Country of Origin USA.
Similar Aircraft I1-14 Crate.
Crew Five.
Role Medium-transport, cargo (35 equipped troops).
Armament Usually none except modified gunship.
Dimensions Length: 64 ft, 5 in (19.63 m). Span: 95 ft (28.96 m).

DC-3 Dakota WEFT Description

Wings Low-mounted with unequally tapered leading and trailing edge. Has rounded tips and positive slant.
Engine(s) Two piston engines mounted in the wing�’s leading edges. There are also turboprop versions.
Fuselage Club-shaped and tapered to the rear. Solid, round nose and a stepped cockpit.
Tail Fin tapered with a rounded tip. Flats are mid-mounted on the body, with round tips.

Countries which Fly the DC-3 Dakota

Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Rwanda, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Zambia.

DC-3 Dakota Manufacturer Web Site

The DC-3 Dakota was originally manufactured by McDonnell Douglas.

In 1997, McDonnell Douglas became part of Boeing.


Books on the DC-3 Dakota

Sixty Glorious Years: A Tribute to the Douglas DC-3 Dakota
Sixty Glorious Years: A Tribute to the Douglas DC-3 Dakota

Douglas DC-3: 60 Years and Counting
Douglas DC-3: 60 Years and Counting

This is a very well written and thoroughly researched book with a large number of color pictures of flying, stored and derelict DC-3s, with sections like “where in the world…can you learn to fly a DC-3?”…It also features a great chapter titled simply “Return to Normandy” which is a tale of flying across the Atlantic for the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. It was quite an adventure and well worth reading on its own. A great read for all those fans of the big classics out there.

Douglas DC-3: The Survivors
Douglas DC-3: The Survivors

Built from the early ’30s through the late ’40s, the DC-3 was vital in terms of launching commercial aviation’s potential. But it was most remarkable for remaining in civil, military, and cargo service long after production ceased. Color photos depict surviving DC-3s and are accompanied by brief operational histories of each.

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