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.
According to the latest Air Britain worldwide DC-3 survey as off October 2010, there are 164 derelict airframes, 219 stored examples, 336 preserved airframes and 281 active airframes, totalling 991 DC-3s and 9 DC-2s.
Photo's and slides from Andre van Loon, Ed Davies, Marcelo Magalhaes, Peter Gralla, Peter van Stelle and Chris Mak collection.
Aircraft reference and 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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Air Manitoba C-47B-35-DK C-GSCC (33352) delivered May 1945 ex KN655 RAF is now F-GIDK
VARID C-47B-20-DK PP-VBN (26921) delivered 23 Dec 1944, ex PT-KZG VOTEC, Royal Taxi Aero current Rio Grande do Sul Flying club
Millardair C-47B-35-DK CF-WGN (33368) delivered May 1945, ex KN665 RAF, N132AL, N32AL
Monroe Country Mosquito Control N213GB TC-47B-35-DK (33232) delivered as USN R4D-7 May 1945, ex N5177V, N64, N2007J a/c now wfu at Shell Creek FL
US Forest Service C-47B-40-DK N115Z (33567) delivered June 1945 to RAF as KP265, ex N146Z rebuilt by Basler to BT-67 (#7) configuration
HFF C-47B-1-DL N877MG (20806) delivered July 1944 to China as CNAC 100/XT-20, ex N8350C, N37800, N800J and N8009
Dragon Air Leasing Inc USN R4D-8 N505C (43335) delivered June 1952 ex N2121U Hawkins and Powers Aviation Inc. ex HI-521SP,
YV-505C a/c damaged by tornado Opa-Locka FL and broken up.
Ethiopian Airlines C-47B-10-DK ET-AGK (26465) delivered October 1944 ex Swissair HB-IRF, Spantax EC-AQF, N99873 ADCO… wfu at Addis Ababa
Delaney C-47A-25-DK ZS-PTG (13331) delivered 17 May 1944 to RAF as KG600 ex Rovos Air ZS-CRV
Millardair R4D-8 C-GGKE (43366) delivered to USN November 1952, ex N2577G Gateway airlines stored at Brantford Ontario Canada
American Airlines DC-3-277B N393W (2202) ex NC21798 delivered to American airlines 11 March 1940 is now preserved at C.R. Smith museum Fort Worth TX
DC-2 Association DC-2-118B N1934D (1368) delivered to Pan American Supply Comp as NC14296 13 March 1935 belongs now to the Museum of Flight Foundation Seattle
Aerovias Oaxaquenas SA C-47A-40-DL XA-JIH (9904) delivered July 1943, ex KLM PH-TBP and PJ-ALT, HK-525 and N138H
C-47B-5-DK HK-3199 (26044) delivered 19 September 1944 ex Satena Colombia as 1123 ex Aerovilla, TCA Colombia and Aerovanguardia
Aerolineas Llaneras Colombia C-47A – 60-DL HK-2663 (10201) deliverded September 1943 ex LN-TVA, C-GSTA ex Sadelca and SAEP. a/c
now stored at Villavicencio February 2012.