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Douglas DC-6

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The DC-6 was Douglas Aircraft's response to Lockheed's Constellation. Slightly longer than the DC-4 and pressurized like the "Connie," the DC-6 could carry 60 passengers and had heating elements in its wings to prevent icing. United introduced the DC-6 in 1947, and after overcoming some initial problems it became widely used. Perhaps the epitome of piston-engine airliner design, the Douglas DC-6B combined unrivalled operating efficiency and reliability. Its slightly stretched fuselage could carry 88 passengers. DC-6Bs entered service with United in 1952, and Pan Am used them to pioneer tourist fares across the Atlantic. 

FLY VFE is one of a very small number of operators still keeping the DC6 in the air.  We operate 3 aircraft, used on cargo routes.


Technical Specifications

  • DC-6/C-118A 

First flightFeb. 15, 1946

Model numberDC-6

Span117 feet 6 inches

Length100 feet 7 inches

Height28 feet 5 inches

PowerFour 2,400-horsepower Pratt & Whitney R2800CB engines

Weight107,000 pounds

Operating altitude28,000 feet

Range2,990 miles

Speed308 mph

Accommodation3 crew, 52 to 102 passengers

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