British Eagle Douglas DC- 4 "G-ASPN"
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
WWII in Europe had only ended a few months earlier when Overseas Airlines March
7, 1946 when American Airlines introduced U.S. DC-4 domestic service between New
York and Los Angeles. During the late 1940s and early 1950s the DC-4 and converted
C-54s carried more passengers than any other four-engine transport. Amazingly many
of these aircraft are still operating more than 60 years after they were first
British Eagle International Airlines was an independent that was in operation from
1948 to 1968. It started out as Eagle Aviation and evolved into British Eagle in 1963.
In 1964 the airline took over Starways Airlines and their three DC-4s as well as
various other types. Along with it came the schedule services and tours contracts. Not
long after this British Eagle started to become non-profitable and in 1968 they
liquidated their assets. G-ASPN started out with the USAAF as a C-54A and had
about 12 different owners over its life time. The last registration for the aircraft was
9Q-CWP owned by Groupe Litho Moboti Aviation (GLM Aviation). In 1991 it was
written off in Kinshasa Zaire after a crash due to engine failure with no fatalities.
|Crew – 4
Passengers – up to 86
Length – 93 ft 10 in (28.6 m)
Wingspan – 117 ft 6 in (35.8 m)
Height – 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Empty – 43,300 lb (19,640 kg)
Normal Load Weight – 63,500 lb (28,800 kg)
Maximum Take-Off – 73,000 lb (33,100 kg)
Engines – (4) Pratt & Whitney R-2000 radial / 1,450 hp each
Maximum Speed – 280 mph (450 km/h)
Cruise Speed – 227 mph (365 km/h)
Range – 4,250 miles (6,839 km)
Service Ceiling – 22,300 ft (6,800 m)
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