Hobby Master HL1311 1:200 Douglas C-47 Skytrain - RAF No.194 Sqn. KG459 - Burma March 1944
|Douglas C-47 Skytrain||3.75"||5.75"|
Built in 1942 as Douglas Skytrain C-47A-10-DK s/n 42-92668 the aircraft was transferred to the RAF as a Dakota III. This Dakota III spent time with the Balkan Air Force before being sent to the RAF No. 194 Squadron, Imphal Garrison, Burma between March and June 1944. The aircraft is painted in the RAF South East Asia Command colors and wears serial KG459. This is one of the aircraft used to keep ground troops re-supplied throughout the region as the Japanese Army advanced on Burma toward India.
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Designed to meet an American Airlines requirement for an enlarged version of the DC-2, the DC-3 was first flown on December 17th, 1935. Capable of carrying 24 passengers at a cruising speed of 180 mph, the DC-3's speed and long range revolutionized commercial air travel in the 1930s and 40s, when it carried 90 percent of the world's air travelers. Early DC-3s used Wright R-1820 Cyclone engines, but Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp Radials were fitted to later versions; these engines had better single engine performance and allowed the DC-3 to fly at higher altitudes.