If Lockheed’s Constellation was the hare, the Douglas DC-6 was the oh-so-reliable tortoise.
- By Kara Platoni
- Air & Space magazine, July 2009
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Air Atlantique plans yet another life for The Six: It will fit the interior for about 40 passengers so the aircraft can reprise an older role: as a tourist airplane, perhaps meeting up with the Orient Express train in Italy to fly passengers home.
The aircraft has to be flown by a traditional pilot-copilot-flight engineer crew. Though DC-6 has hydraulics for operating systems like brakes and landing gear, its flying controls are completely manual. Firth, who has flown it for 14 years, says the airplane is easy to fly and “an absolute joy.” The cleanup didn’t change her classic handling a bit. “She’s the same plane underneath,” he says, “and for me that’s the great thing.”
Kara Platoni is a freelance writer based in Oakland, California.