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DC-3 Amphibian

27 August 2012

DC-3 Amphibian

Lakeland 1991 — State of Florida Archives photo by Dale M McDonald

I saw these photos while reviewing the Florida Memory website, and what a suprise!  I had not been aware of a floatborne DC-3 other than a C-47 project in WW II, so running across these photos was a pleasant moment.

I couldn’t find authoritative references, but I did read through several anecdotal internet references on this aircraft. Technical details are lacking but it appears the floats were amphibious given the many photos of N30Q at landlocked airports. The aircraft was based in Maine and it appears the floats were removed a long time ago — so this amphibious DC-3 is now only a historical footnote.

These photos were taken by Dale M McDonald and are part of the Dale M McDonald Collection within the State of Florida Archives.

Lakeland 1991 — State of Florida Archives photo by Dale M McDonald

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 27 August 2012 04:37

    Hi, Joe…
    What an absolute TREAT to see these two images! It certainly turns it into a “giant” floatplane, doesn’t it…. One can envision what it would have looked like while landing at Beech Hill pond , a _relatively_ small inland lake.(couple miles probably) near Bangor ME, where i spent summers with family while growing up. It would have seemed like watching a 737 landing in a bathtub!

    This is what I really like about your blog…different perspectives, interesting and unique, filled with anecdotes..too cool! thanks once more!


    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      27 August 2012 12:17

      Thanks David 🙂 We’re lucky that so much of aviation’s history has been photographed, then archived for web access. That go-anywhere-land-anywhere DC-3 was a surprise to run across!

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