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Role Strategic airlifter
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft
Number built 0

The Douglas D-906 was a paper project for a heavy lift transport aircraft by the Douglas Aircraft Company.

Douglas spent four years studying a heavy lift logistics aircraft capable of moving outsize payloads and Army units, for which no capability existed, under the CX-4 and Experimental Cargo-Heavy Logistics Support (CX-HLS) programs, which ultimately produced the C-5. The D-906 was one of them. After losing against the Lockheed, Douglas took elements of the D-906 and used it on the McDonnell Douglas DC-10.

With a shoulder wing and six 30,000 lb (13,608 kg)-thrust turbofans, it superficially resembled the Antonov An-225. Planned payload was to be 195,000 lb (88,451 kg) for up to 3,260 nmi (3,750 mi; 6,040 km), with a takeoff weight of 606,000 lb (274,877 kg). Length was to be 190 ft 8.5 in (58.13 m), span 192 ft 2.5 in (58.59 m), and wing area 4,920 sq ft (457 m2).

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas aircraft since 1920. New York: Putnam, 1979. Page 718.

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