The Fiat G.212 is a modification of the earlier G.12 designed in the mid 1930's as a military transport. The G.212 was used as a civilian airliner as well as a troop transport by both Italy and Germany during WWII. This one has three Alfa Romeo 128 engines each with 860hp which isn't much for an aircraft of this size. Later versions were fitted with more powerful engines to permit use as freighters.
Last Edit: Feb 19, 2015 5:28:07 GMT -5 by genazzano
Certainly the C47, also known as the civilian Douglas DC3, may not be one of the rare exotic aircraft in the museum, but it is a favorite. This one was retired not many years ago and, from the looks of the fusilage and updated props, is probably airworthy today.
Post by belgiumreporter on Feb 19, 2015 5:59:25 GMT -5
Ahh the DC3 every museum should have one, you can just catch a glimpse of the one on the right in the Brussels museum. I once flew in one i was sick as a dog from the moment we left the tarmac untill i was back on solid ground again, that thing rattled and shaked like hell !!!
Your story brought back memories. We left Hartford on our way to Buffalo and promply entered heavy snow. We reached about 6000 ft still pitched nose up with the props roaring shaking the hell out of the plane. The landing gear would not retract and our airspeed was low and icing was a serious problem in the heavy snow which we could not get above. A long and very uncomfortable flight to Buffalo. I recall sitting there watching the wing load up with snow, the flaps were never fully retracted. However, the DC3 was a tough bird and could get through almost anything if the pilots knew their aircraft. David