Operation: Central and Eastern
USA and Canada
Wing Span: 95' 0"
Length: 64' 5"
Height: 16' 11"
Max Speed: 230 mph
Gross Weight: 33,000 lbs
Power Plant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Horsepower: 2 x 1,200
Fuel Capacity: 808 gallons
CWHM's Douglas DC-3 "Canucks Unlimited"
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) is the
owner and operator of this Douglas DC-3 which is
available for airshows, flybys and film.
Design of the Douglas DC-3 started in Santa Monica,
California in 1935 in response to an American Airlines
specification for an airliner capable of carrying 14
people in sleeper berths across the US. Initially, the
aircraft was called the Douglas Sleeper Transport (DST).
The prototype first flew in December 1935 and the first
DST was delivered to American Airlines in July 1936. A
version capable of seating 21 persons - the DC-3 was
under simultaneous development and soon orders were
pouring in from every major US airline as well as from
airlines overseas. The US Government was also interested
in the DC-3 and the USAAF ordered a fully militarized
version called the C-47. It was designed for dropping
paratroops, evacuating the wounded, supply dropping,
troop transportation, glider towing and many other
duties. Eventually, about 10,000 C-47s were purchased by
the US for military operations.
During WWII, the Royal Air Force received a total of
1928 Dakotas (as the C-47 was called by the British
Commonwealth) and they became the RAF's main wartime
transport aircraft. During and after the war a number of
Dakota aircraft were transferred to other Commonwealth
air forces including the RCAF. The RCAF took delivery of
its first Dakota in March 1943 and at its peak had 169
on strength. Within Canada they were operated by Nos. 12
(Comm), 164 (T), 165 (T) and 168 (T) Squadrons as well
as ferry squadrons.
Overseas, with the RCAF, Dakotas equipped No. 437
Squadron of Transport Command in Europe and Nos. 435 and
436 Squadrons of South East Asia Command. No. 437
Squadron was formed in England in September 1944. Its
Dakotas dropped supplies, ferried troops to Europe and
towed gliders for the airborne landings at Arnhem and
the Rhine crossing at Wessel. Nos. 435 and 436 Squadrons
were formed in India in October 1944 and flew Dakotas in
support of the British troops fighting the Japanese in
the jungle. When the Second World War ended, Nos. 435
and 436 Squadrons were transferred to England where they
joined No. 437 Squadron in transporting supplies and
personnel to the Canadian occupation forces in Germany.
The 3 squadrons were disbanded in 1946, but were
reformed during the early 1950s. Dakota aircraft
continued in service with the Canadian Armed Forces
until 1989 when No. 402 (Air Reserve) Squadron retired
the last of them.
The CWHM DC-3 (2141) proudly wears the markings of
Nos. 435 and 436 Squadrons which operated in Burma in
1944-45 and whose slogan was "Canucks Unlimited". The
aircraft (C-GDAK) was built in June 1939 for Eastern
Airlines where it served for over 13 years. It was then
sold to North Central Airlines who operated it for
another 11 years. In 1964 it left airline service but
continued to fly commercially for several owners until
it was acquired by Dennis Bradley for CWHM in 1981. It
has over 82,000 hours in the air - equal to over
12,000,000 miles or 492 times around the world.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
9280 Airport Road
Mount Hope, Ontario
Canada L0R 1W0
Phone: (905) 679-4183
Fax: (905) 679-4186
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