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Dc-3's In Active Service  
User currently offlineTokolosh From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 365 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5714 times:

Does anybody know how many DC-3's/C-47's are still in active service and who flies them?


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User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1448 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5680 times:

A very comprehensive book on the DC2/DC3 recently emerged from Air Britain.


My copy is at home but if I recall correctly, there were somewhere up to 1,000 DC3's still active, or potentially active, mostly flying freight in less developed parts, with heritage groups, with military units (mostly re-engined as turboprops) and a handful of small passenger operators in Canada and Latin America offering passenger service.

If you want a passenger service Yellowknife in Canada might be a good start.


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4265 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5611 times:

Indeed the new book of Ms Gradidge from Air Britain must be the ultimate DC-3 book, I can't wait to see it, browse thru it and buy it.
The estimate of 1000 flying DC-3s is somewhat high. The Tukish, Thai, South African and Greek Airforces together had hundreds of active DC-3s til about 10 years ago but these fleets have been decimated or parked since then.
My estimate would be that there are about 300 DC-3s which have been flying in the last 12 months. Still more then there are flying Fokker 100s or Embraer Brasilia's!



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User currently offlineAirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

I taxied through Villavecencia, Colombia and passed a dozen of the most beautiful DC-3s you could imagine. This was in 1994 or theres abouts, there was not a spec of dirt or grease on the undercarriage, the skins were all hightly polished aluminum, you could shave in the reflection.

Unfortuantely, if I pulled out a camera, my life would not have been worth much. They were mostly flying ferry flights, bottled water, food and chemicals to jungle strips. I'm sure some of these are still in excellent condition and flying. An incredible sight to see, 12 of these magnificint birds lined up, spotless.



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User currently offlineB52murph From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5390 times:

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 2):
Still more then there are flying Fokker 100s or Embraer Brasilia's!

Or L1011s....  no 

Related...does anybody know what year PBA (Provicetown-Boston Airlines) parked thier DC-3s? I remember seeing those on the ramp at Logan and @ ACK back in the mid-80s.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5353 times:
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SAA have one flying charters, as well as a couple of DC-4s.


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User currently offlineL1011dal From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5345 times:

Delta still has thier ship 41 restored that is frequently seen flying at airshows around the USA. There's a good website with a lot of photos of the aircraft and inside the aircraft from a ferry flight at

http://www.l1011.homestead.com/DC3.html


User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2038 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5315 times:

There's got to be lots of them out there... apart from the showpieces mentioned, there are many doing cargo runs. These 4 fly almost daily between Florida and the Bahamas (though I am aware that no. 4 is not a DC-3).


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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5301 times:

When I worked at the aiport I had the oppotunity to meet a couple DC3 cargo flights that came in from SJU. I don't remember the operator though. This wasn't more than 2 years ago.


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User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5270 times:

There's 18 DC-3/C-47s on the register here in Australia with the majority still airworthy for charters and historic flights.

VH ABR
VH AES
VH AGU
VH BPN
VH CWS
VH DNA
VH EAE
VH EAF
VH MIN
VH MMA
VH NVD
VH NVZ
VH OVM
VH PWN
VH SBL
VH TMQ
VH UPQ

Classic Wings operates VH-CWS on regular charters including Saturday evening 1940's dinner flights from Perth.

See http://www.classicwings.com.au/

A group of us got on her inaugural city view flight in September last year.



Beautiful!

PGF


User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2404 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

I was informed that there is an DC3 out of Ven. or Col. in South America that flys to BVB. I was told this about 6 months go. So could be old news.


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User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5240 times:
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I'm sure that the Venezuela and Bolivia A.net members can write a lot of your post, Tokolosh.

Aeroejecutivos (Venezuela) uses three DC-3, each with 30 seat; Lineas Aereas Canedo (Bolivia) uses three DC-3 and a pair of Curtiss C-46 Commando;



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User currently offlineClipperNo1 From Germany, joined May 1999, 672 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5210 times:

Regarding South Floridian DC3's, just check out OPF. IMO the Disneyworld for spotters.

Active Carriers (as far as I can remember):

Florida Air Cargo
Rohades Aviation (sp??)
Four Star Aircargo (recently bought Tol Air)
TMF (Super DC3's with increased mtow....supercool staff)
Florida Air Transport (1x DC4, 1x DC6, 1x DC7....You have to know Cpt. Blanco. One of the greatest aviators I've ever met)



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User currently offlineDC3CV3407AC727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5184 times:

Yankee Air Force, KYIP, C-47 N8704, flies May-October, airshows, and junkets for museum members. (60$ to join)


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User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

Do Altantic Airlines, based at CVT, still operate them in UK ?


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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3076 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5084 times:

Buffalo Airways in Yellowknife still has a scheduled passenger flight between there and Hayriver. I think it is the last sched PAX DC3 flight in the world.

GS



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5078 times:
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Quoting L1011dal (Reply 6):
Delta still has thier ship 41 restored

Yeah, and they need to put it back into scheduled service! I'd much rather fly on it than one of those *&@#* CRJ's! Smile



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User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5047 times:

Kamaka Air (HNL) has a Super DC-3, N9796N, hauling cargo inter-island, and was the subject of an article in the Dec 06 issue of Airways. Sister-ship and C-47, N99131 is currently on hiatus.

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User currently offline7474ever From Israel, joined Oct 2006, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5002 times:

Lady, you ask, "Is this plane safe to fly ?" Just how in the world do you think got to be this old ?
DC-3 pilot

IMO, the plane of the planes...


User currently offlineFlyboyseven From Canada, joined Feb 2007, 903 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4901 times:

Quoting Greasespot (Reply 15):
Buffalo Airways in Yellowknife still has a scheduled passenger flight between there and Hayriver. I think it is the last sched PAX DC3 flight in the world.

They also fly a wide range of other classics

Douglas DC-4's
Douglas DC-4 Tankers
Curtiss C-46's
Canadair CL-215's
Canso's
Norseman

Those are not their only aircraft, they fly some more modern ones too.

http://buffaloairways.com/fleet.htm



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4797 times:

There's one at my local GA airport, HMT (Hemet-Ryan) and it's active. It flies every once in a while and is sometimes used for movies or shows (it's been spotted at Edwards AFB)...


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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3076 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4737 times:

Quoting Flyboyseven (Reply 19):
Those are not their only aircraft, they fly some more modern ones too.

I know....But if you read the thread starter it specifically is talking about DC-3's.

And none of those other AC are in scheduled PAX service like the DC-3 is. That is bigger than some cargo hauler flying mail in one.

GS



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
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