Operation: Central and Eastern
Wing Span: 95' 0"
Length: 64' 5"
Height: 16' 11"
Max Speed: 230 mph
Gross Weight: 31,000 lbs
Power Plant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney
Horsepower: 2 x 1,200
Fuel Capacity: 808 gallons
Cavanaugh Flight Museum's Douglas C-47 "Mr. C It's
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is the owner and operator of
this Douglas C-47 Skytrain "Mr. C It's Tuesday" which is available for airshows, flybys and film.
The C-47 is one of the best known transports of all
time. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of
Allied Forces in Europe, termed it one of the most vital
pieces of military equipment used in winning World War
II. In the mid 1930ís the US military needed a new
transport/cargo plane and contracted with Douglas to
adapt the Douglas Commercial or DC series of aircraft.
The DC series was a new design being built for the
airline industry in the early to mid 1930ís.
Douglas made several improvements to the early DC
series culminating with the DC-3. The C-47 purchased by
the US Army Air Force is the military version of the
civilian DC-3 airliner. The major differences are a
reinforced floor in the passenger/cargo area, complete
with tie down rings for securing cargo. An astrodome was
added on the upper fuselage, just aft of the cockpit for
celestial navigation. The personnel door on the left
side was made much larger to accommodate cargo loading.
The door is split into three sections with the main two
opening as a clamshell door. The third door, which is
part of the forward door, can be opened to provide
access for personnel via an air-stair, similar to an
airliner door. The door is large enough to accommodate a
complete Jeep with trailer or a 37MM anti-tank gun. The
comfortable airline seating was also replaced with
twenty-eight folding metal seats that were installed
against the fuselage sides. Many C-47 aircraft had their
tail cone removed and were fitted with a glider-towing
hook, to facilitate towing troop carrying gliders like
the Waco CG-4 used in the D-Day Invasion.
The C-47 was produced in greater numbers than any
other Army transport and was used in every theater in
World War II. The Army was not the only service to see
the usefulness of this wonderful aircraft; the US Navy
and Marine Corps used the aircraft, under the
designation R4D. The British and Australians also
ordered the C-47 and gave them the designation Dakota,
short for Douglas Aircraft Company Transport Aircraft.
At the end of World War II, more than 10,000 aircraft
including all types and designations had been built. The
aircraft operated from every continent in the world and
participated in every major battle.
The design was so successful that many C-47 aircraft
remained in US service through the Korean and Vietnam
wars. Many C-47 aircraft, including the one on display
were sold after World War II and put into civilian
service as airliners and cargo aircraft. Many C-47/DC-3
aircraft are still in regular service today not only as
museum aircraft, but also as cargo haulers and even as
short haul airliners. Some C-47/DC-3 aircraft have been
refitted with more modern turboprop engines, which is a
testament to its superb design dating back to the early
By war's end, 10,692 of the DC-3/C-47 aircraft had
been built, with 2,000 Li-2s by the Soviets, and 485
Showa L2Ds by the Japanese, for a total of about 13,177.
From its pioneering of military airlifts over the hump,
to its perfecting of the technique during the Berlin
Airlift, the C-47 has been prized for its versatility
and dependability, factors that explain its remarkable
longevity as an active carrier worldwide.
The C-47 on display at the Museum was delivered to
the USAAF on May 29th 1944, and served in the 7th Air
Force in Manila. It is painted in D-Day military
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
4572 Claire Chennault
Addison, Texas 75001
Phone: (972) 380-8800
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