SUPER GOONEYBIRD
SUPER GOONEYBIRD

Manufacturer

DOUGLAS

Markings:

Current Markings: H & MS-27 (Marine Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron), Cherry Point, NC, 1968

Designation:

C-117D

Serial Number:

50826

DOUGLAS C-117D SUPER GOONEYBIRD

The C-117 was based on the reliable and proven DC-3/C-47 and was originally intended for the civilian airline market. The "Super DC-3" featured a longer fuselage, redesigned tail and wings, and fully enclosed the landing gear when retracted. In 1951 the Navy evaluated the Super DC-3 and liked the increased performance and accepted the aircraft as the R4D-8. Rather than purchase new aircraft a total of 98 earlier R4Ds were converted to R4D-8 standards. In 1962, the R4D-8 was re-designated under the joint Air Force-Navy designation system as the C-117D. Super Gooneybirds continued in U.S. Navy service into the mid-1970s.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 90 ft
  • Length: 67 ft 9 in
  • Height: 18 ft 3 in
  • Weight: 31,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 270 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 22,500 ft
  • Range: 2,500 miles
  • Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-80, 1,475 horsepower each
  • Crew: 3, 35 passengers