MIA Welcomes Vintage Eastern DC-7 - June 10, 2011


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June 10, 2011

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A Classic Takes to the Skies!


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A Classic Takes to the Skies! DC 7B Coastal Flight Historic DC 7 on WPLG Live Historic DC 7 on WPLG Live First Restoration Flight of the Eastern DC 7B Eastern DC 7B takes off July 4th, 2010 Eastern DC 7B takes off July 4th, 2010 video #2

A classic flies again! A short film from of the July 4, 2010 flight of the Historic Flight Foundation's Eastern DC-7B out of Opa-Locka airport in Miami, Florida. Continue

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Miami Airport -- 1951


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The Great Silver Fleet: 50 Years On

Veteran & Vintage, by Chris Sloan


The Great Silver Fleet: 50 Years On, by Chris Sloan

On Friday, March 20, the Douglas DC-7B (N836D) of Carlos Gomez’s Historical Flight Foundation was officially ‘rolled out’ at Opa-locka, Florida, with its fully restored interior. Plans are to offer ‘living history’ flights this year. Continue

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Historic DC 7 on WPLG Live Reports

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This news story is from the August 30, 2010 first Miami sightseeing flight of the Historical Flight Foundation's 1958 vintage DC-7. Courtesy WPLG-TV Local 10 Miami. Continue

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First Restoration Flight of the Eastern DC-7B, July 4th, 2010

A Classic Takes to the Skies!

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Eastern DC-7B, N836D takes to the air. Continue

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  • The Historical Flight Foundation is a Living History Museum.  
  • Dedicated to promoting an awareness and appreciation for aviation history.
  • Tools include educating and training young people in the maintenance and piloting of these historically significant aircraft and; building awareness through public events around the world Continue

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Douglass DC 7B Factoids

  • The Douglas DC-7 was an American transport aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company from 1953 to 1958. It was the last major piston engine powered transport made by Douglas, coming just a few years before the advent of jet aircraft such as the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8. The DC-7 was the A380 of the 1950s.
  • Beginning in 1953, the  DC-7  flew the first non-stop east-coast-to-west-coast service in the country. American inaugurated this service. This plane could also fly New York to Europe nonstop.
  • Total of 338 built but was only in frontline service from 1953 until 1958. It is considered, along with the Constellation, the ultimate airliner of the Age of Golden Aviation.
  • Has 5,000 mile range.
  • This DC-7B (N836D) serial number 45345/928, originally delivered to Eastern Airlines in January 1958.  Operated by EAL and several flying clubs for less than 10 years before being parked at the St. Paul, MN airport.  It flew for Miami based Eastern until mid 1960s.
  • The airplane was made ready to ferry during May-August of 2004. With an overnight stop in Atlanta, it arrived in Miami to begin the restoration process. The original interior and hat racks were removed, and placed into long-term storage. They will be available for re-installation come the day the airplane is put on permanent static display. Over 65% of the original aluminum skin, outer wing panels, engines, have been repaired or replaced. A full paint scheme and new interior was completed for the first official Open House in December, of 2008. The airplane has now (March 22, 2010) received the necessary FAA exemption to begin carrying passengers for compensation. This is a wonderful program initiated by the FAA to allow historically significant aircraft to raise funds for its own preservation. It was personally certified for flight by Randy Babbit, head of the FAA
  • First flight after restoration was July 4, 2010. Since then it has been used as the showcase aircraft in the new ABC series, Pan Am; flown with celebrities such as Sully Sullenberger and John Travolta.
  • This is the world’s only flying 1950s classic 4 engine piston airliner carrying passengers
  • Airplane has traveled to distant places such as St. Marteen, San Juan, Oshkosh, Detroit Thunder over Michigan, and New York.


Historical and Statistical Information:

 First Flight:    

May 18, 1953

 Number Built:       

105 DC-7B's were built for commercial use 


108 feet - 11 inches 

 Wing Span:

117 feet - 6 inches 


28 feet - 7 inches 

 Max Take0off Weight:

114,600 - 122,000 lbs.

 Max Landing Weight:

95,000 - 97,000 lbs.

 Dry Weight:

58,150 lbs. 

 Max Cruising Speed:

405 mph - 352 kts 

 Normal Cruising Speed:    

359 mph - 312 kts 

 Approach Speed:

144 mph - 125 kts 

 Landing Speed:

132 mph - 115 kts 

 Stall Speed:

97 mph - 84 kts 

 Service Ceiling:

28,400 feet 

 Fuel Capacity:

4,512 US Gallons 


5,164 miles w/ maximum fuel payload
3,565 miles w/maximum weight payload 

 Fuel Type:

115 / 145 Octane 

 Fuel Consumption:

313 gph - 4 engine flight plan burn w/max fuel
456 gph - 4 engine flight plan burn w/ max load 


3 Pilots / 2 Flight Attendants


64 to 95 Passengers (HFF will operate with 58 seats)


DC3 / DC7 / A380 Comparison Statistics

Entry Into Service:

  • DC3 (1936)
  • DC7 (1953)
  • A380 (2007)


  • DC3 (21-32)
  • DC7 (99 to 105)
  • A380 (526)

A380 carries passengers equal to over 20 DC3s and 5 DC7s


  • DC3 (10,000 feet)
  • DC7 (25,000 feet)
  • A380 (43,000 feet)

A380 flies 4 times higher than DC3


  • DC3 (1,025 miles)
  • DC7 (5,635 miles)
  • A380 (9,500 miles)

A380 has 9X longer range than DC3 and double DC7 range


  • DC3 (95 ft)
  • DC7 (127 ft)
  • A380 (261 ft) 

A380 = 2 DC7 and almost 2.5 DC3s


  • DC3 (64.5 feet)
  • DC7 (112 ft)
  • A380 (238 ft)

A380 equals almost 4 DC-3s and 2.5 DC7s


  • DC3 (150mph)
  • DC7 (406 mph)
  • A380 (587mph)

A380 is almost 400% faster than DC-3