Review: SGA Freeware Douglas DC-9-30
By Ron Blehm
First of all I'd like to thank Michael Hayward for writing the review of the Sky Simulations - McDonnell Douglas DC-9 (suggested price: $34.95) on 03-Feb-17. After years of simming I think I have finally found my niche and the twin-engine commuter jets (Embraers) seem to be it. Occassionally I will venture into something else but for the most part, E-jets or Baby Boeings on flights under 1,500 miles. So when I read the part that stated, "...a classic when it comes to regional airliners. First manufactured in 1965, it pre-dates most other aircraft of the same criteria, especially those from Bombardier, Embraer and Canadair. For 20 years it flew pretty much unchallenged..." I was taken back to memories of seeing and flying on these old ... "crates".
So I dug around on my external hard drives and web site features until I found out that back in the FS2004 days I had used the SGA DC-9-30 freeware aircraft on a couple of flights.
I reinstalled that and looked in the downloads section of www.flightsim.com and found several dozen downloads and repaints. So it was that I set off down the rabbit hole of resurrecting some DC-9s and then completing some flights. This thing is old by technology standards and it shows but for those that don't have $34.95 or don't want to spend that or have much older machines to fly on, this MAY be an option if you are willing to overlook some details and eye candy which Michael has on his version.
After downloading and repainting some options I've ended up with 25 aircraft in my DC-9 folder.
I'm using an old 735 cockpit (image above, right) but I got a DC-9 sound pack that is appropriately whiny (I know this is true because from the other room my wife is complaining). I flew from San Fran to San Diego including grabbing of close up of the lack of detail I'm talking about.