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.

In 1958 Douglas DC-6A c/n 45531/1015 was factory built with a main deck freight door. In June
1958 the Northern Aircraft Operating Company had the aircraft imported to the UK where it went
to work for Hunting-Clan Air Transport as G-APNO. In 1960 Air Work Services merged with
Hunting-Clan to form British United Airways. In January 1969 the aircraft was sold to Balair with a
registration of HB-IBS and operating for the International Red Cross until June 1975. HB-IBS was
converted into a DC-6B configuration by removing the front freight door and re-skinning the
fuselage and used for charters. In 1982 the aircraft was sold to Conair Aviation in Canada  where
it was registered as C-GBIS and converted to a water bomber.

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-6
Balair HB-IBS
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1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to 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.