Douglas XC-47C

The Douglas XC-47C was a floatplane producing by fitting Edo Model 78 floats to a standard C-47. The prototype, with a 1942 serial number and powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp engines, handled well in the air, although could carry less cargo than the standard C-47. The single-step metal floats contained retractable wheels, located at the step, allowing the XC-47C to operate on land, but the tyres were prone to fail.

The biggest problem with the XC-47C was that it could only operate on smooth water, greatly limiting its usefulness. Despite this 150 sets of floats were ordered from Edo, and the C-47C saw limited service in New Guinea and Alaska (where smooth water must have been in very short supply). 

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (12 November 2008), Douglas XC-47C , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_douglas_XC-47C.html

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