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Wright Cyclone
2 x 1,200 hp. ea.
64' 6"
95' 0"
18,300 lbs.
26,900 lbs.
4,500 lbs.
192 mph
1,100 fpm
21,000 feet
1,500 miles

It was the introduction of the DC-3, produced by Douglas, which initially made American Airlines more successful than its competitors.

The DC-3 was the first twin engine aircraft able to earn a profit without the need to haul freight.

It is estimated that in the years just prior to the start of World War II, the DC-3 made all but five percent of the total commercial airline flights throughout the world.

RC DC-3 from NitroPlanes.

The rc DC-3 from Nitroplanes has a 58" wingspan and is 38 1/2" long. Power comes from Speed 400 size brushless motors. Weight is around 2 3/4 lbs. NitroPlanes calls their rc DC-3 a "Skybus". It is available in a number of configurations, as a kit, ARF, or RTF.

RC DC-3 from Ziroli Plans.

The rc DC-3 built from Nick Ziroli plans by Carl Bachhuber. Wingspan is 140" and length is 97". Weight is around 43 lbs. Carl uses G-38's to power his rc DC-3.

Fred Sanford and his rc DC-3.

Fred Sanford holding his rc DC-3 from Great Planes. The ARF has a 59" wingspan and is driven by a pair of Speed 400 motors. All up weight is about 3 lbs. Great Planes has discontinued producing the rc DC-3.

David Ramsey and his rc DC-3.

David Ramsey with his Polk Hobbies rc DC-3. Its wingspan is 72" and length is 48". The rc DC-3 fuselage is molded and wings are built-up balsa. A pair of Speed 600 motors powers it.  Polk no longer makes the rc DC-3.

RC DC-3 from Tony Nijhuis Designs.

The rc DC-3 built from plans by Tony Nijhuis Designs. It is made for electric motor power only and has a wingspan of 72" with a 50" length and weighs around 7 lbs. A short kit of the rc DC-3 is also available.

Dave Johnson and his rc DC-3.

The Dave Johnson rc DC-3 was built from enlarge Ziroli plans. It has a 21 1/2 foot wingspan with a 14 3/4 foot length and weighs about 120 lbs. Dave uses Zenoah 62 engines for power.

ESM Models has a rc DC-3. It has a 104" wingspan and a 70 1/2" length, with a weight of about 20 lbs. You will need .91 4C engines for power.

The Air Age Store has plans for the rc DC-3 from MAN. They build to a 94" wingspan and a 49" length. From .50 to .60 2C engines can power it.

There are rc Douglas DC-3 drawings at the Aerofred.com website.

The AMA Plans Service has plans from MAN for a rc DC-3 with a 93" wingspan. Plan no. is 50049.

RC Store sells plans for a 75" wingspan rc DC-3. Its length is 63" and power can come from a pair of .25 two cycle engines.

Kit Cutters has a kit of the rc DC-3 with a 140" wingspan made from Nick Ziroli plans. From 35 to 45 cc gas engines are recommended. Weight can be from 39 to 46 lbs.

Cleveland Model has plans for the rc DC-3 with wingspans of 35 1/2", 47", 71", and giant scale 95", 142", 189" and 284".

HK Industries shows a rc DC-3 made from what appears to be EPP foam.

The Top Flite rc DC-3 has a wingspan of 82 1/2" and length of 55 1/2". RC DC-3 building materials in the kit are balsa and plywood. Engines are .25 to .40 two cycle, and weight is around 10 lbs.

KMP has a rc DC-3 with a 104" wingspan that uses .91 four cycle engines or equivalent electric motors for power. The ARF has a fiberglass fuselage with either built-up or optional fiberglass wings. The rc DC-3 comes in civilian or military markings.

Grand Wing System - GWS has a rc DC-3 with a wingspan of 47" and a length of 32". The ARF uses a GWS EDP 300H power system and weighs around 18 oz.

Baskingstoke Roy of RC Groups started a rc DC-3 construction thread.

Frank Rothmann asked about the best engines for his rc DC-3 at RC Groups.

At RC Groups flyingrally posted a description and pictures of his new rc DC-3, and pingprime posted a link to a video showing a simulated rc DC-3.

At RC Universe there is a profile page about the rc DC-3, and KT4JH was selling a retract under carriage for a rc DC-3.

Freddyfabio and JackerNo2 posted rc DC-3 videos on You Tube while Oldhorseman posted a video there showing the engines running on his rc DC-3.

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