In the fast paced world 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 77 years it has first flown, as many as a 900 examples still survive as wrecks/relics 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.
Photos from Chris Mak collection (2012-2013)
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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C-FGLA PEM AIR DC-3-277 (2140) ex American Airlines NC1740 – N131D parked at Toronto June 1976
CP-733 TAMPA DC-3-314 (2182) ex Braniff NC21776 ex LAB CB-101 seen at Santa Cruz Bolivia
F-OGFJ Air Antilles C-47 (6055) ex USAF 41-38672 and ex Dodson Air – Pro Freight as N4550J
HK-1511E TANA Colombia C-47 (6138) ex USAF 41-19495 and TI-1000 TACA
El Venado-Colombia HK-140 (6354) DC-3A-447 (ex US Navy 33819, ex NC 34961 conv: R4D-4 USN (1943) Avianca & Alicol) wfu and parted out at VVC
TI-AMS APSA International SA C-53-DO (7345) ex USAF 42-15550 ex PJ-ALB KLM
PP-CED CRUZEIRO C-47-DL (7386) ex USAF 42-5692 ex TWA NC51165 ex YV-222C Rutaca Venezuela
ZK-AMR Classic Air DC-3 (11970) ex VH-EWB/PWM last noted as UN-281
CF-ETE Northland C-47A-1-DK (12005) ex RAF FL596 (1943) and ex N62WS
CF-XXT Superior Airways Ltd Thunder Bay C-47B-20-DK (27212) ex RAF KN277 (1945)
Fieldair Freight ZK-BBJ (34222) C-47B-45-DK ex USAF 45-959, NZ3552 RNZAF, UN-280 it went to Africa and was seen stored at Nairobi-Wilson airport Kenya.