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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Gooney Bird” Propeller

 
 
“Gooney Bird” Propeller Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
1. “Gooney Bird” Propeller Marker
Inscription. This Hamilton-Standard 23E50-505 hydromatic propeller is from Douglas Aircraft C-47 transport plane known as the Gooney Bird.

The C-47s operated in both the European and Pacific theaters of W.W. II as troop and cargo transports, and initiated the Berlin Airlift.

More than 10,000 of these aircraft were produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company for military service.
 
Location. 34° 48.721′ N, 87° 37.442′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Veterans Park Drive 0.3 miles east of South Cox Creek Parkway (Alabama Route 133), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is located west of the Veterans Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. W.W. II Anchor (a few steps from this marker); Don Leslie Michael (a few steps from this marker); Anti-Tank Gun (a few steps from this marker); 75mm Field Gun (a few steps from this marker); 16” Projectile (a few steps from this marker); The “Honest John” Rocket (a few steps from
“Gooney Bird” Propeller Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
2. “Gooney Bird” Propeller Marker
this marker); The Hawk Missile (a few steps from this marker); The Cobra Helicopter (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .  Air America: Douglas C-47 Gonney Birds by Dr. Joe F. Leeker (pdf file). The C-47 was one of the aircraft Air America inherited from CAT times in March 59. They were immediately used in a number of theaters: One C-47 was operated on Taiwan for the NACC, a front for the CIA (B-809, later “6110”); up to two of them were based at Bangkok for use by USAID - including a plane for parachute training by the Royal Thai Border Police and one that ensured the Embassy run from Bangkok to Vientiane via Udorn. (Submitted on October 24, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, ColdWar, World II
 
“Gooney Bird” Propeller image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 26, 2009
3. “Gooney Bird” Propeller
“Gooney Bird” Propeller image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
4. “Gooney Bird” Propeller
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 23, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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