Few aircraft are as well known or were so widely used for so long as the C-47. The aircraft was adapted from the DC-3 commercial airliner which appeared in 1936.

The first C-47s were ordered in 1940 and by the end of WW II, 9,348 had been procured for AAF use. They carried personnel and cargo, and in a combat role, towed troop-carrying gliders and dropped paratroops into enemy territory.

After WW II, many C-47s remained in USAF service, participating in the Berlin Airlift and other peacetime activities. During the Korean Conflict, C-47s hauled supplies, dropped paratroops, evacuated wounded and dropped flares for night bombing attacks. In Vietnam, the C-47 served again as a transport, but it was also used in a variety of other ways which included flying ground attack (gunship), reconnaissance, and psychological warfare missions.

The C-47 was affectionately nicknamed “Gooney Bird.”

The C-47 was commercially known as the DC-3, also known as the R-4D by the Navy, and the Dakota by the English.

The C-47 carries 30 passengers, 28 paratroopers, or 7500 pounds of cargo. The C-47 was used during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam war, and other areas. The C-47 flew the hump in China/Burma, food to Berlin, and paratroops on D-Day. The gun ship in Vietnam could fire 18,000 rounds of bullets in one minute to suppress enemy ground fire.

Span: 95 ft. 0 in.
Length: 64 ft. 5 in.
Height: 16 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 33,000 lbs. loaded
Armament: None
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder, twin-row radials engines at 1,250 hp
Crew: Three (3)
Cost: $ 138,000
Tail Number: 43-49507
Nickname: Gooney Bird
Years in Service: 1936 – Present
Maximum Speed: 232 mph
Cruising Speed: 175 mph
Range: 1,513 miles
Service Ceiling: 24,450 feet