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April 29, 2018 10am to 4pm
Half Moon Bay (CA) Airport
Douglas C-47 at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show

The Douglas C-47: The Greatest Aircraft of Its Time

83-year-old Trudell Jensen remembers it as a work colleague. Back then, she was a 22-year-old stewardess (yes, that’s what they were called back then) with United Airlines. In keeping with the era when travelers donned their best clothes for a flight, this popular aircraft was elegantly outfitted with wide, comfortable chairs, curtained windows, and a galley capable of producing gourmet fare such as Steak Diane.

Douglas C-47 "Biscuit Bomber"

Craig Miller remembers it as a literal lifesaver. Just as then 20-year-old Miller was drafted and sent to Viet Nam, the DC-3 was given back its World War II military designation of C-47 and also drafted into battle. Miller and fellow troops relied often on this retrofitted beast to protect them from enemy fire.

“The C-47,” he says, “literally saved my life.”

In World War II, the C-47, then the most popular choice for commercial airlines, was put into service as a troop transport.

In other words, the C-47 played an enormous role in American history of the last century.

Douglas C-47
DOUGLAS C-47
Crew: 3
Capacity: 28 troops
Payload: 6,000 lb (2,700 kg)
Length: 63 ft 9 in (19.43 m)
Wingspan: 95 ft 6 in (29.41 m)
Height: 17 ft 0 in (5.18 m)
Wing area: 987 ft" (91.70 m")
Empty weight: 18,135 lb (8,226 kg)
Loaded weight: 26,000 lb (11,793 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 31,000 lb (14,061 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each
Maximum speed: 224 mph (195 kn, 360 km/h) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)
Cruise speed: 160 mph (139 kn, 257 km/h)
Range: 1,600 mi (1,391 nmi, 2,575 km)
Ferry range: 3,600 mi (3,130 nmi, 5,795 km)
Service ceiling: 26,400 ft (8,045 m)

The Estrella Warbird Museum, located in Paso Robles, has huge respect for this plan, so much that it located an old C-47, and then lovingly restored it.

The Estrella Warbirds C-47 will appear at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport.

It will be a hard display to miss. The aircraft is over 63 feet in length, with a wingspan over 95 feet wide. It has 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines, which give it an average cruising speed of 160 MPH, and a range of approximately 1600 miles.

Over the years, the C-47 has been lovingly christened with a lot of nicknames. In the Viet Nam era, it was known as Puff the Magic Dragon. Paratroopers skydiving into Normandy during D-Day called it the Vomit Comet.

When you see this proud and glorious restored aircraft at Dream Machines, you’ll most likely just call it awesome.

 

LOCATION & DATES

Half Moon Bay Airport
Half Moon Bay, California

April 29, 2018
10am – 4pm

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