Cessna DC-6

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Model DC-6
Cessna DC-6A.jpg
The DC-6A
Role Four-seat tourer
Manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company
Designer Clyde Cessna
First flight 1929
Primary user United States Army Air Corps
Unit cost
Developed from Cessna CW-6

The Cessna Model DC-6 was a 1920s American high-wing four-seat tourer built by the Cessna Aircraft Company. It was used by the United States Army Air Corps as the UC-77/UC-77A.

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[1]. The Wall Street crash that day and subsequent depression reduced demand for the aircraft and only about 20 of each model were produced.

Operational history

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 DC-6B
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.


 United States

Specifications (DC-6A Chief)

Data from Aerofiles Cessna[2]

General characteristics

  • 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)


  1. ^ "Cessna History 1927–1939". Cessna. Archived from the original on August 23, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  2. ^ Eckland, K.O. "Cessna". aerofiles.com. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 

External links

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