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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Monday, August 26, 2019

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019: Warbirds - The Iconic Douglas DC-3 and C-47 Family

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

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