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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

C-47 Sky Train

 
 
C-47 Skytrain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. C-47 Skytrain Marker
Inscription. This memorial is dedicated to the tradition, courage and sacrifice of those who value her in the defense of this nation.
Of all the airplanes ever built, the C-47 has far surpassed the others in faithful service, dependability and achievement.
Affectionately known as the "Gooney Bird" she was used extensively in World War II, the Berlin Airlift, Korea and Southeast Asia.
This grand old lady has been shot up, shot down, bent almost beyond recognition, but never obliterated.
Born in the days of wooden propellers, she is still flying.
Dedicated 9 June 1973

 
Erected 1973 by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.869′ N, 86° 42.013′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Oneal Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Airman First Class John Lee Levitow (here, next to this marker); Spooky (here, next to this marker); Montagnard Memorial
C-47 Sky Train image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. C-47 Sky Train
(a few steps from this marker); Bird Air Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (a few steps from this marker); Air America Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Regarding C-47 Sky Train. C-47 Skytrain 43-15510 history:
Manufactured in Long Beach CA and delivered to the USAAF on 23 Oct 1943, this “Gooney Bird” operated in England in 1943 and participated in Operation OVERLORD and sub Operation NEPTUNE (The D-Day invasion) on 6 Jun 1944. When WWII concluded the aircraft was assigned to Army of Occupation service with the 61st, 12th and 60th and the 7290th Troop Carrier Groups. This C-47 participated in the Berlin Airlift. Given to Turkey as military aid in 1949 the C-47 performed its cargo role until return to the United States in 1970. Modified and dedicated as an AC-47D this aircraft participated in key moments in American history.
C-47 Sky Train image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. C-47 Sky Train


The C-47 differed from the civilian DC-3 in numerous modifications, including being fitted with a cargo door, hoist attachment, and strengthened floor, along with a shortened tail cone for glider-towing shackles, and an astrodome in the cabin roof.

Aircraft specifications:

General characteristics
Crew: three (pilot, co-pilot, loadmaster/navigator)
Capacity: 28 troops
Payload: 6,000 lb (2,700 kg)
Length: 64 ft 5 in (19.65 m)
Wingspan: 95 ft 0 in (28.95 m)
Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.91 m)
Wing area: 987 ft2 (91.70 m2)
Airfoil: NACA2215 / NACA2206
Empty weight: 16,940 lbs (7,700 kg)
Loaded weight: 28,930 lbs (13,50 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 31,000 lb (14,061 kg)
Powerplant: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each

Performance
Maximum speed: 230 mph (195 kn, 370 km/h) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)
Cruise speed: 160 mph (139 kn, 257 km/h)
Range: 1,348.5 mi (1,391 nmi, 2,170 km)
Ferry range: 3,600 mi (3,130 nmi, 5,795 km)
Service ceiling: 24,097 ft (7,345 m)
Climb to 10,000 ft (3,050 m): 9.5 min
Armament=none or 3 miniguns
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Douglas AC-47 Spooky.
C-47 Sky Train used in Special Ops as "Spooky - Puff the Magic Dragon" image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
4. C-47 Sky Train used in Special Ops as "Spooky - Puff the Magic Dragon"
(Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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