|Country of Origin||USA.|
|Similar Aircraft||I1-14 Crate.|
|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
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.
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.