1937 United Trip 8
Radio Range Flights from Seattle to San Diego

Download the Trip 8 flights here.

Trip 8 route mapChris Whisler, DCA-1462, has gone to extraordinary lengths to produce a  faithful replication of the 1937 timetabled United flight from Seattle to San Diego.

As usual with Chris he has provided a complete documentation package to properly fly the route using the Radio Range, including the appropriate Radio Range Approach Plates and PLN files. Timetable information is there with departure and arrival times for those who wish to fully duplicate the flight.



Click here for a full size map and other United information.

In the days of the DC-3 it was the copilot's responsibility to calculate the flight information, i.e., Wind Correction Angles, Ground Speeds, Estimated Times of Arrival, etc. If the weather was VFR, then that information plus taking note of various landmarks (Pilotage) was sufficient for the pilot to accurately fly from Point A to Point B.

When the weather was marginal or went sour, though, then the Radio Range provided the guidance needed to safely and accurately navigate the intended route.

Thanks again to Chris Whisler for an exceptional recreation of this United flight. Thanks also to the entire Radio Range Team for their superb simulation of that navigation facility. Those team members are named in the readme file within rr40.zip.

You will find Trip 8 a joy to fly in the manner of the 1930s.