Dear forum members,
I know, I know: this is not a diecast! It is also not an airliner and probably I have to post it in the military section. But still I love the subject and just wanted to share a few foto's with y'all.
If you don't like It: hang on. My next post will be a F28 Fellowship in 1980 NLM style ;-) Working on that project right now.
The fact that they once wanted to make a Duckota
shows how versatile 'the best aircraft ever' is!
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, it became clear to the US that a major military confrontation in the Pacific had become inevitable. This created the need for an aircraft that could transport troops and goods from a land base to countless small islands in the Pacific that did not have a runway.
The first XC-47C was ready in July 1942 (C / N 7365 #42-5671). The aircraft was equipped with 12.8 meters long Edo-78-29 400 floats. Because each float weighed around a ton (kilo), the load capacity of the aircraft decreased dramatically. Due to increased drag, the maximum speed decreased by 48 km/h. The range remained virtually the same as the floats themselves served as fuel tanks, each with a tank of 325 US gallons.
The prototype flew for the first time in July 1942 and was lost again on 13 November 1943 in Jamaica Bay, Long Island, New York. Shortly after takeoff from Floyd Bennett Field in NY for overload capacity flight testing, while in initial climb, the float equipped aircraft stalled and crashed into the Jamaica Bay. The crew survived the crash. The cause was listed as gross overload
Two other XC-47Cs were added to the inventory of the USAAF (42-92577 & 42-108868) at the end of 1943 and a third device (42-92699) was almost immediately converted back to C-47A standard. Incidentally, in the 1970s the latter aircraft still flew with floats in the Philippines under the civil registration RP-C40. Edo floats have also been installed for a short period on DC-3s in Alaska and Florida.
In the '90s C-53D, civil registration N130Q, Folsom Flying Service, received a few original Edo 78 floats. The 'Moosehead Express' has flown with floats for years and it was only around 2008 that the aircraft was put back on its wheels.
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