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I Would Like To Know More About The Douglas DC-5  
User currently offlinePanair From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 28 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 6849 times:
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How many were built? Who flew them? Are there sites with pictures, particularly of the interiors? Were they pressurized?

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User currently offlineMD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 901 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 6818 times:

The DC-5 was never built, it was a proposed twin engine piston airliner to replace the DC-3. It looked similar to the Convair 240, if memory serves me right. It never happened.

cheers, Ralph



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 6798 times:

Originally designed as the DC-3 replacement, 12 were built, 4 went into commercial service (with KLM), and 7 went into Military service (as the R3D for the USN and as the C-110 for the USAAF). Ironically the prototype ended up as William Boeing's personal a/c.


There are quite a few sites out there with mentions of the Douglas DC-5. Google listed well over 1,300 sites.


User currently offlineMartin21 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 347 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 6782 times:

"The DC-5 was never built" were did you learn this ?
KLM flew them for a few years !

Seek for it in Google, not much info but I hope enough.

Martin21



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

The DC-5 WAS built, but only 12 of them, built just before the 2nd WW. KLM ordered and operated some in (later) Indonesia. None survive, the last one probably flew in Israel around 1950, so there are also no colour pictures known of it. It had two piston engines, about 20-25 passengers and was the first aircraft ever with a nose wheel, and it was a highdecker, so resembling a mix of a DC-3 (same dimensions) and a F-27.
Because of KLMs connection to the DC-5, there is a very complete book on the DC-5 in Dutch.



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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 6752 times:

and was the first aircraft ever with a nose wheel

Wasn't the DC-4E prototype built before the DC-5?



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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1960 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 13 hours ago) and read 6695 times:

KLM was the only civil operator of the type, for which production ceased because Douglas needed the capacity to build other types for the war effort. The DC-5 aircraft were, according to Arthur Piercy, as follows:

Douglas prototype NX21701; sold to William E. Boeing, Rover
KLM PH-AXA, Alk
KLM PH-AXB, Bergeend
KLM PH-AXE, Eend
KLM PH-AXG, Gruto
KNILM PK-ADA, Zonvogel (Indonesia); later PJ-AIZ (Curacao)
KNILM PK-ADB, Wakago (Indonesia)
KNILM PK-ADC, ? (Indonesia)
KNILM PK-ADD, ? (Indonesia)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYG (not taken up)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYH (not taken up)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYI (not taken up)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYJ (not taken up)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYK (not taken up)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYL (not taken up)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYM (not taken up)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYN (not taken up)
British Imperial Airways G-AFYO (not taken up)
Penn Central (4 airframes, not taken up)
SCADTA (2 airframes, not taken up)
Several built for US Navy as R3D-1



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