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.
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.
Accommodation: 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
View: Douglas C-47 Pilot Training Manual AAF (1944)