USAAF SERIAL NUMBER 42-49322
U.S. NAVY BUREAU NUMBER 50793
The C-47 flew with the Minnesota Air National Guard with the 109th FIS until the late 1950s and with the 179th FIS until the early 1970s. It was a support aircraft carrying crews and supplies to deployed exercises. The C-47 nicknamed the “Gooney Bird” first flew as the DC-3 in 1935, the actual C-47 first flight was in 1941. The C-47 is a military transport aircraft that was first developed as the DC-3 commercial airliner.
It was used extensively during WWII and remained in front line operations through the 1950s with a few remaining in operation to this day. The C-47 differed from the civilian DC-3 in numerous modifications that included being fitted with a cargo door and strengthened floor. There were over 10,000 built. Some notable contributions the C-47 made during WWII were its success in “Flying the Hump” and the “Berlin Airlift”. Several variations of the C-47 flew with the USAF through the Vietnam War.
After WWII thousands of surplus C-47s were converted to civil airline use with some remaining even today. Many of the flyable DC-3/C-47s have remained in the air for close to 75 years and are still going strong. The DC-3/C-47 was also license built in Japan and Russia.