Douglas C-38

The single Douglas C-38 was producing in an attempt to improve the stability of the DC-2/ C-33 series of aircraft. Douglas took the first C-33, and gave it the larger tail surfaces developed for the DC-3. This successfully improved the stability, and so the C-38 was followed by thirty-five C-39s, which also used the central wing section of the DC-3, earning them the nickname DC-2½. The C-38 also saw the introduction of more powerful Wright R-1820-45 engines, which increased the cargo payload of the aircraft to 3,600lb

Engines: Wright R-1820-45 x2
Power: 975hp each
Wing span: 85ft 0in
Length: 61ft 6in
Height: 19ft 7in
Empty weight: 12,475lb
Loaded weight: 18,200lb
Maximum weight: 18,500lb
Maximum speed: 208mph at 2,500ft
Cruising speed: 170mph
Normal range: 1,100 miles

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (10 November 2008), Douglas C-38,

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