DC-3 Specifications

DC-3 Specifications:

First flight: December 17, 1935

First deliveries:
DST:* June 7, 1936 (AA)
DST: June 30, 1937 (UAL)
Std:** August 8, 1936 (AA)
Std: November 25, 1936 (UAL)


Super DC-3 July 30, 1950 (Capital) Engines (2):

DST:Wright SGR-1820-G2 (1,000 hp)
DST:P&W SB3G (1,000 hp)
Std:Wright R1820 (1,200 hp)
Std:P&W R-1830 (1,20(1 hp)
Super DC-3:Wright R 1820 (1,475 hp)

Max. gross weight: From 25,000lbs (11,340 kg) to 36,800168 (16,692 kg)

Max. payload: From 13,135 Ibs (5,958 kg) to 12,900 Ibs (5,851 kg) depending on model.

Passengers: 14 to 28
Landing speed: 64 mph
Rate of climb: 1,050 FPM-one engine 375 FPM
Take off distance: 900 ft
Landing distance: 1,640 ft

Cargo space: 250 to 293 cu ft (7.08 to 8.29 cu m) passenger or 1,244 cu ft (35.23 cu m) cargo

Operating altitude: 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
Absolute ceiling: 24,000 ft Cruise speed:

DST & Std: 180 mph (309 km/hr) 167 kts
Super DC-3: 218 kts (404 km/hr) Range (max fuel):

DST: 1,200 nm (2,224 km)
Std: 1,300 nm (2,409 km)

Super DC-3 1,900 or (3,521 km) Aircraft dimensions:

Length: DST & Std 64ft, 5 I/2in (19.65 m) Super DC-3 67ft, 8 I/2in (20.64 m)
Wingspan: DST & Std 94 ft, 7 in (28.81 m) Super DC-3 90 ft, (27.43 m)
Height: DST & Std. 16 ft, I I in (5.16 m) Super DC-3 17 ft, I1 in (5.46 m)
*DST – Douglas Sleeper Transport
**Std – Standard Passenger or Cargo Aircraft

DC-3C: Post-war designation given to C-47s later converted for civilian use. Usually had cargo door replaced with standard door, eliminated navigator’s astrodome, and installed DC-3 tail cone over glider tow hook. Many had variations in cabin window count, depending on passenger configuration. Twenty-one C-47s were converted and assigned new serial numbers but they were not added to the airframe total.

DC-3: This designation was assigned to the 28 civilian DC-3s completed in the Oklahoma City facility from parts of the Army’s

C-117 order cancelled after VJ Day. These were the last DC-3s manufactured and were included in the airframe total.

Copyright Henry M. Holden 1996, 2013

For the complete story on the Douglas DC-3 see “Legacy of the DC-3″

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