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Douglas DC-3 series

Update – 13

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 85 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, stated there are 164 derelict airframes, 219 stored examples, 336 preserved airframes and 250 active airframes, totalling 991 DC-3s and 9 DC-2s. 

According our own studies from the last few years, the total number of flying (airworthy) DC-3s has dropped down to 172 airframes. (January 2020)



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. All pictures from Chris Mak slide collection.

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YEMEN AIRWAYS Corporation DC-3 4W-ABY (c/n 13174) built as a C-47A-20-DK ex USAAF 42-93280, NC91053

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Somali Airlines DC-3 6O-SAB (c/n 20016) build as C-47A-85-DL ex 43-15550, N925/N512GL photographed at Djibouti – Ambouli airport 1977.

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Central Mountain Air Services DC-3 C-FAAM (c/n 9862) Constructed as a C-47A-40-DL by Douglas at Long Beach ex USAAF 42-24000/RAF FD941, ex N9993F, and Austin Airways.

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Austin Airways Ltd DC-3 CF-NAO ( c/n 12332) Constructed as a C-47A-5-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City ex USAAF 42-92522. ex RAF KG333, G-AIOF, SX-BBB, N3339/N12CA in Canada Nordair.

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Austin Airways DC-3 C-GNNA (c/n 12483) built as a C-47A-10-DK delivered as 42-92658, to RAF as KG448 later RCAF 993 and 12964.

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Laurentian Air Services Ltd DC-3 CF-POX (c/n 20875) built as C-47B-1-DL delivered as 43-16409 USAAF, ex F-BTDG. Operating as Queen Charlotte Airlines damaged beyond repair during landing at Port Hardy BC Canada. 23 June 1957. A/c rebuilt DC-3C N8059P and later converted to a Basler BT-67 for the Colombian AF PNC-0213.

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SATENA C-47 FAC-1124 (c/n 15330/26775) built as C-47B-15-DK and delivered as 43-49514 USAAF. She was photographed at Bogota International Colombia in a late afternoon sun. (ps some confusing about her ID remain in the Air Britain DC-3 book).

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Fuerza Aerea Panamena FAP-201 C-47 acc to the AIR Britain DC-3 bible this a/c is the same as HP-291 & HP-11, no ID is given in the book. (ps: there is a suggestion that FAP 201 became N4693U and for awhile was a gate guard at Nassau airport Bahamas..?)

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Eastern Airways DC-3 G-AMPO (c/n 16437) Constructed as a C-47B-30-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City ex USAAF 44-76853, RAF KN566, later with Polaris Air transport and Intra Jersey.

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Perle Airways DC-3 HH-EBA (c/n 14996) Constructed as a C-47B-10-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City to USAAF 43-49180 later with RCAF KK102 and 12901 as model CC-129, ex Ilford-Riveron Airways C-FBK.

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Servicios Aereos Petroleros – Colombia DC-3 HK-3176 (c/n 19606) Constructed as a C-47A-80-DL by Douglas at Long Beach, California as USAAF 43-15140 later with Illinois Air Guard 0-15140 and later with the FAC 1122 and to Alicol.

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Basler Airlines DC-3 N792G (c/n 6314) constructed as DC-3-454 converted C-49J USAAF 43-1973. ex NC44792 and N792G. Now on display at the New England Air Museum Windsor Locks CT in Eastern colors.

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British Caribbean Airways Cargo DC-3 N8666 (c/n 14512) aka ‘Tortola’ was built as a C-47B-5-DK USAAF 43-48696 and re-designated as a R4D-6 USN 50740) and later conv to a C-47J.

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Moormanair Holland DC-3 PH-MOA (c/n 16605/33353) built as C-47B-35-DK delivered as 44-77021 USAF and later to RAF as KN656. ex N3179Q Weltrade Inc.

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Ministerio de Comunicaciones DC-3 YV-O-MC2 (c/n 4234) constructed as a C-47-DL by Douglas at Long Beach, California to USAAF 41-7747. ex YV-MC-1, YV-O-BYS. (Aircraft was derelict at Caracas by mid 1980s).

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MOUNT COOK AIRLINES DC-3 ZK-BEU (c/n 13099) built as a C-47A-20-DK for USAAF 42-93212, seen in the standard livery at Christchurch airport circa 1976. It was converted to a DC3-C Skyliner in July 1974.

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