Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6923 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.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4328 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6909 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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Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6820 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
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery