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Skytrain at McChord

25 April 2016

Skytrain at McChord

47° 08′ 00″ N / 122° 28′ 58″ W

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

Douglas C-47 Skytrain at McChord Air Museum & Heritage Hill Air Park — photo by Joseph May

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. 25 April 2016 01:16

    Nice pictures, thanks for sharing them.

    I remember visiting that museum years ago. There was a clear view to the runway and a couple of F-15s from the 318 FIS were doing touch-and-go work for an hour or so.

    We also saw a few C-141 Starlifters come and go and a visiting S-3 Viking depart.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      25 April 2016 07:58

      What a great day you had! Thanks for reminding me of the pleasant memory of the airfield view, a pleasant vantage point from the air park, indeed. The volunteers at the museum were some of the friendliest I’ve run across, as well 🙂

      • 25 April 2016 10:27

        I can’t believe my visit was back in 1987 and the memories are still so clear. One spring break group trip that saw us hit Fairchild and McChord AFBs, Whidbey Island NAS, Puget Sound naval base and the Boeing plant near Seattle.

        Thirty years ago next year, where does the time go?

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        25 April 2016 19:53

        When you find out please let me know!

  2. david lord permalink
    25 April 2016 08:40

    My personal memories of this airplane are a one-time-only ride in a restored DC3 Northeast Airlines DC3 while in college…of walking “up” to my seat..of seeing the pilot and copilot through the door..of feeling SO secure in it….a lower and slower ride…a noisy magic carpet ride through the green countryside…….a bird’s view. They’re as strong as if it were yesterday.

    ….but also, of equally powerful movie images of the myriad of 3’s with round parachute upon parachute unfurling below them by the hundreds or more….dropping into the hell of D day.

    My ride was a gift brought about by what these men and airplanes did for me years earlier.

    Looking at your images, I sure was easy to see the wear and tear on them, that for me, adds to the reality of what they went through for us.

    I often wonder what future generations will think of these ‘artifacts’ and their import fifty years further down the road from ‘ground zero”.

    david

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      25 April 2016 19:55

      Good writing, David, good writing.

  3. shortfinals permalink
    25 April 2016 09:08

    Ahh! The good old ‘Dak’ …we Brits enjoyed the DC-3/C-47/Dakota for many, many years. I flew in them for many years, the last time being an Air Atlantique example. Sir Freddie Laker (he of ‘Skytrain’ fame), tried to design a DC-3 replacement (look up the ATL Accountant) – it failed.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      25 April 2016 19:54

      Ross, thanks for the lead, I had no idea 🙂

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