Douglas DC-2 and DC-3 History
1990 - 2005

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December 17, 2005 was the 70th Anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas DC-3 at the Santa Monica Airport. Here's a collection of photos of DC-2 and DC-3 variants taken between 1990 and 2005.

DC-3, N596AR Chas. S. Jones, Santa Monica Airport, May 19, 1990 DC-3, N596AR Chas. S. Jones at the Santa Monica Airport on May 19, 1990. Its Douglas construction number is 4877. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as C-53, 41-20107. It has been registered N242SM and will go on display at the Santa Monica Airport.

DC-2-118B NC1934D, George Air Force Base, November 11, 1990 Douglas Historical Foundation DC-2-118B NC1934D at George Air Force Base on November 11, 1990.

Marine Corps C-117D, BuNo 50826 on display at the Pima County Air Museum on November 27, 1991.

C-47B 43-49281 on display at the Hill Air Force Base Museum on June 28, 1992. Its Douglas construction number is 26542.

C-47A 43-15977, Castle Air Force Base Museum, September 17, 1992 C-47A-90 43-15977 Seventh Heaven at the Castle Air Force Base Museum on September 17, 1992. Its Douglas construction number is 20443. After retirement from the Air Force, it entered the civil registry as NC812. Over the years it carried civil registrations NC812, NC112, NC24, N14, N21, N24010, and N230GB.

C-47A 43-15977, Castle Air Force Base Museum, September 17, 1992 C-47A 43-15977 Seventh Heaven at the Castle Air Force Base Museum on September 17, 1992.

DC-3 N57123 at Falcon Field near Tempe, Arizona on November 29, 1992. Its Douglas construction number is 33170. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as TC-47B-30 44-76837. It was transferred to the Navy as R4D-7 BuNo 99831. It was previously seen wearing the possibly fictitious registrations N4443Y and N6059Y.

C-47A-30 42-23668, Edward F. Beale Museum, Beale Air Force Base, January 22, 1993 C-47A-30 42-23668 at the Edward F. Beale Museum at Beale Air Force Base on January 22, 1993. Its Douglas construction number is 9530. It is registered as N60480.

C-47A-30 42-23668, Edward F. Beale Museum, Beale Air Force Base, January 22, 1993 C-47A-30 42-23668 at the Edward F. Beale Museum at Beale Air Force Base on January 22, 1993.

C-53D 42-68835, McClellan Air Force Base Museum, January 23, 1993 C-53D 42-68835 at the McClellan Air Force Base Museum on January 23, 1993. Its Douglas construction number is 11762. It was leased by American Airlines after World War II. The U.S. Geological Survey operated it as N19924 in the 1960s. The Drug Enforcement Agency seized it in Florida in 1982.

DC-3A N45366, Lodi, California, June 25, 1993 DC-3A N45366 at the Lodi, California on June 25, 1993. Its Douglas construction number is 11757. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as C-53D 42-68830. It is in the collection of the Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at the Riverside, California Airport.

DC-3A N45366, Lodi, California, June 25, 1993 DC-3A N45366 at the Lodi, California Municipal Airport on June 25, 1993.

DC-3A N45366, Lodi, California Municipal Airport, June 25, 1993 DC-3A N45366 at the Lodi, California June 25, 1993.

DC-3A N45366, Lodi, California Municipal Airport, June 25, 1993 DC-3A N45366 at the Lodi, California on June 25, 1993.

DC-3C N4991E, Lodi, California Municipal Airport, June 25, 1993 DC-3C N4991E at the Lodi, California on June 25, 1993. Its Douglas construction number is 12106. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as C-47A-1 42-92319. It was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force as FZ571. It was operated by TCA as CF-TDU beginning in 1946. Frontier Airlines gave it its current registration.

DC-3C N4991E, Lodi, California Municipal Airport, June 25, 1993 DC-3C N4991E at the Lodi, California on June 25, 1993. It is believed to remain at Lodi.

Lisunov Li-2T Yellow 03 at the Zhukovsky Aerodrome near Moscow, Russia on September 5, 1993. The Li-2T was a variant of the C-47 built by Lisunov under license in Russia. Its Lisunov construction number is 23441605.

Lisunov Li-2 03 at the Zhukovsky Aerodrome near Moscow, Russia on September 5, 1993.

Lisunov Li-2 03 at the Zhukovsky Aerodrome near Moscow, Russia on September 5, 1993.

Lisunov Li-2 03 flying in formation with a pair of Sukhoi Su-27P Flankers at the Zhukovsky Aerodrome near Moscow, Russia on September 5, 1993.

Lisunov Li-2 03 flying in formation with a pair of Sukhoi Su-27P Flankers at the Zhukovsky Aerodrome near Moscow, Russia on September 5, 1993.

Lisunov Li-2 03 at the Zhukovsky Aerodrome near Moscow, Russia on September 5, 1993.

Lisunov Li-2 at the Monino Air Museum near Moscow, Russia on September 7, 1993.

Stereo pair of Lisunov Li-2 at the Monino Air Museum near Moscow, Russia on September 7, 1993. (cross your eyes until the two images line up)

Lisunov Li-2 at the Monino Air Museum near Moscow, Russia on September 7, 1993.

Stereo pair of Lisunov Li-2 CCCP-93914 at the Monino Air Museum near Moscow, Russia on September 7, 1993.

Lisunov Li-2 CCCP-93914 at the Monino Air Museum near Moscow, Russia on September 7, 1993.

Stereo pair of Lisunov Li-2 CCCP-93914 at the Monino Air Museum near Moscow, Russia on September 7, 1993.

Lisunov Li-2 CCCP-93914 at the Monino Air Museum near Moscow, Russia on September 7, 1993.

Stereo pair of Lisunov Li-2 CCCP-93914 at the Monino Air Museum near Moscow, Russia on September 7, 1993.

Royal Air Force Dakota at the Farnborough Airshow on September 11, 1994.

Royal Air Force Dakota at the Farnborough Airshow on September 11, 1994.

Air Atlantique DC-3 G-AMPO at the Farnborough Airshow on September 11, 1994. It served the Department of Transport to control pollution. Its Douglas construction number is 33185. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as C-47B-30 44-76853. It was transferred to the Royal Air Force as KN566. It is now on display at Royal Air Force Lyneham.

Air Atlantique DC-3 G-AMPO at the Farnborough Airshow on September 11, 1994.

C-47A-85 43-15509 on display at the Imperial Air Museum at Duxford, England on September 13, 1994. Its Douglas construction number is 19975. It flew for Scandanavian Airlines System as SE-BBH. It was registered in the United States as N9985F and N51V. It flew for the Spanish Air Force as TV-29. In Great Britain it flew for Aces High as G-BHUB.

C-47A-85 43-15509 on display at the Imperial Air Museum at Duxford, England on September 13, 1994.

C-47B-35 44-77003 on display as Royal Air Force Dakota KG374 at the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, England on September 13, 1994. Its Douglas construction number is 33335. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as C-47B-35 44-77003. It was transferred to the Royal Air Force as KN645.

C-47 41-7723 on display at the Pima County Air Museum on November 23, 1994.

Douglas C-53 Skytrain, 41-20094 as 41-20093, Edwards Air Force Base, October 22, 1994 Douglas C-53 Skytrain, 41-20093 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 22, 1994. It may actually be 41-20094. The two C-53s carried Douglas construction numbers 4863 and 4864. They were transferred to the Navy as BuNo 05073 and 05074 on January 9, 1942 and February 4, 1942, respectively. The former 41-20093 entered the civil registry as NC30084. It was sold to the Venezualen airline Avensa and registered YV-C-AVO on March 14, 1947. It was withdrawn from use in 1972. The former 41-20094 entered the civil registry as N1301 and served several operators until 1982. This C-53 appeared on static display at the 1994 Edwards Air Force Base Open House.

DC-3-253 NC41HQ at Nellis Air Force Base on April 25, 1997. It has been registered to Next Century Aviation Incorporated of Sausalito, California since April 27, 1999. Its Douglas construction number is 2053. It served the Army Air Corps as C-41 38-0502, the personal transport of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. It flew for Southern Airways as NC15473. The Civil Aeronautics Authority operated it as N12. The Federal Aviation Administration operated it as N43. The FAA registration N43 was cancelled on August 16, 1977. Southeast Missouri State University registered it as N54595 on May 19, 1978. William A. Williams converted it from an FAA flight check ship to a 26-seat passenger aircraft. It was hangered, flown and maintained by Southern Illinoic University at Carbondale. It was registered to Trans Ocean Airways in June 1985. Otis Spunkmeyer Air gave it its current registration.

DC-3-253 NC41HQ at Nellis Air Force Base on April 25, 1997.

C-47D 43-49507 displayed as C-47A 43-15174 at the United States Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio on August 17, 1998. Its Douglas construction number is 26768. It was the last C-47 in Air Force service. It was retired on June 30, 1975 with 20,821 hours of flight time.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose at Chino, April 24, 1999 Dream Flight's DC-3A, N101KC Rose at the Chino Airshow on April 24, 1999. Its Douglas construction number is 11639. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as C-53D, 42-68712. It is a veteran of the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944.

Douglas C-47A, N88874, Falcon Field, Arizona, September 30, 1999 Douglas C-47A, N88874 at Falcon Field, Arizona on September 30, 1999. Its Douglas construction number is 12693 and it was delivered to the Army Air Force as 42-92847 in March 1944. After serving in the European theater, it was acquired by Reconstruction Finance Corporation in October 1945. At that time it received its current registration. Subsequent owners include United Gas Corp., Union Producing Co., Jim Hankins Air Services, Southeastern Land Corp., Church of God Union Assembly Inc. of Dalton Georgia, Air New England, Cryderman Air Services, National Jet Service, Air Indiana (lease), and McCollom Aviation Inc.

Douglas DC-3 N193DP, Van Nuys Airport, June 23, 2000 Douglas DC-3 N193DP at Van Nuys Airport on June 23, 2000. Its Douglas construction number is 4433. It is owned by the Santa Monica Museum of Flying. It was built as R4D-1, BuNo 01977 for the U. S. Navy in 1942.

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Classic Express Airways C-47B, N103NA Classic Express Airways C-47B, N103NA at the Chino Airport on October 8, 2000.

C-47A-30 42-23668, N60480 Former Beale Air Force Base display C-47A-30 42-23668, N60480 at the Yanks Air Museum at Chino on October 8, 2000.

Classic Express Airways C-47B, N103NA Classic Express Airways C-47B, N103NA at the Chino Airport on April 29, 2001.

Classic Express Airways C-47B, N103NA Classic Express Airways C-47B, N103NA at the Chino Airport on April 29, 2001.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose, Van Nuys, June 22, 2001 Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose at Van Nuys, June 22, 2001.

Douglas DC-3, N814CL, Camarillo Airport, August 25, 2001 Clay Lacy Corporation's Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor at the Camarillo Airport on August 25, 2001. Its Douglas construction number is 34370. It was delivered to the Army Air Corps as a C-47 in October 1945 and declared surplus the following month. Standard Steel Spring Company converted it to an executive transport and registered it as NC5414. Rockwell Spring and Axle Company registered it as N5414 in 1963. North American Corporation registered it as N541Q by December 1967. The Georgia Department of Air Transportation registered it as N541G in July 1969 and used it to fly governors of Georgia, including future President Jimmy Carter. Clay Lacy restored it in 1948 vintage United Airlines livery. Its restoration was completed in June 2000.

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Douglas C-47A, N88874, Falcon Field, Arizona, March 2, 2002 Douglas C-47A, N88874 at Falcon Field, Arizona on March 2, 2002.

Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff, Camarillo Airport, August 11, 2002 Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff at the Camarillo Airport on August 11, 2002. It is operated by the Aero Heritage Museum out of Falcon Field near Mesa, Arizona. It was recently restored (see the photo of N88874 taken on March 2, 2002 above) in Viet Nam war era SEA camouflage: tan FS 30219, light green FS 34102, and dark green 34079 topsides and white undersides.

Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff, Camarillo Airport, August 11, 2002 Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff at the Camarillo Airport on August 11, 2002.

Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff, Camarillo Airport, August 11, 2002 Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff at the Camarillo Airport on August 11, 2002.

Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff, Camarillo Airport, August 11, 2002 Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff at the Camarillo Airport on August 11, 2002.

C-47A-30 42-23668, N60480 C-47A-30 42-23668, N60480 at the Yanks Air Museum at Chino on August 23, 2002.

FAA Douglas DC-3C, N34, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, October 18, 2003 FAA Douglas DC-3C, N34 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on October 18, 2003.

FAA Douglas DC-3C, N34, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, October 18, 2003 Douglas DC-3C, N34 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on October 18, 2003.

Douglas DC-3C, N34, Edwards Air Force Base, October 24, 2005 Douglas DC-3C, N34 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 24, 2003.

Douglas C-53 Skytrain, 41-20094 as 41-20093 Douglas C-53 Skytrain, 41-20093 at Edwards Air Force Base on October 25, 2003. It is in the collection of the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum.

N760 Spirit of Seventy Six, Western Museum of Flight, July 9, 2004 DC-3, N760 Spirit of Seventy Six at Western Museum of Flight at the Hawthorne Airport on July 9, 2004.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Douglas DC-3, N101KC Rose of Dream Flight carried passengers on aerial tours from Hawthorne Airport on Friday, July 9, 2004. It was built as a DC-3 in 1943 and served the Army Air Force as a C-53D. It is a veteran of the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944.

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Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Douglas DC-3, N101KC Rose of Dream Flight carried passengers on aerial tours from the Inyokern Airport during the Kern County Airshow on Wednesday, October 6, 2004. The flights provided spectacular views of the China Lake Valley and the Sierra Nevada.

Douglas DC-3, N101KC Rose, Vandenberg Air Force Base, October 31, 2004 Douglas DC-3, N101KC Rose at Vandenberg Air Force Base on October 31, 2004.

Douglas VC-47A, 43-15579, March Field Museum, March 23, 2005 Douglas VC-47A, 43-15579 undergoing restoration at the March Field Museum on March 23, 2005.

Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Santa Paula Airport, August 6, 2005 Clay Lacy Corporation's Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor at the Santa Paula Airport on August 6, 2005.

Douglas DC-3-G202A, N20TW, Edwards Air Force Base, August 19, 2005 Paralift Incorporated's DC-3, N20TW at Edwards Air Force Base on August 19, 2005. It carries Douglas construction number 2236. It is 65 years old. It was delivered to Eastern Airlines as DC-3-201C, NC25648 in June 1940. It flew for North Central Airlines from May 1957 until April 1968. It has been registered to Paralift Incorporated since February 1988.

Douglas DC-3-G202A, N20TW, Edwards Air Force Base, August 19, 2005 DC-3, N20TW was providing students of the Air Force Test Pilot School with proficiency training in unfamiliar airplane types.

Douglas DC-3-G202A, N20TW, Edwards Air Force Base, August 19, 2005 DC-3, N20TW made a touch-and-go landing on Runway 22 eight minutes after the departure of Discovery.

Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Camarillo Airport, August 28, 2005 Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor at the Camarillo Airport on August 28, 2005. Its Douglas construction number is 34370 and it was built in 1945. It is based at the Van Nuys Airport.

Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Camarillo Airport, August 28, 2005 Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor at the Camarillo Airport on August 28, 2005.

Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Camarillo Airport, August 28, 2005 Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor at the Camarillo Airport on August 28, 2005.

Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Camarillo Airport, August 28, 2005 Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor at the Camarillo Airport on August 28, 2005.

Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Camarillo Airport, August 28, 2005 Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor at the Camarillo Airport on August 28, 2005.

Marine Corps C-117D, BuNo 50826, Pima County Air Museum, September 26, 2005 Marine Corps C-117D, BuNo 50826 on display at the Pima County Air Museum on September 26, 2005.

Douglas DC-3C, N2805J restored as AC-47, 43-48770 Spooky, Edwards Air Force Base, October 21, 2005 Douglas DC-3C, N2805J at Edwards Air Force Base on October 21, 2005. It served the Army Air Corps as 43-16369. Its Douglas construction number is 20835. Warbirds of America Squadron 14, Inc. has restored it as AC-47, 43-48770 Spooky.

Link the American Flight Museum Squadron 14 web page.

Paralift Incorporated's Douglas DC-3-G202A, N20TW Paralift Incorporated's DC-3-G202A, N20TW carries Douglas construction number 2236. It is 65 years old. It was delivered to Eastern Airlines as DC-3-201C, NC25648 in June 1940. It flew for North Central Airlines from May 1967 until April 1978. It has been registerd to Paralift Incorporated since February 1988. It provides students of the Air Force Test Pilot School with proficiency training in unfamiliar airplane types.

Douglas DC-3, N101KC Rose, Santa Monica Airport, December 17, 2005 Douglas DC-3, N101KC Rose at Santa Monica Airport on December 17, 2005, the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the DC-3.

Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Santa Monica Airport, December 17, 2005 Douglas DC-3C, N814CL Mainliner O'Connor at Santa Monica Airport on December 17, 2005. Its Douglas construction number is 34370 and it was built in 1945. It is based at the Van Nuys Airport.

Douglas DC-3C-S1C3G, N1XP Duggy, Santa Monica Airport, December 17, 2005 Douglas DC-3C-S1C3G, N1XP Duggy at Santa Monica Airport on December 17, 2005. Its Douglas construction number is 4733 and it was built in 1942.

Douglas DC-3 70th Anniversary Celebration, Santa Monica Airport, December 17, 2005 Saturday, December 17 was the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas DC-3 at the Santa Monica Airport. To commemorate the event, the Santa Monica Museum of Flying broke ground for a new DC-3 memorial and staged a formation flyover of DC-3s at the Santa Monica Airport. Several vintage airplanes were displayed to the public, including Bob Odegaard's Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair.


More Douglas DC-2 and DC-3 History

1970s - 1980s

Douglas DC-2 and DC-3 History:  1970s - 1980s December 17, 2005 was the 70th Anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas DC-3 at the Santa Monica Airport. Here's a collection of photos of DC-2 and DC-3 variants spanning the years 1972 to 1989.

2006 - present

Douglas DC-2 and DC-3 History: 2006 - present Here's a collection of photos of DC-2 and DC-3 variants taken between 2006 and the present.


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A dozen photos of Douglas DC-2 NC1934D. Locations of the photos include:

Chino October 18, 1987
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake April 16, 1988
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George Air Force Base November 11, 1991
Santa Maria August 25 - 26, 2006

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Douglas DC-3 Variants

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A dozen photos of variants of Douglas DC-3s, taken over a span of thirty years. DC-3s pictured include:

PCA DC-3 N50CE, San Francisco International Airport, August 6, 1974
DC-3 N25CE Puff, Santa Barbara Airport, October 1985
DC-3C N403JB Pegasus, Santa Barbara Airport, October 16, 1985
Salair DC-3C, N3FY, Santa Barbara Airport, May 10, 1988
Douglas Historical Foundation DC-2-118B NC1934D in TWA livery Marine Corp Air Station el Toro, April 29, 1989
Lisunov Li-2T Yellow 03, Zhukovsky, Russia, September 5, 1993
Royal Air Force Dakota, Farnborough Airshow, September 11, 1994
DC-3-253 NC41HQ (C-41 38-0502), Nellis Air Force Base, April 25, 1997
DC-3 N20TW, Edwards Air Force Base, August 19, 2005
DC-3C N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Camarillo, June 12, 2006
C-53D Skytrooper N45366 D-Day Doll, Gillespie Field, June 15, 2007
C-47A Dakota N53ST, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, March 9, 2012

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