Douglas C-47 Dakota

Another showcase from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) is the C-47 Dakota. The C-47 Dakota is a military version of the Douglas DC-3 which was built primarily for airline use. The  US Air Corps ordered 10,000 C-47s for its various capabilities, including dropping paratroopers and supplies, evacuating the wounded, troop transportation and glider towing. During WWII, the Royal Air Force received about 1,930 Dakotas and they became the RAF’s main wartime transport aircraft. The RCAF took delivery of its first Dakota in March 1943, and at its peak had 169 on strength. The CWHM’s Dakota was built for the USAAF and was delivered to the Royal Air Force in February 1944. It later served with 424 Squadron for Search & Rescue at CFB Trenton. It performed JATO ignition in flight at the 1970 CIAS. How wonderful to have this aircraft perform at the CIAS again, 50 years later. 

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