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Douglas DC-3


Commercial Airliner / Military Transport Aircraft


United States | 1936



"Over 16,000 examples of the successful Douglas DC-3 aircraft were ultimately produced."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 06/08/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Douglas DC-3 Commercial Airliner / Military Transport Aircraft.
2 x Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9 OR 2 x Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp S1C3G radial piston engines developing up to 1,200 horsepower.
Propulsion
237 mph
381 kph | 206 kts
Max Speed
23,950 ft
7,300 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
1,025 miles
1,650 km | 891 nm
Operational Range
1,130 ft/min
344 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
  LON
LON
 
  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MOS
MOS
 
  TOK
TOK
 
  SYD
SYD
 
  LAX
LAX
 
  NYC
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Douglas DC-3 Commercial Airliner / Military Transport Aircraft.
2 + 3
(MANNED)
Crew
64.6 ft
19.70 m
O/A Length
95.1 ft
(29.00 m)
O/A Width
16.9 ft
(5.16 m)
O/A Height
18,298 lb
(8,300 kg)
Empty Weight
25,133 lb
(11,400 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Douglas DC-3 family line.
DST
DC-3
DC-3A
DC-3B
DC-3C
DC-3S
DC-3/2000
Basler BT-67
Conroy Turbo Three
Conroy Super-Turbo-Three
Conroy Tri-Turbo Three
USAC DC-3 Turbo Express
LXD1
Douglas/Showa L2D
C-41A
C-47
C-48
C-48A
C-48B
C-48C
C-49
C-50
C-51
C-52
C-68
C-84
R4D-2
R4D-4
R4D-4R
R4D-4Q
R4D-8
Lisunov Li-2
Dakota II
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Douglas DC-3. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 16,079 Units

Contractor(s): Douglas Aircraft Company - USA
National flag of Australia National flag of Belgium National flag of Czechia National flag of Ireland National flag of the Netherlands National flag of Peru National flag of Romania National flag of Sweden National flag of Switzerland National flag of the United States National flag of Venezuela

[ Australia; Belgium; Czechoslovakia; Ireland; Netherlands; Peru; Romania; Sweden; Switzerland; United States; Venezuela ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (237mph).

Graph Average of 225 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
16079
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
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Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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