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The  Douglas DC-3 is an American fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft whose  speed and range revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s.  Because of its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II  it is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport  aircraft ever made. In the UK independent airline scene in the early  1950's DC3s were very evident. Their mass production and use in the  Second World War made their availability easy and the sheer numbers  available made for a relatively cheap price. It's sturdy design and  superb design and it's workhorse durability also made it exceptionally  popular with fledgling airlines. Dan Air had commenced operations in  1953 having aquired one such model that was previously owned by Meredith  Air Transport. The company had been in financial difficulties. In  short, Davies and Newman aquired the aircraft Meredith aircraft, but  under Davies and Newman ownership. After a six month contract Davies and  Newman commenced operation of their own airline (Dan Air Services) with  this single aircraft. A second dakota joined the fleet the following  year. The type served with the company for many years. In fact the last  remaining example of the type was retained until 1970. This particular  aircraft stayed in Dan Air colours and was placed on display at Lasham  (Dan Air Engineering's Base) There she was displayed as Dan Air dakato  with changed registration to the original model G-AMSU. Although the  aircraft was noisy, draughty and sometimes smelly, it was popular with  passengers and when the type was replaced in 1971 several passengers  bemoaned it's retrirement. One passenger even went as far as to insist  he was on the final flight - wherever it's destination. Throughout this  section of the website we have endeavoured to find a photograph of each  individual aircraft. there are usually thumbnail images of all the  liveries the aircraft wore whilst with Dan Air, and in many cases, the  prior and subsequent liveries with other operators. The thumbnail images  can be enlarged by simply clicking on them.
Type:  C47 B  Mk 4

Serial Number: 32828

Entered Service : February 1964

Last Flown : 11/10/66

Obtained From : Capitol Finance Company (In Colours Of Meredith Air Transport)

Photo Credits:

Top: Ken Fielding
Bottom - Phile Dale & Ian Keast (North West Aviation)

Type: Douglas C47 B  Mk 4

Serial Number: 26717

Entered Service : March 1961

Last Flown : September 1970

Obtained From : Scottish Airlines Ltd

Notes: Manufactured 1944 -To Lasham later preserved as G-AMSU

Type: Douglas C47 B  Mk 4

Serial Number: 32840

Entered Service : February 1954

Last Flown : November 1968

Obtained From : William Dempster Ltd

Notes: Manufactured in 1945 -  Sold to Air Taxi Ltd, Tehran, Iran

Type: Douglas C47 B  Mk 4

Serial Number: 33548

Entered Service : May 1953

Last Flown : 24/03/68

Obtained From : Meredith Air Transport

Notes: Manufactured 1944 - Scrapped at Lasham 1972 - Aircraft manufactured in 1944 for the USAF

G--AMSU - A Mystery Explained!
Dan Air's first ever Aircraft was registered G-AMSU You will see that the aircraft was scrapped in 1972 having completed it's last service in March 1968. The sole surviving DC3 in Dan Air colours was G-AMPP which was retired from active flying in 1970. The aircraft had been retired earlier whilst Dan Air evaluated other aircraft, most notably the Nord 262. Dan Air decided after evaluation that the Nord was unsuitable, in fact passenger resistance had been strong to the type, favouring instead, the DC3. It seems that the Dakota, whilst noisy, cold, draughty and unpressurised, was preferable. After MP was brought to her believed final resting place at Lasham she was allowed to fade away until the engineering staff brought her back to life in non flying condition complete with a new registration G-AMSU. The preserved aircraft did steal it's starboard wing from G-AMSU which, as we said earlier, was scrapped. She was allowed to enjoy her retirement basking at Dan Air engineering's headquarters until the company sold off it's engineering division to FLS. "SU" was then sold to Aces High Ltd in November 1991who sold her to Euro Disney in Paris via North Weald. Once again she was proudly on display. She was on the move again in 2002 when the Dutch Air Force salvage team moved her to the Wings of Liberation Museum Park Best in the Netherlands. There she stayed until February 2005 when when she was sold to         Teamwork Television & Film GmbH and moved to Berlin to be used in a film about the Berlin Airlift "Die Luftbrucke". The pictures show a very poorly "SU" being set ablaze for the film. Just when it was thought that the aircraft could not be used any more she was moved again, this time to Wroclaw Poland where in 2005 she was again filmed again for more scenes. Finally all that was left of her went to the house of Przemyslaw Pawlowicz where they remain to this day.

Type: Douglas C47 B  Mk 4

Serial Number: 33548

Entered Service : May 1953

Last Flown : 24/03/68

Obtained From : Meredith Air Transport

Notes: Manufactured 1944 - Scrapped at Lasham 1972 - Aircraft manufactured in 1944 for the USAF


Peter Davies
2018-09-23 15:38:05
Hello, In August 1958 flew in an Aerosmiths of Liverpool charter from Manchester to Ostend take off about 09:00. Started in G-AMSU, after about 45 mins in terible windy and very wet weather the left engine I think suffered an oil leak as the windows became very black and then caught fire.
If I recall correctly it took about another 90 mins to get back and landed on the service runway parrallel to the original runway runway alongside the black hangars accompanied by the fire service, we finnaly stopped having bounced about 3 times. We were helped off the aircraft by the fire service and told to hurry.
We Left in G-AMSS at about 17:00 have been fed and watered. Frew back from Ostend a week later in a very clean and shinny ( at least the left side ) G-AMSU. I was 12 at the time so iiit was much fun. The Stewardess was from what I remember a young blond lady.
Does any one have any more info on this incident.
Avril Rogers
2017-10-19 12:19:56
I have a photo of my uncles boarding a Dan Air plane at Swansea Airport back in the Sixties but not sure what their destination was, but I think it was to watch a rugby match. Would you know how can I find out more about this flight please.
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