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|View through the window from Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Hall in Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada.|
You can see the famous Douglas DC-3 airplane. Development of this airplane started in early 1935 with the prototype flying by the end of the year. The first production aircraft was delivered to American Airlines in July 1936.
The US Air Corps became interested in the DC-3 and ordered a military version, called the C-47 or Dakota.
It had many capabilities, including dropping paratroops and supplies, evacuating the wounded, troop transportation and glider towing. Eventually, about 10,000 C-47s were built for the US military.
During WW II, the Canadian Royal Air Force received about 1,930 Dakotas and they became the RAFís main wartime transport aircraft. The RCAF took delivery of its first Dakota in March 1943, and at its peak had 169 on strength. Within Canada, they were operated by four transport squadrons and several ferry squadrons.
The Museumís DC-3 Dakota in the photo window operated in Burma during 1944-45 and whose slogan was "Canucks Unlimited". This DC-3 was built in June 1939 for Eastern Airlines, where it flew for over 13 years. In 1952, it went to North Central Airlines who operated it for another 11 years. The aircraft then left airline service, but continued to fly commercially until it was acquired by Dennis Bradley, who donated it to the Museum in 1981. It is one of the highest time DC-3s currently still flying with over 82,000 hours in the air - equal to over 20 million kilometres, or 492 times around the world.
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