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, totaling 991 DC-3s and 9 DC-2s.
Photos from my private & Chris Mak collection (2014) + info via http://www.oldwings.nl
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-FBXY North Caribou Air Douglas C-47B-5-DK c/n 14535/25980 43-48719 Delivered Sept 1944 reregistered as N68CW
F-BYCU Stellair Douglas C-47A-15-DK c/n 12720 delivered in March 1944, Crashed after running out of fuel in a sand storm near Tanger Morocco November 1984.
N13MA Mannion Air Charter Douglas DC-3C (TC-47B-15-DK) c/n 26612 ex N13MA cancelled 1982
PK-VDO DC-3 (C-47A-25-DK) Mandala Airlines 'Penas' Jakarta - Kemayoran airport Indonesia May 1980 photographed by Christian Volpati
VH-AGU GOLDEN WEST AIRWAYS DC-3 (C-47B-25-DK) c/n 32668 – USAF 44-76336 stored at Morwell, Victoria - 2001 Registered to Jeffrey Trappett - in 2005
ZS-DRJ Comair Douglas C-47A-1-DK (c/n 12026) ex USAAF 42-92247 and RCAF FL615. 30 January 2010 ZS-DRJ was ferried from Rand Airport to Wonderboom Airport. Undergoing restoration to flying condition at Wonderboom Airport April 2011
N130PB (Provincetown-Boston Airlines) DC-3-277B (DC-3A) c/n 2213 at Miami is now painted in Continental Airlines colors with Lone Star Museum Galveston Texas
N21783 Helda Air Douglas DC-3-313 (c/n 2171) ex Penn Central Air, en N217MA
N54542 Grand Canyon Douglas DC-3 (C-47B) c/n 34378 US Army as 45-1108 in 1945 ex ERA Classic Airlines N1944H Anchorage Alaska
TG-SAB Aviateca DC-3 c/n 18978 ex N72WL photographed by Christian Volpati at Guatemala – La Aurora airport Feb 1980 crashed at Bay City, Texas 16-01-1983