Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Also called "Dakota", "Gooney Bird". Models flown include: C-47A,B,D; VC-47D; RC-47D; SC-47D; C-117 (USAF versions of Douglas DC-3 airliner)
My first C-47 flight was at Weisbaden Air Base, Germany in 1952, and thereafter flights out of Rhine Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Ramstein Air Base, Germany between 1952 and 1954. Flights within Germany, France, Algiers and Libya (N. Africa).
Next flew C-47A, D and SC-47D (long range) models out of Otis AFB, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Flights from Cape Cod to most of the U.S from 1956-1961. During 1961-62, flew out of Sculthorpe Air Base, England, all over England, Germany and France. Then, while stationed at Toul-Rosieres Air Base in France, flew all over France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden from 1962-64. At Sheppard AFB in Texas from 1964-66, I flew a plush VIP C-47 around the southwest U.S.
Very reliable, versatile aircraft. Only lost two engines during all of this time. One memorable flight, just to generate flying time, was out of Otis AFB in a SC-47D, which held 16 hours of fuel, and we flew it one weekend in a big square all over the U.S. The gross weight was so high that take off and climb to 2000 feet took almost 20 miles.