Joint Service Open House

C-47 Skytrain (now DC-3)

 
This window is one of the emergency exits; it was propped open to provide some ventilation on this warm day. The DC-3 is non-pressurized so it can't fly very high.  


 
Looking out a window at the left wing. You can click on the right-hand picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

 
It was really neat to see the cockpit. I fly a DC-3 frequently in Microsoft Flight Simulator, but the simulator DC-3 has an old panel and the Piedmont DC-3 has a modern panel. The engine controls and yoke are the same, though. You can click on either picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

Specifications, from a sign posted near the airplane:

Average Price To Airlines, 1935$100,000
Price In 1987, Mint Condition$125,000
Price In 1996$230,000
EnginesPratt & Whitney R-1830-94 Twin Wasp
Horsepower1,350 hp each
Time Between Overhaul1,600 hours
PropsHamilton Standard three-blade
Seats2 crew, 19 passengers
Length63.7 ft
Height17 ft
Wingspan95.5 ft
Wing Area987 sq ft
Max Gross Weight26,200 lbs
Basic Operating Weight17,720 lbs
Max Useful Load7,480 lbs
Wing Loading25.5 lbs/sq ft
Power Loading9.2 lbs/hp
Max Usable Fuel4,932 lbs (822 gals)
Max Rate Of Climb1,070 fpm
Service Ceiling24,000 ft
Single Engine Best Rate Of Climb Speed94 kts
Normal Cruise150 kts
Fuel Flow at Normal Cruise660 pph (110 gph)
Endurance at Normal Cruise8.2 hrs
Stalling Speed, Flaps Down57 kts

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