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Type Troop carrier
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 Douglas C-47A, 'Buzz Buggy', 81st Troop Carrier Squadron, 436th Troop Carrier Group based Membury Mar 1944 to Feb 1945
Aviation Archive. This is the first of two models I'd like to get from this mold. The second would be in a silver-aluminum and blue United Airlines livery, if Corgi graces us with one. The mold is very good, though the execution in this case could have been a tad better: the invasion stripes on the fuselage are fuzzy on the edges, and Corgi used stick-on nose art instead of painted or printed versions. Given the range of colors used in the art on both sides of the nose, the model's engineers probably figured it would be too expensive to apply the art directly (which is understandable). One interesting tidbit: in the port-side nose close-up you can see printed arcs just above and around the top of the stick-on, apparently there to show the assemblers where the stick-on is to be stuck on.

More air-head musing from a one-time passenger. I flew in one DC-3 and one C-47. The DC-3 flight was circa 1950 on (I think) United Airlines; the C-47 flight was in 1965 on PAL (Philippine Airlines). The UAL flight was (I think -- after all, I was about 7 years old) from San Diego to Portland, Oregon. I remember something about the flight because it was raining hard in San Diego and we sat at night on the runway idling seemingly forever. The PAL flight was from Cubi Point in Subic Bay to Manila airport. That flight was memorable because we flew so close over the jungle for most of the flight, and because the floors of the plane seemed to be made of plywood. Odd how details like wood floors stick in your mind when you're thinking deep inside that the old buggy could, quite possibly, plow into the greenery below at any time. After all, this was PAL, the airplane was at least 22 years old (a little older than I was at the time), and we seemed awfully close to an almost limitless expanse of trees. However, the pilots seemed to know what they were doing: they got us up, they got us down, and we walked away. For what more can one ask?

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