The first production models were sold to airlines for $90,000. The price climbed to $115,000 just before the United States entered the Second World War in December 1941. The new plane quickly became a favorite of passengers the world over, and it became the first truly profitable plane for the industry.
The threat posed by the coming war made the US Army realize that a military version could handle the vital troop and cargo transport capability soon to be needed. The C-47 Skytrain was born and evolved into specialized versions with many nicknames: Gooney Bird, Dakota, and Puff the Magic Dragon. In WWII, General Dwight Eisenhower was so impressed he referenced it in his famous comment: ?The four pieces of equipment the most vital to Allied success in Africa and Europe were the bulldozer, the jeep, the two-and-a-half-ton truck, and the Douglas C-47.?
Skytrain celebrates the long and distinguished career of this great plane.
SubtitleA Transport Revolution
AuthorBy Philip Kaplan
Published6 March 2018
IllustrationsB/W and color photographs throughout.
About the author
Philip Kaplan was a book designer with Harper & Row and an art director with Playboy, Atlanta, and Architectural Digest magazines. He has written, coauthored, and designed thirty-eight books, including Tank, Grey Wolves, and With Wings As Eagles. Kaplan lives in Gloucestershire, England.