My OSH Life: Low Passes In The DC-3

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At AirVenture, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a turn in the left seat of a DC-3 with Dan Gryder flying low approaches. Here's a video of the action, with some great outside shots by Nate Tennant. 

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Was it a video glitch, or is something actually flapping on the dorsal fin of the yellow DC3. ( the vision from the tailfin mounted camera).

I know it is generally referred to as a DC-3 (and a search on 'net shows it as a DC-3-227A)...but this one has the cargo doors. Would that make it something like a C-47?
I found this history:
Dan Gryder's N143D, a 1937 DC-3-227A c/n 2054, was assembled by Fokker in the Netherlands, for Swissair. They operated it as HB-IRO until 1954 when it went to Fleetwings, Inc. as N2817D.
It joined Ozark Airlines who registered it as N143D and operated it until 1967. ...engines were converted to P&W R-1830's .... It then went to Fairchild Hiller Corp., Hagerstown, MD.....1970 FAA register shows Granite Aircraft Leasing, Garden City, NY. Academy Aviation Academy of Griffin, GA registered it in Jan. 1974 and operated as Academy Airlines. A cargo door was installed at some point along the way.

Gryder Networks LLC, Griffin, GA, registered it in early 2003 and it appears as a DC3A-S4C4G.

Posted by: Allan Churn | August 7, 2017 5:21 AM    Report this comment

Excellent gentlemen.

Great show

Posted by: TIM COLE | August 7, 2017 7:13 AM    Report this comment

I've watched a lot of AvWeb videos, but I think this is the first to see Paul Bertorelli grinning ear to ear on takeoff!

Posted by: ROY JAGEMAN | August 7, 2017 12:01 PM    Report this comment

It was built as a DC-3, not a C-47. It was shipped by sea to Europe, reassembled and flown by Swissair for its early life. It has also crashed twice, if that's of interest.

Posted by: Paul Bertorelli | August 8, 2017 11:01 AM    Report this comment

Love the grin on takeoff Paul, THAT is what keeps people flying (other than the piles of money used to achieve it)! You Lucky dog!

I used to see this plane make weekly runs over my house in the 1980s when is was the "Academy Airlines" ship. Years later, I happened to meet the owner at Tara Field 4A7 (next to the Atlanta ARTCC) and he gave us the grand tour inside and out. He did tell us the story of it being originally a Swissair ship in the late 30s before WW2. Dan has done an excellent job as caretaker of this piece of history and I am so glad to see that he continues to share it for all to enjoy.

Posted by: A Richie | August 8, 2017 11:23 AM    Report this comment

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