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  C-47A-65-DL Dakota Serial Number 42-100591  
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Justin Taylan 2012

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 19054. Delivered to the US Army at Mobile Depot on November 6, 1943.

Wartime History
During 1944, flown overseas to England and on arrival assigned to the 9th Air Force, 9th Troop Carrier Command, 437th Troop Carrier Group, 84th Troop Carrier Squadron, based at RAF Ramsbury. The nose was painted with squadron designator "Z8".

On June 6, 1944 (D-Day) took off at 2am towing a Waco CG-4 glider with elements of the 82nd Airborne infantry aboard. The gilder was successfully released south of Cherbourg, France. On June 7, 1944 (D-Day +1) repeated the same mission, flying in reinforcements.

Postwar
Assigned to the Norwegian Air Force as 2100591 during 1950 to 1956. Next, assigned to the Danish Air Force during August 1956 as 68-684, later K-684. Served as a transport for the royal family and other VIP usage until retired during 1982 with 13,500 hours.

Today
In 1982, acquired by the Valiant Air Command Museum and registered as N3239T. Painted in D-Day invasion stripe marking with the nickname "Tico Belle" and the flags of the nations it was assigned postwar. Nose marking includes "US" on the right and "Z8" on the left. Tail letter "S" on the right and "V" on the left.

This C-47 was used in many Hollywood films and television shows including: A Bridge To Far, Ehoades Raiders, Daytona Beach, Miami Vice, Drop Zone and Sea Viper.

Damaged on July 9, 2001 during a landing at Titusville Airport, afterwards repaired.

References
Valiant Air Command Museum - C-47A Skytrain "Tico Belle" History

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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