The C-117D was a military (US. Navy & Marines) derivative of the postwar developed “Super DC-3“. The latter’s improvements consisted in a longer fuselage; more powerful engines; new tail and modified wings assemblies and a fully enclosed landing gear. Too expensive and already dated to be a commercial success in the civilian market, the design in the end saw some use wearing uniform.
“Untitled’ by Nunca. This graffiti-ed “Super Gooneybird” was part of “art from the boneyard”, a project hosted by the Pima Air and Space Museum.
Photo: Eric Firestone.