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1946-1971

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After the II World War, VARIG acquired a great fleet of DC-3 aircraft. With "Douglinhas", as they were called, on August 17, 1946 Porto Alegre-São Paulo-Rio de Janeiro route was inaugurated. DC-3 operated in all interstate and international lines, linking Porto Alegre to Montevideo and Buenos Aires. By the end of 60’s they flew only in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states.
When VARIG bought Real airlines, in 1961, VARIG's DC-3 fleet doubled to 49 operational units.
For 25 years, those aircrafts had rendered quality services to VARIG, both in passengers and cargo transportation.

 

 

Operated units

49

Constructor

Douglas Aircraft Company, USA

Engine

two Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp, R-1830-90 or R-1830-92 1050 each (14 cylinders, air cooling system)

Wingspread

95 feet

Length

64,47 feet

Height

17 feet

Cruising speed

167, 77 miles/hr.

Flight reach

1,600 miles

Maximum flight altitude

24,000 feet

Cruiser radius

09 hs

Empty aircraft weight

18,204 pounds passengers
17,860 pounds cargo

Maximum take-off weight

26,206 pounds passengers
26,901 pounds cargo

Technical crew

03 (2 pilots and 1 radio telegraph operator)

Maximum number of passengers

32

Maximum number of passengers (VARIG’s configuration)

21 or 32

Maximum fuel capacity

671 gallons

Average cargo capacity

8,817 pounds

Minimum runway length

1,312/2,296 feet

Minimum land strip length

984/1,804 feet

 

 

 

 

 

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