Aircraft Photo of 17171 | Douglas C-117D (DC-3S) | USA - Navy | #2605
Registration / Serial:17171
Military Code:171
Aircraft Original Type:Douglas DC-3
Aircraft Generic Type:Douglas DC-3 (C-47 Skytrain/Dakota)
Aircraft Version:Douglas C-117D (DC-3S)
C/n (msn):43309
Operator Titles:USA - Navy
City / Airport:MildenhallMap
Region / Country:England, United Kingdom
Airport Codes:ICAO: EGUN   IATA: MHZ   Local: -   Other: -
Event:Armed Forces Day 1972
Photo Date:14 October 1972
Photo by:Richard Vandervord
Photo ID: 2605
Photo Comment

The well-known NAF Mildenhall Super Dak at the annual Open House. On 21.11.73 the aircraft encountered severe icing over Iceland during a local supply flight, making it impossible to maintain height, so the crew elected to make a forced landing on a frozen river. The ice broke but 171 stayed afloat. After recovery the remains were abandoned and are still there topped by ice and snow

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