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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

Specifications
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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
 Lanny Cotton
 Holly Springs, GA
I think the number on the first photo was 242, the tail code was CZ. That airplane was with H&MS-27 in 1970-'71. It is an R4D-8 or C-117, this aircraft is larger than a C-47. Both are R4D's, the C-47 has lower dash numbers. The C-117 is a Skytrooper, the C-47 is a Skytrain.
07/20/2016 @ 13:11 [ref: 69724]
 Patrick King
 Amarillo, TX
I was a pilot in the Spring of 1971. I flew Elks Club 838 and 438. There were two types of missions. Fire Fly over North Vietnam during bombing raids over Hanoi and downed pilot returns to Thailand.

It was a great aircraft and had the opportunity to see more of RVN (Saigon and the Delta) as we flew to Ubon Thailand up the delta.

Capt Pejay King USMC
Vietnam 70-71/72-73
03/15/2016 @ 03:49 [ref: 69517]
 SSGT Caufman
 Arlington, TX
I was stationed with SOES Quantico from 1973 to 1975. I was certified as a flight engineer on 50786 in 1974. We needed to have the crew chief more involved in managing the aircraft since most of our pilots were proficiency pilots. I loved flying in the C117D and miss it today.
08/18/2015 @ 14:23 [ref: 69214]
 Ken Ledbetter
 Baton Rouge, LA
I was with H&MS 17 from late 1971 through the last Spring of 1972. I was a Lance Cpl. in the parachute loft. We were in a hanger across the flight line from the main shop. My NCOIC was Gunney Berry and my Sgt. was Rusty Rasmussen. I was the only rigger in the shop as was Gunney Berry. The rest of our gang were ejection seat men. I still haven't figured out why we had 3 seat ment for birds with no ejection seats. My bunk mate in the old Quonset huts was Mike Lane. We seldom saw anyone where we were hidden away. We were definitely way out of harms way. In the Spring of '72, I was in the shop by my self and had to get equipment on one of the birds and I felt that I had to get it done. Long story short, I messed up my back pretty bad lifting a 20 man life raft by myself. I was sent to Yakoska to the hospital. They decided to send my home and discharged me with a physical disability discharge. I spent a month in the hospital at Pensacola, then handed a discharge in one hand and a promotion to Cpl. in the other. Thanks Rusty and Gunney Berry.
08/04/2015 @ 15:33 [ref: 69194]
 thomas Blackwell
 , HI
i was part of the crew for mag 16 c117 tad to da nang air base from marble mountain air facility. feb 69-sept69. call sign was "fingerprint 833". great plane. would anyone know where she went?
03/17/2015 @ 22:49 [ref: 68991]
 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]

 

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