Designation: C-117D

Douglas R4D-8

Douglas R4D-8 (C-117D) Super Gooneybird

A picture of the Douglas R4D-8 Super Gooneybird

The C-117 was based on the reliable and proven DC-3/C-47 and was originally intended for the civilian airline market.  The “Super DC-3” featured a longer fuselage, redesigned tail and wings, and fully enclosed the landing gear when retracted.  In 1951, the Navy evaluated the Super DC-3 and liked the increased performance it offered and accepted the aircraft as the R4D-8.  Rather than purchase new aircraft a total of 98 earlier R4Ds were converted to R4D-8 standards.  In 1962, the R4D-8 was redesignated under the joint Air Force-Navy designation system as the C-117D.  Super Gooneybirds continued in U.S. Navy service into the mid-1970s.

Wingspan 90 ft

Wingspan

Length 67 ft 9 in.

Length

Height 18 ft 3 in.

Height

Weight 31,000 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 270 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 22,500 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 2,500 miles

Range

Engines Two Wright R-1820-80 with 1,475 horsepower each

Engines

Crew 3 with 35 passengers

Crew


Manufacturer
Douglas

Markings
Marine Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 27 (H&MS-27,) Cherry Point, North Carolina, 1968

Serial Number
50826

Designation
R4D-8

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