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Douglas R4D-8. Photo. Characteristics.
Douglas R4D-8. Photo. Characteristics.

Douglas R4D-8. Photo. Characteristics.


A type: Twin-engined transport monoplane

Capacity: A crew of three and up to thirty-eight passengers

Having the firm the nickname "Super» DC-3, R4D-8 was the military version of this classic aircraft that revolutionized both the civil and the military air transport market. The company "Douglas" was assured that instead of creating a new car market wants just another version of the aircraft, "Dakota» (Dakota): the company kept the statement: "The only thing that could replace the aircraft DC-3 - it's just another airplane DC-3!» Accordingly, airplane R4D-8 different form the tail and wings with improved aerodynamics.

Further improve the aerodynamics of the aircraft has been achieved complete closure fairing main landing gear. At the same time, the performance characteristics of the aircraft were also improved by replacing the engine "Twin Wasp" engines with more powerful "Cyclone" Company "Wright." Nevertheless, in spite of a full US tour before the sale, the plane "Super» DC-3 aroused little interest among civil operating organizations. And if not for the US Navy ordered a 100 copies of the aircraft under the designation R4D-8, it seems that the plane "Super» DC-3 would not get into production, as only three copies were sold "Kepitel Airlines» (Capital Airlines ).

(Of the ordered aircraft R4D-8 was actually built only 17 copies, others were converted from standard aircraft R4D.) In military service aircraft R4D-8 (received in 1962, the designation of C-117D) were employed in the transport of civilian goods and VIPs . Perhaps the most exciting flight made this aircraft VX-6, we were in the Antarctic, where this type operated on skis.

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 432 km / h


  • Length: 21,67 m
  • Wingspan: 28,34 m
  • Height: 5,51 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 9738 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 13 834 kg

Basic data

Range of flight: 3420 km

Power point: two engines R-1820-80 «Cyclone" Company "Wright"

Power: 3070 l. from. (2290,22 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • 1949 year

The surviving airworthyOptions:R4D-8 and C-117D / VC-117D




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