• Freeware Focus: Manfred Jahn/Jan Visser Douglas C-47

    Manfred Jahn/Jan Visser Douglas C-47

    By Alex Dickinson

    Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47


    Since coming to Prepar3D almost a year ago, I have mostly stuck to flying modern airliners (with a bit of GA thrown in). This is something I really enjoy, but one of the things I love about flight simulation is the diverse range of aircraft on offer! One of the aircraft I was lucky enough to come across, was Manfred Jahn's Douglas C-47. Originally released for FSX, the C-47 I'm using in Prepar3D is an updated model by Jan Visser:


    Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47     Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47

    Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47     Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47


    The C-47 has a wonderful exterior, which is rather eye-catching. There is good attention to detail throughout, with such things as the antennas being modelled on the front of the aircraft, as well as the internal engine tubing. I also have to point out that variations within the aircraft design may be witnessed, as some civilian models had a circular dome on top of the fuselage; possibly this would have been used for navigation with a sextant.

    Compared to the default DC-3 from FSX, Manfred/Jan's version has a far more enhanced look about it, especially when it comes to such things as the propeller blades, as I was able to recognise that the propellers used were possibly made by Hartzell. This comes from the extreme level of detailing included with this model.


    The liveries which have been supplied with this package are rather minimal, but that's no bad thing. Within the package itself are two liveries: one was a European Air Transport Service paint, the other is a military livery which was used for deploying paratroopers. If you wish to add more paints, then numerous add-on liveries can be found here at FlightSim.Com.

    Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47     Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47

    Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47     Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47


    I was stunned by how well the Douglas C-47 cockpit had been modelled. All the levers, switches, and buttons in the C-47 were placed accurately and modelled to a high quality. I particularly liked how the oil staining on some of the mechanical levers gave off a weathered look.

    The instrumentation used was both a mix of old and new. Such things as the engine gauges, system, and fuel gauges, are the original units found in the real C-47. One may expect these to be copied straight out of the default FSX DC-3, but they are not. They all look to be custom made for this model, and it really gave me the sense that I was flying a vintage aircraft.

    A few instruments like the central artificial horizon did not work, but this didn't detract from the experience in any way. Plus the developer has put "INOP" stickers on them, which I think is a fantastic idea.

    Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47     Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47

    Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47     Manfred Jahn - Douglas C-47

    As well as the vintage gauges, there are also some newer style components used, the COM stack being a prime example. The COM stack has two selectable frequencies for COM and NAV, plus a singular ADF source. Compared to the DC-3 from FSX, this unit is more simplified, thus making it very easy to use. The newer style of components also includes a GPS, as well as VOR/OBS bearing instrumentation.

    When combined, both the newer and older style of instrumentation give off the sense that you are flying a 1930's airliner in the 21st century. I do not get this feeling with many other vintage aircraft and the advantage this brings is that it makes it so much easier to use in the modern day without compromising on the immersive aspect/quality.

    1. felixfer's Avatar
      felixfer -
      One of the best planes you can fly. Thanks a lot, Manfred Jahn & Jan Vise, and thanks to Alex Dickinson for the review.
    1. Dwaffler's Avatar
      Dwaffler -
      Truly is a pleasure to fly this plane. I've been flying it alot in the last 6 months with one of the virtual airlines I fly for, simulating some of the old routes in the US with TWA. Was a little intimidating at first, but once I got the hang of it, I always looked forward to flying it. Great job guys!!!
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      mikeandpatty -
      I have spent a ton of money on a vast array of payware aircraft of all classes and have flown all of them a lot. FS5, FS2002, FS9, FSX/Steam, P3D4. Also too many freeware types to mention. Many have been good, a few outstanding in both categories.

      IMHO, this is THE FINEST piece of work I have seen in 30 years of simming - hands down!
    1. mrzippy's Avatar
      mrzippy -

      Newer version! It originated as a dropbox link at SOH and now no longer available. Found this above .zip file at FlyawaySimulations.
    1. Morti_UK's Avatar
      Morti_UK -
      i not been able to find that zip file @Mrzippy
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      DCA996 -
      If you like the DC3/C47, consider joining myself and others at DC3 Airways (http://www.dc3airways.net/) where we specialise in flying almost nothing else than the old Gooney bird.

      The MJ model has for a long time been for FSX and P3D pilots the go-to model for realism and immersion.
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morti_UK View Post
      i not been able to find that zip file @Mrzippy
      While the article reviewed the v3.12 beta version, I have now updated the links at the end of the article to include a link to the v3.14 beta version.
    1. jsvw2001's Avatar
      jsvw2001 -
      For the X-Plane users, Aeroworx obtained permission from Manfred Jahn and team in 2018 to port this magnificent aircraft to X-Plane 10/11.

      Very popular in X-Plane with nearing 50,000 downloads already.

      See the X-Plane Prop Airliners section
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      bdlee -
      Who could ask for anything more? This is a great plane .

      Brian 0064
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      Nels_Anderson -
      I've added links to the X-Plane ported versions to the end of the article, along with all the other links.
    1. gene172's Avatar
      gene172 -
      When I was a teenager in the 50s my Dad would take our family out to the local airport KFKL in Western PA to watch “the airliner” come in on weekends. And it was a DC3 operated by Allegheny Airlines (forerunner to US Air) between Pittsburg and Franklin. I’ve loved that plane ever since. I’ve been flying Manfred’s C47 on my sim for the past several years. It is awesome in every respect! And thanks Alex for a great review.
    1. gt401964's Avatar
      gt401964 -
      Incredible freeware model. It just blows me away.
    1. Alex Dickinson's Avatar
      Alex Dickinson -
      Thanks for the comments, I have to say this is such a great plane. I Love flying it.
    1. gt401964's Avatar
      gt401964 -
      Is it P3DV4 compatible..????
    1. stretch's Avatar
      stretch -
      I have enjoyed this model so much..thanks to all who helped develop her, she is a peach!

    1. mrzippy's Avatar
      mrzippy -
      Quote Originally Posted by gt401964 View Post
      Is it P3DV4 compatible..????
      The Version 3.1406 is P3DV4 compatible. It has both 32bit and 64 bit gauges .dlls and .cfgs
    1. prof87's Avatar
      prof87 -
      This aircraft has been my favorite airplane all of my life (and I am 74 yrs old). It is almost etched in my brain. I want to personally thank Mr. Jahn for creating this magnificent airplane. Thanks to all who had a hand in creating it.

      Dr. Johnny M. Ashburn, Dahlonega, GA USA
    1. b52bob's Avatar
      b52bob -
      I have flown Manfred and Jan’s C-47 since it’s release for FSX. It blew me away then as it still does to me. I have progressed through FSX, P3D, and now X-plane 11. Each sim shows better than the last. This is one of those payware quality aircraft that are free. Go and get this one, no matter what sim you fly. Be prepared to be impressed.
    1. mle1951's Avatar
      mle1951 -

      I am fascinated by the high level of details and the mass of works of this gift!

      I am even more admiring and full of thanks for this gift you give to the simmers community.

    1. shermank's Avatar
      shermank -
      Quote Originally Posted by gt401964 View Post
      Is it P3DV4 compatible..????

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