FSX French AF Beech Expeditor Mk.3N GTLA 2/60
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French AF Beech Expeditor Mk.3N GTLA 2/60. This is a repaint of the Beechcraft D18S originally produced by Milton Shupe and Scott Thomas, adapted for FSX by David Caroll (B18DC05.ZIP). This former RCAF Expeditor Mk.3N (C/N CA83, RCAF S/N 2285) was acquired by the French Air Force in 1959. It is shown here in the markings of GTLA (Groupe de Transport et de Liaison Aerienne) 2/60 during the mid-sixties. Aircraft belonging to this unit were kept in pristine condition, hence the unusual, very glossy, nearly chrome-finished aspect of the natural metal surfaces. Repaint By Michel Gerard.
French Air Force Beech Expeditor Mk.3N GTLA 2/60.
2285 was struck off charge on 18 May 1972 after having served for two and a half years with ELA (Escadrille de Liaison Aerienne) 43 where its registration was 43-BE (F-SCBE).
Installation is quite straightforward. Just extract the contents of this archive with the “Texture.France_285” path to your FSX\ SimObjects\Airplanes\D18SX_DC folder, ensuring that “Use folder names” is selected, and everything should go to the right place.
Nest, paste and copy the following text in the aircraft.cfg, not forgetting to replace [fltsim.XX] by the next number available in sequence:
title=Beech Expeditor Mk.3N French AF 2285
ui_variation="French AF GTLA 2/60"
ui_typerole="Twin Engine Prop"
description="Expeditor Mk.3N French Air Force GTLA 2/60 mid-sixties. D18 VC model by Milton Shupe modified with permission."
This plane will appear in the aircraft selection menu as "Beechcraft Expeditor Mk.3N French AF GTLA 2/60".
The French armed services (Air Force and Navy) used various types of Beech Twins.
As far as the Air Force is concerned, the first machines (UC-45Bs) were received in September 1944 by the Free French Air Force, being pressed into service with GT (Groupe de Transport) II/15. The ultimate fate of those aircraft is unknown, although several are known to have served in the post-war years.
A grand total of 78 Beech Twins of various origins was acquired by the Air Force, many of them supplied under MDAP, and the last ones were struck off-charge as late as 1972. Worthy of note, more than one third of those machines were ex-RCAF (6 Expeditors Mk.3Ts and 23 Expeditors Mk.3Ns). At least 7 others are known to have been former civilian machines.
The Navy received an as yet undisclosed number of ex-US Navy JRB-4s together with 20 SNB-5s (S/N 134698 through 134717). The JRB-4s were mostly used by Escadrille 56S for aircrew training (flight engineers, navigators, radio operators, etc…) whilst the SNB-5s were on the strength of Escadrille 55S which was in charge of multi-engined aircraft pilot training. Those planes were retired in the early seventies.
As usual, antenna arrangement varied greatly from one airplane to the other, especially the size and the shape of the DF loop fairing. Nearly all French machines were fitted with propeller spinners. As far as can be ascertained from photographs, Navy aircraft had the tailwheel locked in the down position.
It seems that most Air Force machines retained a natural metal finish all through their career, some being very glossy indeed, and in the late sixties many of them had the fuselage top painted white.
Navy machines were sprayed overall silver from the outset, and they were by no means as glossy as the Air Force aircraft were. I have never seen any picture of a Navy machine with the fuselage top painted white although this might have existed, who ever knows…?
Now and as usual, if ever your computer takes fire after installing this repaint, if your hard drive gets flooded by Coke or if your dog eats the mouse I can accept no liability whatsoever!
Comments and feedback will be most welcome, although experience shows that simmers are prone to download what they are being offered for free, but that they very very seldom think of sending any feedback (except in the case of asking for a particular paint scheme that would suit them, obviously!).
The archive beech_285.zip has 25 files and directories contained within it.
This list displays the first 500 files in the package. If the package has more, you will need to download it to view them.
|Filename/Directory||File Date||File Size|
|Texture. France_285||07.08.10||0 B|
|Go to Fly Away Simulation.url||01.22.16||52 B|
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