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Douglas R4D-8 (C-117D) 'Skytrain'

Description
  Manufacturer:Douglas
  Base model:R4D
  Designation:R4D
  Version:-8
  Nickname:Skytrain
  Equivalent to: DC-3S
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1931-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Crew:Pilot, Co-Pilot, Navigator

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Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

C-117D on display

Pima Air & Space Museum
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 gy sgt m.d. scott (mad dog)
 madison, FL
I flew the last of the c117"s at omd iwakuni japan. I was the line chief from 1978 to 1981. some of the best years of my life with the grand old ladies were spent there. my aircraft was 273 and we flew the last formation flight of the old girls 835, 253, and 273. a lot of rivets in the air at one time.
12/12/2014 @ 22:02 [ref: 68823]
 Bob Pampush
 , OH
I flew as radio operator on c117d no. 17102 out of Naples Italy during the period Jan 1963 through May 1966. During this period we had a number of different c117d's due to rotation of aircraft, but two numbers I remember we're 17102, and 17248. they belonged to the Navy then, but I see in their pictures now that they had transferred to the Marines. I loved flying on those birds... they went everywhere!

01/28/2014 @ 11:36 [ref: 68329]
 Bob Pampush
 , OH
I flew as radio operator on c117d no. 17102 out of Naples Italy during the period Jan 1963 through May 1966. During this period we had a number of different c117d's due to rotation of aircraft, but two numbers I remember we're 17102, and 17248. they belonged to the Navy then, but I see in their pictures now that they had transferred to the Marines. I loved flying on those birds... they went everywhere!

01/28/2014 @ 11:36 [ref: 68328]
 R Barry Nance
 Lewes, DE
Navigator on the "Supper DC-3" R4-D8

1962 ----1965

Cherry Point / Danang (SHU-FLY)

MAJ MCMASTERS & GEN HARVEY HAY
01/08/2014 @ 20:56 [ref: 68288]
 James Tyson
 Houston, TX
I was at Quantico (SOES) and got my crew wings flying on both 17102 and 50786. This was 69 -72 and was crew chief. Served with "Tex" Milhoan and Dale Rude and a couple of other crew members. We also had a C-54 and a s-2 , C-45 and a load of T-28s. It was pretty good duty. Went to C-130 in 71 at Futema, not as much fun.b If you know of these guys or the SN# of the C-54 we had please let me know via e-mail. Thanks SEMPER FI
08/23/2013 @ 17:59 [ref: 68029]
 Philip Barnes MGySgt (Ret)
 Eureka, KS
From Aug 66 to Aug 68 I had the pleasure of crewing 50838 the H&HS Iwakuni C-117. As a Cpl/Sgt from the avionics shop, I was the radio opp/navagator when we made the many trips to Futema, Cubi Point, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taipei, Da Nang and Seoul. Again in Iwakuni from Mar 70 to Sep 71 I was with H&MS-17 where we had around six C-117s. The C-117 50835 now located at MCAS Marimar was in Iwakuni. Also crewed the C-117 at MCAS Beaufort early 70s. Loved the old gooney bird, even shipped over in 838 at 9,000 ft close to Cubi in early 68. Cheers....
08/01/2013 @ 18:29 [ref: 67995]
 Charles R.Wirt
 Miami, FL
NavSta Keflavik Iceland was hard on these, lost three before my time there. The one pictured below is BuNo 17282, one of two either lost after takeoff from Hofn or lost southeast of Keflavik with denerator failures, the third, 39096 lost in a taxi accident at BIKF. I flew 50786 and 17191 which stayed there as a gate guard on a stand near the admin building and the BOQ on the NavSta. Also flew 39061 registered as N3906J which we had to crash land on NE 56 St. in Ft.Lauderdale due to an engine failure immediately after takeoff combined with a prop that would not feather due to the nature of the engine failure.
01/14/2013 @ 10:47 [ref: 67499]
 DK1 James Mead
 Vancouver, WA
Good to see the "old Bird". I earned my Air Crewman wings on her with AirCoFac in Saigon. I was probably the only Disbursing Clerk in Viet Nam to earn my Wings. I was there from March 1970 to March 1971, I was attached to Naval Advisory Group MACV, and paid all 22 PBR and Swift Boats in Region 3 and Corps. I had 419 flights with "White Hat Air Lines.' Put in 1700 to 2,000 miles on the C119-D, Ch 43, CH 46 and the HUEY.
11/28/2012 @ 12:37 [ref: 67361]
 DK1 James Mead
 Vancouver, WA
Good to see the "old Bird". I earned my Air Crewman wings on her with AirCoFac in Saigon. I was probably the only Disbursing Clerk in Viet Nam to earn my Wings. I was there from March 1970 to March 1971, I was attached to Naval Advisory Group MACV, and paid all 22 PBR and Swift Boats in Region 3 and Corps. I had 419 flights with "White Hat Air Lines.' Put in 1700 to 2,000 miles on the C119-D, Ch 43, CH 46 and the HUEY.
11/28/2012 @ 12:37 [ref: 67360]
 Joe Wilhite
 Newburgh, IN
050804...Steve, she was the compound bird for FASU, Danang during my in country tour of 1971-72. I was very pleased to see your post regarding my old friend. She took us where we needed to go and never failed to bring us home. Do you know what happened to her after she was decommissioned?
10/18/2012 @ 18:39 [ref: 67320]

 

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