Seventy-two years ago today, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain took flight for the first time. Developed from the Douglas DC-3, the C-47 was the most widely-used transport of World War II. Douglass built over 10,000 Skytrains and every branch of the U.S. military and all the major allied powers operated it. The C-47 hauled cargo, dropped paratroops and even towed gliders. More than 1,000 Skytrains participated in the D-Day invasion. Unofficially known as “Gooney Bird,” General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the C-47 one of the four most important weapons of the war, along with the bazooka, the jeep and the atomic bomb. C-47s remained in active military service long after the end of World War II, playing a vital role in the 1948 Berlin Airlift and participating in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Tom Pawlesh Reports: “The Greatest Show on Turf” presented by the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group of the National Warplane Museum is just that, the greatest. One of my favorite shows of the season, the Geneseo […]
PRESS RELEASE – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is organizing the “12 Planes of Christmas,” a holiday giving campaign that enables people to support the restoration and operation of World War II aircraft. Located at […]
Despite uncooperative weather, the Vintage Wings of Canada’s annual Wings Over Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow held recently was a tremendous success, attracting more than 32,000 attendees to Ottawa-Gatineau Executive Airport in Gatineau, QC, Canada. Several participating groups […]