DC-6-B (C-118 A and B)

The Air Force acquired the first two DC-6As from the USAF in 1958. In 1960, the planned number of four units was reached after the acquistion of two DC-6Bs from Sabena. The DC-6 was mainly used to carry out flights to the Kamina air base, but also towards the United States and Canada, where Belgian soldiers were being trained on radar techniques and unmanned vehicles. They were also used to perform many V (V) IP transports, more specifically for flights with the Royal Family.


Wingspan 35.86 m

Length 32.58 m

Height 8.44 m

Engine 4 Pratt & Whitney R- 2800 CB-17 of 2.500CV

Maximum Speed 610 km / h at sea level

580 Km / h at 5,000 m

Economic cruising speed 490 Km / u at 6,000 m

Autonomy 6.200 Km

Cargo empty weight: 22.580Kg; Passengers: 24.580 Kg

Loaded weight 48.500 Kg

Cargo payload: 14,500 Kg; Passengers: 102

Number in service 4

Registration KY-1 to KY-4

Code OT – CDA to OT – CDF

1st commissioned 1958

Decommissioned in 1976