The C-47 Skytrain, or Dakota


The C-47 Skytrain (or 'Dakota', as the Royal Air Force called it) is a militairy transport aircraft, developed from the Douglas DC-3 airliner. Nicknamed 'Gooney Bird', the Dakota became the vital backbone of many allied operations during WW2. The Dakota was an unarmed, sturdy aircraft. It was flown by a crew of four (Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator and Wireless Operator), and was able to carry a payload of 6000lb / 2700kg or 28 troops.