|The Douglas DC-6B first flew on February 10, 1951 with its first scheduled passenger as
the DC-4 but that is all. The DC-6 fuselage was longer and stronger and pressurized.
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.
Built in 1953 as a C-118A C/N 44653 the aircraft was delivered to the USAF as 52-3282.
In December 1956 the aircraft sold to Slick Airways and registered as N11817 before
selling to Alaska Airlines in 1958. On February 22, 1960 while doing a GCA approach into
Elmendorf AFB Alaska; the aircraft touched down 1,200 feet short injuring the 4 crew
members. The pilot had improper speed, flap and manifold pressure settings. The other
crew were aware of this, but said nothing and the GCA controller advised he was below
the glide path.
Douglas DC-6B specifications
Type - Long-Range passenger transport
Manufacturer - Douglas Aircraft Co
Crew - 5
Production - 288
4 X 2400-hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800CBI6 Double Wasp
4 X 2500hp R-2800-CB 17 Double Wasp 18-cylinder two-row radial engines
Cruising speed - 315 mph (507 km/h) @ 20,600 ft (6,279 m)
Range with maximum payload – 3,005 miles (4,835 km)
Payload – 24,565Ib (11,143 kg) with seating for up to 102 passengers
Wing Span - 117ft 6 in (35.81 m)
Length - 105ft 7in (32.18m)
Height - 28 ft 8 in (8.74 m)
Wing area - 1,463 sq ft (135.91 m2)
Maximum – 107,000 lb (48,535 kg)
Empty – 58,6351b (26,595 kg)
Douglas DC-6C "N11817"
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