|Manufacturer||Douglas Aircraft Company|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe C-47 Skytrain transports, also known as the R4D transports to the US Navy and the C-47 Dakota to the British and Commonwealth forces, were based on the design of the civilian passenger transport DC-3. In the South Pacific, C-47s and R4Ds provided valuable services by evacuating the wounded from jungle islands such as Guadalcanal, while in the China-Burma-India Theater C-47s flew the Hump to bring vital supplies into China. In the European Theater, they too played important roles, airlifting supplies into the surrounded American troops at Bastogne and dropping paratroopers with its C-53 Skytrooper variation. During the course of production over 10,000 aircraft were produced. After WW2, they continued to serve in major world events and conflicts such as the Berlin Airlift, Korean War, and Vietnam War.
ww2dbaseSpecifications provided by Alan Chanter.
Last Major Revision: Aug 2006
|Machinery||Two Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder air-cooled radial engines rated at 1,200hp each|
|Armament||None; capacity for 28 troops or 2,700kg of cargo|
|Wing Area||91.69 m┬▓|
|Weight, Empty||8,103 kg|
|Weight, Loaded||11,793 kg|
|Weight, Maximum||14,061 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||370 km/h|
|Speed, Cruising||257 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||7,315 m|
|Range, Normal||2,575 km|
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