The Aero Experience continues our coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, sponsored by Elite Aviation, with a look at some of the Douglas DC-3/C-47 aircraft found on the grounds during the week. The familiar airliner turned military cargo aircraft began as the outgrowth of the popular DC-2 and became the standard airliner of the late 1930s. Drafted into wartime service, the C-47 and following subtypes were acquired from existing airline stocks and off the production line with modifications for cargo loading, glider towing and related missions. The aircraft continued to serve the world's airlines and military services around the world for three decades, and some still serve in specialty markets. Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh performs complete rebuilds of DC-3/C-47 aircraft and installs turboprop engines on them when ordered by their customers (we will share our visit there in our next post). One recent rebuild project, That's All Brother, served as a pathfinder over Normandy during airborne assault on D-Day. It now flies with the Commemorative Air Force.
As seen above, the Douglas DC-3/C-47 could easily be spotted due to its size and classic 1930s-era design. They naturally attracted visitors by being so conspicuous and also for providing shade during the afternoon airshows. In this edition, we feature a day-by-day look at the Douglas DC-3 and C-47 examples on the grounds. Future posts will include our visit to Basler Turbo Conversions and the aircraft featured in the airshows recreating the D-Day Invasion formations.
Friday, July 19 Arrival - Vintage Area
Saturday, July 20 - Warbirds Area
Sunday, July 21 - Warbirds Area
Monday, July 22 - Vintage Area and Warbirds Area
Tuesday, July 23 - Vintage Area and Warbirds Area
Sunday, July 28 - Vintage Area