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South Florida Daks

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During a recent South Florida road-trip (November 2016) I was able to photograph these DC-3s.

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 /C-47 still linger on. Although it has been over 80 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.

credit: Douglas logo′s and production factory logo′s by Arthur Pearcy "Douglas DC-3 Survivors" Motor books International – Aston Publication Volume 1-2 (1987 and 1988) and Sixty Glorious Years 1995 Airlife Publishing Ltd. 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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N34FL (c/n 4790) photographed at the G-Star School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida. She was constructed as a C-47-DL at Long Beach California CA. and delivered to the United States Army Air Force with s/n 41-18629.
DouglasDC-3Florida foto 3 N133D (c/n 1499) was photographed at Shell Creek (near Punta Gorda) Florida. N133D was the sixth DC-3 built and is the oldest one on the U.S. Civil Aircraft Register. It was built at the Santa Monica plant as a DST-G-144 NC16005, completed on 7/10/36, and delivered to American Airlines two days later. (ex NC16005, 42-56092 and N16005). She was operated by Ozark in 1950 and Aviation Academy out of Griffin.

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N133FS (c/n 27202) ex Four Star Air Cargo photographed at Fort Pierce airport. She was constructed as a C-47B-20-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. To the United States Army Air Force with s/n 43-49941 (ex CF-PIK).

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N200MF (c/n 9766) was photographed at her Fort Pierce airport (FL) base with Missionary Flights. Constructed as a C-47A-35-DL by Douglas at Long Beach, CA she was delivered to the USAAF with s/n 42-23904. Ex RAF FD-933, SAAF 6879 and ZS-MRR. Converted by Dodson to a DC-3TP. To Dodson Aviation Inc, Ottawa, KS with as N147RD

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Ex 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.

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Ex MONROE COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL R4D-1 N220GB (c/n 4438) delivered to USMC MAW-2/VML-252 June 1942. She still lingers on at Shell Creek and is For-Sale acc her owner Frank Moss.

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DC-3 N341W (c/n 20166) was photographed at Le High Acres/Buckingham Field FL. It has been here since at least 2001 and at the time it was reported in dismantled state…her future looks very bleak.

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Super DC-3 (C-117D/R4D-8) N587LM (c/n 11948) ex Millardair, Gateway Airlines (C-GDIK) and TMF Aircraft was photographed at Opa Locka Airport (FL) on its way to a new home.

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Bare metal Super DC-3 N587MB (C-117D/R4D-8) is owned by TMF Aircraft Inc and based at Opa Locka airport (FL)

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DC-3A-228C N600RC (c/n 2193) is on display (along Interstate-4) at the Fantasy of Flight Museum at Polk City (FL) ex Red Carpet Flying Services (Trans Island Airways)

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C-47H N837M (c/n 12524) is an ex Lee County Mosquito Control sprayer and was photographed at Lehigh Acres, Buckingham Fields, Florida. Reported to Wings of Dreams Inc (2015)

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N74589 (c/n 9926) was built as a C-47A-40-DL by Douglas at Long Beach (CA) and delivered to the United States Army Air Force with s/n 42-24064. Based at Missionary Flights International, Saint Lucie County International Airport, Fort Pierce, FL

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Poor 1939 vintage DC-3 Aero Libertad XA-RPN (c/n 2167) was chopped in half and transported to shell Creek near Punta Gorda (FL) back in 2015. The owner Frank Moss is to provide parts from XA-RPN for the restoration of his N133D, the oldest existing DC-3 in the world.

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