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    The Douglas DC-4 is a four-engine (piston) propeller-driven airliner developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company.

    General Information

    Military versions of the plane, the C-54 and R5D, served during World War II, in the Berlin Airlift and into the 1960s. From 1945, many civil airlines operated the DC-4 worldwide.

     

    The DC-4/C-54 proved a popular and reliable type, 1245 being built between May 1942 and August 1947, including 79 postwar DC-4s. Several remain in service as of 2014. One current operator is Buffalo Airways of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

     

    British company Aviation Traders converted a number of DC-4's as a cargo and car ferry with a modified nose with a raised cockpit to allow cars to be loaded more easily. It was called the Carvair.

     

    For more history of the DC-4/C-54, click here.

     

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    Aviation Traders Carvair

     

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    Specifications

    Seats:
    Crew: 4 Capacity: day transport: 44 pax with baggage and freight, later, up to 86 in high density seating
    Length:
    93 ft 10 in (28.60 m)
    Wingspan:
    117 ft 6 in (35.81 m)
    Height:
    27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
    Wing Area:
    1,460 sq ft (136 sq m)
    Wing Loading:
    50.1 lb/sq ft (245 kg/sq m) at maximum gross weight
    Empty Weight:
    43,300 lb (19,641 kg)
    MTOW:
    73,000 lb (33,112 kg), Gross weight: 63,500 lb (28,803 kg)
    Fuel Capacity:
    2,868 US gal (2,388 imp gal; 10,860 l) normal capacity or 3,592 US gal (2,991 imp gal; 13,600 l) with alternative inner wing tanks
    Powerplant:
    4 × Pratt & Whitney R-2000-2SD13-G Twin Wasp 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 1,450 hp (1,080 kW) each for take-off 1,100 hp (820 kW) at 14,000 ft (4,300 m)
    Vne:
    Maximum speed: 280 mph (450 km/h, 240 kn) at 14,000 ft (4,300 m)
    Cruise Speed:
    227 mph (365 km/h, 197 kn) 60% power at 10,000 ft (3,000 m) Maximum cruise speed 246 mph (214 kn; 396 km/h) in high blower at 20,800 ft (6,300 m)
    Range:
    3,300 mi (5,300 km, 2,900 nmi) at 10% above max L/D speed, Ferry range: 4,250 mi (6,840 km, 3,690 nmi) with inner wing fuel cells

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