Developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3, the C-47 Skytrain (or Dakota as known by the British) was the military transport version which saw extensive front-line service with the Allies in all theatres of action during WWII.
Fitted with a large cargo door, reinforced floor, hoist attachment and long-range tanks, the C-47 was used to transport troops, cargo, and wounded with over 15500 produced by the end of 1945.
In the Pacific campaign, the C-47 performed a vital role in landing or dropping allied troops at Guadalcanal and in the jungles of New Guinea and Burma to counter the mobility of the light-travelling Japanese Army.
In Europe, the C-47 was used in vast numbers in the later stages of the war, particularly to tow gliders and drop paratroops. During the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, C-47s dropped 4,381 Allied paratroops, while more than 50,000 paratroops were dropped by C-47s during the first few days of the invasion of Normandy, France, in June 1944.
In the immediate post-war turmoil of Europe, the C-47 shouldered much of the ferrying of supplies to the civilians of the Germany capital during the Berlin airlift when the Soviet Army closed the borders against the Western powers.
After World War II, thousands of surplus C-47s were converted to civil airline use, some remaining in operation in 2012, as well as being used as private aircraft while much later in the early 60s several C-47 variations were used in the Vietnam War by the USAF, including three advanced electronic warfare variations, which were called “electric gooneys” and a gunship version using three 7.63mm gatling guns know as ‘Puff the Magic Dragon'
Today a number of restored C-47’s still take to the skies meticulously maintained by aviation enthusiasts and used for display and tourist flights as well as sport parachuting
All C-47 Skytrain Instruments listed below come complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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