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Douglas DC-3 (N472AF) - Airshow Practice 10-27-23
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Douglas DC-3 (N472AF)


Airshow Practice 10-27-23


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a mentor
I'm sure @John Glambone you are aware it's a C-47: aerodrome above the cockpit and large cargo doors
John GiambonePhoto Uploader
Hey A. Mantor. I believe we have had this conversation before, have we not my friend?
Greg Byington
Nice pic, John! And I'm sure you're aware @a mentor, that DC3 is the correct ICAO Aircraft Type Designator (which is what FA wants) for the Douglas C-47 Skytrain. See:
John GiambonePhoto Uploader
Thank You Greg. Yes, always appreciate your well informed input. We covered this topic about the DC-3 earlier this year. Anyway, have a great day!
a mentor
well, it was the C-47 used in the D-DAY invasion. I'll leave it for others to research the difference between the DC-3 vs the C-47: see https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/d-day-and-douglas-c-47
John GiambonePhoto Uploader
@ a.mentor. I appreciate your point, and where you are coming from on this issue. However, if you go to the FAA website, it does show the model as: DC3C-S1C3G. That's good enough for me. I know you and I have discussed this issue before. At its roots, a C-47 is a DC-3. Look at it this way. A 747 freighter, is still a 747. Whether it was purpose built as a "F" or was a converted freighter, like a (BDSF) either way, it is still a 747. Same kind of difference here in my opinion. I appreciate your input and take on it either way.
a mentor
the C-47/R4D were significant changes to the airframe: 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.

the DC3C-S1C3G reference is also correct, but I do believe never used as a TYPE.

Guess I have to say I've become OCD on accuracy
a mentor
I stand corrected: the type 'DC3C-S1C3G' shows up in

Edward Rees
According to a mentor this aircraft has an aerodrome above the cockpit, if that is correct it would be a very dangerous situation I think he/she means an astrodome.
Phil Caron
Great shot of this beautifully maintained aircraft.
Great shot!
A rose by any other name...
I love these discussions! I'm passionate about flying machines but far from learned ... and reading you guys always gives me lights. Thanks one and all ... and yes, a rose is a rose! Good day!
Tom Messer
Flew TTA…Trans Texas Airways many times on board their DC-3 fleet. Does that give you a clue as to this old farts age?
M Bodkin
Tom Messer-
Hard to believe the first DC-3 flew in 1935. Think about that, 88 years.

As far as the DC-3 vs C-47, I always thought of the C-47 as a DC-3 with less comfortable seating.
Em 1973 na Base Aérea do Recife chequei a entrar quando criança nesta maquina .
jesse kyzer
Constructed as a 1942? C-47A-25-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
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