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When Hollywood Ruled The Skies - Volumes 1 through 4 by Bruce Oriss


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:22 am 
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Interesting overseas insight to reusing weary warbirds..... timeline of a former USAF AC-47D Gunship "Spooky" which went from a warzone to a movie set.....and how it was dismantled and rebuilt and used on the movie set.

Old warbird dont die they get reused it seems...

Part 1 - https://ssl.alpha-prm.jp/dc3pub.com/filename16.html

Part 2 - https://ssl.alpha-prm.jp/dc3pub.com/filename50.html

Part 3 - https://ssl.alpha-prm.jp/dc3pub.com/filename63.html

Part 4 - https://ssl.alpha-prm.jp/dc3pub.com/filename54.html

Part 5 - https://ssl.alpha-prm.jp/dc3pub.com/filename51.html


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Neat photos. Always encouraging to see the progress that can be made with a budget and a team of folks with talent.

So, what movie was this and what became of the C-47 after filming?

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Ken wrote:
Neat photos. Always encouraging to see the progress that can be made with a budget and a team of folks with talent.

So, what movie was this and what became of the C-47 after filming?

Ken

The movie's titled Tobe, Dakota! (Fly, Dakota!) - set in 1946; it came out in October 2013. Here's the website with trailers:
http://www.tobedakota.com/

ETA: Based on a true story:
http://www.nippon.com/en/features/c01105/

And wait - there's more. The real plane had an eventful career afterward, and still exists:
Joe Baugher wrote:
(42-)24166 (c/n 10028) to RAF as Dakota III FL510. To French civil registry as F-BTBD. On October 16, 1978 it was purchased by Transfair Inc. of Longue-Pointe-De-Mingan, Quebec and registered as C-FPOY as a DC3C-S1C3G. Later it was operated by Transport Aerien Sept-Iles of Sept-Iles, Quebec. On March 24, 1983 it was sold to Groupe S.G. International, Inc. of Montreal, Quebec with the same C-FPOY registration. On Oct 27, 1998, the registration was cancelled and sold to Cuba with Aerotaxi/Empresa Nacional de Servicios Aereos as CU-T1192. Hijacked to Key West, FL Apr 1, 2003. Seized by local authorities as part of a lawsuit by the ex-wife of a Cuban double agent who had posed as a defector to infiltrate groups opposed to communist rule in Cuba. Sold at public auction for $12,500 June 2, 2003


And the movie plane? Still on display at Sado.

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What's the story on this movie plane?

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