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Encyclopedia - Douglas DC-4/C-54 Skymaster

The Douglas DC-4 was designed to fulfil a requirement issued by United Airlines for a much larger, more advanced airliner. The DC-4 first flew on 7 June 1938. When World War 2 broke out, all current production aircraft were converted to the C-54 and delivered to the USAAF, the first of these flying in February 1942. The production line closed in 1947 after a total of 1,245 aircraft were built.

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Douglas C-54G Skymaster


Country of Origin : USA


Number Of Engines : Four
Powerplant type : Pratt & Whitney R-2000-9 Twin Wasp radial piston engine
Max Power Rating : 1,081kW (1,450hp)


Length : 28.60m (93ft 10in)
Height : 8.38m (27ft 6in)
Wingspan : 35.81m (117ft 6in)
Wing Area : 135.63m2 (1,460sq ft)


Empty Weight : 19,641kg (43,300lb)
Max Take-off Weight : 33,113kg (73,000lb)

Landing Gear

Type : Retractable tricycle type with twin-wheel main units and a single-wheel nose unit


Max Speed At Cruising Level : 243kt (451km/h; 280mph) @ 14,000ft (4,265m)
Service Ceiling : 22,300ft (6,800m)

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