Douglas C-47 Dakota Aircraft
An article on the Douglas C-47 Dakota Aircraft as shown in the Photograph above! In 1940 the first C-53s were delivered to the Army Air Forces which had superseded the Air Corps in June, and were followed by the first Douglas C-47 in early 1942! Former United States of America President; General Dwight Eisenhower expressed that the Douglas C-47 Dakota was one of the aircraft that won World War II. The Douglas Dakota C-47 is a variant of the Dakota DC-3 military aircraft that was used as both a military and a transportation aircraft! General characteristics as follows:- Crew: 2. Capacity: 21-32 passengers Length: 64 ft 5 in (19.7 m) Wingspan: 95 ft 0 in (29.0 m) Height: 16 ft 11 in (5.16 m). Wing area: 987 ft² (91.7 m²). Empty weight: 18,300 lb (8,300 kg). Loaded weight: 25,200 lb (25,346 with de-icing boots, 26,900 in some freight versions) (11,400 kg). Powerplant: 2× Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9 series (earliest aircraft) or Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp S1C3G in the C-47 and later civilian aircraft, 1,100 or 1,200 hp max rating, depending upon engine and model (895 kW) each! Propellers: 2-bladed Hamilton Standard 23E50 series hydraulically controlled constant speed, feathering. Douglas DC has a Maximum speed: 237 mph (206 kn, 381 km/h. Cruise speed: 150 mph (130 kn, 240 km/h). Range: 1,025 mi (890 nmi, 1,650 km). Service ceiling: 24,000 ft (7,300 m). Rate of climb: 1,130 ft/min (5.73 m/s)! Wing loading: 25.5 lb/ft² (125 kg/m²)! Power/mass: 0.0952 hp/lb (157 W/kg)!