DC-6 Takes Flight
On this day, February 15, in 1946, the Douglas DC-6 took its first flight. We wrote in our 2009 story, The Six:
The aircraft got its first major assignment in 1959 with Eagle Airways (later changed to British Eagle), which needed a fuel-efficient workhorse. Working for the airline, the DC-6 had an adventurous youth: It shuttled military personnel home from British H-bomb tests on Christmas Island; it carried men and equipment to Australia as part of the United Kingdom’s first rocket programs; and it flew some of the first holiday-package air routes, taking skiers to Innsbruck and sunbathers to Nice.
Above is an interior shot of the DC-6 from the National Air and Space Museum's America by Air exhibit.