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C-48 through C-53 Skytrooper

The AAF acquired 378 Skytroopers, and about two hundred more DC-3 types taken from the airlines entered service as the C-48 through C-52, as well as others. All of these shared the basic airframe of the C-47, differing only in seating arrangements, engines, and other details. A nearly identical DC-3 variant, the C-53 Skytrooper, lacked the cargo door and went into service as a troop carrier equipped to haul forty-two passengers or twenty-six fully equipped At a distance, each appeared so similar that reporters and military personnel tended to lump them all under the generic designation C-47.



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