C-47D (Skytrain) Few aircraft are as well known or were so widely used for
so long as the C-47 or "Gooney Bird" as it was affectionately
nicknamed. 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
Span: 95 ft.
Length: 64 ft. 5 in.
Height: 16 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 33,000 lbs. loaded
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-1830s of 1,200 hp. ea.
Maximum speed: 232 mph.
Cruising speed: 175 mph.
Range: 1,513 miles
Service Ceiling: 24,450 ft.