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
passenger aircraft arrived on the scene. The DC-7 was the first airliner to provide non-
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.

In January 1957 Douglas DC-7C cn 45161/757 was delivered to SABENA (Société
Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aérienne) as OO-SFE. In the spring of
1963 OO-SFE was one of three SABENA DC-7s sold to Caledonian Airways and it was
registered as G-ASID. On September 28, 1964 at Yesilkoy Airport, Istanbul, Turkey during
a thunderstorm G-ASID made a very heavy landing that collapsed the left main gear
resulting in damages so bad that the aircraft was considered a write-off.

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.
All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
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