C-47 Skytrain

The C-47 was a cargo carrying aircraft. Specifically, it would carry anything from military and food supplies, troops and paratroopers or jeeps or a 37 mm canon. If troops were deployed, it was capable of carrying 38 men.

When it was used as a medical supply plane, it would carry 14 patients and three nurses.

Initially designed by Donald Douglas in the 1930s as civilian airliner, called the DC-3.

In 1941, the plane was retrofitted for the Army Air Forces (Previously called the Air Corps) and a reinforced fuselage floor was added, as well as a large cargo door.

All branches of the US military used the C-47 and seven versions of the plane were built, with some notable names as the AC-47D gunship, the EC-47 electronic reconnaissance aircraft, the EC-47Q antiaircraft systems evaluation aircraft and the C-53 Skytrooper.

Over 100,000 C-47s of the various versions had been built and was used thought  World War II, most known for dropping British paratroopers during Operation Garden in September, 1944.

Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, said “It one of the most vital pieces of military equipment used in winning the war”.

The C-47 continued on to battle in the Koran War and the Vietnam War.

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