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How many DC-3's are still operational?

Wed May 15, 2019 6:27 pm

Quick question, how many DC-3's are still operational. I know there was a crash of a Dakota up in Canada, so there are a few there. Then there are some with enthusiasts, like with the Dutch Dakota Association which got their air certificate renewed in order to have paying passengers on board, here in the Netherlands.

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Re: How many DC-3's are still operational?

Wed May 15, 2019 6:49 pm

F-AZOX based in Melun Airport (France) belong to a French association. One of this DC3 Pilot is the CEO of Chalair a French regional airline
 
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Re: How many DC-3's are still operational?

Thu May 16, 2019 12:00 am

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario takes people for rides on their DC-3 for CAD80 per person. A Beech 18 as well for the same price.

For the more daring they have a whole range of aircraft taking passengers for rides. From small, like a Tiger Moth, through things like a Mitchell or a Canso, right up to a ride in an Avro Lancaster.

https://www.warplane.com/aircraft/flights.aspx

Membership is required ... CAD125 / year.
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Re: How many DC-3's are still operational?

Thu May 16, 2019 9:32 am

Three down here in NZ, all converted to DC3C-S1C3G after military service:
ZK-AWP with Air Chathams. Built as C-47B-30-DK in 1945, USAAF 44-76803 then RNZAF NZ3543 and NAC ZK-AWP. This one does charters typically, but a only few years back was still on scheduled pax flights.
ZK-DAK with FlyDC3. Built as a C-47B-10-DK in 1944, USAAF 43-49219. ZK-DAK can be seen most Sundays doing scenic flights over Auckland (NZ$120 for 30-40min), and also does charters.
ZK-JGB with Airscapade. Built as an R4D-1 in 1942.

The skies over Normandy should be seeing no fewer than 30 DC-3s/C-47s later this year
https://www.daksovernormandy.com/
 
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Re: How many DC-3's are still operational?

Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:13 am

The 2017 edition of 'Survivors' (Roy Blewett) lists 199 DC-3s as being airworthy at that time. This was down from 417 in 2002.
In addition, Roy lists:
33 DC-3s under restoration
389 on display
24 used for non-destructive training
160 stored, could be made flyable
24 used for non-destructive training
129 withdrawn, unlikely to fly again
Since 'Survivors 2017' was published, I can think of a number of DC-3s that have been made airworthy, for example N341A, N47TB (previously N88874) and N24320, all of which took part in the D-Day celebrations.
So, the number airworthy changes as aircraft are restored or grounded, but there are around 200 DC-3s still operational.
Based in the UK I think we currently have:
2 airworthy on the UK register
2 airworthy on the US register
1 with the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
1 being restored to flight.
Another DC-3 that was on the UK register was gifted to a museum in India. In 2018 it was ready to ferry to India, but I don't know if has left the UK.
 
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Re: How many DC-3's are still operational?

Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:31 am

There is one at PAE in Pan Am colors that is airworthy and flies in air shows.
 
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Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:00 pm

BoeingGuy wrote:
There is one at PAE in Pan Am colors that is airworthy and flies in air shows.


Probably this one ...

https://www.controller.com/listings/air ... uglas-dc-3

It's on my Christmas List, but ... I'm not holding my breath! ;)
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Re: How many DC-3's are still operational?

Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:36 pm

longhauler wrote:
BoeingGuy wrote:
There is one at PAE in Pan Am colors that is airworthy and flies in air shows.


Probably this one ...

https://www.controller.com/listings/air ... uglas-dc-3

It's on my Christmas List, but ... I'm not holding my breath! ;)


I know one of the primary pilots for that DC-3. She works at Boeing. You can see it parked from the Mukilteo Speedway.
 
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Re: How many DC-3's are still operational?

Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:23 pm

BoeingGuy wrote:
longhauler wrote:
BoeingGuy wrote:
There is one at PAE in Pan Am colors that is airworthy and flies in air shows.


Probably this one ...

https://www.controller.com/listings/air ... uglas-dc-3

It's on my Christmas List, but ... I'm not holding my breath! ;)


I know one of the primary pilots for that DC-3. She works at Boeing. You can see it parked from the Mukilteo Speedway.


Oh no, it's the PMDG bird, that is up fore sale:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JONkLEx6zeE
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