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Douglas C-47 Documents & Manuals


The C-47 "Skytrain" was a product of the Douglas Aircraft Company and is regarded as the best transport of WWII. Interestingly enough, the Skytrain was first born as a civilian passenger airliner in the DC-3 model and began operations in the 1930s, setting new levels of performance for any commercial aircraft of the time. The system would become an instrumental component to the American war effort in the Second World War as the C-47 Skytrain platform.

By 1941 the old Air Corps had been transformed into the Army Air Forces, and it selected a modified version of the DC-3 - the C-47 Skytrain - to become its standard transport aircraft. A reinforced fuselage floor and the addition of a large cargo door were the only major modifications. Other changes included the fitting of cargo hooks beneath the center wing section and the removal of the tail cone to mount a hook for towing gliders.

Every branch of the U.S. military and all the major allied powers flew it. The U.S. Navy version was the R4D. The British and the Australians designated it the Dakota (a clever acronym composed of the letters DACoTA for Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft). The aircraft operated from every continent in the world and participated in every major battle.

C-47s remained in active military service long after the end of WWII. They played a critical role in the 1948 Berlin Airlift and saw action in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Three crew and 6,000 pounds of cargo, or 28 airborne troops, or 14 stretcher patients and three attendants

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Douglas C-47 Pilot Training Manual AAF (1944)

Original WWII era Pilot Training Manual includes detailed systems diagrams, photos, performance charts, procedures etc. This manual is essential for a clear understanding of the operation & performance capabilities of one of the most innovative aircraft of World War II. It covers all aspects of the operation of the airplane from the pilot's point of view. Quite a bit of detail on the control console and the instruments is included.

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