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Douglas C-39 Military Transport Aircraft

The Douglas C-39 was a military transport aircraft operated by US forces during WW2, the C-39 entered full operational service with the Army Air Corps in September 1939, a total of 35 aircraft being produced and delivered. It is of note that the Douglas C-39 was effectively a composite design utilising DC-3 type rear fuselage, tail and wing centre sections mated to DC-2 outboard wings as well as forward and centre fuselage sections, the landing gear was based on that of the Douglas B-18 bomber, as a result the aircraft was unofficially known as the DC-2.

Douglas C-39 Military Transport Aircraft


Douglas C-39 Specifications:

  • Crew: Three (pilot, co-pilot and radio operator)
  • Wing span: 85 ft. 0 in.
  • Length: 61 ft. 6 in.
  • Height: 18 ft. 8 in.
  • Loaded weight: 21,000lb
  • Payload: 12 passengers or up-to 3,600 lbs. of cargo
  • Engines: Twin 975 hp Wright R-1820-55 radials
  • Maximum speed: 210 mph
  • Maximum speed: 210mph at 5,000ft
  • Cruising speed: 156mph at 5,000ft
  • Maximum range: 1,600 miles
  • Service ceiling: 20,600ft.

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