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 1948 Braniff began service to South America and appropriately called the service “El
Conquistador” with an El Conquistador logo on their DC-4s and DC-6s. October 20 1956
Braniff International Airways received their first Douglas DC-7C. The new DC-7Cs service
would be called “El Dorado” after the mythical “Lost City of Gold” and an “El Dorado” logo
applied. DC-7C N5906 received a Certificate of Airworthiness and delivered to Braniff.  On
August 15, 1963 the nose gear collapsed and the damage was repaired. In September
1970 N5906 was sold.

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-7 "N5906"
Braniff International Airways