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Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC-3

A Douglas DC-3

Description
Role Passenger & military transport
Crew 3
Passengers 14 sleeper, 21 - 28 day
First flight 17 December 1935
Entered service June 1936
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft
Produced 455 commercial DC-3s, 10,174 military C-47s
Dimensions
Length 64 ft 5.5 in
Wingspan 95 ft 0 in
Height 16 ft 3.6 in
Wing area
Weights
Empty
Loaded
Maximum takeoff
Powerplant
Engine 2 × Wright Cyclone
Power (each) 1,200 hp
Performance
Maximum speed 192 mph
Cruising speed
Range 1,495 miles
Ceiling 20,800 ft
Rate of climb

Among the first commercially successful airliners, the Douglas DC-3 is considered the greatest aircraft of its time, if not all time. It was produced in large numbers both as a commercial transport, and as a military transport/cargo aircraft, the C-47 Skytrain. In military service with the British and the Commonwealth, it was known as the Dakota. Even today, after 75 years, this aircraft remains airworthy as the original aircraft or as a Turboprop-converted version named Basler BT-67. The only operator of the type is Buffalo Airways which operates a small fleet of DC-3s.

Specifications (DC-3A)Edit

Data from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft since 1920.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 21–32 passengers
  • Length: 64 ft 8 in (19.7 m)
  • Wingspan: 95 ft 2 in (29.0 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 11 in (5.16 m)
  • Wing area: 987 sq ft (91.7 m2)
  • Empty weight: 16,865 lb (7,650 kg)
  • Gross weight: 25,199 lb (11,430 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,100 hp (820 kW) each
  • Powerplant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3G Twin Wasp 14-cyl. air-cooled two row radial piston engine, 1,200 hp (890 kW) each
  • Propellers: 3-bladed series

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 kn; 370 km/h (230 mph) at 8,500 ft (2,590 m)
  • Cruise speed: 180 kn; 333 km/h (207 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 23,200 ft (7,100 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,130 ft/min (5.7 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 25.5 lb/sq ft (125 kg/m²)
  • Power/Mass: 0.0952 hp/lb (156.5 W/kg)

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