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C-47 'Band of Brothers desktop model

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Model Description

This collectable model represents the C-47 Skytrain. The C-47, the military version of the DC-3, is still in use today, and is one of the most influential aircraft in history. This “Band of Brothers” C-47 is signed by Cpl. Forrest Guth, one of the original 140 members of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/62-scale model C-47 makes a great gift for any aviation enthusiast or history buff.  In 1936, Douglas DC's military career began in 1936 when the Army Air Corps ordered a pair of DC-2s and then a contract followed for 18 more DC-2s. By 1941, the time when the Army Corps became transformed as the Army Air Forces, they selected the C-47 Skytrain, a modified version of the DC-3, to become their standard transport aircraft.

The C-47 Skytrain's major modifications include a reinforced fuselage door and an additional large cargo door. Other modifications include the fitting of cargo hooks beneath the center wing section and the removal of the tail cone to mount a hook for towing gliders.

The C-47 could carry up to 6,000 cargo. It could also hold a fully assembled jeep. As a transport troop, it could carry 28 soldiers in full combat gear. AS a medical gear, it could accommodate 14 stretcher patients and three nurses. Over 10,000 aircraft were produced in Long Beach and Santa Monica, California and Oklahoma City. Basic versions were built and the aircraft was given 22 designations (AC-47D gunship the EC-47, the EC-47Q and the C-53 Skytrooper.)

The Royal Canadian Air Force also adopted the use of C-47 for search and rescue operations throughout the 1940s and 50s.

The C-47 remained in service long after World War II and played a critical role in the initial stages of the Berlin Airlift and saw action in the Korean and Vietnam wars. The C-47 was subsequently replaced by the C-54.