This page will generally be limited to post-WWII propliners
that flew in or into California on a scheduled or regular charter
basis, and US carriers will have priority. (I hope others
will develop similar pages for other areas and for later /earlier
airliners - let me know and I'll set up a link!) I would like
to thank everyone who has built, modified, or helped with the planes
and other resources on this page.
FSX, P3D and FS2020 Information:
of my (i.e. Greg Pepper's) FS2004 propliners (i.e. the CV-340, DC's, etc.)
have been tested in FSX and P3D v1 and v2 and they work OK. They are not compatible
P3D v3 or later. I have been converting some aircraft to FSX
native format and these models are FSX, P3D, and I assume MS2020 compatible (the models, at
least). You may need to find
compatible blurred prop textures if you are using FSX SP2 or
later. Sounds are
OK as is through P3D.
scenery, etc varies; ask at my forum in case someone has already tested
Do you need help with
installation? How do I get my plane listed properly in the
Select Aircraft menu? How do I get ATC to call my plane using
the correct airline, manufacturer, and model? Take a look here first.
Note: Some of the
file downloads are located in the AVSIM and flightsim.com file
libraries. You need to be logged in to their file systems before the
links will work directly.
|Are You Just Starting Out Flying
First, some instructions on using this site.
1. If no text link is provided, click the picture to download
The main page links are at the top of this page, alongside
"post card". Information on the left side, downloads on the
Here is a checklist of things you might want to do to maximize your
1. Download and read the FSAviator Propliner
Tutorial. It will give you most of what you need to
know about flying propliners.
2, If you are using FSX or P3D, read the FSX
Propliner Tutorial. This will give you instructions
on setting up the views.
3. Download and install any propliner Base Packs.
They are listed on my Aircraft Page.
Download and install any other airline liveries to the Base
Packs. Follow the text files included in the Base Packs to
these textures. Do NOT install complete aircraft when adding
Base Pack, only add the textures to the Base Pack.
5. Download and install any desired classic airport scenery
packages from my Scenery
Don't forget to add these as a layer in the Scenery Library.
The correct layering of the scenery layers can be found at
top of my Scenery
If you installed any classic airport sceneries, download and
install the FS2004 Custom Scenery Library (files 1 and 2).at
top of my Scenery
If you are installing into FSX, also install the FSX version
after installing the FS2004 files. If installing into P3D,
download and install the libraries for P3D.
7. If you want worldwide classic AI traffic, download files
1-10 (at least) from my AI Aircraft Page
and install them. Follow the instructions in the traffic file
download to allow the use of modern traffic when you desire.
8. If you have any problems, head to my Forum.
Register and post a question there. Propliner
should be posted to the main Discussion Forum. If you are
interested, keep up with the latest developments right there in the
Hope you enjoy
flying the propliners!
March 4, 2023
- New Scenery! Gander Newfoundland in 1955-1958 by Ken Lawson.
February 20, 2023
February 16, 2023
- All the flightsim.com links should be working again. Thanks to the team over at flightsim.com for the fast fix.
February 14, 2023
February 5, 2023
- Updated Scenery! Al Von Pingel has updated the Pittsburgh airport scenery with military hangars, parking and traffic!
January 25, 2023
- All the flightsim.com links should be fixed. Enjoy!
January 15, 2023
- Flightsim.com has updated their library and all flightsim links on this site are now broken. If you get a Page Not Found message from a link here, you can go to the new flightsim.com File Library and use the search in the upper right corner. Links here will be updated a few pages at a time.
January 7, 2023
- New Scenery! Moncton New Brunswick airport scenery from Ken Lawson.
January 1, 2023
- Happy New Year!
- New Scenery! Sydney Nova Scotia airport scenery from Ken Lawson.
December 3, 2022
- New Scenery! Bermuda Kindley Field for 1955-62 has been created by Ken Lawson, Al Von Pingel, and Dan French..
October 22, 2022
September 1, 2022
- New Scenery! RAF Burtonwood by Ken Lawson, Al Von Pingel, and Dan French .
July 11, 2022
- New Scenery! Travis AFB in California by Al Von Pingel and Dan French.
May 24, 2022
May 2, 2022
- New Scenery! Greater Pittsburgh Airport in 1962 from Mike Stevens, Nick Botamer, and Tom Gibson.
April 22, 2022
- New Scenery! Baghdad Al Muthana (Z15M) in 1955 from Ken Lawson, Al Von Pingel, Kalle Busse, and Dan French.
April 14, 2022
December 26, 2021
- New Scenery! Stephenville/Harmon AFB from Al Von Pingel, Dan French, and Ken Lawson.
December 25, 2021
- Happy Holidays!
- New Scenery! Al Von Pingel, Dan French, Bill Douglas, and Ken Lawson have created a classic era Goose Bay airport (CYYR).
December 17, 2021
November 7, 2021
- New Scenery! Mike Stevens has created Stapleton in 1962 and updated it in 1958.
October 16, 2021
- Updated Scenery! Mike Stevens has updated Chris Helton's 1960 Washington National airport to version 3.
October 14, 2021
- New Scenery! Mike Stevens has created Frobisher Bay in 1962.
September 22, 2021
- Updated Scenery! Las Vegas airport scenery has been updated with ground equipment and oil spots.
July 27, 2021
- New Scenery! Dhahran airport scenery in 1954 from Ken Lawson, Al Von Pingel, and Dan French.
July 20, 2021
- New Scenery! London Airport (Heathrow) scenery for 1956 from Chris Helton, Ken Lawson, Bill Douglas, and Tom Gibson.
July 11, 2021
- New Scenery! London Airport (Heathrow) scenery for 1959 from Chris Helton, Ken Lawson, Bill Douglas, and Tom Gibson.
July 9, 2021
July 7, 2021
- New Scenery! London Airport (Heathrow) scenery for 1962 from Chris Helton, Ken Lawson, Bill Douglas, and Tom Gibson.
June 6, 2021
- New AI Traffic! Traffic for 1955 has been added, including lots of new liveries (1959 pictured).
April 26, 2021
- New Scenery! Charleston in 1957 and 1962 by Al Von Pingel and Ken Lawson.
March 27, 2021
- New Scenery! Mike Stevens has created 1962 scenery for aiirports in Syria and Jordan, including Damascus and Amman.
December 5, 2020
November 22, 2020
October 25, 2020
- New Scenery! Charleston, SC airport scenery in 1962 by Dan French. FSX only.
September 3, 2020
- New Scenery! The second part of Rio de la Plata from Alejandro Ramirez along with Harry Biard,
Jaap de Baare and Bernard Leuenberger includes SABE and SUCA.
April 28, 2020
- New Scenery! Juan Antonio
Martinez Castro and Al Von Pingel have created Birmingham AL airport scenery in 1962.
April 26, 2020
- New Scenery! Frank Gonzalez has created Ft. Lauderdale airport scenery for 1962.
April 25, 2020
- New Scenery! Frank Gonzalez and Paul Young have created Raleigh-Durham airport.
April 24, 2020
April 18, 2020
- Updated Scenery! Chris Gorodetzky has updated his Boston Logan Airport scenery, now for 1959 and 1962.
April 16, 2020
- New Scenery!
- Midland/Odessa (KMAF) from Daniel French!
- Bogota Colombia (SKBO) from Frank Gonzalez!
April 6, 2020
March 20, 2020
- New Scenery! Dan French has created Waco Texas in the mid-1960s.
February 24, 2020
- New Scenery! Mike Stevens and I have created Minneapolis St. Paul Intl as it was in 1959 and 1962.
January 30, 2020 Happy New Year!
- Updated Flight Dynamics.
Wing deice now works for the CV-240, CV-340, CV-440, DC-6, DC-6A,
DC-6B, M202, and M404. If you want to update your current
aircraft installations, download this file.
December 2, 2019
- A very special shoutout to Ms.Langston's GATE Denver Children's Coalition Aviation History Class. Glad my site could be of help!
August 4, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I"ve converted the DC-6 models to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
August 2, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the DC-6A models to FSX native and created separate Base Packs for FSX and P3D.
July 21, 2019
- Updated Arcraft! I've converted the DC-7CF model to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
July 20, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the DC-7F model to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
July 15, 2019
- Updated Aircraft!
I've converted the CV-240 models to FSX native and created
separate Base Packs for FSX and P3D. FSX native VBF model files
July 13, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the DC-6B CB-17 models to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
July 10, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the DC-6B CB-16 models to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
June 25, 2019
- Updated AI Traffic!
Mike Stevens has updated every Viscount livery and we have
improved liveries and traffic in the Middle East and South America.
June 23, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the DC-7B models (with saddle tanks) to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
June 21, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the DC-7B models (no saddle tanks) to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
June 18, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the DC-7C models to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
June 17, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the DC-7 models to FSX native and created a separate Base Pack for FSX and P3D.
June 16, 2019
- Updated Aircraft! I've converted the CV-340 and CV-440 models to FSX native and created separate Base Packs for FSX and P3D.
April 30, 2019
April 24, 2019
- New Livery! I've painted up a United DC-7 in 1960 colors.
April 23, 2019
- New Scenery! Ken Lawson with Shannon from 1954.
April 21, 2019
- New Sceneries! Aaron Seymour again with Adelaide and Hobart in 1962.
April 17, 2019
- Updated Liveries! I've updated the American and United DC-7F liveries from Frank Gonzalez!
April 14, 2019
- New Scenery! Aaron Seymour has created more airports - Colombo, Ceylon, and Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand!
March 1, 2019
- New Scenery! Aaron Seymour has created Brisbane Eagle Farm in 1965 and Perth Intl. in 1963!
February 21, 2019
December 31, 2018
- New Scenery!
- Rome Fiumicino in 1961 from Michael Schneider, Mike Stevens, and Tom Gibson.
- Mexico City in 1962 from Eduardo Rocha, Tom Gibson, and Mike Stevens.
December 17, 2018
- New Tutorial! Converting FS2004 Aircraft to FSX format using ModelConverterX.
December 16, 2018
June 14, 2018
April 27, 2018
February 13, 2018
February 1, 2010
Era Charts now available! Thanks to several
generous people we now can see how the airlines flew into various
airports back in our era. There are also airport diagrams available!
July 29, 2004
- New Tutorial Quick Reference File!
FSAviator and I have created a Quick Reference guide for use when
actually flying an airliner route, using the techniques explained in
his tutorial (below). However, you must have read and understood the
entire tutorial first before you will be able to use the quick
July 20, 2004
- New FSAviator Propliner Tutorial!
This is it! The only tutorial written that describes in complete detail
how to fly the propliners like they really were flown in the classic
era (from 1932 up to about 1955 in the USA, later in other areas). Most
information is completely applicable for flying in later years as well.
It comes in text file format, and includes 5 parts:
- General Operation of Propliners
- Flying the Ranges
- Flight Planning for Long and Short Distance Flights
This is an exhaustive tutorial that takes you through the
details of each phase of flight, and comes complete with approach
plates for visual aids (Adobe Acrobat required to view/print approach
plates). The complete tutorial is 1.1 MB. I printed it, read it, and
now keep it by my computer for ready reference! Copyright FSAviator
June 15, 2002
- The California Classic page has a new home!
We've moved into our new home - www.calclassic.com,
and I hope that you like it.
March 14, 2000
- The Classic Airliner Page has become the
California Classic Propliners page! Same address as
January 18, 1996
- The Classic Airliner Page is born! Its
original address was http://members.aol.com/TGFltsim/
Jets are for kids!
Instructions for many problems and how to install
aircraft, panels, and sounds here.
Tom Gibson, and I hope you enjoy my page. If you have any
questions, don't forget to check the Instructions first!!
You can contact me and get many questions answered by leaving a
message at the California
My other interests include railroads (especially Alco diesels and the WP).. Drop by again - soon!