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Unusual DC3/47 Cockpit Windows

Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:11 pm

I was just browsing the database and noticed that there are two types of DC3/C47 cockpit front windows. Both have the opening side windows but some also have a split windscreen with what appears to contain a window that can open.

Cockpit with a split windscreen

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Photo © Bruce Leibowitz

Cockpit without a split windscreen

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Photo © Alejandro Torres

I have two questions

1: Why did some DC3/C47 aircraft have this split window, does it have something to do with it being a civilian DC3 or military C47?

2: What is the purpose of the split window and can it actually open?

I did a quick search but couldn't find any info.
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RE: Unusual DC3/47 Cockpit Windows

Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:20 pm

I belive those are the original douplas design windows. From what i remember reading they leak terribly both water in rain and alchhol from the windshield anti ice system so a lot of them where replaced with single pane windshields

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