Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Douglas C-47 "Skytrain"
This C-47, also affectionately known as a "Gooney Bird", represents the History and Mission of the 914th Airlift Wing and the 328th Airlift Squadron. It is displayed in the markings of the 3rd Combat Cargo Squadron. The 3rd CCS pioneered Tactical Airlift in the C-47, flying the "Hump", in the China-Burma-India Theater during WWII. The unit was re-designated the 328th Troop Carrier Squadron while operating from Kunming China in September of 1945.
In 1958 the 328th Airlift Squadron was assigned to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and equipped with Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar" Aircraft. The 914th was activated as the parent unit for the 328th in 1963 and converted to Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" Aircraft in 1971.
The men and women of the 914th Airlift Wing continue to provide our great Nation with humanitarian, disaster relief, Aeromedical Evacuation, and Tactical Airlift around the world.
Wing Span: 95 feet 0 inches
Range: 1,670 miles
Cruise Speed: 175 mph
Length: 63 feet 10 inches
Maximum Weight: 33,000 pounds
Service Ceiling: 30,000 feet
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1945.
Location. 43° 7.178′ N, 78° 56.492′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, in Niagara County. Marker and aircraft are on static display in Heritage Park, next to the station entrance off Lockport Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2720 Kirkbridge Drive, Niagara Falls NY 14304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar" (a few steps from this marker); The C-119G "Flying Boxcar" (within shouting distance of this marker); Bergholz (approx. 2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); La Salle Built the Griffon (approx. 3.1 miles away); SSG. Aram J. Bass (approx. 3.2 miles away); In Memory of the Men of the Town of Wheatfield (approx. 3.2 miles away); A Feat of Engineering (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
More about this marker. Access is restricted due to the location being an air base adjacent to Niagara Falls International Airport.
Also see . . .
1. C-47 Skytrain Military Transport. Boeing website entry (Submitted on August 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Douglas C-47 'Whiskey 7' Back to Normandy France in June of 2014. Warbird Digest website entry (Submitted on August 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.