DC3

DOUGLAS DC-3

Aircraft
Name
DC-3
Manufacturer
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
Manufacturered as
LISUNOV Li-2
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DC3

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 (metric)
29.00 m
Length (metric)
19.70 m
Height (metric)
5.16 m
Powerplant

2 x Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,100 hp (820 kW) each

Engine Model(s)
Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp
Wright R-1820
Indicative Performance Data
Take-Off
V2
80 kts
Distance
450 m
MTOW
12700 kg
Initial Climb (to 5000 ft)
IAS
n/a
ROC
1200 ft/min
Initial Climb (to FL150)
IAS
n/a
ROC
400
Initial Climb (to FL240)
IAS
n/a
ROC
n/a
MACH Climb
MACH
n/a
ROC
n/a
Cruise
TAS
179 kts
MACH
n/a
Ceiling
250
Range
1000 NM
Initial Descent (to FL240)
MACH
n/a
ROD
n/a
Descent (to FL100)
IAS
n/a
ROD
n/a
Descent (FL100 & below)
IAS
n/a
MCS
n/a
ROD
n/a
Approach
Vapp (IAS)
n/a
Distance
600 m

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