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Douglas DC-7

Aircraft type: Commercial airplane
Manufacturer: Douglas
Maiden flight year: 1953

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The DC-7 was the last major piston engine powered transport made by the Douglas Aircraft Company. The DC-7 was produced from 1953 to 1958 when the first jet passenger aircraft arrived on the scene. The DC-7 was the first airliner to provide non- stop service from coast to coast in America. In total there were 338 DC-7s produced and purchased by 18 different airlines. When the jets replaced the DC-7 they found new work as cargo planes and charter work. On November 5, 1956 a Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas c/n 44873 was delivered to Pan American World Airways and registered as N731PA Clipper Bald Eagle. In 1959 it was converted to a DC-7CF freighter. On March 15, 1965 it was sold to Liberty Air as N7314. In May 1972 after several owners Transports Aeriens Reunis purchased it as F-BTDJ. In November 1972 the DC-7CF was withdrawn from service and scrapped in Nice, France. - - On November 5, 1956 a Douglas DC-7C "Seven Seas" c/n 44873 was delivered to Pan American World Airways and registered as N731PA "Clipper Bald Eagle". In 1959 it was converted to a DC-7CF freighter. On March 15, 1965 it was sold to Liberty Air as N7314. In May 1972 after several owners Transports Aeriens Reunis purchased it as F-BTDJ. In November 1972 the DC-7CF was withdrawn from service and scrapped in Nice, France. Douglas DC-7 Designed to meet an American Airlines requirement for a long-range passenger airliner with superior performance to the Lockheed Super Constellation, the DC-7 was first flown on May 18th, 1953. - - Specifications for the Douglas Aircraft Company DC-7C Seven Seas Type - four-engine long-range airliner First Flight December 20, 1955 Total DC-7C Production 121 Total Production All Variants - 338 Crew 3 / 4 Passengers Maximum 105 Dimensions Wingspan 127.5 ft (38.86 m) Wing area 1637 ft² (152.1 m²) Length 112.2 ft (34.21 m) Height 31.8 ft (9.7 m) Performance Propulsion - 4 x Wright R-3350-18EA1 Turbo-compound radial engines each producing 3,400 hp (2,535 kW) Max. Speed 406 mph (653 km/h) Cruise Speed 355 mph (570 km/h) Range 5,635 miles (9,070 km) Service Ceiling 25,000 ft (7,600 m) Rate of Climb 1,043 ft/min (318 m/min) Weight Empty 72,763 lb (33,005 kg) Max. Takeoff 143,000 lb (64,864 kg) Max. Payload 20,800 lb (9,435 kg) List of aircraft operators
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