Video: C47/ DC-3 Fleet Operating Over Columbia

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  1. Thank you for posting that link very much appreciated old chap
  2. Seat of the pants flying - gutsy stuff.
    I last flew in a C-47 in '79 and it was scary then.
    The jump was a relief!
  3. Something like this?
    RLI emplaning.jpg
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  4. their military use turbine engined C-47s, overhauled in the US, as combat aircraft, against FARC.
  5. The last C-47 / DC-3 was IIRC built in 1945. These are still old airframes, though very simple and strong ones.
  6. @RhodieBKK [​IMG]
    This captures some of the terror and exhilaration of an op jump.
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  7. Technically not accurate though surely? FW and rotary metres apart? Great picture though the two would never ever be in that close proximity.
  8. @MisterFormaldyhyde Someone should probably revoke the artist's artistic license. No way a chopper would fly that close to paratroopers, as you say. I would have thought that the C47, being smaller and slower than the C130, could probably get in closer to its DZ and drop paratroopers with greater accuracy. RLI would occasionally jump from 500 feet, I'm told. Barely time to do anything if anything goes wrong.
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  9. Basler in Oshkosh overhaul DC-3/C-47s to near enough new condition and fit two Pt-6 turboprops, to keep the old lady going for another fifty odd years. That's what the Colombian Air force are using as bombers/gunships/para droppers/airlifters, alongside more modern turbos.
  10. Do you know what has happened to all those Rhodesian Air Force Daks? Check out this site. Douglas DC-3 C-47 C/N 42978 ZS-FRJ for the history of one DC3 that began life working for Swissair in 1946 and is now awaiting refurbishment in South Africa.
  11. Yes they would as the op required. It's likely the Alouettes were controlling the descent. The picture angle gives a false impression of height and proximity.
    The troupies under the canopy could have well been deliberately dropped in a position for the helicopters to pick them up and drop them closer to other battlefield pressure points. They may well even been carrying fuel for the the helios.
  12. it only gives you a few seconds under canopy and it keeps you out of the eyeball of the enemy, long enough for you to get to earth and get unstrapped and away. Downside, if the chute fails, you've got mere seconds left...

  13. Happened at night IIRC. Came as a bit of a shock to the folks landing on the hill.

    Nothing to stop you watching the deployment (if you left the door properly) and start chucking out the other bag of laundry if you don't like what you see.
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