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Douglas DC-3 (N147AZ) - Douglas DC-3 (N147AZ)
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Douglas DC-3 (N147AZ)


Douglas DC-3 (N147AZ)


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Mark Harris
I do wish posters would caption their photos with some details about the aircraft. This one has a most unusual colour scheme and I would like to know something about it.
Mark Harris
Complete history here https://www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=68087 but still doesn't explain the unusual colour scheme.
Paul Wisgerhof
This color scheme, both with the star and the a/c, was only used by the 8th Air Force in North Africa during "Operation Torch," so October 1942 until not later than June 1943.
Mark Harris
Some more information here https://commemorativeairforce.org/aircraft/177. As it operated predominantly in the Mediterranean theatre (North Africa, Sicily, Italy) during WWII I can only assume this is some sort of desert camouflage scheme.
Mark Harris
Thank you Paul Wisgerhof for the information on the colour scheme.
Richard Schmidt
Thank you brings back memories from my training as navigator in the mid 70's!
terry kelsey
Brings back memories. First flight on a DC-3 at age 8. On MIdwest Airlines from Milwaukee to Rockford Il. Pilots were ex-Air Corps. Found out my older brother had been a B-17 pilot and so let me up in the cockpit most of the way. Last flight on a 3 was in 1979 on Air Libya from Benghazi down into the Sahara's Sarir Sand Sea. Pilots were retired from the U.S. Navy. Manifest was mixed people and cargo. I was the last one on board and so my "seat" was a steer carcass which was wrapped in plastic and was destined for the kitchen of an oil drilling op further down at Wadi Kufra.
Steve Cook
If it's a military version, it's a C-47, not a DC-3.
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Yes it's a C-47 but the commemorative air Force the owners call it a D-3 modified for flights.
Diana Rose
Hand-made cammo paint from elephant dung.
Mark Harris
The C-47 differed from the civilian DC-3 in numerous modifications, including being fitted with a cargo door, hoist attachment, and strengthened floor, along with a shortened tail cone for glider-towing shackles, and an astrodome in the cabin roof.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
13-Apr-2024 DC3Falcon Fld ()Falcon Fld () 11:53AM MST 12:17PM MST 0:24
13-Apr-2024 DC3Falcon Fld ()Falcon Fld () 10:45AM MST 11:06AM MST 0:20
10-Apr-2024 DC3Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Falcon Fld () 04:29PM MST 04:45PM MST 0:15
10-Apr-2024 DC3Near Phoenix, AZPhoenix-Mesa Gateway () First seen 04:21PM MST 04:25PM MST 0:03
10-Apr-2024 DC3Falcon Fld ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 03:49PM MST 04:13PM MST 0:24
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