The RCAF Memorial
Museum's Dakota in World War 2 Burma Squadron colours.
First flown on 17 December 1935 at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California, the Douglas DC-3 is arguably one of the most successful aircraft ever built. Designated "Dakota" or C-47 by RAF/RCAF, the aircraft was known by a wide variety of different names (Skytrain, Skytrooper, DAK, Goonie Bird) and different designations (DC3, C-47, C-53, R4D) in various services.
Highly adaptable, this transport aircraft could be fitted with skis or Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) bottles. In the RAF, RCAF and CF, it served in a wide variety of roles including flying the "Hump" missions in Burma during World War 2, postwar navigation, radio and radar training, along with other diverse tasking in target towing, transport, search and rescue duties.
Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Corporation
Designation: CC-129 / CT-129 Model No: DC-3 / C-47
Marks: MkIII, Mk IIICSC,F,FP,P,R,S&R,U, and Mk IVM,MF,MFP,P,ST,T
Role: Transport, Training, Target Towing, SAR
TOS: 1943 SOS: 1989 No: 169
Service: RCAF & CF
Crew / Passengers: Two pilots + up to 3 crew or 36 passengers
Powerplant: two 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 radials
Performance: Max Speed: 222 kts (410 km/h) Cruising Speed: 150 kts
Service Ceiling: 24,100 ft (7,345 m) Range: 1,300 nm (2,414 km)
Weights: Max T/O: 26,000 lbs (11,793 kg)
Dimensions: Span: 95 ft 0 in (28.95 m) Length: 64 ft 51/2 in (19.64 m)
Original Cost: $165,000