The Douglas DC-6B first flew on February 10, 1951 with its first scheduled passenger
flight on April 11, 1951 with United Airlines. The DC-6 might have had the same wingspan
The more powerful engines used a 3-bladed propeller capable of reversing pitch for
braking. The DC-6B was the most successful of all the DC series of aircraft with the last
of the 288 produced being delivered on November 17, 1958.


By 1947 the existing U.S. Presidential VC-54C “Sacred Cow” aircraft needed replacing.
The USAAF ordered the 29th production DC-6 with modifications to meet the Presidential
needs. The rear section became a stateroom while the main cabin could seat 24
passengers or 12 “sleeper” berths. The VC-118 was officially commissioned on July 4,
1947 and named Independence in honor of President Truman’s home town. In May 1953
the Independence was retired as the Presidential aircraft and in 1965 was put in a
museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.



Specifications for Douglas VC-118 (DC-6)

Produced – 1947
Production number - 29
Serial number - 46-505
Cost - $1.18 million

Dimensions
Wingspan - 117 ft. 6 in
Length - 100 ft. 7 in
Height - 28 ft. 5 in
Weight (maximum) - 93,200 lbs

PERFORMANCE
Engines - 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800 with water injection produced 2,400 hp each
Speed
Maximum - 360 mph
Cruising - 320 mph

Range - 4,400 miles
Service ceiling - 31,200 ft
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Douglas VC-118
U.S. Presidential aircraft
"Independence"
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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.
Free-spinning propellers.
Rolling wheels.
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.
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