View Full Version : How many DC-3 Replacements has the DC-3 Outlasted?

17th Aug 2012, 07:27
OK, it's Friday afternoon here, so I thought I'd stir things up a little:

If we accept that the DC-3 is still in revenue service in some parts of the world, it occured to me to wonder just how many of its supposed "replacements" it has outlasted :-)

The Convair has gone. The F-27 has pretty much gone. Any others?

Cheers all

17th Aug 2012, 09:12
Handley Page Herald. Last one into the Museum at Hurn in 1997 or 98 I think.

17th Aug 2012, 10:13
Handley Page Herald. Last one into the Museum at Hurn in 1997 or 98 I think.

One Herald also in the Museum at Woodley G-APWA.

You can also add the AVRO 748 to the list. Down to a couple airworthy in Canada and maybe a couple in India.


17th Aug 2012, 10:50
How about the Vickers VC1 Viking and even the popular Viscount with which many growing airlines replaced their DC3's.

17th Aug 2012, 10:55
Which DC-3?

If you mean a small mainstream propeller airliner, none seem to have survived. Include the Martin 202/404 in that list of failures.

If you mean a utility transport, the role the DC-3 now mostly fills, there are a few healthy survivors. The Twotter is a notable example of a survivor. As far as I know, the Skyvan line has come and gone.

17th Aug 2012, 23:02
How about the Aviation Traders Accountant ?

17th Aug 2012, 23:30
The Nord 262 was originally designed as a DC-3/C-47 replacement. Only a handfull are still operating.

The Convair has not gone. There are still a few converted Convairs hauling freight
in far flung corners of the globe.

The SAAB 90 Scandia was an attempt.

The PZL Mielec MD-12 was an unsuccessful design. The twin-engine PZL CCS-12 didn't get beyond the prototype stage.

The CASA 201 Alcotan, or perhaps even better, the CASA C-207 Azor could be considered serious attempts to replace the venerable DC-3.

The Ilyushin IL-12 could be considered a successful replacement.

18th Aug 2012, 00:16
I wish I had been the first to say it, but: the only replacement for a DC3 is another DC3.

18th Aug 2012, 02:16
According to Jane's, the DC-3...

"successful though it was...did not meet post-war ICAO safety standards and a number of dates were set for its withdrawal..." What safety standards?

Dr Jekyll
18th Aug 2012, 06:14
There are probably a few DC3 replacement replacements that the DC3 has outlasted as well.


18th Aug 2012, 07:42
Flying out of Moresby PNG in the early seventies, understood that Patair were still operating Gen Macarthurs original DC3 on RPT to the islands. Later with Comair at Rand Airport Jo'burg, they operated three 3's to Skukuza in the Kruger National Park for tourists. The SLF loved them, like this was the real Africa.

18th Aug 2012, 08:35
Nearly 50 years ago, in the first years of my apprenticeship with QF, someone showed me a poem about the long-lived DC3. The last two lines were
"They'll still be making bloody dough
When other planes no longer fly."

Guess the writer got that one right.

18th Aug 2012, 11:13
In 1967 Qantas still had a C47 (Mill DC3) for some training and for logging up command time.

18th Aug 2012, 12:33
And here's big brother.
DC-6 Landing - YouTube