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Old 16th Jun 2020, 17:55
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Electric DC3

To celebrate the approaching 90th anniversary of the birth of the DC1, forerunner of the iconic DC3, why not as a project build an electrically-powered version of the DC3, perhaps as a rebuild of one of the many examples still flying.

No doubt the weight of the batteries would substantially reduce any payload capability but the DC3E, besides reminding the general public of a milestone in the history of aviation, would demonstrate the air transport industry's commitment to protecting the environment.

The aircraft could even be fitted with a powerful sound system to blast out the beautiful sound of two Cyclones or Twin Wasps.

I wonder if Elon Musk has $5m to spare . . .

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Old 16th Jun 2020, 18:17
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Originally Posted by Discorde View Post
why not as a project build an electrically-powered version of the DC3, perhaps as a rebuild of one of the many examples still flying
As the mythical Irishman said, when asked for directions, if you're going to build an electric aircraft I wouldn't start from there.
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 22:13
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Agreed Dave, but it would be something special.
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Old 16th Jun 2020, 22:17
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You'd have to include a rectifier . . .


. . . or you'd end up with an AC3




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Old 16th Jun 2020, 23:31
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 00:17
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The fact that the aircraft is still flying is testimony to what a great design it was.

No need to change anything imho.
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Old 17th Jun 2020, 03:52
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The simple physics of energy density makes it a very impractical idea. Kerosene (and i suspect petrol) holds around 42 megajoules per kilogram compared with, at the most, 1 megajoule per kilogram for a lithium-ion battery. Not much room for cargo!!
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Not much room for cargo!!
On the roof rack?
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