Paul and Tom Braniff have a great desire to expand their young air service to new markets (I know, it’s a big leap from Oklahoma and Texas routes to Europe and Africa, but you have to dream big!), and have loaned me one of their brand new DC-3s to show the colors, promote the brand, and assess the aviation facilities along the route. They get a great opportunity for exposure in some major European newspapers while I get some much-needed corporate support for my efforts. The venerable (MAAM-Sim) DC-3 is stable, rugged enough to put up with my abuse for nearly half the circumference of the Earth, and has some long legs when I need them. Rumor has it that another Braniff bird was spotted over in Norway recently. I wonder what else Paul and Tom are up to?
I wanted to try to make it all the way to Stockholm for the first hop, but the mechanics convinced me that we needed a stopover at Umea so they could check the ship over for the effects of cold weather operations. We won't need to take on fuel, but at least we'll stretch our legs.
Edit: Experienced some wonky behavior with the throttles and aborted the take-off. Not sure how that's going to appear with the Duenna. Hopefully no crashes registered (at least they didn't in FSX). The Duenna is reporting "yellow" for Wx. Am using ActiveSky 2012 for weather, and it seems to be operating correctly in the sim, but shows as "User-defined Weather." I followed the AS2012 user documentation properly, but I'm open to suggestions if I'm doing it wrong. Anywho, I'm off again.