How old are B-52’s again?
Young pilots have to start somewhere. And, I'll bet these old trainers are in much better shape then all the old aircraft used by any other nation.
If I remember my history correctly, Dwight Eisenhower credited this aircraft with winning Wor;d War II.
“the seven-decade old aircraft have been upgraded with new Pratt & Whitney PT-6 turboprop engines.”
In ther 80s there was a company at Burbank airport that was putting a 30 inch streatch and turboprops on old DC3s (C47 military) and increasing the full fuel payload from 12,500 to 18,000 pounds.
I was looking into one for transporting fresh scallops and shrimp from Mexico.
There’s an airline in the Canadian Arctic that flies DC3s, DC4s and C46s in revenue service.
There is a difference between the Dakota (C-46) and the DC -3 (C-47). We were using both plus the C-82 when I was in the 82nd in the 50’s
The old C-47 (goony bird) was the most reliable aircraft ever made.
It’s predecessor, the C-46 was made in the early 1930’s while the C-47 was made in the late 1930’s.
They are slow but extremely versatile and can land on grass and dirt landing strips with no problem.
It’s good to see REAL American technology still flying. The B-52 and the C-47.