Project Description

Douglas (C-47) N47E  “Miss Virginia” | Dynamic Aviation

  • STATUS: Airworthy
  • LOCATION: Bridgewater, Virginia
  • OWNER: Dynamic Aviation
  • ROLE: Military Transport
  • BUILT: 1943
  • LENGTH: 63 ft 9 in 9.43 m
  • WINGSPAN:   987 ft 91.70 m
  • ENGINE:  2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines
  • MAXIMUM SPEED:   224 mph 360 km/h)
  • RANGE:  1,600 miles 2,575 km

Douglas DC-3C (C47) N47E  “Miss Virginia” was manufactured on Sept. 29, 1943 in Long Beach, CA as a Military model C-47A with a Military Serial Number of 43-30665.  43-30665  served at POPE with the Training Command in 1944 and 1945, then with the Air Material Command at Davis Monthan, AZ, then with the National Guard in Oklahoma City in the 50’s, then on to the U.S. Army proving ground as a test platform until 1966 when it went into storage at Davis Monthan.

On May 21, 1975 she was transferred from the U.S. Government and titled to the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Waxhaw NC at which time a ferry permit was obtained for the airplane and it was flown by the legendary missionary pilot Bernie May from DM AFB to Waxhaw.

On August 4, 1977 “Miss Virginia” transferred from the Summer Institute of Linguistics to JAARS (Jungle Aviation And Radio Services Inc.) using Army Serial No.43-30665.

Converted to commercial use in 1978 as a DC-3C she used her manufactures serial number of 13816.

On November 4, 1980 the airplane was deregistered & exported to Colombia with registration No 25261  operating out of Bogota, Colombia for transportation of Wycliffe Bible Translation Missions and supplies throughout the 1980’s.

December 12, 1988 the aircraft returned to US & became FAA Reg N7043N.

April 6, 1990 N7043N was purchased by K& K Aircraft (Dynamic Aviation) & connected for use as a spray aircraft for mosquito and gypsy moth spraying. She was eventually retired again in 1999 through 2010 when work began on restoration as  Douglas DC-3C (C47) N47E  “Miss Virginia”.

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