Industry and World War II. Makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever produced. It has a cruise speed of 207 mph (333 km/h); capacity of 21 to 32 passengers or 6,000 lbs (2,700 kg) of cargo; and a range of 1,500 mi (2,400 km).
The DC-3 is a twin-engine metal monoplane with a tailwheel-type landing gear. And was developed as a larger, improved 14-bed sleeper version of the Douglas DC-2. It had many exceptional qualities compared to previous aircraft.
It was fast, had good range, and could operate from short runways. It was reliable and easy to maintain and carried passengers in greater comfort. Before the war it pioneered many air travel routes. It could cross the continental United States and made worldwide flights possible.
It is considered the first airliner that could profitably carry just passengers. Civil DC-3 production ended in 1942 at 607 aircraft.Military versions, including the C-47 Skytrain. Designated the Dakota in British Royal Air Force. (RAF) service, and Russian- and Japanese-built versions, brought total production to over 16,000.
Following the war, the airliner market was flooded with surplus C-47s and other ex-military transport aircraft, and Douglas' attempts to produce an upgraded DC-3 failed due to cost. Post-war, the DC-3 was made obsolete on main routes by more advanced types such as the Douglas DC-6.
But the design proved exceptionally adaptable and useful. Large numbers continue to see service in a wide variety of niche roles well into the 21st century.
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