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C-39, U.S. Transport Aircraft


Photograph of C-39

U.S. Air Force


Douglas C-39


Specifications:


Crew

3

Dimensions

85' by 61'6" by 18'8"
25.90m by 18.75m by 5.69m

Weight

21,000 lbs (9530 kg) maximum

Maximum speed      

210 mph
340 km/h
Cruise speed 156 mph
251 km/h

Ceiling

20,600 feet
6300 meters

Power plant

2 975 hp (727 kW) Wright R-1820-55 Cyclone 9-cylinder radial engines driving three bladed propellers

Range

1600 miles
2570 km
Capacity
12 troops or 3600 lbs (5800 kg) cargo

Production

By 1939 at Douglas Aircraft Company, Santa Monica, CA:
  35 C-39


The C-39 was based on the civilian DC-2 and DC-3, with components of each joined to produce the final aircraft (leading to its nickname, "DC-2 1/2"). It had the unusual feature that the radio operator's station was in the rear cabin across from the cargo door, so that the radio operator could also act as a load master.

A small number were still in service on the West Coast when war broke out in the Pacific. A handful had been stationed in the Philippines but were used to evacuate key personnel to Australia just prior to the Japanese attack.

References

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (accessed 2013-10-30)



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