Copy of DSC_4202Arguably one of the most successful aircraft ever built, the Douglas DC-3 was first flown on 17 December 1933 at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. Designated “Dakota” or C-47 by RAF/RCAF, the aircraft was also known by a wide variety of names (Skytrain, Skytrooper, DAK, and Goonie Bird) and designations (DC3, C-47, C-53, R4D) due to its use in various services. Highly adaptable, this transport aircraft could be fitted with skis or Jet Assisted Take-off (JATO) bottles. In the RCAF, it served a variety of roles, including training for purposes such as navigation, radio, and radar, along with target towing, transport, search and rescue duties.

This aircraft type served at Comox during wartime with No 32 and 6 OTUs and in the post-war period with 442 Squadron.


Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Corporation

Designation: CC-129 / CT-129 Model No: DC-3 / C-47

Marks: MkIII, Mk IIICSC,F,FP,P,R, S&R,U, and Mk IVM, MF,MFP,P,ST,T

Role: Transport, Training, Target Towing, SAR

TOS: 1943

SOS: 1989DSC_4204

No: 169

 Comox Squadron/Unit Use: 6 OTU, 442 Sqn Service: RCAF & CF


Crew/Passengers: Two pilots + up to 3 crew

Power plant: Two 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 radials


Max Speed: 199 kts (369 km/h)

Cruising Speed: 145 kts (269 km/h)

Service Ceiling: 24,100 ft. (7,345 m)

Range: 1,300 nm (2,414 km)DSC_4214


Max T/O: 26,000 lbs. (11,793 kg)


Span: 95 ft. 0 in (28.95 m)

Length: 64 ft. 51/2 in (19.64 m)

Armament: none
Original Cost: $165,000

Facts verified by Brian O’Cain-Aircraft Archivist, CAFM.