panair
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I Would Like To Know More About The Douglas DC-5

Thu Oct 30, 2003 12:44 am

How many were built? Who flew them? Are there sites with pictures, particularly of the interiors? Were they pressurized?
 
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RE: I Would Like To Know More About The Douglas DC-5

Thu Oct 30, 2003 12:53 am

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.

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RE: I Would Like To Know More About The Douglas DC-5

Thu Oct 30, 2003 12:59 am

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.
 
martin21
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RE: I Would Like To Know More About The Douglas DC-5

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:07 am

"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.

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RE: I Would Like To Know More About The Douglas DC-5

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:08 am

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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RE: I Would Like To Know More About The Douglas DC-5

Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:20 am

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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RE: I Would Like To Know More About The Douglas DC-5

Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:15 am

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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