SKYTRAIN
SKYTRAIN

Manufacturer

DOUGLAS

Markings:

94th Troop Carrier Squadron, England, June 6, 1944

Designation:

C-47

Serial Number:

41-7723

DOUGLAS C-47 SKYTRAIN

The Douglas C-47 is arguably the most successful aircraft to come out of World War II. It was designed in 1935 as the DC-3 commercial airliner. The aircraft was so far ahead of its competitors that over 400 had been built by 1940 when the U.S. Army Air Forces expressed an interest in a militarized cargo and troop transport version. The main modifications from the DC-3 version are a large cargo door on the left side of the aircraft and a strengthened floor. More than 9,500 Skytrains were built for all branches of the American military and for export. Large numbers of C-47s entered civil service after the war and as many as 1,000 of them were still flying around the world in the late 1990s.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 95 ft 6 in
  • Length: 63 ft 9 in
  • Height: 17 ft
  • Weight: 26,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 230 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 24,000 ft
  • Range: 1,600 miles
  • Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92, 1,200 horsepower each
  • Crew: 2, passenger 27