Built as a C-53. Participated in Operation Market Garden in September 1944 as a glider tug. Postwar converted to a DC-3A with an airstair passenger door on the starboard side of the cabin. Seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1982. To the USAF Museum and loaned to the Aerospace Museum of California at Sacramento. Displayed in WW2 invasion stripes but retains the civil airstair door.
N401JB was dismantled in 1985. King Skyliner was a Japanese tour operator which had contracted Horizon Cargo to conduct sight-seeing flights. The operation ended in litigation between Horizon Cargo and a company called Airgo. Airgo had a contract with Horizon to supply, operate and maintain this passenger DC-3 and a DC-3 freighter.
JM Air painted their DC-3 in the actual and wonderful Civil Air Transport colours and matching registration which it carried when it operated for that airline in China in the 1940s and early 1950s. It is seen here taxiing in after landing, having just arrived from the Daks over Normandy event at Caen, France.