Heavy lifter

Wheels (Australia) - - Part 2 Australia -

The Us-built Dou­glas C- 47 Skytrain ( or Dakota) was a mil­i­tary trans­porter de­vel­oped from the DC-3 com­mer­cial pas­sen­ger plane first in­tro­duced in 1936. The C- 47 hit the skies in 1941, and dif­fered from the civil­ian DC-3 by be­ing fit­ted with a strength­ened floor, a cargo door, a short­ened tail cone, and an ‘as­trodome’ in the cabin roof. Two Pratt & Whit­ney Twin Wasp 14-cylin­der en­gines dis­placed nearly 30 litres and were each good for 895kw, giv­ing the C- 47 a top speed of 370km/ h.

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