Douglas C-47 Skytrain. A photo. Characteristics.
Douglas C-47 Skytrain. A photo. Characteristics.

Douglas C-47 Skytrain. A photo. Characteristics.



A type: twin-engine transport aircraft

Capacity: a crew of three and up to 28 parachutists

As a cargo modification of the revolutionary DC-1 1933 aircraft of Douglas, the C-47 was the military descendant of the Douglas Sleeper Transport aircraft, an enlarged version of the DC-2 aircraft. When in 1936 the DC-3 was put into service, the Army immediately contacted Douglas and advised the company to redesign the airliner for military use. The changes included the installation of more powerful engines, cab floor reinforcement and large cargo doors. Therefore, when in 1940 the US Air Force issued a contract for the first C-47 aircraft, Douglas immediately began production.

It was built about 963 aircraft C-47. The first aircraft arrived in the US Air Force service in 1941 year. Subsequent modifications "Skytrain" aircraft (Skytrain - a heavenly wagon) model included A and B, which are different from the original aircraft C-47 mainly electrical system and motors. This aircraft was a key factor in the success of the war effort of the allied forces - he played the role of "air bridge", transporting people and materials in almost all theaters of war.

Built around 10 926 aircraft in the United States, plus another aircraft Lee 2000-2 (Lisunov chief engineer) in the USSR and Japanese aircraft 485 "Nakayama» L2D. More than 200 aircraft C-47 / DC-3 remain today in the military service in the Air Force 31 country more 300 also fly in civil organizations *.

Basic data


  • Length: 19,64 m
  • Wingspan: 28,96 m
  • Height: 5,16 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 7700 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 11 793 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 369 km / h
  • Range: 3420 km
  • Powerplant: two engines R-1830-93 «Twin Wasp" Company "Pratt- Whitney"
  • Power: 2400 l. from. (1790 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • December 17 1935 years (Plane "Slip TRANSPORTATION" company "Douglas")


Remaining airworthy modifications:

  • C-47, C-47A, C-47V C-35, R4D DC-3 and 2-Lee

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