|Manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Primary user||United States Army Air Corps|
|Developed from||Cessna CW-6|
Design and development
The DC-6 was a scaled-down four-seat version of the six-seat CW-6. It was rolled out in February 1929 and went into production in two versions, the DC-6A and DC-6B. Both versions were type certificated on October 29, 1929. The Wall Street crash that day and subsequent depression reduced demand for the aircraft and only about 20 of each model were produced.
In addition to use as private touring aircraft, DC-6As and DC-6Bs saw use as newspaper delivery aircraft and were impressed as liaison aircraft with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in 1942.
- The original aircraft, powered by a 170 hp (130 kW) Curtiss Challenger, developed as a scaled-down Cessna CW-6.
- Model DC-6A Chief
- Fitted with a 300 hp (220 kW) Wright R-975 (J-6-9) Whirlwind engine; 20 built.
- Model DC-6B Scout
- Fitted with a 225 hp (168 kW) Wright J-6-7 (R-760) engine; 24 built.
- Military designation of four DC-6As impressed into service by the USAAF.
- Military designation of four DC-6Bs impressed into service by the USAAF.
- Note that the designations UC-77B, UC-77C and UC-77D were not DC-6s, they were used for other Cessna models.
Specifications (DC-6A Chief)
Data from Aerofiles Cessna
- Crew: one-two
- Capacity: four-five passengers, total six seats
- Length: 28 ft 2 in (8.59 m)
- Wingspan: 48 ft 0 in (14.63 m)
- Height: 7 ft 8 in (2.34 m)
- Wing area: 268 sq ft (24.9 m2)
- Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-6-9 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 300 hp (220 kW)
- Maximum speed: 155 mph (249 km/h; 135 kn)
- Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 km/h; 113 kn)
- Stall speed: 54 mph (87 km/h; 47 kn)
- Range: 600 mi (521 nmi; 966 km)
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
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