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Hidden Thespian Skytrain

20 September 2013

Hidden Thespian Skytrain

26° 38′ 47″ N / 80° 05′ 11″ W

Skytrain at GStar School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at G-Star School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

Though not secret to students and staff of the G-Star School of the Arts there is a Douglas C-47 Skytrain otherwise hidden to most of the world — except through film and production which is the school’s specialty. These images were taken on a Sunday, explaining the absence of people in them, and the solitude allowed for a bit of observation:

  • The C-47 stands atop semi-permanent fixtures keeping the landing gear off the ground
  • The aircraft is not randomly stored in the lot, instead it is arranged so that the nose is oriented inward and toward the large open area of the lot and this provides the opportunity for the Skytrain to become a dramatic backdrop — made all the more dramatic since its conventional landing gear has the C-47 directed upwards, dramatically framing whatever is placed in the foreground
  • Several picnic tables are placed where the C-47 will provide shelter from Florida’s often blazing sun and what better location for a break or temporary respite?
Skytrain at GStar School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

Skytrain at G-Star School of the Arts sitting among equipment, props and a generator on the main lot — photo by Joseph May

Skytrain at GStar School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

Rudderless vertical stabilizer of this Skytrain at G-Star School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

Skytrain at GStar School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

The Skytrain’s right aileron sans fabric covering  at G-Star School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

Skytrain at GStar School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

The stand supporting the tail of the Skytrain at G-Star School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

Skytrain at GStar School of the Arts — photo by Joseph May

Skytrain during a serene Sunday morning at G-Star School of the Arts in West Palm Beach FL — photo by Joseph May

Douglas built the DC-3/C-47 Skytrain/Dakota for transport, whether people or cargo, and this semi-retired example is still in the business of transport — but now transporting imaginations.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. david lord permalink
    20 September 2013 05:27

    Hi, Joe
    SCHOOL OF THE ARTS intrigued me…so I went exploring to learn more and Wow!..for kids with intense interest in the theatre arts it sure sounds like a fascinating creative learning experience! Its credentials are seem top notch and the facilities are also. Add a
    Skytrain with more stories to tell than a kid would probably even comprehend…. for inspiration and intellectual curiosity is what its all about! David Lord

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      20 September 2013 07:07

      It is a cool looking school from the outside so there is no telling how fantastic it looks on the inside. I learned about it when Ron Palillo (the actor who played Arnold Horshack in “Welcome Back Kotter”) passed away here and it was mentioned he taught at the school. I looked up the school in Google Earth to see where it was and, voilá, a DC-3 like aircraft to be seen! So, our thanks to Ron P.

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