C-47D (Skytrain) Few aircraft are as well known or were so widely used for so long as the
C-47 or "Gooney Bird" as it was affectionately nicknamed. The aircraft was
adapted from the DC-3 commercial airliner which appeared in 1936. The first C-47s were
ordered in 1940 and by the end of WW II, 9,348 had been procured for AAF use. They carried
personnel and cargo, and in a combat role, towed troop-carrying gliders and dropped
paratroops into enemy territory.
After WW II, many C-47s remained in USAF service, participating in the Berlin Airlift and
other peacetime activities. During the Korean Conflict, C-47s hauled supplies, dropped
paratroops, evacuated wounded and dropped flares for night bombing attacks. In Vietnam,
the C-47 served again as a transport, but it was also used in a variety of other ways
which included flying ground attack (gunship), reconnaissance, and psychological warfare
Span: 95 ft.
Length: 64 ft. 5 in.
Height: 16 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 33,000 lbs. loaded
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-1830s of 1,200 hp. ea.
Maximum speed: 232 mph.
Cruising speed: 175 mph.
Range: 1,513 miles
Service Ceiling: 24,450 ft.