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Douglas DC-3 (N147AZ) - Douglas DC-3 (N147AZ)
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Douglas DC-3 (N147AZ)


Douglas DC-3 (N147AZ)


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Mark Harris
I do wish posters would caption their photos with some details about the aircraft. This one has a most unusual colour scheme and I would like to know something about it.
Mark Harris
Complete history here https://www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=68087 but still doesn't explain the unusual colour scheme.
Paul Wisgerhof
This color scheme, both with the star and the a/c, was only used by the 8th Air Force in North Africa during "Operation Torch," so October 1942 until not later than June 1943.
Mark Harris
Some more information here https://commemorativeairforce.org/aircraft/177. As it operated predominantly in the Mediterranean theatre (North Africa, Sicily, Italy) during WWII I can only assume this is some sort of desert camouflage scheme.
Mark Harris
Thank you Paul Wisgerhof for the information on the colour scheme.
Richard Schmidt
Thank you brings back memories from my training as navigator in the mid 70's!
terry kelsey
Brings back memories. First flight on a DC-3 at age 8. On MIdwest Airlines from Milwaukee to Rockford Il. Pilots were ex-Air Corps. Found out my older brother had been a B-17 pilot and so let me up in the cockpit most of the way. Last flight on a 3 was in 1979 on Air Libya from Benghazi down into the Sahara's Sarir Sand Sea. Pilots were retired from the U.S. Navy. Manifest was mixed people and cargo. I was the last one on board and so my "seat" was a steer carcass which was wrapped in plastic and was destined for the kitchen of an oil drilling op further down at Wadi Kufra.
Steve Cook
If it's a military version, it's a C-47, not a DC-3.
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Yes it's a C-47 but the commemorative air Force the owners call it a D-3 modified for flights.
Diana Rose
Hand-made cammo paint from elephant dung.
Mark Harris
The C-47 differed from the civilian DC-3 in numerous modifications, including being fitted with a cargo door, hoist attachment, and strengthened floor, along with a shortened tail cone for glider-towing shackles, and an astrodome in the cabin roof.
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23-Sep-2023 DC3Four Corners Rgnl ()Four Corners Rgnl () 12:52PM MDT 01:20PM MDT 0:28
23-Sep-2023 DC3Four Corners Rgnl ()Four Corners Rgnl () 11:41AM MDT 12:10PM MDT 0:29
23-Sep-2023 DC3Four Corners Rgnl ()Four Corners Rgnl () 10:18AM MDT 10:47AM MDT 0:28
22-Sep-2023 DC3Four Corners Rgnl ()Four Corners Rgnl () 10:38AM MDT 11:09AM MDT 0:31
21-Sep-2023 DC3Falcon Fld ()Four Corners Rgnl () 08:48AM MST 11:27AM MDT 1:39
18-Sep-2023 DC3Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Falcon Fld () 05:18PM MST 05:34PM MST 0:15
18-Sep-2023 DC3Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 05:03PM MST 05:11PM MST 0:08
18-Sep-2023 DC3Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 04:54PM MST 05:01PM MST 0:06
18-Sep-2023 DC3Phoenix-Mesa Gateway ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 04:36PM MST 04:44PM MST 0:07
18-Sep-2023 DC3Falcon Fld ()Phoenix-Mesa Gateway () 04:09PM MST 04:27PM MST 0:17
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