This DC-3 is based at Flabob Airport in Riverside, CA, hence the titles. It is officially registered as c/n 33569, but this is not correct. It is one of seven C-47s for which Lee Mansdorf falsified the documents and data plates with fake identities in 1953. Because of this, all registrations carried by this airframe since then (N2701A, N42F, CF-IKD and now N103NA) are often incorrectly quoted as c/n 33569. The aircraft is in fact c/n 9531, formerly Royal Air Force FD879 and USAAF 42-23669.
Built as C-47B 43-49442 but delivered direct to the US Navy as R4D-6 50811 in 11.44. Later designated C-47J. Served many USN units until retired to Pensacola in 05.73. Loaned to the Robins Museum and painted as "Saylor's Trailer" in 9th AF scheme with "serial" '4349442'.
Formerly VH-UZJ "Kyilla" with ANA. Rushed into RAAF service at the outbreak of World War II. With the impending arrival of second-hand DC-2s from the US, it was returned to ANA in June 1940. A month after being delivered to the RAAF it landed with the brakes on resulting in accident shown in the photo. VH-UZJ remained in ANA service until December 19, 1948, when it undershot Mangalore aerodrome. Photo from: National Library of Australia
This is a very early DC-3, built in 1939 and thus 80 years old when this photo was taken! It was once the world's only C-41A, flying with the USAAF with serial 40-70. It was withdrawn from use in late 1945 and placed in storage, before being rebuilt as a regular DC-3 by Standard Airlines in December 1951, using parts from various airframes. This was the start of its long civil career.
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.