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One more use for the C-47

I discovered that one C-47 was converted into an XCG-17 glider for use in testing an "aerial freight train" concept where a C-54 towed the glider from one airfield to another increasing the cargo while using less fuel than the two planes would.



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A very good airplane the C-47. But did this idea ever bear fruit?
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Maximum glide angle not bad at 14:1, I would have guessed worse like 10:1.
I suppose the 14:1 not at max weight......
Cool though, that's one version I never heard of.
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A very good airplane the C-47. But did this idea ever bear fruit?
It was tested one time and worked perfectly, but never adopted. The XCG-17 was restored to a powered C-47 afterwards.

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The Lily now offers you the opportunity to stay in a true icon of aviation – an original 1944 Dakota. Although it won’t fly you to tropical destinations any more, we do believe it will provide you a level of comfort and luxury that is ‘more first class than first class’.

The plane is self-contained with 2 single beds, high quality linen, towels, reverse cycle air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen with fridge, cook- top, microwave and food essentials like (real) coffee, tea, sugar, milk, oils, spices, etc. In the living you will find a TV, DVD, sound system, a selection of DVDs, CDs, games and books.

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HISTORY in a nutshell

Our plane was built in 1943/44 in Long Beach California and was issued to the Netherlands East Indies Transport Section, based in Brisbane, Queensland, where it was used for transport duties on behalf of the Royal Dutch Indonesian Airways (KNILM). The aircraft operated supply flights for Dutch military units, and later the airlifting of liberated Dutch POWs from New Guinea to Australia. After the war many Dakotas were sold to the commercial airlines around the world.

In her days, she was a technological marvel and still is one of the most iconic and successful planes ever build. The Dakota is also known as DC3, C47, Gooney Bird, Sky-train, Sky-trooper and many more names. Designed in the early thirties for the big airlines in the USA but quickly adopted for the war effort and was very much instrumental helping to end the 2nd world war. The vast majority of the thousands of Dakotas were built for the war effort.

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