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    This page documents a history of a specific aircraft. The details provided vary from aircraft to aircraft and are dependent on the research and amount of data uploaded to the Aerial Visuals database.

    Airframe Family: Douglas DC-1 / DC-2/R2D / DC-3 Dakota / C-47/R4D Skytrain / C-53 Skytrooper
    Latest Model:VC-47D
    Last Military Serial:43-49336 USAF
    Construction Number:15152
    Latest Owner or Location:Chanute Air Museum, Chanute AFB (formerly), Rantoul, Illinois

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    Dates

    Event

    1944

    Constructed as a C-47B-16-DK by Douglas at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.

    1944

    New construction number, 26597, assigned to the airframe.

    December 1944

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 43-49336.

    18 September 1947

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Air Force with s/n 43-49336.

    September 1954

    Converted to a C-47D.
    Converted by deletion of high-altitude blowers on engines.

    Circa 1956

    Converted to a VC-47D.
    Converted to executive interior.

    July 1971

    Transferred to Chanute Air Force Base Training Center, Rantoul, IL.
    Used as instructional airframe.

    1979

    Displayed in air park.

    1993

    To National Museum of the United States Air Force Loan Program, Wright Field, Dayton, OH.
    View the Location Dossier

    1993

    Loaned to Chanute Air Museum, Chanute AFB (formerly), Rantoul, IL.
    View the Location Dossier

    3 August 2005


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield

    6 April 2012


    Photographer: John Meneely
    Notes: Chanute Air Museum, Rantoul, IL, USA

    31 October 2015

    Chanute Museum closed.

    Circa 2016

    Scrapped.


    Credits
    Data for airframe dossiers come from various sources. The following were used to compile this dossier...

    Print Sources
    Douglas DC-3 Survivors, Volume Two by Arthur Pearcy

    Internet Sources
    Airbus, Boeing, Convair and Douglas Production List

    Individual Contributors
    Glenn Chatfield
    Mike Henniger

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