The DC-7 was the last major piston engine powered transport made by the Douglas
Aircraft Company. The DC-7 was produced from 1953 to 1958 when the first jet stop
service from coast to coast in America. In total there were 338 DC-7’s produced and
purchased by 18 different airlines. When the jets replaced the DC-7 they found new work
as cargo planes and charter work.

This DC-7 was MSN 831 originally delivered to KLM on March 7, 1957 as PH-DSH. In
March 1963 the aircraft was purchased by Sudflug International and operated as D-ABAC
until 1968 when the airline went bankrupt. The DC-7 was then registered as VR-BCW and
in 1974 it was impounded at Basel Switzerland for non payment of airport fees. The
aircraft was then registered as N9498 but never flown. Finally registered as HB-SSA at
the Geneva International Airport Switzerland and used for fire fighting practice until
November 2006 then broken up.

Specifications for the Douglas Aircraft Company DC-7C “Seven Seas”

Type - four-engine long-range airliner

First Flight – December 20, 1955

Total DC-7C Production – 121
Total Production All Variants - 338

Crew – 3 / 4

Passengers – Maximum 105

Wingspan – 127.5 ft   (38.86 m)
Wing area – 1637 ft²   (152.1 m²)
Length – 112.2 ft   (34.21 m)
Height – 31.8 ft   (9.7 m)

Propulsion - 4 x Wright R-3350-18EA1 Turbo-compound radial engines each producing
3,400 hp   (2,535 kW)
Max. Speed – 406 mph   (653 km/h)
Cruise Speed – 355 mph   (570 km/h)
Range – 5,635 miles   (9,070 km)
Service Ceiling – 25,000 ft   (7,600 m)
Rate of Climb – 1,043 ft/min   (318 m/min)

Empty – 72,763 lb   (33,005 kg)
Max. Takeoff – 143,000 lb   (64,864 kg)
Max. Payload – 20,800 lb   (9,435 kg)
1/200 scale die-cast metal with minimal use of plastic.
Rolling rubber 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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Douglas DC-7C D-ABAC
Sudflug International
Stuttgart, Germany
Sept 1967