The C-47 was vital to the success of many Allied campaigns, in particular those at Guadalcanal and in the jungles of New Guinea and Burma where the C-47 (and its naval version, the R4D) made it possible for Allied troops to counter the mobility of the light-traveling Japanese army. C-47s were also used to airlift supplies to the embattled American forces during the Battle of Bastogne. The famous and possibly most influential role in military aviation was flying “The Hump” from India into China. The expertise gained flying “The Hump” would later be used in the Berlin Airlift, in which the C-47 would play a major role, until being replaced by the C-54.
In Europe, the C-47’s were used in vast numbers in the later stages of the war, particularly to tow gliders and drop paratroops. In the Pacific, with careful use of the island landing strips of the Pacific Ocean, C-47s were even used for ferrying soldiers serving in the Pacific theater back to the United States.
C-47s in British and Commonwealth service took the name Dakota, from the acronym “DACoTA” for Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft. The C-47 also earned the informal nickname Gooney Bird in the European theater of operations.
The USAF Strategic Air Command had C-47 Skytrains in service from 1946 through 1967.
Several C-47 variations were used in the Vietnam War by the United States Air Force, including three advanced electronic warfare variations which were sometimes called “Electric Gooneys” designated EC-47N,EC-47P,or EC-47Qs depending on the engine used. EC-47’s were also operated by the Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian Air Forces. A gunship variation, utilizing three 7.62mm miniguns, designated AC-47 “Spooky” often nicknamed “Puff the Magic Dragon” was also deployed.
The Royal Canadian Air Force and later, the Canadian Air Force employed the C-47 for transportation, navigation and radar training, and search & rescue operations from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Since World War II thousands of surplus C-47s have been converted to civil airline use, some remaining in operation in 2010.
- -All composite fuselage construction, fiberglass nacelles, fiberglass cowlings, with built up wings and surfaces.
- -All scale details molded into the fiberglass parts, including panel lines and rivets.
- -Factory painted olive drab with invasion stripes. (5) SETS of Decals included to choose from in each box! Wing Covering Material: Solartex Fabric Covered, painted in flat colors. The aircraft has a beautiful flat, non-glossy scale finish. This is superior to glossy covering materials.
-All hardware included (screws, rods, fuel tanks etc…)
-Illustrated instruction manual included.
- ESM GEN 4 ELECTRIC RETRACTS with oleo struts and alloy wheels available.
- CJM ELECTRIC and PNEUMATIC RETRACTS with oleo struts available.
- Scale Main Wheels will be available
- ALL (5) SETS OF DECALS with VARIOUS SIZED STAR/BAR INSIGNIAS INCLUDED ARE: “THAT’S ALL BROTHER”, “D-DAY DOLL” , “BETSY’S BISCUIT BOMBER”, “DRAG EM’ OOT”, and “SKY KING”
- PHOTOS OF PRODUCT SHOW VERY LOOSELY HANGING DECAL/GRAPHICS to represent the decal sets included with this D-DAY C-47 ARF/KIT. YOU GET ALL (5) SETS OF DECALS !!! TIME TO MAKE A FLIGHT of 4 or even more D-DAY C-47s at your club!!! YOU GET TO CHOOSE WHICH NOSE ART/TAIL # your ESM C-47 will wear!! OR get your own custom markings made from a reputable company such as www.getstencils.com or www.callie-graphics.comSpecifications:
- Wing Span: IMAA LEGAL Approx 103.9″
- Length: Approx 70.5″
- Weight: Approx 17.5-19.8lbs
- Radio: 6 channel radio 12 servos
- Engine: 2 x .61 2-stroke or 2 x .91 4-stroke or equivalent gas or electricVIDEOS