Legendary Douglas DC-2, DC-3, C-47 and Super DC-3s (C117) Gooney birds Survivors worldwide

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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.