This stock footage was taken over a period of 36 years at various location all over the world.
Gooney Birds on Midway Island. Wild Sound
Parked C-47. Wild Sound
Various C-47's taxiing. Wild Sound
C-47 on skis. Wild Sound
C-47 in Southeast Asia. Wild Sound
Berlin scenes during airlift period. Wild Sound
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Background: This stock footage was taken over a period of 36 years at various location all over the world.
This coverage is of the Air Force C-47 aircraft during the Berlin Airlift and the past 36 years.
Even seen a 36 years old gooney bird? Real gooney birds are found on Midway Island in the South Pacific.
It was for these birds that an Air Force plane, the C-47, was affectionately nicknamed. More than 10,000 C-47's were produced during a period which began in 1939. Today there are only seven left in the Air Force flying Embassy duty around the globe.
As the civilian DC-3, the Gooney Bird was the forerunner and flagship of most of our airlines. The British Royal Air Force called her "Dakota."
She's worn skis in the Arctic, towed gliders for the D-Day invasion of Europe, and even sported Gatling guns in Southeast Asia. There she was known as the Spooky Goon.
When the Berlin Airlift ended 26 years ago this week, the Gooney Bird had done her part helping to carry more than two million tons of supplies flown into that city.
The Gooney Bird has been shot up and shot down. She's the last of her breed. She carries the reputation of reliability and versatility. She will soon be replaced, but for now she is still a part of today's Air Force.