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DC-3. Every war, every time. It's been there, done that. I'm surprised someone didn't try to make a fighter plane out of it...
Some Li2s (Soviet License built DC3) were fitted with a nose gun but this was soon recognised as useless and removed.
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For those interested there are quite variants of the DC3 ( Goony bird) flying around the Canadian North , and a few that had turbo engines installed and I even have a picture of one on floats....this model was developed for the Pacific Campaign but was never really used.

I read some where that a Canadian company in New Brunswick have put one on floats and powered by PT6 engines... dont know how true..

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I didn't think the DC-3 was around that long--so much past the Vietnam War
...what a fine example of engineering/design
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For those interested there are quite variants of the DC3 ( Goony bird) flying around the Canadian North , and a few that had turbo engines installed and I even have a picture of one on floats....this model was developed for the Pacific Campaign but was never really used.
It was actually an amphibian - the floats contained retractable wheels. Only a prototype was trialed and there were constant problems with the retraction system which was not easily maintained without access to significant workshop facilities that would not be available in an island hopping campaign and so it was not proceeded with.
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I didn't think the DC-3 was around that long--so much past the Vietnam War
...what a fine example of engineering/design
Still around - a couple of hundred - and you can still get training on the type but the engines are getting very costly to maintain and they'll probably have to go when the operators find them no longer cost effective.
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Still around - a couple of hundred - and you can still get training on the type but the engines are getting very costly to maintain and they'll probably have to go when the operators find them no longer cost effective.



There have been a few that were fitted with PT6 Turbo Prop.......there are still a hell of a lot 1350's and parts for floating around....
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Month or so back I saw this plane...N583V Polished DC-3...parked at our airport for about a week. I had to Google the name of the company to find out what it was. http://www.airborneimaging.net/aircraft.html Turns out they actually have 3 DC-3s flying. It was such a treat to get to see one of those old birds up close.
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If you are looking at fighter planes, which are always going to have a shorter life span, one of the most enduring must be the Hawker Hunter. Was still operational in 2007, 43 years after its introduction.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hunter
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The F-4 remains in service with Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey. It has been used in combat against the Islamic State.

Good go but not #1 in this respect.
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The F-4 remains in service with Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey. It has been used in combat against the Islamic State.

Good go but not #1 in this respect.
Wasn't that Turkish plane that was shot down by the Syrians a few years ago an f4?
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If you are looking at fighter planes, which are always going to have a shorter life span, one of the most enduring must be the Hawker Hunter. Was still operational in 2007, 43 years after its introduction.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hunter
Although in terms of longevity the P47 may have just pipped it
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I didn't think the DC-3 was around that long--so much past the Vietnam War
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You still find them flying in places like South America, delivering freight and passengers into isolated communities. They are very rugged airframes and can handle rough airfields.
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The F-4 remains in service with Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey. It has been used in combat against the Islamic State.

Good go but not #1 in this respect.
Let's not forget Greece, this summer wowing every Phantom phanatic at Fairford (RIAT) in the UK, Florennes (TWM) in Belgium and Geilenkirchen in Germany:

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If you are looking at fighter planes, which are always going to have a shorter life span, one of the most enduring must be the Hawker Hunter. Was still operational in 2007, 43 years after its introduction.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hunter
A-4 SKYHAWK ,similarly ?
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