in British and Commonwealth service
took the name Dakota. The C-47 also
earned the nickname Gooney Bird during
the European theater of operations.
The USAF Strategic Air Command had
C-47 Skytrains in service from 1946
After World War II the U.S. Navy
also structurally modified a number
of the early Navy R4D aircraft and
re-designated the modified aircraft
The C-47 was used by the Americans
in the initial stages of the Berlin
Airlift and was subsequently replaced
by the C-54.
The Air Force also continued to use
the C-47 for various roles, including
the AC-47 gunships - code named Puff
the Magic Dragon or Spooky - and the
EC-47 for counterintelligence during
the Vietnam War.
The Royal Canadian Air Force also
adopted the C-47 for use in search
& rescue operations throughout
the 1940s and 50s.