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The Douglas C-49 was the designation given to 138 Wright Cyclone powered DC-3s impressed by the USAAF after the American entry into the Second World War. Of these 138 aircraft 75 were taken direct from the production lines (C-49, C-49A, C-49B, C-49C, six C-49Ds, C-49J and C-49K), while the remaining 63 were already in service (five Ds and E-H). Another four apparently very similar Cyclone powered DC-3s were given the designation C-84. These aircraft differed in minor details, such as the number of seats installed. Many of the aircraft that were already in service were then leased back to airlines operating on approved routes seen as important by the War Department, although rarely went back to their original owners.

 

Airline

Number

Engine

Seats

C-49

TWA

6

R-1820-71

24

C-49A

Delta

1

R-1820-71

21

C-49B

Eastern

3

R-1820-71

28

C-49C

Delta

2

R-1820-71

28

C-49D

Eastern

11*

R-1820-71

28

C-49E

-

22

R-1820-79

-

C-49F

-

9

R-1820-71

-

C-49G

-

8

R-1820-97

-

C-49H

-

19

R-1820-97

-

C-49J

Mixed

34

R-1820-71

28

C-49K

Mixed

23

R-1820-71

28

Douglas DC-3B/ C-49D (1 of 4)
Douglas DC-3B/ C-49D (1 of 4)

* Six off the production line and five already in service

Specifications: C-49K
Engines: R-1820-71
Power:
Wing span: 95ft 0in
Length: 64ft 6in
Height: 17ft 0in
Empty weight: 16,295lb
Loaded weight: 24,400ln
Maximum weight: 29,000lb
Maximum speed: 218mph at 5,500ft
Cruising speed: 156ft
Service ceiling: 22,750ft
Normal range: 1,650 miles
Maximum range: 1,800 miles

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (11 November 2008), Douglas C-49 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_douglas_C-49.html

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