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Originally delivered to the USAAF in Sept 1943 as C-47A 42-24391, Douglas DC-3 F-BEIG was still earning a living in 1984 with Normandie Air Services when she was photographed at Cardiff-Wales Airport, Rhoose.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertabout 1 year ago

    Interesting history, it always amazes me that a 41 year old aircraft still flies, but a 41 year old car is considered a classic!

  • Yep! This old girl was flying up to just recently, age 69, but now she’s gone to Brussels airport, maybe as a museum piece or maybe Sabena wants a flying oldie for their advertising fleet.

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    When I was flying there was the saying, “There is only one replacement for a DC-3 and that is another DC-3.”
    Nice4 one Colin old Warbird still going strong. – Ted

  • I heard someone on aTV programme the other day saying that the Gooney Birds were so over-engineered the ones that are still around could go on flying for another 100 years! Cheers Ted!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 1 year ago


  • Thanks for the comments and invitatation Vitta! Ihave sent you bubblemail.

    – Colin Smedley

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