Douglas C-117D Super Gooneybird

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Douglas
Markings
Current Markings: H & MS-27 (Marine Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron), Cherry Point, NC, 1968
Designation
C-117D
Serial Number
50826

Douglas C-117D 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 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 re-designated under the joint Air Force-Navy designation system as the C-117D. Super Gooneybirds continued in U.S. Navy service into the mid-1970s.

Specifications
Wingspan 90 ft
Length 67 ft 9 in
Height 18 ft 3 in
Weight 31,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 270 mph
Service Ceiling 22,500 ft
Range 2,500 miles
Engines 2 Wright R-1820-80, 1,475 horsepower each
Crew 3, 35 passengers