Historic Aviation Quiz: The DC-3

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Question 1 of 11

Developed as the Douglas Sleeper Transport (DST), it is well known what became the DC-3 took to the skies for the first time on December 17, 1935 – 32 years to the day of the Wright Brothers first heavier than air flight. But who was at the controls of the DST for its maiden flight (below)?

Historic Quiz - July 6

 

Donald Wills Douglas Sr
Howard Hughes
Orville Wright
Carl Cover

Question 2 of 11

The DC-3 undertook its first commercial service on June 26, 1936 with simultaneous flights from Newark, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois. But which airline was responsible for that feat?

American Airlines
PAN AM
Eagle Airlines
Trans World Airlines (TWA)

Question 3 of 11

In all, how many civilian variants (including those pressed into military service) of the DC-3 were produced?

Historic Quiz - July 6

11
38
26
42

Question 4 of 11

While some 10,048 examples (not including the Russian or Japanese licence-built versions) of the DC-3 were built for the military, how many civil airframes were produced?

Historic Quiz - July 6
 

607
4,937
100
13,134

Question 5 of 11

As of September 2022, how many examples of the DC-3 were said to be still in use?

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56
167
232
31

Question 6 of 11

True or False: The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Dakota (ZA947) is the oldest airframe currently on strength with the Royal Air Force?

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True
False
X
X

Question 7 of 11

How many nations pressed the type into military service?

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143
65
43
100

Question 8 of 11

Some 10,174 examples of the C-47 – the dedicated military transport variant developed from the DC-3 – were built. But in what date did it first fly?

Historic Quiz - July 6

 

December 17, 1939
December 18, 1935
December 24, 1940
December 23, 1941

Question 9 of 11

In 1990, Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based Basler Turbo Conversions flew its first Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop powered C-47 as the BT-47. How many examples has since flown?

Historic Quiz - July 6

 

13
67
102
35

Question 10 of 11

On June 6, 1944, a United States Army Air Force C-47 led the main airborne invasion of Normandy. Incredibly, it (below) Historic Quiz - July 6continues to fly today - but what was the name of that aeroplane?

 

'The SNAFU Special'
'Kilroy was here'
'Night Fright'
'That’s All… Brother'

Question 11 of 11

True of False: Following World War Two, Gen Dwight D Eisenhower said the C-47 was one of the four weapons key to allied victory?

Historic Quiz - July 6

True
False
X
X

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