Feature of the Month - April 2012

Cubana '53


(image copyright Bjorn Larsson, www.timetableimages.com)

 

Cubana was founded in 1929 by the Curtiss Aviation group as Compania Nacional Cubana de Aviacion Curtiss. The original route which opened the following year was between Havana and Santiago de Cuba using a Ford Tri-Motor. The Curtiss name was dropped in 1932 when Pan American bought the company. 

The Pan American shareholding was reduced to 52% in '45 and then ultimately Pan American withdrew completely in July '53.

The following flights are from the May '53 timetable, available from www.timetableimages.com, when Cubana used DC-3 and DC-4 aircraft.  They can be flown in both FS9 and FSX.

1.  Havana East (FLT 486/487)

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

113

0

0600lv

Havana

MUHA

1130

-

270.9

123

270.9

0815lv

Camaguey

MUCM

0930lv

297

57.2

199

57.2

0850lv

Tunas

MUVT

0842lv

304

42.9

111

42.9

0925lv

Manzanillo

MUMZ

0812lv

018

74.1

-

74.1

1005

Santiago

MUCU

0725lv

293

0

2.  Havana Camaguey (FLT 476/477)

Note.  There was an airport at Mayajigua on this route in '53 but it is missing from FS9/FSX.

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

105

0

1300lv

Havana

MUHA

1914

-

140.3

093

140.3

1412lv

Santa Clara

MUSC

1809lv

288

26.3

133

26.3

1437lv

Caibarien

MUCB

1742lv

274

47.5

131

47.5

1529lv

Cuidad de Avila

MUCA

1650lv

313

63.5

-

63.5

1559

Camaguey

MUCM

1615lv

312

0

3.  Eastern Zone (FLT 484/483)

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

087

0

0555lv

Santiago

MUCU

1355

-

29.5

029

29.5

0630lv

Guantanamo

MUGT

1330lv

268

36.6

135

36.6

0700lv

Mambi

MUMO

1300lv

209

39.8

-

39.8

0730

Baracoa

MUBA

1220lv

315

0

6.  Havana Cienfuegos (FLT 474/475)

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

118

0

0630lv

Havana

MUHA

1032

-

122.1

-

122.1

800

Cienfuegos

MUCF

0900lv

300

0

8.  Havana Varadero (FLT 478/479)

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

91

0

0630lv

Havana

MUHA

1032

-

53.9

-

53.9

800

Varadero

MUVR

0900lv

272

0

 

Flight Simulator Files

There is a Cubana paint scheme for the default FS9 DC-3 at flightsim.com, dc3cub.zip.  This can be imported to FSX using the Norm Holman panel setup available at DCA.

A DC4 paint scheme is also available for Jens Kristensen's DC4 for FS9, cubana_dc4.zip.

 

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