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RCP Engineering D-01-200 | VARIG

49.0k RepublicOfCursedPlanes  one year ago
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Heads-up: I'm releasing a livery challenge for this plane, read the pinned comment below for further details.


I'm back... but not for long.

By back, I don't mean back to SimplePlanes (i've always been here), but rather, I'm back from Vietnam!

But not for long, because I'm leaving yet again for Jeju Island, South Korea. Yes, 2 vacations in less than 3 weeks. It'll be a fun trip, and I'm kinda excited about it.

Anyway, this is the first airliner of the D-series; if you've seen my D-03-100, you should know what I mean.

When I made the D-03-100, I had just reached silver, and I didn't know how to make planes yet. I didn't really "make" it, more like edited Marine's ANe 250 and added a livery on top of it. But now, I've designed this airplane from scratch. I have truly come a long way.

Oh, and why VARIG? A few reasons:

  • I wanted to put a real airline livery on a fictional plane, since my fictional nation is intertwined with the rest of the real world.
  • VARIG is one of those airlines that are well-known, but not really talked about, so I wanted to represent it here.
  • This airline, being Brazilian, also hints at the Brazilian airliner community here in SP with Gabriel747, WINGSIRONDYNAMIC and Volotok. Their airliners are nice, but what I'm truly impressed with is the passion that they have, and strong friendship between themselves.

With that, I'll leave you to enjoy the lore segment!

Oh yeah, this was my backup entry for the Points Challenge, in case the Hawaiian Pizza went south. I don't think I need to worry too much... or do I?


Take a deep breath, because this is the longest lore I've ever typed.

The D-01 is a short-haul airliner made by RCP Engineering, and is the first aircraft in the D-series.


RCP Engineering's predecessor, Wright Engineering, had been famous in the 1950s for manufacturing airliners, including some revolutionary ones like the W-2000.

However, in 1964, Wright Engineering went nearly bankrupt as it could not outcompete airliners like the 707, 737 and DC-8, and the company stopped producing aircraft. It was only revived when the new Republic of Cursed Planes government placed a 86% stake in the company in 1969, nationalising it.

To recover, RCP Engineering was tasked by the government to build military aircraft for the air force. This provided a cushion for RCP Engineering to fall back on, and by 1976, the company had financially recovered.

Even though the company was successful building fighter jets, it still always wanted to go back to the glory days and build great airliners. So in 1979, plans were submitted for a new 150-passenger jet, that could rival the 737.

The new airliner, named D-XX, would have a T-tail configuration with the engines on top of the wings, much like the VFW 614. Apart from giving the aircraft a rather unique appearance, it allowed the D-XX to land at even the most poorly-maintained airports, giving it immense flexibility.

By 1982, the design was finalised and green-lighted. The prototype D-01-100 made its first flight on 8 April 1986, and by 1989, the D-01-200 (production model) started selling to customers.

In 1992, a stretched version that could carry 186 passengers, the D-01-300, was released. It turned out to be more popular than the -200, as it had more capacity.

In 2007, a “D-01 Advanced”was proposed, featuring more advanced technology and updated CFM-LEAP-1b engines, similar to those used on the A320neo. On 7 August 2010, the prototype D-01a-3, the Advanced version of the D-01-300, took to the skies for the first time.

In 2013, deliveries to customers began. The Advanced model was branded the D-01a, while the current D-01-200 and -300 were branded as the D-01c (c for current/classic).

In 2020, the last D-01 Classic, a -300, rolled off the assembly line. The Classic’s manufacturing efforts were switched to production of the Advanced series, and today, only the Advanced models, the D-01-2 and D-01-3, are being produced.

A true butter landing


As of May 2023, 2,742 D-01-200s and 6,315 D-01-300s have been produced, with 9,818 D-01as on order. The original operators were airlines that flew to underserved, small airports, but nowadays, with most runways being up to standard, most operators are budget airlines that fly them on domestic and international routes.

2 military variants of the aircraft, the D-01M, a transporter/AWACS aircraft, and the P-01 marine patrol aircraft, have also been produced. A combined 730 aircraft have been sold so far, with more than half being ordered by the RCPAF.

The total number sold, 9792, is pale against the A320's 10,516 and 737's 11,002, but for a relatively small company, is impressive.

Flying with VARIG

To fly to the many small airports in Brazil, VARIG, the largest Brazilian airline at the time, used 737-200s and 737-300s due to their ruggedness.

However, the D-01 came out, and it promised to offer this same reliability, with more advanced technology. So taking a gamble on this new airliner, VARIG ordered 50 D-01-200s in 1986, becoming the 3rd customer after Island System Airways and RCP Express.

In December 1989, VARIG received its first D-01-200, PP-VDR. The D-01s quickly became a success within the fleet, serving many small airports with ease, without encountering a single issue. The airline liked them so much that they ordered 20 more, and replaced their 737 Classics with this.

However, the D-01s wouldn't last forever as VARIG went into liquidation by 2005. 30 of the D-01s were sent to airplane boneyards. However, 15 were inherited by Gol Airways, the successor to VARIG, while a total of 25 were purchased by African Express Airways and LATAM.

If you made it here, congrats! Please upvote and comment, as it really means a lot to me!

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General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Points Challenge (CLOSED)
  • Successors 3 airplane(s) +14 bonus
  • Created On Mac
  • Wingspan 123.0ft (37.5m)
  • Length 122.7ft (37.4m)
  • Height 36.6ft (11.2m)
  • Empty Weight N/A
  • Loaded Weight 68,400lbs (31,025kg)


  • Power/Weight Ratio 2.02
  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.043
  • Wing Loading 31.6lbs/ft2 (154.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 2,162.1ft2 (200.9m2)
  • Drag Points 28352


  • Number of Parts 600
  • Control Surfaces 7
  • Performance Cost 2,473
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    Thanks for 100 upvotes everyone!

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    72.8k MrCOPTY

    You Are In Month 1st Page, And I'm Just Under You.

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    This is now 1st on the front page, thank you all so much for your support!

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    So yes, I'm making a challenge where you get to place liveries on this plane, and get a bunch of spotlights from me!
    Releasing tomorrow.

    Type "C" to be tagged on the challenge.

    Pinned one year ago
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    nice im adding this to my service

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    It's offical

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    It's inspired by VFW-Fokker 614, am I right?

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    1,221 eaearthur015

    Como brasileiro preciso cantar



    8 months ago
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    And a point for you!

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    @RepublicOfCursedPlanes nice plane! I han ve been on a scoot 787 before too, at 2018

    one year ago
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    @TheAirbusLover I will; I’ve already done this once

    one year ago
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    @RepublicOfCursedPlanes Cool! I you go there by plane, will you plan making the plane you were on by Simpleplanes?

    one year ago
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    If the HondaJet had an airliner brother:

    one year ago
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    Excellent 10/10

    one year ago
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    @TheAirbusLover the Jeju one is a family trip

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    266k WinsWings

    The photo is so cool. Great

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    34.7k ShinyGemsBro

    At least FOD damage with this one shouldn't be a problem
    ...Then there's birdstrikes

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    @SasuValentin1234 that's strange; the reversers are connected to the correct items, so they should work.
    Anyway, it doesn't affect performance; you can stop as usual.

    one year ago
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    @RepublicOfCursedPlanes also your planes left reverse thrust aint working

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    @RepublicOfCursedPlanes Sure, and I think narrowbodies for your aircraft line will suffice for the foreseeable future, until of course we have out first widebody. ;)

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    @LoneSpaceGaming I mean, it’s probably why the takeoff speed is higher on this aircraft, but it’s worth it as it allows the plane to sit close to the ground, allowing for easier disembarking at airports with fewer amenities.
    Also, unlike the 737 series, the engines can be upgraded to bigger ones without having to be limited by ground clearance. (For the MAX, their engines were too large, so Boeing had to place them in an awkward position such that they were very far in front of the wings and very high up, increasing the risk of a stall. Then Boeing decided to use MCAS to fix it, and… well, you know what happened.)

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    @Boeing777x my aircraft line focuses on narrowbodies for now (the D-02 is a regional jet), although maybe in the future I could have a widebody

    one year ago
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