The first production models were sold to airlines for $90,000. The price climbed to $115,000 just before the United States entered the Second World War in December 1941. The new plane quickly became a favorite of passengers the world over, and it became the first truly profitable plane for the industry.
The threat posed by the coming war made the US Army realize that a military version could handle the vital troop and cargo transport capability soon to be needed. The C-47 Skytrain was born and evolved into specialized versions with many nicknames: Gooney Bird, Dakota, and Puff the Magic Dragon. In WWII, General Dwight Eisenhower was so impressed he referenced it in his famous comment: ?The four pieces of equipment the most vital to Allied success in Africa and Europe were the bulldozer, the jeep, the two-and-a-half-ton truck, and the Douglas C-47.?
Skytrain celebrates the long and distinguished career of this great plane.
- ISBN-13: 9781510705142
- ISBN-10: 1510705147
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
- Publish Date: July 2018
- Page Count: 240
- Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.35 pounds