Post by Hill on Mar 20, 2015 17:18:20 GMT
*** NOTE: If imagery has changed and a marked plane has gone missing, you can use historical imagery to find it as it was. ***
You can link back to the second version of the DC-3 thread HERE. Perusing that and its linked predecessor (first posted 6/30/05), you can read all posts contributed by many people who helped make this collection possible.
Collection folder last edited 03-03-2016.
The 80th Anniversary of the DC-3's first flight was December 17, 2015.
Documentary: The DC-3. The plane that changed the world (YouTube)
Originally shown on PBS in the mid-1980's.
Documentary: Discovery - Great Planes - Douglas C-47 Dakota (YouTube)
This more recent Australian production concentrates on the use and
conversion of the DC-3/C-47 during war.
You can see lots of DC-3 images with a Google search HERE.
If you like DC-3's, you will like DC-3: A Legend in Her Time A 75th Anniversary Photographic Tribute
As I've searched airports and air museums around the world, the most likely easily recognizable plane I see is the Douglas DC-3 or one of its variants. . From high altitude, even from space, the distinctive DC-3 stands out. The shapes of the wing and tail are distinctive. A few other similar looking planes, like the Curtiss C-46 Commando, are also included in this thread and in the placemark folder because they often get posted as DC-3's
DC-3 dimensions are approx 95' wingspan and 65' length.
Image from www.wmof.com
The first one flew in 1935; many still fly today. With the help of other DC-3 fans the folder attached here contains many hundreds of placemarks.
This post includes all DC-3 placemarks to date in one folder. If you think you have a new one, download the attached placemark folder first. All finds to the time of the update are in it. If there is no placemark on your find, it's a new one.
There are undoubtedly more out there. So if you find one, attach it as a reply, or send me the coordinates by private message if you prefer (I'll credit you with the find when I add it to the folder. ). I'll bet we can find a lot more of them. Happy hunting. Note: I originally wrote this in 2005. Boy was I surprised at the response.
A BIG THANKS to all of the DC-3 fans who have added to the list.
The Aviation Forum
The DC-3 Hangar
The Aviation History Online Museum
The Dakota Hunter - a Facebook site
Many are still used for skydiving (left from www.allposters.com ) Some are modified, like this DC-3 floatplane. www.dc3history.org (center) A World War II identification card from
C-47 in D-Day color scheme (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Turner) Source
You Tube videos of DC-3's. There are about 20 more of varying quality linked in the You Tube site.
There were even two glider versions created from C-47's - XCG-17's
"In early 1944 Lieutenant Chester Joseph Decker had an idea to remove the engines from the C-47 thus making it a glider. Chet Decker was a National Soaring Glider Champion assigned to the Glider Branch as a power pilot and glider pilot at Wright Field and Clinton County Army Air Field (CCAAF),the glider test and experiment base.
Official records and other writers credit William Lazarus as originator of this conversion concept. Floyd Sweet who was assigned to the Glider Branch, Wright Field from late November, 1942 until becoming head of the Glider Branch from October 1945 through its demise in 1952 has said the idea was Decker's and Decker was "shafted" for the idea because he was "out of line" for going to the Pentagon over the head of Wright Field officers with the idea. This experimental article was designated XCG-17."
Since I can't afford my own full-sized DC-3, I've been purchasing a small fleet of DC-3's and
variants over the past few years. They are 1:144 scale.
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