Talk:Douglas C-47 Skytrain

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Front view of a C-47 "Skytrain".
Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas (March 2007).

Japanese WW2 DC-3?[edit]

Didn't the Japanese have a production of DC-3's during WW2? Or was that modified US built DC-3? Edit: AH, should have looked under DC-3! "A total of 487 were built in Japan, as the L2D Type 0 transport." In that case, should a mention in C47 be about a military DC-3 in Japan? They are after all almost identical (DC-3/C47).--Flightsoffancy (talk) 16:57, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Is there some reason this article doesn't have a section which other a/c articles have? LeadSongDog come howl 16:05, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

Never had an accident! - probably because a lot of the C-47s were lost, although most would be combat losses. The DC-3 hasnt got a list of civil accidents either, ASN has over 2000 hull-losses for both C-47/DC-3s. MilborneOne (talk) 16:28, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
I just now moved to the Holding zone this 1951 entry deleted from the list for WP:ADL no-linked-article rule:
  • March 27 - a Douglas C-47A-75-DL Dakota 3 cargo aircraft operated by Air Transport Charter and en route from London Heathrow to Nutts Corner Airport, Antrim, Northern Ireland, crashed shortly after take-off following the aircraft's failure to gain height. There were four fatalities, two of the three crew on board and two of the three passengers.
It's listed on ASN I believe.LeadSongDog come howl 17:16, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
At this record. Casualties show there as the 2 crew only, no pax. As expected, there are many other civil accidents on record, the most recent major one being this Rutaca accident 25 Jan 2001 with 24 casualties. LeadSongDog come howl 05:35, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Picture is squashed[edit]

The picture at the top of the article is squashed and looks bad. Wistchars (talk) 10:49, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

I have had a tweak - any better? MilborneOne (talk) 18:45, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, it looks better. Wistchars (talk) 01:54, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

R-1830 and superchargers[edit]

Now, it may be just that I'm a lot more ignorant than I realized, but I don't think the listing saying the "C-47B was given fly over the Hump..." is accurate. It is my understanding that by WWII ALL aircraft engines other than some very small, very basic ones had forced induction (i.e. centrifugal supercharger 99.9% of the time). I believe you will find that ALL R-1830 engines came with some form of supercharging, and what the person actually was thinking of is either 2-stage and/or 2-speed supercharging, to give greater high altitude ability. The original Spitfire had a supercharged engine. The later marks had a 2-stage, 2-speed supercharger, which gave very good altitude capability. Thus, it was given an IMPROVED supercharger, in lieu of the one that every Merlin had from day one. Just like the R-1830. If I am wrong and the standard R-1830 was an un-supercharged engine, I would love to hear about it, because it would mean that my understanding of WWII engines has been way off this whole time. BEst of my knowledge, and engine that could be called a "combat engine" has at least a basic supercharger..45Colt 03:17, 14 February 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by .45Colt (talkcontribs)

Debatable Facts[edit]

The total number of DC3/C47 units produced is more like 13700. I have flown on C/N 10000 a dozen times in the 1960s. The DC-1 was not the first a/c to have flaps, as is claimed in some sources. The J-52 (1931) had flaperons much like the DHC-6. The H.P.42 had leading-edge slats in 1930, in front of the ailerons. (The Junkers W33 was the first all-metal airliner, too.) The Gouge extending flap was invented in 1936 and used on the S.26. (Flaps on US a/c were behind the times, not leading them.) The claimed DC-3 end-of-production year is variable depending the source. Some say 1946, others 1950, and I have found one 1966 claim (Douglas died in 1981). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:57, 16 February 2016 (UTC)