The Douglas DC-6 was Douglas’ most successful four engine piston airliner.
The DC-6 was developed as a response to a military airlift requirement in World War 2. The C-54 impressed the USAAF and they ordered the development of an improved and larger variant. The designation: YC-112.
By the time the Second World War ended the requirements no longer stood, and therefore Douglas continued to develop the YC-112 as an airliner resulting into the DC-6.
During the Korean War military interest was renewed resulting in the C-118 and USN R6D-1. Witch were built in large numbers. Later these planes found their way too many airlines.
|Developing Nation:||United States|
|First flight(s):||(YC-112) February 15th 1946|
|First civilian delivery:||March 1947 to US Airlines|
|Crew:||Three, or Four|
|Passengers:||DC-6: Typically between 48 and 56
DC-6B: Typically 54, but a max. of 102
|Task:||DC-6A: optimized for freight
DC-6B: optimized for passengers
DC-6C: Convertible passenger/freight
|Wing Span:||35,81 m|
|Wing Area:||135,9 m²|
DC-6B: 31,18 m
DC-6B: 8,74 m
|Operating empty weight:||DC-6: 23840 kg.
DC-6B: 25110 kg.
|Max. take-off weight:||DC-6: 44129 kg.
DC-6B: 48534 kg.
|Engine (s):||DC-6: Four 1800 hp. Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp R-2800-CA15 18 cylinder twin row radial piston engines (maximum output 2400 hp) with water injection. Driving three blade constant speed Hamilton Standard propellers.
DC-6B: Four 2500 hp R-2800-CB17’s
|Cruise Speed:||DC-6: 501 Kph
DC-6B: 507 Kph
|Operating altitude:||7500 m.|
|Max. Range:||DC-6: 7376 km.
DC-6B: 7595 km.
DC-6B: 4835 km. with max. payload
C-118: 105 (Air Force DC-6)
R6D: 25 (United States Navy DC-6)