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DOUGLAS DC-3

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DC3
Aircraft
Name DC-3
Manufacturer DOUGLAS
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail T-tail
Type code L2P
Engine Piston
Engine count Multi
Position In wing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 3


Manufacturered as:

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DOUGLAS R4D-5 Skytrain
DOUGLAS R4D-3 Skytrooper
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DOUGLAS EC-47 Skytrain
DOUGLAS HC-47 Skytrain
DOUGLAS VC-47 Skytrain
DOUGLAS LC-47 Skytrain
DOUGLAS RC-47 Skytrain
DOUGLAS Skytrooper
DOUGLAS Skytrain
DOUGLAS TC-47 Skytrain
DOUGLAS C-41
DOUGLAS C-117A Skytrooper
DOUGLAS C-53 Skytrooper
DOUGLAS C-47J Skytrain
DOUGLAS C-47H Skytrain
DOUGLAS C-47D Skytrain
DOUGLAS C-47B Skytrain
DOUGLAS C-117B Skytrooper
DOUGLAS C-47 Skytrain
DOUGLAS DST
DOUGLAS C-47A Skytrain
DOUGLAS C-117C Skytrooper
DOUGLAS AC-47 Skytrain
DOUGLAS DC-3
DOUGLAS Dakota
LISUNOV Li-2


DOUGLAS DC-3

DOUGLAS DC-3 DOUGLAS DC-3 3D

Description

The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing piston-engine transport aircraft. Its cruise speed and range revolutionised civil and military air transport (the latter mainly as the C47) in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. A small number remain in service for both passenger and freight transport and in various specialist roles.

Technical Data

Wing span 29.0 m95.144 ft
Length 19.7 m64.633 ft
Height 5.16 m16.929 ft
Powerplant 2 x Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,100 hp (820 kW) each

2 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3G Twin Wasp 14-cyl. air-cooled two row radial piston engine, 1,200 hp (890 kW) each

Engine model Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp, Wright R-1820

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) 80 kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 179 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 450 m ROC 1200 ft/min ROC 400 ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance 600 m
MTOW 1270012,700 kg
12.7 tonnes
kg
Ceiling FL250 ROD ft/min APC
WTC Range 10001,000 nm
1,852,000 m
1,852 km
6,076,115.49 ft
NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving DC3

  • DC3, vicinity Yellowknife Canada, 2013 (On 19 August 2013, a fire occurred in the right engine of a Douglas DC3-C on take off from Yellowknife. After engine shutdown, a right hand circuit was made in an attempt to land back on another runway but trees were struck and the aircraft crash-landed south of it. Emergency evacuation was successful. The Investigation found that a pre-existing cylinder fatigue crack had caused the engine failure/fire and that the propeller feathering pump had malfunctioned. It was found that an overweight take off had occurred and that various unsafe practices had persisted despite the regulatory approval of the Operator's SMS.)