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1939 Douglas Dc-5 Desk Top Airplane Ash Tray Display Model Very Rare For Sale
1939 Douglas DC-5 Airplane Desk Top Ash Tray Display Model Very Rare! "Created and Made in the West by DODGE Inc." MADE IN THE USA 1930's-1940'sHere is what I believe must be a VERY RARE old airplane ash tray display model! There were very few of the real Douglas DC-5 airplanes built so how many ash trays could have been produced? This one has no airline or military markings on it. I have owned it for over 30 years and am now ready to pass it on. This item is complete in original condition with no damage or repairs. Includes both original three blade props. The pink glass insert is also original and holds up to 3 cigarettes. (see photos)Only the bronze patina is somewhat faded from 70 years of display. Still has the old ash tray makers label on the felt underneath: DODGE Inc. I believe this is an early model DC-5 since the rear horizontal stabilizers are flat. Later models had a more pronounced dihedral angle! The twin engine Douglas DC-5 has a very realistic outline and appearance to the real aircraft. The fuselage is 5 inches long and the wingspan measures 6-1/4 inches. Shows windows and doors on the sides. The whole piece stands about 5 inches tall. All in great shape.Molded in heavy pot metal with bronze plating.No bends or cracks in the casting. Very art deco looking.A really unusual piece for the vintage aviation collection!GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC!!!!! Sold AS-IS in great condition. No returns. Winner please adds $10.00 for shipping in the USA. Overseas is extra........No sales to China. Douglas DC-5From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaDC-5/C-110/R3DUS Navy Douglas R3D-2RoleTransportManufacturerDouglas Aircraft CompanyDesignerDonald DouglasFirst flight20 February States Navy United States Marine CorpsNumber built12Developed fromDouglas DB-7
TheDouglasDC-5, the least known of the famous DCairlinerseries, was a 16-22 seat,twin-propelleraircraft intended for shorter routes than theDC-3orDC-4. However, by the time it entered commercial service in 1940, manyairlineswere canceling orders; consequently, only five civilian DC-5s were ever built. With the Douglas Aircraft Company already converting to war production, the DC-5 was soon overtaken by events, although a limited number of military variants were style="line-height: 1.5em; list-style-type: none; margin-top: 0.3em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.3em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; list-style-image: none; text-align: left; ">
1Design and development
Design and developmentA Douglas DC-5, circa 1939.
TheDouglas Commercial Model 5was developed in 1938 as a 18/24 passenger civilian airliner, designed to use either Pratt & Whitney R-1690 or Wright Cyclone engines.Innovative features for the time included a high wing and tricycle landing gear, the relatively unique configuration providing for ease of passenger entry, loading and engine servicing.An very early change in design was changing the horizontal tail group from straight to a 15-degree dihedral to improve stability while another significant modification was in altering the nacelles to have exhaust stacks, retroactively incorporated after the series entered production.An unusual "optical trick" applied to the profile of the prototype was painting the top of the vertical stabilizer and outline of the engine nacelles a darker color, the shapes curving to follow the aircraft's contour, thus making the tail and engines appear somewhat smaller and the aircraft sleeker.
Prior to the US entry intoWorld War II, one prototype and four production aircraft were constructed.
US C-110 transport aircraft carrying supplies from the Australian mainland to Allied troops in Port Moresby, New Guinea, August 1942Operational history
The prototype DC-5, Douglas serial 411, built at El Segundo with Wright Cyclone 1,000hp R-1820-44 engines, made its first flight on February 20, 1939 with Carl A. Cover at the controls. The sole prototype (originally configured with just eight seats) became the personal aircraft ofWilliam E. Boeingwhich he named "Rover". It was later impressed into the US Navy and converted for military use as an R3D variant in February 1942.
The first customer for the DC-5 was KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij) of The Netherlands. A US domestic carrier, Pennsylvania Central (later renamed Capital, then incorporated into United Air Lines), ordered six and SCADTA, (Sociedad Colomba-Alemana de Transportes Aéreos) ancestor of today's Avianca in Colombia, another two. The other four aircraft were sold to KLM and used by their colonial subsidiaries, Indonesia in particular. When Douglas went on a war footing, DC-5 production was curtailed so as to build additional Dauntless dive bombers for the Navy and Marines with only KLM receiving the high-winged airliner.
A dozen DC-5s were completed but the SBD contracts prevailed. The first two airliners initially flew the Paramaribo-Curaçao route, and the other two operated from Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia). All four were used for the 1942 evacuation of civilians from Java to Australia, during which "PK-ADA" was damaged and abandoned,along with the destruction of "PK-ADB" atBatavia Kemajoranairport in an air strike by the JAAF on February 9, 1942. Japanese forces captured "PK-ADA" and using parts from the ruined "ADB", subsequently repaired and tested it inTachikawaandHaneda, later during 1943, operating the DC-5 in camouflage with Japanese Imperial Army Air Force markings as a transport from bases back in the Home Islands.
The captured KLM DC-5 (PK-ADA) in service with the Japanese Imperial Army Air Force
The two remaining aircraft, "ADC" and "ADD" made their way safely to Australia where the aircraft were interned by the Allied Directorate of Air Transport there and operated by the USAAF as the C-110. The wartime history of "PK-ADC" was brief, however, for it was destroyed in a landing accident shortly after its arrival "down under". "ADD" flew for the balance of the war under the aegis of Australian National Airways, on support missions inside the country with the temporary license "VH-CXC".
In 1939, the US Navy ordered seven aircraft; three of the R3D-1 version (of which the first crashed before delivery), and four R3D-2s. The latter were used by the US Marine Corps because of the 1,015 HP R-1820-44 engines, the large cargo holds and the 22 seats for paratroops.
After World War II, production of the DC-5 was not resumed because of the abundance of surplus DC-3/C-47 aircraft released into civil service. In 1948, the last surviving DC-5 (c/n National Airwayswas sold and smuggled toIsraelfor military use. The aircraft arrived atHaifain May 1948, and from there went toSde Dov, where its markings were removed and the name "Yankee Pasha - The Bagel Lancer" was crudely painted on the nose by hand. The aircraft joined103 transport squadronatRamat David, but as Israel was in the midst of the1948 Arab-Israeli War, it was occasionally used as a bomber as well. This was achieved by removing the aft loading door and rolling the bombs out of the opening "by a judicious shove from a crewman's foot."
The operational record of the aircraft is in dispute as authoritative sources do not verify its combat service. Nonetheless, when the war ended and the 103rd squadron moved, the DC-5 was left behind.It eventually found its way to the Airline Technical School where it was used extensively as a ground instruction airframe atHaifa Airport. When it was no longer serviceable due to a lack of spares, the airframe was stripped of its engines and instruments and the last DC-5 was reduced to scrap in Israel sometime after 1955.
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1939 Douglas Dc-5 Desk Top Airplane Ash Tray Display Model Very Rare: $726