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Douglas DC-6

Aircraft type: Commercial airplane
Manufacturer: Douglas
Maiden flight year: 1946

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The Douglas DC-6B first flew on February 10, 1951 with its first scheduled passenger flight on April 11, 1951 with United Airlines. The DC-6 might have had the same wingspan as the DC-4 but that is all. The DC-6 fuselage was longer and stronger and pressurized. The more powerful engines used a 3-bladed propeller capable of reversing pitch for braking. The DC-6B was the most successful of all the DC series of aircraft with the last of the 288 produced being delivered on November 17, 1958. Mainliner Des Moines was originally given to United Airlines DC-3 NC16061 in 1936. On July 11, 1953 a Douglas DC-6B c/n 44081-395 replaced this DC-3 and was assigned the name Mainliner Des Moines. During its life the aircraft was sold and converted to an A/B by B&D Aircraft Inc. in Chino California. This converted aircraft was registered as N66DG and was last owned by Pacific Alaska Airlines who eventually scrapped the DC-6. ---- --- Douglas DC-6B specifications Type - Long-Range passenger transport Manufacturer - Douglas Aircraft Co Crew - 5 Production - 288 Powerplant 4 X 2400-hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800CBI6 Double Wasp or 4 X 2500hp R-2800-CB 17 Double Wasp 18-cylinder two-row radial engines Performance Cruising speed - 315 mph (507 km/h) @ 20,600 ft (6,279 m) Range with maximum payload 3,005 miles (4,835 km) Payload 24,565Ib (11,143 kg) with seating for up to 102 passengers Dimensions Wing Span - 117ft 6 in (35.81 m) Length - 105ft 7in (32.18m) Height - 28 ft 8 in (8.74 m) Wing area - 1,463 sq ft (135.91 m2) Weight Maximum 107,000 lb (48,535 kg) Empty 58,6351b (26,595 kg) List of aircraft operators
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Douglas DC-6 Specifications



Length (m)32.18
Wingspan (m)35.81
Height (m)8.66
Wing area (m2)135.9


Maximum take-off weight (kg)48500
Operating empty weight (kg)25100


Maximum range (km)4840
Cruise speed (km/h)507
Maximum operating altitude (m)7600
EnginesP&W R-2800 Double Wasp,
4 x 2500 hp

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Passengers (1-class)54-102
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