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  • Douglas DC-3




    The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner that revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s.

    General Information

    Its lasting effect on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever produced. It has a cruise speed of 207 mph (333 km/h), capacity of 21 to 32 passengers or 6,000 lbs (2,700 kg) of cargo, and a range of 1,500 mi (2,400 km).


    The DC-3 is a twin-engine metal monoplane with a tailwheel-type landing gear and was developed as a larger, improved 14-bed sleeper version of the Douglas DC-2. It had many exceptional qualities compared to previous aircraft. It was fast, had good range, and could operate from short runways. It was reliable and easy to maintain and carried passengers in greater comfort. Before the war it pioneered many air travel routes. It could cross the continental United States and made worldwide flights possible. It is considered the first airliner that could profitably carry just passengers.


    For full details of this remarkable aircraft, and its history in civil and military service, click here.





    2 crew, 21-32 passengers
    64 ft 8 in (19.7 m)
    95 ft 2 in (29.0 m)
    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: 25,200 lb (11,431 kg)
    Fuel Capacity:
    822 gal. (3736 l)
    2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3G Twin Wasp 14-cyl. air-cooled two row radial piston engine, 1,200 hp (890 kW) each
    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)
    Stall Speed:
    58.2 kn (67 mph; 108 km/h)
    1,500 mi (2,400 km).
    Rate of Climb:
    1,130 ft/min (5.7 m/s)

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