Douglas DC-4 "N90443"
Eastern Air Lines, circa 1955
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
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
introduced the first commercial North Atlantic DC-4 service. Another first took place on
March 7, 1946 when American Airlines introduced U.S. DC-4 domestic service 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
Eastern Airlines Douglas DC-4 N90443 began life in 1946 as C-54A-15-DC c/n 10352.
With WWII over airlines were scrambling to buy the surplus C-54s so 10352 became
one of American Airlines acquisitions. From AA the aircraft was purchased by Eastern
Airlines and became part of the “Great Silver Fleet”. The first DC-4 service with
Eastern took place on April 2 1946 between New York and Miami. 10352 next
belonged to Miami Airlines followed by Trans Atlantic with the final owner being a
gliding club who use it as a clubhouse.
|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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