Commercial Aviation-Aircraft: the Douglas DC-3 (DC-1, DC-2), Images by Wernher Krutein, Les Clark, Richard Neville and PHOTOVAULT®

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About theDouglas DC-3 The late 20's and early 30's saw great advances in aviation. Though most research at the time was spent on the military utelization of this incredible new mode of transport, the civilian sector was able to take great advantage of the pioneering advances made in flight. Douglas Aircraft Co. built the first DC-3 at their California plant in late 1935. Basically a refined development of the earlier DC-1 and DC-2 airliners, the DC-3 became the most versatile transport aircraft of the 20th century. It finally allowed for profits to be realized by carrying passengers.

The DC series of aircraft were developed in response to the challenge posed by the innovative Boeing model 247. The DC-3 came into being almost by default. Douglas built a larger version of the DC-2 to contain berths for night flights. The result, called the Douglas Sleeper Transport, had a wider and longer fuselage. Like todays unsuccesful attempts of adding seperate sleeping berths, the DST had limited success, but when the DC-2's big fuselage was replaced with passenger seats instead of sleeper berths, the DC-3 was born. The DC-3 met with immediate enthusiasm and success. Called "the airplane that changed the world", the Douglas DC-3 launched the commercial airlines in the mid 1930's. By 1939 the DC-3 accounted for 90% of all world airline trade.

Douglas produced the DC-3 aircraft from 1935 to 1946. Some 12,000 DC-3/C-47's rolled off the production line. The magnificent twin-engine DC-3 became the most successful air transport of all time. Over 2,000 DC-3s and C-47 Dakotas (military) were built under license in Russia designated the L I-2 and a further 500 DC-3's were manufactured by the Japanese. Almost indestructible and able to take incredible amount of punishment and damage, some 1000 DC-3s are estimated to fly into the 2000's. Many cargo operators favor them because their low purchase cost allows them to fly low volume cargo routes where the airplane is not forced to be constantly in the air, generating revenues. The DC-3 cruises at an average speed of 170 m.p.h., it burns 100 gallons per hour and can carry up to 800 gallons of fuel. The cabin of the DC-3 can seat up to 28 passengers in comfortable reclining seats. I still get goose bumps seeing this venerable airliner take to the air. The legacy of this aircraft type is unmatched in the history of aviation.


Wing Span: 95 ft 6 in (29.1 m)
Length: 64 ft 5 n (19.6 m)
Height: 16 ft 11 in (5.2 m)
Weight, Empty: 18,300 lb (8,300 kg)
Weight, Gross: 25,200 lb (11,430 kg)
Cruising Speed: 170 mph (274 km/h)
Max Speed: 237 mph (381 km/h)
Rate of Climb: 1,100 ft (335 m)/min
Service Ceiling: 23,000 ft (7,010 m)
Range: 1,025 mi (1,650 km)
Power Plant: two Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp, 1,200 hp, engines or two Pratt & Whitney 14-cylinder radial engines, producing 1350 horsepower

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