October 18, 2016 -- Sleepy Time Gal at Dawn
This old Douglas C-47 sits at the entry to the Gillespie County Airport in Fredericksburg, Texas. The "nose art" proclaims the name of this plane as "Sleepy Time Gal"
The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota (RAF designation) is a military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It began service in 1936 and was used extensively by the Allies during World War II. It remains in front line service with various military & civilian operators around the world to the present day.
The C-47 was given numerous nicknames over the years by those who flew & serviced them. Some of the names included Sky Train (By Boeing) Gooney Bird (WWII Pacific Forces), Vomit Comet (by paratroopers during Normandy invasion of WWII), Dakota (British RAF), Skytrooper RD-4 (U.S. Navy), Spooky or Puff the Magic Dragon (used as gunship in Vietnam & SE Asia) and numerous other nicknames given by users in other countries.