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"The Coolest Show on Earth"
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
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.



Half Moon Bay Airport
Half Moon Bay, California

April 29, 2018
10am – 4pm