DC-7 Commercial Transport

DC-7 Commercial Transport

Historical Snapshot

The DC-7 was the last of the Douglas propeller-powered transports. Introduced in May 1953, it entered service with American Airlines in November 1953. It was the first commercial transport able to fly nonstop westbound across the United States against the prevailing winds.

The extended-range DC-7C, or the ”Seven Seas,” lived up to its name because it could fly 110 passengers anywhere in the world.

Douglas built 338 DC-7s and delivered the last in 1958. Most DC-7s were modified as freighters or scrapped. Some were kept for air racing, aerial firefighting and satellite tracking.

DC-7 Transport

Technical Specifications

First flight May 18, 1953
Model number DC-7
Wingspan 117 feet 6 inches
Length 108 feet 11 inches
Height 28 feet 7 inches
Power plant Four 3,250-horsepower Wright R3350 engines
Weight 144,000 pounds
Ceiling 25,000 feet
Speed 330 to 400 mph
Range 5,635 miles
Accommodation 74 to 110 passengers