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The Douglas DC-6 is a piston-powered airliner and transport aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company from 1946 to 1958. Originally intended as a military transport near the end of World War II it was reworked after the war to compete with the Lockheed Constellation in the long-range transport market. More than 700 were built and many still fly today in cargo, military and wildfire control roles.

The DC-6 was known as the C-118 Liftmaster in United States Air Force service and as the R6D in United States Navy service prior to 1962 after which all U.S. Navy variants were also designated as the C-118.


Douglas DC-6B

Specifications

General characteristics

Crew: 3: captain, copilot, flight engineer, plus attendants appropriate to number of passengers

Capacity: 54-102 passengers

Length: 105 ft 7 in (32.18 m)

Wingspan: 117 ft 6 in (35.81 m)

Height: 28 ft 5 in (8.66 m)

Wing area: 1,463 ft2 (135.9 m2)

Empty weight: 55,357 lb (25,110 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 107,000 lb (48,500 kg)

Powerplant: 4× Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB-17 "Double Wasp" radial engine, 2,500 hp (1,700 kW) with water injection each

Propellers: Hamilton Standard 43E60 "Hydromatic" constant speed props with autofeather and reverse thrust

Performance

Cruise speed: 274 kn (315 mph, 507 km/h)

Range: 2,610 nmi (3,010 mi, 4,840 km)

Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)

Rate of climb: 1,070 ft/min (5.44 m/s)

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