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Few aircraft were as well known or widely used during the 1940s as the C-47 Douglas “Skytrain,” affectionately nicknamed “Gooney Bird.” The story of tail number N-2150761, the C-47 now on display in the Tinker Heritage Airpark, tells of the versatility of an aircraft that served its country well and the people who maintained it. The aircraft was based on the design of the Douglas DC-3 airliner, a commercial transport that appeared in 1936. The first C-47s were ordered in 1940 and, by the end of World War II, 9,348 had been 
procured for military use. Douglas Aircraft Company produced 5,354 C-47s and spare parts for 500 more at its Oklahoma City Plant. Following the end of the war, the plant became Bldg. 3001, which is part of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center today.


C-47 Skytrain

Few aircraft were as well known or widely used during the 1940s as the C-47 Douglas “Skytrain,” affectionately nicknamed “Gooney Bird.” The story of tail number N-2150761, the C-47 now on display in the Tinker Heritage Airpark, tells of the versatility of an aircraft that served its country well and the people who maintained it. The aircraft was based on the design of the Douglas DC-3 airliner, a commercial transport that appeared in 1936. The first C-47s were ordered in 1940 and, by the end of World War II, 9,348 had been procured for military use. Douglas Aircraft Company produced 5,354 C-47s and spare parts for 500 more at its Oklahoma City Plant. Following the end of the war, the plant became Bldg. 3001, which is part of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center today.

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