Described by General Eisenhower as one of the four weapons that helped the Allies to win the Second World
War, the Douglas DC3 and its military variant the C47 Skytrain (called Dakota in RAF service) has since gone
on to be an instantly recognizable symbol of both air travel and the liberation of occupied lands that so
characterized the Second World War.

Developed from the purely civilian Douglas DC2, the DC3 first flew in 1935 with the military C47 following suit
in late 1941, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. When it entered airline service in the late
1930s the DC3 revolutionized air transport, enabling journey times across the United States to be drastically
reduced. Today, even approaching 80 years after its first flight, hundreds of DC3s and C47s remain in service
throughout the world, its reliability and ability to deliver payload and passengers ensuring its longevity.

But it was as the C47 that the design truly found its calling. Instrumental in the invasion of France in 1944, the
C47 dropped not only thousands of troops throughout the war but also delivered hundreds of thousands of
tons of supplies, much needed by both troops and besieged civilian populations. Serving in the West with both
the RAF and the USAAF as well as licence built examples serving in Russia with the Soviets, the C47 was even
to be found in the Far East, undertaking perilous supply missions to China, flying over ‘the hump’ of the
Himalayas. It was even used to deliver vehicles such as Jeeps to forward bases. After the war ended the C47
continued to serve as a supply aircraft throughout the Berlin airlift as well as undertaking dangerous roles in
the Arctic Circle, equipped with ski undercarriages. C47s even saw service during the Vietnam War as a
gunship, nicknamed ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’. C47s continue in service with some air arms even today, with
many being up-engined to Turbo-prop power plants.

Airfix would like to thank Aces High Aviation for their assistance with this project. Please visit www.aceshigh-
aviation.com for more information

Length: 63 ft 9 in (19.43 m) Wingspan: 95 ft 6 in (29.41 m) Max Speed: 224 mph (360 kph) at 10,000 ft (3,050
m) Range: 1,600 miles (2,575 km)

Colour and contents of products may vary from those illustrated
Scale        1:72
Skill        3
Flying Hours        3
Number of Parts        142
Dimensions (mm)        L273 x W400
Age Suitability        8+