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Cajun76
12-17-2010, 08:34 AM
One of my favorite planes. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif


The DC-3 first flew Dec. 17, 1935, 32 years to the day after the Wright brothers' first flight.

The DC-3 was a simple evolutionary advance from the DC-1 and DC-2. A pair of 1,000-horsepower Pratt & Whitney engines allowed the plane to carry 21 passengers 1,480 miles at 195 mph. Within a few years airlines had bought more than 400 DC-3s. The government bought more than 10,000 of them as military transports, the C-47.

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2...pid=451&viewall=true (http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/12/75th-anniversary-dc-3/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Ind ex+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher&pid=451&viewall=true)

Cajun76
12-17-2010, 08:34 AM
One of my favorite planes. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> The DC-3 first flew Dec. 17, 1935, 32 years to the day after the Wright brothers' first flight.

The DC-3 was a simple evolutionary advance from the DC-1 and DC-2. A pair of 1,000-horsepower Pratt & Whitney engines allowed the plane to carry 21 passengers 1,480 miles at 195 mph. Within a few years airlines had bought more than 400 DC-3s. The government bought more than 10,000 of them as military transports, the C-47. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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MB_Avro_UK
12-17-2010, 09:08 AM
The DC-3 (Dakota to us Limeys)was a true milestone in aviation.

Below is the British equivalent introduced at about the same time http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac58/MB_Avro_UK/Handley_Page_H_P_42_Hanno_3.jpg

RegRag1977
12-17-2010, 09:36 AM
DC3, great plane!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvlhbNacZB0

I hear you guys, all this is great http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif but doesn't mean the DC6 is not the winner of the Douglas great family http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrnIpuUfRnA

Dance
12-17-2010, 11:21 AM
First aircraft I ever flew in, but at 18 months old apparently I was scared witless. Venerable old bird though.

koivis
12-17-2010, 05:21 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
Below is the British equivalent introduced at about the same time http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually, the DC-3 appeared 5 years later than the HP.42, so in a way you are wrong. The progress in aviation from 1930s to 1950s was something that can only be described as AMAZING. 5 years back then was a lightyear compared to these days. These two planes were aerodynamically from different generations. In a way you are also right, because there were no British aircraft that were comparable to the DC-3 at the time. The Brtish designed good aircraft, but they certainly lacked some imagination back then and some of their pre-war planes could be called outdated before they even flew.

Cajun76
12-17-2010, 06:56 PM
Good grief Avro, I need to wash out my optical nerves with something with sexy great curves.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/DeltaAirlinesDc3_1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/ColombianHottie030.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/Bbmf_dc3_at_kemble_2009_arp.jpg

Ah, that's better...

VW-IceFire
12-17-2010, 09:58 PM
Niice... nacelles? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

May the DC-3 continue to fly for another 75 years. If it's not a proven design by now I don't know what is. One of those aircraft that... for what it can do... you can't really design one that is much better. Upgraded avionics sure... but the core of the airplane is sound.

wheelsup_cavu
12-18-2010, 11:03 AM
I think Planes of Fame is close to getting theirs flying again. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

This one:
http://www.passion-aviation.qc...lanes_fame09/c47.jpg (http://www.passion-aviation.qc.ca/images/planes_fame09/c47.jpg)
http://www.abcdlist.nl/abcdpho...pics/10001/n47tf.jpg (http://www.abcdlist.nl/abcdphoto/albums/userpics/10001/n47tf.jpg)


Wheels

jarink
12-18-2010, 11:34 AM
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/Photos/Duggy.jpg

Romanator21
12-19-2010, 03:10 PM
I'm going to fly on D-Day Doll soon http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_vu7m_ZOxM9o/SLHkbtPKWaI/AAAAAAAAfYA/jwznNIT8FMU/IMG_2411.JPG

WTE_Galway
12-19-2010, 03:27 PM
and mcDonalds ...


http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r293/VIEWLINER/0902/MAC1.jpg

Cajun76
12-19-2010, 05:18 PM
We have a small airpark near where I live at Little Rock AFB. I was delighted to see what would soon join the Huey, B-47, B-57 Canberra, C-119, C-123 and C-130s a few months ago.

These shots really emphasis the characterization of the DC-3 as "a collection of parts flying in loose formation." http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/Mobile/2010-10-01085755.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/Mobile/2010-10-01085844.jpg

Put together, set up and painted, just need the plaque to complete the installation.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/Mobile/2010-12-19093635.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/Cajun76/Mobile/2010-12-19093659.jpg

MB_Avro_UK
12-20-2010, 02:36 PM
Beautiful http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif