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Too many talking heads, not enough footage of this beautiful aircraft. Lee Co. Mosquito Patrol has one of the largest fleets left in the world. They fog in formations of 3 airplanes. They come in so low, one morning they cut the phones wires. Love the sound of those big radials.
The one thing that pisses me off about all the accolades about the DC-3/C-47 is that hardly anyone gives credit to what the heck powered this wonderful aircraft. The Pratt and Whitney R-1830 was and still is a marvel of engineering excellence. Without this magnificent power plant the aircraft would have been nothing, think about that. Oh, I have no power plant affiliations with anyone but I have over 2000 hours flying C-47's.
On a bet I have landed and brought to a halt a C-47 in 500 ft. Yah, so what if I did have a hell of a head wind. I have a 13 hour SAR mission too. I have flown a 7 day excursion into the Arctic and returned with no squawks. I have flown through a thunderstorm, ignorance is not really bliss, believe me. I have been in icing so bad that we used up all the alcohol and the boots wern't getting it all off and we went from cruse power to max while the AS went from 150 to 95 in 10 minutes, scared, you bet your life and the ice pounding on the fuselage didn't help
"...Without this magnificent power plant the aircraft would have been nothing..."
OK, sure. But that's true of all heavier-than-air plane that fly.
I probably have details wrong. But I recall reading once that the selling point for the DC-3 was that for the first airline to order it (Trans Western Airways??), Douglas Aircraft demonstrated that a DC-3 could take off with a normal load, on one engine, from the highest airport in that airline's system, which I think was Denver.
That convinced the airline that this pup had power to spare, and it also ended any nattering about "where's that third engine?"