Aviation Photo #1170741 Douglas C-47B Skytrain (DC-3) - Commemorative Air Force

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Texas Air Fiesta 2006. This C-47 was built in 1944 and was flown to Canada where it was transferred to the UK under the lend-lease program. In Britain it was assigned to the 435th Transport Squadron, a Canadian unit. It served in the China/Burma/India theater until the end of WW2. After the war the aircraft returned to Canada and in the mid-1990s the aircraft returned to the USA. The CAF acquired the aircraft in 2002 and spent 2 years on the restoration of the aircraft. (Canon 350D + 100-400 L IS)
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    Tristan van der Vlugt
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    Douglas C-47B Skytrain (DC-3)
    Douglas DC-3 (C-47/53/117/R4D/Skytrain/Dakota)
    Douglas DC-3 (C-47/53/117/R4D/Skytrain/Dakota)
    Waco - TSTC (James Connally)
    November 11, 2006
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10 years ago
I am a member of the CAF Highland Lakes Squadron which is restoring this airplane. We have been trying to show some of the many uses this aircraft type was put to in WWII. Have cargo, medical evacuation, jump rig (seats, static line) and passenger demonstrations installed. Considering addition of a chain gun for AC-47 even though that is Vietnam era, not WWII. Bluebonnet Belle looks much better now -- we have polished her to a very nice, bright finish.
I'll add a bit to the furnished history. While I have no details of ownership here, Belle flew for three Canadian airlines and was being used to transport auto parts from Mexico to Canada when we found and purchased her. She also sports a string of bullet holes (repaired) on the right hand side shown in the picture. These prove she was not always in the 'friendly skies'!

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