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C-47 Skytrain
The C-47 Skytrain was a military transport aircraft developed from the Douglas DC-3 commercial airliner. C-47s were used extensively by many countries during World War II to transport troops, cargo, tow troop-carrying gliders, drop paratroops into enemy territory and air evacuate the sick or wounded. They were one of the most successful and beloved airplanes of all time, with over 10,000 being produced in the United States during the war. Among the C-47ís contributions were transporting troops to Normandy on D-day and flying supply missions over the Himalayas from India to China.
FACTS & STATS:
First Flown
1935
Range
1,504 mi. (2,420 km)
Length
64 ft 5 in (19.6 m)
Engine
Two Wright Cyclone GR-1820-G102A radial engines
Wingspan
95 ft (28.9 m)
Max Speed
229 mph (368 km/h)
Ceiling
24,000 ft (7,315 m)
Weight
Empty: 16,865 lb. (7,657 kg);
Max Takeoff: 25,200 lb (11,441 kg)
Number Built
Over 12,925
Armament
none
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