In this fast pace age we live it today, it is refreshing to pay tribute to an airplane the term obsolete and not reusable may never apply: the legendary Douglas DC-3 and C-47 still lingers on.
Although it has been over 76 years it has first flown, as many as a 900 examples still survive as wrecks in museums and some even keep hauling passengers and cargo.
This page pays tribute to the different Dakota's, DC-3s and C-47s from around the world, restored show-birds, nostalgic airliners, VIP transports, tired cargo haulers and decaying hulks from the past and present.
Photo's and slides from Andre van Loon, Ed Davies, Morne Booij Liewes, Ivan Nishimura, Peter Gralla and Chris Mak collection.
Aircraft reference & data:
DC-3 history and aircraft date from2006 Air Britain, The Douglas DC-1/DC-2/DC-3 'The First 70 Years' and the 2011 75 Years Celebration Edition + 1996 The Legacy of the DC-3 by Henry Holden.
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BAFIN SLR CP-735 (33553) C-47B-40-DK at La Paz airport (Bolivia). This a/c went missing during October 1990 on a flight between the Beni and La Paz.
Fieldair Freight ZK-BBJ (34222) C-47B-45-DK ex UN-280 it went to Africa and was seen stored at Nairobi-Wilson airport Kenya.
SANSA TI-SAG (9137) C-47-DL delivered during March 1943 this a/c was sold to Servivensa as YV-822C
El Venado-Colombia HK-329 (4404) C-47-DL delivered during May 1942. It crashed during September 1980 near Puerto Alayo, Santander Colombia
Taqua (Taxi Aero del Guauiare) HK-1505 (20473) C-47A-90-DL ex LV-AFX, LV-FDF, N3957C wfu at Villavicencio
Viarco-Colombia HK-140 (6354) DC-3A-447 (ex US Navy 33819, Avianca El Venado & Alicol) wfu and parted out at VVC
SAVCO CP-1668 (25764) C-47B-1-DK (ex Spanish AF T.3-20, ACES High G-BHJC) is seen here at her home base Cochabamba Bolivia
Transportes Aereos Luwior CP-1941 (4084) DC-3-313B (ex CAA/FAA N16 and N8) is seen here at her home base Cochabamba Bolivia
Colombian Petroleum Company HK-1503P (34331) C-47B-50-DK (ex Avesca and Aerovanguardia) at Bogota Colombia
Selva – Colombia HK-122 (4414) C-47-DL (ex El Venado, Aeronorte, El Dorado) now with Aliansa is believed the oldest flying DC-3 in Colombia
Intra Jersey G-AMPO (33185) C-47B-30-DK parked at a typical rain swept ramp at Jersey airport UK
Martin Air Charter PH-MAB (4500) C-47-DL delivered during 1942 and eventually was sold to the Indonesian Navy as U603
Sadelca – Colombia HK-1315 (4307) C-47-DL delivered in 1942 (ex Varig PP-ANG, Avianca and Viarco) seen during December 2011 at VCC
Kamaka Air Inc N9796N (43375) USN R4D-8 converted to a C-117D (ex Air Dale LTD C-FLED)
Vintage Air Tours N12RB (20401) C-47A-90-DL (ex VH-BHC, G-ALFO, N94529, N300A, N700E, N20DH, N3BA, N890P
finally N33VW with the Cavanaugh Collection in military colours