Douglas C-47 Skytrain

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C-47 Skytrain
C-53 Skytrooper
Dakota
A C-47 over Duxford D-Day Show 2014
Role Military transport aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company
Designer Douglas Aircraft
First flight 23 December 1941[1]
Status In service in Colombia, Greece, El Salvador and South Africa
Primary users United States Army Air Forces
Royal Air Force
United States Navy
Royal Canadian Air Force
See operators
Number built 10,174
Developed from Douglas DC-3
Variants Douglas XCG-17
Douglas AC-47 Spooky

The C-47 Skytrain was an American cargo aircraft that could carry up to 3.5 tons. It was the military version of the DC-3. The C-47 was most notably used during World War II by the Allied to move troops, supplies and the wounded.

During the Berlin Airlift in the Cold War C-47 planes carried food and other supplies to West Berlin, as all other methods of transport were blocked.

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