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Douglas DC-3

The Museum's Douglas DC-3 on display in the Great Gallery
Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Company
Model: DC-3
Year: 1940
Span: 28.96m / 95ft
Length: 19.66m / 65ft
Height: 5.16m / 17ft
Wing Area: 91.69m² / 987ft²
Empty Weight: 7529.76kg / 16,600lbs
Gross Weight: 11430.7kg / 25,200lbs
Cruise Speed: 312.15km/h / 194mph
Power Plant: Two Wright "Cyclone" engines (Currently displayed with two Pratt & Whitney R-1830s)
Range: 3419.12km / 2,125miles
Serial Number: 2245
Registration: N138D


Douglas DC-3

The first versions of the DC-3, called Douglas Sleeper Transports, began service with American Airlines in 1936. Demand for the airliner was high because there was nothing directly comparable. By 1938, DC-3s were flying 95 percent of the United States' airline traffic. During World War II, the DC-3 design became a troop and cargo carrier called the C-47. Douglas built a total of 10,654 of the rugged and reliable planes and many are still flying today.

The Museum's DC-3 was built in 1940 for American Airlines. It has seen service with various airlines and flown over 20,000 hours. It now wears the livery of Alaska Airlines, which operated many DC-3s and C-47s after World War II.

Donald Wills Douglas (1892-1981)

Engineer Donald Douglas created his own company in 1920. His "Cloudster" was the first aircraft to lift a payload equal to its own weight and the "Douglas World Cruisers" were the first to fly around the world. During wartime, Douglas built transports, bombers, and attack airplanes. Donald Douglas was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1969 for his design of both military and commercial aircraft.