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The Douglas C47 airplane is one of the world’s most famous military transport aircraft. C47s were widely used by Allied forces during World War Two and is synonymous with the D-Day landings of 1944.
The aircraft can trace its roots to the DC-3 airliner which first flew in 1935. The USAAF military version of the DC-3 was referred to as the C47 Skytrain. Eventually over 10,000 DC-3/C-47s were built.
Around 2000 C47s were delivered to the UK under the wartime lend-lease agreement. The RAF referred to their C47s as the Dakota. Many saw use in the Far East theatre in addition to the Normandy and Arnhem operations.