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FSX NZ Warbirds C-47 'NZ3546'

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Repaint for the Manfred Jahn Douglas C47, depicting ZK-DAK in its current livery as NZ3546. Aircraft preserved and operated by NZ Warbirds at Ardmore. Exterior textures saved in 32 bit format; DXT5 version included to be installed optionally for better performance. Texture files only, C-47 Skytrain Exterior Base Pack 1.0 required (C47BASEPACK.ZIP), optionally also the interior model tweak (C47_INTERIOR.ZIP). By Markus Hellwig. (See also NZ3546_FSX_FIX.ZIP).

Screenshot of NZ Warbirds C-47 'NZ3546' in flight.

Screenshot of NZ Warbirds C-47 'NZ3546' in flight.

"The Royal New Zealand Air Force received a total of 49 Dakotas (comprising C-47s, C-47As and C-47Bs) between 1943 and 1945. The aircraft were the first transport type to be used by the air force and were intended to support RNZAF units in the Pacific. They equipped Nos. 40 and 41 Squadrons as well as No. 1 (Transport) OTU (Operational Training Unit) and saw service in many parts of the Pacific theatre during World War 2. At the end of the war, the RNZAF Dakota squadrons were called on to assist in the repatriation of released prisoners of war from Singapore and New Zealand servicemen from the Pacific. Aircraft of 41 Squadron also began operating a courier service between Whenuapai, Japan and England before being transferred to Malaya in 1950 for use in anti-terrorist operations. Prior to being disbanded in 1947, 40 Squadron was used for civilian domestic air services. Many of the squadron's aircraft and crews went on to work for the newly formed National Airways Corporation (NAC). The RNZAF finally retired its last remaining 6 Dakotas in June 1977.

This particular aircraft (c/n 26480, s/n 43-49219) was manufactured as a C-47B by Douglas Aircraft, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and delivered to the USAAF on October 30, 1944. During World War 2 it served with various USAAF Units and Squadrons in the Continental United States before being converted to a C-47D on June 30, 1946. During the Korean war it was based in Japan before being transferred to the Philippines and then back to Japan.

Following decommissioning in April 1959 it was registered as PI-C486 and used by the Philippines Airlines on their first international service from Manila to Hong Kong. It was then sold to PATAIR in New Guinea before appearing on the Australian register 1970 as VH-PNM flying for Bush Pilot Airlines and Queensland Airlines. In 1983 it was retired to the Mackay Air Museum, reregistered VH-SBT and flew as "Gooney Bird Tours" in Northern Queensland before being retired as a static exhibit.

Finally, in 1987, it was purchased by a New Zealand Warbird's group, reregistered ZK-DAK and underwent an extensive rebuild. For many years the aircraft was painted in the colour scheme used by the RAF and other allied air forces during the invasion of Normandy and at Arnheim during World War II. It was olive green on upper surfaces and eggshell blue below. The black and white stripes around the inboard wing and rear fuselage were for identification purposes during the Normandy invasion and were carried by all allied aircraft.

The aircraft markings chosen were those of a 48 squadron RAF C-47 flown by New Zealander, Squadron Leader Rex Daniell, DFC, AFC and Netherlands Flying Cross. He flew the original aircraft on D-day and over Arnheim, and later, the Rhine crossing. Squadron Leader Daniell was awarded his DFC for action over Arnheim in the Dakota in 1944.

A new paint job revealed a new colour scheme in 2007 and the aircraft now represents NZ3546 from No.42 Squadron at the time of its retirement from RNZAF service in 1977. NZ3546 (c/n 16565/33313, USAAF serial 44-76981) was taken on charge in June 1945. The aircraft was initially assigned to No.40 Squadron, Whenuapai and was used to fly the New Zealand contingent to Japan to witness surrender ceremonies in September 1945. Following this, it was transferred to No.41 Squadron, Whenuapai, before being struck of in July 1952 and being transferred to the National Airways Corporation (NAC) as ZK-AWQ - "Patarai" - later in the month.

April 1961 saw ZK-AWQ become NZ3546 once more as it returned to the RNZAF, this time with No.42 Squadron. Along with NZ3551, NZ3546 was one of the last two DC-3s in RNZAF service and took part in the final RNZAF DC3 flypast on November 12, 1977. Sold by tender a year later, the aircraft reclaimed its civil registration of ZK-AWQ before being sold overseas in 1980. Currently it is believed to be based at Wonderboon, South Africa as ZS-OJL and (at the time of writing) is reported to be in the process of an overhaul and the installation of turboprop engines."

Source: nzwarbirds

These are texture files only! Prior installation of Manfred Jahn's outstanding FSX Douglas C-47 Skytrain Exterior Base Pack (filename: is required.


Copy the texture.RNZAF_NZ3546 folder to the aircraft folder.

Add the following lines to your respective aircraft.cfg-file, replacing the "[fltsim.X]" by the next number in order.

title=Douglas C-47 RNZAF NZ3546
ui_type="C-47 Skytrain"
ui_variation="Royal New Zealand Air Force NZ3546"
ui_typerole="Twin Engine Prop"
ui_createdby="Microsoft Corporation"
description="Repaint by Markus Hellwig, Berlin, Germany"

Performance issues:

In order to take full advantage of the crispyness of the high-resolution textures, the exterior skins are saved in 32Bit-888 format. They do look great, but they are a pure frame killer!
If you experience poor frame rates with this repaint, you might replace the exterior texture files with the ones included in the DXT5 folder. Just copy the two files included into the texture folder, overwriting the existing files. You may notice these DXT5 converted files have just the quarter size of the 32Bit (4 MB compared to 16 MB), so performance improvement is simply obvious. The flipside is you're losing sharpness...
Go judge on your own!

Flight simming may harm you. These files won't. They are freeware and must remain FREE! DO NOT EVEN TRY MAKING MONEY WITH IT!

Any uploading or hosting at pay based sites, taking charges for access or increased bandwith/download speed is PROHIBITED.


Many thanks to Manfred Jahn for creating this amazing "Dizzy Three" and sharing it with the community!

This repaint was done utilizing Manfred Jahn's paint kit.


Go fly and have fun!

Markus Hellwig aka "Wild Bill Kelso"
Berlin, Germany

Screenshot of NZ Warbirds C-47 'NZ3546' in flight.

Screenshot of NZ Warbirds C-47 'NZ3546' in flight.



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Filename/Directory File Date File Size
NZ3546_20.jpg04.03.1179.79 kB
NZ3546_21.jpg04.03.1169.01 kB
NZ3546_22.jpg04.03.1195.11 kB
NZ3546_23.jpg04.03.1160.19 kB
NZ3546_24.jpg04.03.1177.39 kB
readme_NZ3546.txt04.03.116.86 kB
thumb_NZ3546.gif04.03.114.96 kB
texture.RNZAF_NZ354604.03.114.96 kB
c47_1_T.dds04.03.1116.00 MB
c47_1_T_bump.dds02.19.114.00 MB
c47_1_T_Spec.dds03.08.114.00 MB
c47_2_T.dds04.03.1116.00 MB
c47_2_T_bump.dds02.19.114.00 MB
c47_2_T_Spec.dds03.08.114.00 MB
C47_3_T.dds01.31.118.12 kB
C47_pilot.dds12.07.10128.12 kB
DXT504.03.11128.12 kB
fresnel_ramp.dds09.04.06640 B
propdisk1.dds04.03.11256.12 kB
texture.cfg02.14.11133 B
thumbnail.jpg04.03.1114.41 kB
c47_1_T.dds04.03.114.00 MB
c47_2_T.dds04.03.114.00 MB
Archive created by free jZip.url04.09.0858 B
flyawaysimulation.txt10.29.13959 B
Go to Fly Away Simulation.url01.22.1652 B

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