Douglas C-47 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 War, 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.

Douglas C-47, Post-war USN
Premier Series.  1/51st scale. 21.5" wingspan x 15" long.
  No. AFP6D-P1.  Only $174.95
Douglas C-47, Post-war USN
Premier Series.  1/51st scale. 
21.5" wingspan x 15" long.
  No. AFP6D-P2.  Only $174.95

Lots of Gooney Birds:  DC-3 Airliner  |  US Army - WW2
USAF - Postwar   |  USN Postwar

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