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DC3 is the world’s most successful commercial aircraft with 10,928
examples being built.
Developed from the successful DC-2, the DC-3 had its origins in a
request made in 1934 from American Airlines for a luxury sleeper
transport based on an enlarged version of the DC-2 to replace its aging
"1920's" Curtiss Condor Biplanes. Douglas responded in May
1935 with a proposal for the Douglas Sleeper Transport (DST), providing
for eight sleeper berths, while a day version, the DC-3 had a standard
accommodation of 21 passengers.
The C47 had large cargo doors, strengthened metal floor and tie down points, Pratt and Whitney twin row 1830 engines, stronger landing gear and a glider towing cleat, and first flew in January 1942, with an eventual 9,500 being built. C47/Dakota's served in every allied air force, including the RAAF, which operated 124 lend-lease Dakota's (C47's) under its "A65-" number series and recently retired its last examples after 60 years of service.
C47's were converted back to "DC-3" passenger airliners
following world war two, with former USAAC and RAAF aircraft entering
Australian domestic airline service with ANA and TAA, following
refittment with seats and passenger doors.
July 1946, the aircraft was purchased by Australian National Airways,
registered as VH-ANH and given the name “Tullana", and as part of their
C47 conversion program, was changed from right to left hand passenger
door . When ANA was taken over by Ansett in 1957 the aircraft
remained with the company, flying with Ansett subsidiary, Airlines of
New South Wales.
1970 the aircraft was retired, having flown a total of 45,030 hours.
Our aircraft is the third oldest DC-3 surviving in Australia, and is one of 3 original factory built civil airliner DC-3's existing in the country, the remainder being converted from, or remaining configured as military transport C47's, with a number still remaining airworthy for charter and tourist flights..
Engine: 2x 1100HP Wright GR-1820-85 Cyclones 2x 1200HP Pratt & Whitney R1830-92 Twin Wasps
Length: 64 feet 5 inches ( 19.66 m)
Span: 95 feet 0 inches ( 28.96 m)
Height: 16 feet 11 inches ( 5.16 m)
Weight: 16,585 pounds (empty)
kg) 18,190 pounds (empty) ( 8,250 kg)
Speed: 170 knots (cruise) ( 312 km/h) 185 mph (cruise) ( 308 km/h)
Range: 1305 miles (2175 km) 1500 miles ( 2500 km)
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