Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
DC-3D "Condor" STOL Air Transport
Old Standard Air Transport
DC-3D “Condor” STOL Air Transport (80 tons)
Chassis : Condor DAST
Power Plant : Two (2) Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp ICE
Cruise Speed : 160.6 kph (3)
Flank Speed : 200.1 kph (5)
Armor : Curl Commercial (BAR 7) : 0.5 tons
Front – 2
Right Side – 2
Left Side – 2
Rear – 2
5 tons standard
Manufacturer : Various
Communications System : Various
Targeting and Tracking System : Sequel 9400
Note : Cost = 1,200,000 Cs. Range – 2400 kms. Features 60 passenger seats (5.0 tons) and a field kitchen (3 tons). Crew of five (5) : (Pilot, Co-Pilot, Navigator, Steward, Flight Engineer).
Sangrian Condor with wings folded for transport
Overview : While there is an ever-present demand for inexpensive air travel for the masses, also a need for something beyond simple “cattle car” services. The “Condor” Air Transport is synonymous with traditional air travel, and has been in service in various incarnations for centuries. Best known for its simplicity of design and manufacture, it was made open-source by the Boeing Interstellar corporation, when that company concentrated on military aircraft production.
Capabilities : The Condor is a fixed-wing, propeller-driven airliner, that can revolutionize the air transit capabilities of colony worlds capable of supporting them. While certainly not as “modern” as some airliners, it nonetheless has value in most colony worlds. Its all-metal construction, reliability, ease of maintenance, good range and ability to operate off short runways makes it especially useful to colony worlds. They are among the first planes capable of world-wide travel in relative comfort, introduced to Periphery worlds.
The Condor has typical access doors, but no ejection seats are provided for the pilots or crew. The vehicle is capable of in-flight refueling. The interior of the Condor follows a fairly standard design, and provides a very rugged and simple air frame popular for its immense safety record, as well as its ease of manufacture. The vessels tend to be steady income producers for companies in the Periphery that build them.
One of the other selling points of the Condor, is its ability to be deployed aboard DropShips for transfer to other worlds. Its wings “fold” together along the sides of the aircraft during transport, making them small enough to fit inside a Heavy Vehicle Bay. This has made them popular in Periphery worlds that lack industrial development sufficient for their local manufacture or assembly, and often becomes a key selling feature to companies that manufacture them.
Deployment : Widely produced across the Inner Sphere, the Condor can be found in most any planetary air fleet, especially among the Periphery worlds. Most Inner Sphere worlds tend to produce more advanced Karnov UR Transports or Planetlifter Air Transports since their major market is the military instead of civilian air transport companies.
Variants : The Condor is typically used in freight transport, passenger service, and military transport, but each corporation or air transport company that employs the Condor custom tailors the vehicles for their own purposes. Fittings as diverse as advanced communications systems, sleeping quarters, and even (in one case) a swimming pool.
The most common variant is to replace the engines with a pair of Rolls Royce Dart engines, and lengthen the fuselage. Known as the DC-3TP, this variant is employed in military operations, and improves cargo capacity to allow 100 passenger seats, and adds a rear ramp and paratroop departure doors on either side, ahead of the tail section.