DOUGLAS DC-3 DAKOTA

Technical Specifications
Name : DC-3
Family : Twin-engine airliner
Manufacturer : Douglas
Nation : USA
Production Year : 1935
Dimensions
Length : 19,43 m
Span : 29,11 m
Height : 5,16 m
Wing Area : 91,7 m²
Weights
Empty : 8200 kg
Maximum Take-off :  11800 kg
Engines
Two Pratt & Whitney R1830-90 1200 HP
Performances
Maximum Speed : 360 km/h
Range : 2570 km
History

The DC-3 is among the most famous aircraft in aviation history and the most widely used airliner of all time.
Designed under the leadership of Arthur Rayomnd (1899-1999), it sported an all-metal structure, a wing by Jack Northrop (1895-1981) and retracting gear. Its first flight, on 17 December 1935, was followed by immediate success, further amplified during the Second World War with the C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper military variants. Production reached 16,079 aircraft, including 4,937 in the USSR (as the Lisunov Li-2) and 487 in Japan (as the Nakajima L2D). Cheap and widely available, after the war the DC-3 became the backbone of commercial aviation worldwide. In Italy it was used by many airlines, including Alitalia and LAI, and the Air Force.
This DC-3 was built by Douglas in Oklahoma City in 1944 for the USAAF as a C-47B-10-DK variant, with construction number 14799/26244 and military serial 43-48983. Upon delivery to the Royal Air Force, it became Dakota IV serial KJ952. Used for VIP duties in Malesia, Burma and Britain, it was sold in 1952 and became G-AMSR with Air Charter, a forerunner of today’s low cost airlines. In 1954 it was sold in Africa, where it flew for 40 years in South Africa, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the Center African Federation, even Katanga during the civil war in the former Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). Its last operator was International Trans Air Business. Returining to Europe in 1994, it was based at Perugia with Air Umbria. Volandia bought it from the Ragusa family and ferried it to Malpensa on 11 April 2012 as I-RAGF. Its flying career spanned over 23,400 hours.

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