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Douglas DC-4

Aircraft type: Commercial airplane
Manufacturer: Douglas
Maiden flight year: 1938

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WWII in Europe had only ended a few months earlier when Overseas Airlines introduced the first commercial North Atlantic DC-4 service. Another first took place on March 7, 1946 when American Airlines introduced U.S. DC-4 domestic service between New York and Los Angeles. During the late 1940s and early 1950s the DC-4 and converted C-54s carried more passengers than any other four-engine transport. Amazingly many of these aircraft are still operating more than 60 years after they were first manufactured. On December 23, 1944 one of the 155 Douglas aircraft built in Chicago was delivered to the USAAF as C-54B-1-DC, c/n 10485, line # 216. The military serial was 42-72380 until 1946 when it was sold to American Airlines and registered as NC90417 and named Flagship Monterey. In 1949 the aircraft was sold to Iberia and for 15 years was registered as EC-AEP. In 1963 it was leased to Iberias subsidiary Aviaco. In 1964 EC-AEP was converted to the 16th ATL.98 Carvair and re-registered as EC-AXI on May 19, 1964. On February 1, 1969 it was leased to Dominicana who later bought it in May 1969 and registered it as HI-168 President Malon. It remained with Dominicana until June 23, 1969. -- On December 23, 1944 one of the 155 Douglas aircraft built in Chicago was delivered to the USAAF as C-54B-1-DC, c/n 10485, line # 216. The military serial was 42-72380 until 1946 when it was sold to American Airlines and registered as NC90417 and named "Flagship Monterey". In 1949 the aircraft was sold to Iberia and for 15 years was registered as EC-AEP. In 1963 it was leased to Iberia's subsidiary Aviaco. In 1964 EC-AEP was converted to the 16th ATL.98 Carvair and re-registered as EC-AXI on May 19, 1964. On February 1, 1969 it was leased to Dominicana who later bought it in May 1969 and registered it as HI-168 "President Malon". It remained with Dominicana until June 23, 1969. Douglas DC-4 Designed to meet a United Airlines requirement for a long-range passenger airliner, the Douglas DC-4 was first flown on June 7, 1938. The prototype was a very ambitious four-engined, pressurized aircraft that was three times the size of its predecessor, the DC-3a design that proved far too expensive and difficult for civilian airlines to maintain. Douglas revised the design, but by the time it was complete WWII was well underway and development of the aircraft was channeled to the US military. Post-war, the DC-4 became a popular and reliable airliner with major carriers such as National and Northwest Airlines. - - Specifications for the Douglas Aircraft Company DC-4 Crew 4 Passengers up to 86 Dimensions Length 93 ft 10 in (28.6 m) Wingspan 117 ft 6 in (35.8 m) Height 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m) Weight Empty 43,300 lb (19,640 kg) Normal Load Weight 63,500 lb (28,800 kg) Maximum Take-Off 73,000 lb (33,100 kg) Performance Engines (4) Pratt & Whitney R-2000 radial / 1,450 hp each Maximum Speed 280 mph (450 km/h) Cruise Speed 227 mph (365 km/h) Range 4,250 miles (6,839 km) Service Ceiling 22,300 ft (6,800 m) List of aircraft operators
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Douglas DC-4 Specifications

DC-4-1009

Dimensions

Length (m)28.6
Wingspan (m)35.81
Height (m)8.38
Wing area (m2)135.9

Weight

Maximum take-off weight (kg)33100
Operating empty weight (kg)19640
Maximum zero fuel weight (kg)28800

Performance

Maximum range (km)5300
Cruise speed (km/h)390
Maximum speed (km/h)450
Maximum operating altitude (m)6800
EnginesP&W R-2000-2SD13-G Twin Wasp,
4 x 1450 hp

Cabin Data

Passengers (1-class)44-86
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