February 15th in Aviation History

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The Douglas DC-6 first touched the skies on the 15th of February, 1946. The DC-6 is a four piston engine powered airliner and cargolifter designed and built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. They were produced between 1946 and 1958. It was originally designed for the US Military and Navy for the Second World War. But as the shadows of war faded, it was reworked and retouched for civilian use. It was pitted in competition against Lockheed’s iconic Constellation.

During 1946 and 1958, more than 700 DC-6’s were built. Some of them are still in use today with military, cargo and fire fighting applications.

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