CC-129 Douglas Dakota

Three Dakotas on the tarmac at Winnipeg, including “Pinocchio" from Cold Lake, in 1985.


First flown on December 17, 1933 at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California, the Douglas DC-3 is arguably one of the most successful aircraft ever built. Designated “Dakota” or C-47 by the RAF/RCAF, the aircraft was also known by a wide variety of different names (Skytrain, Skytrooper, DAK, Goonie Bird) and different designations (DC-3, C-47, C-53, R4D) in various services. Highly adaptable, this transport aircraft could be fitted with skis or Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) bottles. In the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces, it served in a wide variety of roles including various training purposes such as navigation, radio and radar training, along with numerous other roles such as target towing, transport, search and rescue duties.

Characteristic Detail
Designation CC-129 / CT-129
Model No DC-3 / C-47
Marks Mk III, Mk II ICSC, F, FP, P, R, S&R, U, and Mk IVM, MF, MFP, P, ST, T
Role Transport, training, target towing, search and rescue
Taken on strength 1943
Struck off strength 1989
Number 169
Service RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces
Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications

Characteristic Detail
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Corporation
Crew / Passengers Two pilots + up to 3 crew or 36 passengers
Powerplant Two 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 radials
Maximum speed 199 knots (369 kilometres per hour)
Cruising Speed 145 knots (269 kilometres per hour)
Service Ceiling 24,100 feet (7,345 metres)
Range 1,300 nautical miles (2,414 kilometres)
Maximum takeoff weight 26,000 pounds (11,793 kilograms)
Span 95 feet 0 inches (28.95 metres)
Length 64 feet 5.5 inches (19.64 metres)
Armament None
Original cost $165,000

Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft: A Military Compendium by T.F.J. Leversedge ©2007. Translated and reproduced with the permission of the author.

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