This was the first type of airplane that the author was assigned to co-pilot, and he soon learned the various idiosyncratic aspects of the pioneering design.
This plane was a 21- to 32-seat, fixed-wing, twin-propeller driven airplane that featured amenities such as optional sleeping berths and on-board kitchen facilities. During World War II, these planes were adapted for wartime use and served with distinction on many fronts.
Although relatively few of these aircraft were produced, the design was widely adapted to military use during World War II---only about six hundred, including all variants, were built. The author and others flew several of these to South America to deliver them for foreign commercial airline use.
C-47 Skytrain or Dakota
The modified fuselage of this airplane allowed carrying of increased payloads. The author notes that the stripped-down interior was utilitarian and uncomfortable and that...
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