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    Airframe Family: Douglas DC-1 / DC-2/R2D / DC-3 Dakota / C-47/R4D Skytrain / C-53 Skytrooper
    Latest Model:C-49E
    Last Military Serial:42-56104 USAAF
    Construction Number:02216
    Last Civil Registration:N61981
    Latest Owner or Location:Cape Cod Airport,1000 Race Lane, Marstons Mills, MA, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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    Constructed as a DST-217B.

    May 1940

    To American Airlines with c/r N25685.
    Operated with markings: Flagship El Paso


    Converted to a C-49E.

    Circa 1942

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 42-56104.

    From June 1943 to October 1944

    To Braniff International with c/r NC25685.

    To Mid-Continent Airlines.

    From 1959 to 1965

    To TTA Trans Texas Airways.

    To PBA with c/r N35PB.

    15 June 1991

    Photographer: Larry Johnson
    Notes: at Kendall-Tamiami, Florida

    To unknown owner with c/r HC-BQZ.

    To unknown owner with c/r N144FS.


    To Caribbean Air with c/r HR-AQI.

    February 1997

    Photographer: Reinhard Zinabold
    Notes: 1997 photo at Opa Locka in the colours of Caribbean Air

    15 February 2000

    Certificate of airworthiness for N61981 (DC3A, 2216) issued.

    2 October 2000

    To Kestrel Inc, Waukee, IA with c/r N61981.

    In the inventory of Basler Turbo Conversions, Whittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, WI.
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    27 July 2012

    Photographer: John Tomlinson
    Notes: 2012 photo during tour of Baslers Factory / Yard at Oshkosh, WI.

    9 June 2015

    To Christopher J. Siderwicz, Marstons Mills, MA.

    14 July 2015

    To Christopher J. Siderwicz, West Des Moines, IA.

    30 July 2015

    To Christopher J. Siderwicz, Marstons Mills, MA.

    5 August 2015

    Ferry flight.
    One flight Permit for transit from Oshkosh to Cape Cod Airport.

    5 August 2015

    Based at Cape Cod Airport, 1000 Race Lane, Marstons Mills, MA, Cape Cod, MA.
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    24 September 2015

    Photographer: Greg Miller
    Notes: Love this aircraft. Being a retired Huey IP, Army, she sits on the grass at Cape Cod Airport during maintenance. Looks like she had her rudder repaired. A beautiful olde girl for sure.

    1 October 2015

    Photographer: Terry Fletcher
    Notes: This former DC-3 Sleeper Transport arrived at Cape Cod Airport from Baslers at Oshkosh on 5th August 2015

    By 22 November 2015

    Photographer: M connolly
    Notes: Beautiful

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    U.S. Military Out of Service 2010 by Andy Marden

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    Federal Aviation Administration in the United States of America

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    Terry Fletcher

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