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บล.     BL.2     Douglas C-47 Skytrain

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Development

Entwicklung

 

     
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Variants

Versionen

 

C-47A

 

C-47A

 
 

AC-47D

 

AC-47D

 
 

EC-47A

 

EC-47A

 
 

RC-47A

 

RC-47A

 
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Operational history

Einsatzgeschichte

 

     

 

RC-47A

The RTAF operated the Douglas C-47 Dakota from 1947 to ca. 1991. There were some Special Dakotas the RTAF has used like the VC-47A, RC-47A, AC-47D and EC-47D. Only three RC-47A where identified, one was converted in 1967 the other two where taken over in 1976 and are former South Vietnamese planes.

 

RC-47A

Die RTAF verwendete von 1947 bia ca. 1991 die Douglas C-47 Dakota. Darunter waren auch einige Spezielle Dakota-Varianten wie die VC-47A, RC-47A, AC-47D und EC-47D. Nur drei RC-47A wurden identifiziert, eine wurde 1967 umgebaut zwei weitere wurden 1976 übernommen und gehörten früher der Südvietnamesischen Luftwaffe.

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Designations

Bezeichnungen

บล.๒

BL.2

Douglas C-47A & D Dakota

Transport

บตล.๒

BTL.2

Douglas RC-47A Dakota

Reconnaisance

บล.๒อ

BL.2OR

Douglas EC-47A Dakota

Electronic

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BJL.2

Douglas AC-47D Spooky

Attack

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1. Transport Squadron

   
 
 
Specifications Douglas C-47A

Wingspan

Spannweite

29.41 m

Length

Länge

19.43 m

Height

Höhe

5.18 m
Wing area Flügelfläche 91.70 m²

Engine

Motor

2× Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C Twin Wasp radial engines, 1,200 hp each

Maximum speed

Höchstgeschwindigkeit

360 km/h

Empty weight

Leergewicht

8,226 kg

Loaded weight

Startgewicht

14,061 kg

Climb Rate

Steigrate

5.73 m/s

Service ceiling

Gipfelhöhe

8,045 m

Range

Reichweite

2,575 km

Armament

Bewaffnung

Misc.

Capacity

Zuladung 2 Pilots, 21–32 Passengers
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Pictures

   
  Bell 412 (Photo from the collection of Tui Pankem)        
   
           
   
           
   
           
   
  The Douglas VC-47A from the Royal Flight (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). 42-93789 in front of Wing HQ – 1st Air Division at Don Muang (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). 42-93789 in front of Wing HQ – 1st Air Division at Don Muang (Photo courtesy of  Michael E. Fader).    
   
  Douglas VC-47A Dakota BL2-41/18  43-49210 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). Douglas C-47A Dakota 42-100536 BL2-6/90 100536 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).    
   
   (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). The King Ananda Mahidol and his brother Bhumipol in front of an C-47A (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). Douglas C-47A Dakota 42-100536 BL2-6/90 100536(Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). The King in front of Douglas C-47A Dakota 42-100536 BL2-6/90 100536 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).  
   
  Douglas C-47A Dakota 42-12248  (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). Douglas C-47A Dakota 44-76517 BL2-8/90 #476517  (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). Douglas C-47A Dakota 42-12248 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). Douglas C-47A Dakota (Photo courtesy of  Royal Thai Air Force Museum via Sakpinit Promthep).  
   
   Douglas C-47A Dakota Photo courtesy of  Royal Thai Air Force Museum via Sakpinit Promthep). Douglas C-47A Dakota (Photo courtesy of  Royal Thai Air Force Museum via Sakpinit Promthep). Douglas C-47A Dakota (Photo courtesy of  Royal Thai Air Force Museum via Sakpinit Promthep). The Douglas VC-47A in the Museum of the RTAF in Don Muang Bangkok (Photo courtesy of  Christian Stuerchler).  
   
  The Douglas C-47A during tha Handover Ceremony  (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).   Douglas C-47A Dakota (Photo courtesy of  Royal Thai Air Force Museum).  
   
  Douglas AC-47D Spooky, possible BJL.2-47/18 #079 whith guns removed (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). Douglas AC-47D Spooky, Note the 6 Wing Insigna on the nose on the plane. (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). Douglas AC-47D Spooky BJL2-19/00 #876 with three SUU-11 7.62 mm Miniguns Douglas AC-47D Spooky BJL2-19/00 #876 (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).  
         
  Douglas AC-47A  BJL.2-25/01, Note the Serial under the second Minigun. (Photo courtesy of  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).        
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Douglas C-47 Dakota / Skytrain
Type Thai Serial

US Serial

Reg.

s/n

Delivered

Withdrawn

Remarks

C-47A BL2-1/90 42-24009 24009 9871 19. Aug. 1946 1. Jun. 1951 Ex. RAF FD950, w/o
C-47A BL2-2/90 42-93045 293045 12913 19. Aug. 1946 10. Oct. 1957 Ex. RAF KG509, w/o at Tachikawa
C-47A BL2-3/90 42-93629 293629 13562 19. Aug. 1946 11. Mar. 1965 Ex. RAF KG695
C-47A BL2-4/90 42-23680 223680 9542 19. Aug. 1946 11. Jul. 1984 Ex. RAF FD890
C-47A BL2-5/90 42-24354 224354 10216 19. Aug. 1946 11. Mar. 1965 Ex. RAF FL541
               
AC-47D BJL2-19/00 43-48876 876 26137 15. Sep. 1957 Apr 1986 Converted to AC-47 23. Mar. 1977
AC-47D BJL.2-20/00 43-49418 418 26679 15.9.1957 13.12.1967 Converted to AC-47 9.1967
AC-47D BJL.2-25/01 43-49919 9191 27180 5.11.1958 17.10.1990 Converted to AC-47 9.1967
AC-47D BJL.2-30/07 43-49641 641 26902 13.3.1964 9.8.1983 Converted to AC-47 22.6.1970
AC-47D BJL.2-32/11 43-48501 501 25762 30.5.1968 22.10.1986 Taken over as AC-47D
AC-47D BJL.2-34/13 42-93789 789 13740 21.9.1970 31.5.1988 Converted to AC-47 2.1976
AC-47D BJL.2-35/14 42-108865 865 12498 16.2.1971 2.1984 Converted to AC-47 2.1976
AC-47D BJL.2-36/14 42-93224 224 13112 8-.2.1971 2.1984 Converted to AC-47 5.1972
AC-47D BJL.2-37/14 44-76734 734 33066 27.1.1971 2.1984 Converted to AC-47 5.1972
AC-47D BJL.2-42/18 43-49254 254 26515 9.9.1975 1991 Taken over as AC-47D
AC-47D BJL.2-43/18 43-49516 516 26777 9.9.1975 27.2.1984 Taken over as AC-47D
AC-47D BJL.2-44/18 44-77152 152 33484 9.9.1975 2.1984 Taken over as AC-47D
AC-47D BJL.2-45/18 45-1116 116 34386 12.9.1975 23.4.1991 Taken over as AC-47D
AC-47D BJL.2-46/18 43-49010 010 26271 11.11.1975 7.9.1989 Taken over as AC-47D
AC-47D BJL.2-47/18 45-1079 079 34349 14.11.1975 30.3.1978 Taken over as AC-47D
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EC-47A BL.2Or-1/07 43-49250 106 26511 7.11.1963 26.1.1964 -
               
RC-47A BTL.2-7/90 43-15106 106 19572 6. Nov. 1946 20. Aug. 1996 Converted to a BT-67
RC-47A BTL.2-50/19 45-1093 093 34363 30. Mar. 1976 15. Jan. 1987 -
RC-47A BTL.2-51/19 45-0882 882 34141 19. Mar. 1976 4.14.1991 -
               
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Written 1. November 2005

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