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1958 de eerste Chartermachine  naar Bangkok de DC4 

Het vliegtuig waarmee de eerste charter werd uitgvoerd hebben we dankzijn het registratienummer kunnen achterhalen:

De gegevens van de DOUGLAS DC4 registratienummer N88939.Eerste vlucht: 1949 als Clipper Hornet bij de  Pan American Airways tot 1950.Daarna in dienst bij Eastern  en American International airways en later Slick airways. De 'Grand Old Lady' is verbrand in de hangar in 1985 wachtend op reparatie na een 'crash' op South Caicos  (Caymen Islands)





Douglas decided to produce a four-engine transport about twice the size of the DC-3 and, in 1938, developed the single DC-4E to carry 42 passengers by day or 30 by night. It had complete sleeping accommodations, including a private bridal room.

It proved too expensive to maintain, so airlines agreed to suspend development in favor of the less complex DC-4, but it was not put into commercial service until 1946. Its military derivative was the C-54 "Skymaster" transport, ordered by the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942.

Douglas built 1,241 of the DC-4s and its military counterparts, including the R5D for the Navy. During the war, C-54s flew a million miles a month over the rugged North Atlantic -- more than 20 round trips a day. A special VC-54C, nicknamed the "Sacred Cow" by the White House press corps, became the first presidential aircraft, ordered for Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In the years immediately following the war, new DC-4s and used C-54s carried more passengers than any other four-engine transport. Some were still flying through 1998.

After World War II, commercial airlines placed more than 300 civilian DC-4 transports into service


First flight:

Feb. 14, 1942


117 feet 6 inches


93 feet 5 inches


27 feet 7 inches

Operating altitude:

10,000 feet


4,200 miles


82,500 pounds

Power plant:

Four 1,450 horsepower Pratt & Whitney

R-2000 "Twin-Wasp" engines


207 mph


44 to 80 passengers

DC-4/C-54 Skymaster Transport