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Aircraft Model: DC-3
Aircraft Type: Transport (Warbird)
Fly During Show: No
Display Open To Public: Yes
Web Site: http://avn.faa.gov/index.asp?xml=index

This aircraft was completed in May of 1945 by the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Oklahoma City, the building that is now building 3001 at Tinker AFB, OK. It was finished as an US Army Air Force TC-47B, but immediately re-assigned to the US NAVY as an R4D-7. It served in the NAVY in various transports squadrons at, Norfolk VA, Quonset Point RI, London England and NAS Glenview Illinois until 1956. In 1958 it was transferred to the CAA the predecessor of the FAA where it was converted to and operated as a Flight Inspection aircraft up to 1981. Most of this time was spent operating out of California. It ended its career as the main flight inspection training aircraft in Oklahoma City in 1980 and 81. In 1985 it was taken out of storage and operated as a recruiting/ information tool at airshows around the country. It was again placed in storage in 1995. Reconditioned for a third life in 2002 to participate in the US National Centennial of flight in 2003 followed by celebrating the Oklahoma State Centennial in 2007. The aircraft is here to celebrate the 50th Anniversary or the creation of the FAA.

Frequently Asked Questions for N34:

How old is it?  In May of 2008 it turned 63 years old and it has around 24,600 flight hours on the airframe.

How fast is it?  Cruise is 130 knots or just under 150 MPH.

How heavy is it?  Gross weight is 26,900 pounds.

What kind of engines does it have?  Pratt and Whitney R-1830-94 radial engines rated at 1,350 Horsepower each

How much fuel does it use:  In an average flight it will use 50 Gallons of fuel per hour per engine, or 100 gallons an hour.

How much fuel does it hold?  800 gallons total; 200 gallons in each main tank in each wing, and 200 gallons in each auxiliary tank in each wing.

What is it?  It left the factory as a USAAF TC-47B, (SN 44-77027) to be renamed a USN R4D-7 (Bureau No 99856) to become an FAA DC-3 type II SN 33359, registered as N34.

What is all the equipment on the aircraft for?  It is used to perform “Flight Inspection”, the process of airborne calibration of FAA radio navigation devices such as Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) Omni range transmitters (VOR) and Radars.  When it was operational it checked for and recorded proper signal strength, clarity and direction for each of these systems.  The same job today is done by much smaller Beech model 300s, Learjet model 60s, Hawker 125-800s and Canadair Challengers.

How big is it?  Wingspan of 95’6”, length of 63’9”, height to the top of the tail when parked 17’.

Interesting facts: One of two items, the other being the Cable Cars of San Francisco, that is on the National Register of Historic Places that moves.  Placed on the register on May 29, 1997. 

How many DC-3’s were built: OVER 17,000 by the US. Russia and Japan

How many are still flying? There are over 400 still registered in the US inventory alone (not all of them may be flyable though.) so there may be 1,400 flying world wide.

NAMES of the DC-3: The US USAAF/USAF called it a Gooney Bird or the Sky Train and designated it any one of the following:C-47, C-48, C-49, C-50, C-51, C-52, C-53, C-68, C-84, C-117.  US NAVY called it an R4D. Japanese built them and called it Showa L2D. Russians built them and called them Lisunov Li-2. England and the rest of the United Kingdom called them Dakotas.

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