Conf(irmed)Stay” are historical stopovers however.
was a popular German aviatrix and glam girl in the 1930ies:
She always had a phonograph, high heels and a big bottle of Cognac stored away in her tiny planes…
I will cover her early Africa trip later (as that plane is still in sim-dev: https://www.classics-hangar.de), so lets start with the highlight of her 1931 round-the-world flight:
E.B. met on the way not only famous pilots Jim Mollison, Ch. Kingsford-Smith, Horace Brinsmead and Maurits Pattist - (it was a small world…) but also two American adventurers on their own RTW and they flew together for quite a while, ending up in eastern India, Baghdogra (VEBD).
I took the Bücker Jungmann for the first leg of the Elly Beinhorn flightplan. Early morning takeoff in VEBD Bhagdogra Airbase. I didnt want to fly non-stop like the pioneers (lame, I know) so I deviated from the course and landed in Taplejung which is located on top of one of the mountains.
Took off from Taplejung and followed the route, but I think the Bücker is too weak to fly the whole plan. As the first attempt, I took off with 93% fuel, but the airplane was too heavy for the altitude and stalled on me twice during flight. Reduced fuel and tried again. I struggled to get her up to 5000 m where I finally was able to cross the mountain ridge, but behind that I got into such a nasty downdraft that I lost 1000m. I thought “Where’s downdraft, there’s updraft” and tried to find the thermals, but I couldn’t back up and during my attempts to find a path, I crashed. With the Bücker not having a stall horn, a stall sneaks up to you when you’re at maximum altitude and the airplane is on the verge of stalling. Suddenly it dropped a wing and I was too low over the mountains to recover.
Here are the last pics where you can see how I struggled. The altitude is so high that you have to lean down the engine almost to “engine stop”. 'I flew with full throttle all the time and barely got over 2250 RPM.
Have to try a stronger airplane next time. The end was frustrating but it was an exciting flight with breathtaking views in VR!
c. Disaster struck on the way home. She crash landed near Tombouctou, was rescued by Tuareg and evacuated to Casablance by the French air force.
The PLN has the crash site as a WP - and the planned route to Oran (if you want to try, remember: dead reconning over the Sahara with 40HP!)
Probably the most bizzare flight of the 1930s was by this true believer:
His intention was to fly from London to the Himalayas, land his D.H. Moth (MSFS payware) on the Rongbuk Glacier at the north face of Mt. Everest and climb solo to the top from there.
His plane was modified: extra tanks for 1200km/9hours range, engine for higher ceiling hight, “tundra” tyres/gear.
Unfortunately VEPU Purnea was the end of the line, his stalwart Moth was finally impounded - so he continued illegally on foot to Rongbuk Monastery, starting the solo climb to North Col, never to be seen again .
Occasionally his bones are still found on the glacier…
Here we do a what-if PLN:
M.W. dodges the obstinate Imperial Police Forces and indeed manages to fly from India into Tibet. Climbing slowly along the mighty Arun Canyon, turning west on the tibetan plateau and then south via the glaciers to his projected starting point (pic center). PION_wilson_everest.PLN (4.4 KB)
The bewilderung array of planes on-site can be mimicked by us with Fokker VII, Ju-F13, Jenny, Do-Wal, Ju-52, Moth, Bucker, even the Ryan.
I took the Savoia S.55, a real gem in the sim, somewhat overlooked.
A. The big planes came all the way up from the continent
The Latham started near LeHavre via Bergen to Tromsö, the Wal in Pisa, the S-55 via the Adria to Vadsö, the G24 from Stockholm via Lulea. PION_nobile_italy_w.PLN (7.4 KB) PION_nobile_italy_e.PLN (5.5 KB)
Bing raw data are a bit washed-out (luckily there is a free 25m-DEM), but the area is still the best arctic region for the time being.
Don’t forget the bad weather here - sudden fog, storms, low clouds - for a challenge set it up accordingly. The real pilots actions and stories are beyond belief…
Now the adventure begins:
F.d.P. flew 3400km along the rivers of the Mato Grosso to Manaus, largely unknown territory at the time (today we fly long stretches over pastures - 1927 is was all primeval forest).
Navigation was difficult, weather often bad, forcing them to skim the triple-canopy jungle. Night was spend anchoring on shore, once the S.55 had to be towed by steamer to find a starting position without river bends. PION_S55_pinedo_mato_g.PLN (4.4 KB)