The Douglas DC-5 was developed as a 16/22 passenger civilian airliner, with a high wing and tricycle landing gear. Four examples were produced for KLM Airlines, and were used to evacuate civilians from Java to Australia in 1942. One of these aircraft was damaged and captured by the Japanese, who extensively test flew it. The earliest U.S. DC-5 military operations were by the U.S. Navy who had ordered seven examples in 1939. Three were R3D-1 16-seat personnel carriers, and four were R3D-2s (22 seat paratrooper version) for the U.S. Marine Corps. The prototype was sold to William Boeing, but was later impressed into the U.S. Navy as the sole R3D-3.
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Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
(updated February 2009)
Type: cargo and passenger transport Crew: 6 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 62' 6" (19.05 m) Height: 19' 10" (6.05 m) Wingspan: 78' 0" (23.77 m) Wing area: 824 sq. ft (76.55 sq. m) Empty Weight: 13,674 lb (6,202 kg) Max Weight: 20,000 lb (9,072 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Wright GR-1820-F62 radial Horsepower: 850 hp each Performance: Range: 1600 miles (2575 km) Cruise Speed: 202 mph ( 325 km/h) Max Speed: 221 mph ( 356 km/h) at 7,700 ft Ceiling: 23,700 ft (7225 m)
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