Aircraft

Our fleet consists of the C47 "Southern Cross", A26K "Special Kay", and a 1940 Porterfield.

C-47 in flight

Douglas C-47

"The DC-3 is given most of the credit for an almost 600% increase in airline passenger traffic between 1936 and 1941. Recognizing its great potential as a military transport, the United States Army specified a number of changes needed to make the aircraft acceptable for military use, including more powerful engines, the removal of airline seating in favor of utility seats along the walls, a stronger rear fuselage and floor, and the addition of large loading doors. A large order was placed in 1940 for the military DC-3, which was designated C-47 and became known as "Skytrain," a name it would soon be asked to live up to." [Quoted from Warbird Alley]

A26K - Special Kay

The Nimrods were tasked with the covert, nighttime interdiction of enemy troops and truck convoys transporting supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the communist forces in South Vietnam. Their A-26s proved to be a deadly truck-killing aircraft. These aircrews and their redesigned WWII propeller-driven aircraft had a destructive effect far out of proportion to their numbers. Awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for “extraordinary gallantry in connection with their military operations in Southeast Asia,” the Nimrods were recognized as the best truck killers of the War!