Douglas, c/n 19975; Photographer: Alan Wilson, Location: South Cambridgeshire District, England, United Kingdom, 2015
License: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Douglas, c/n 19975, C-47A-85-DL

Manufacturer: Douglas Latest Type:
Manufactured as:
Construction Number: 19975
Lastest Registration: G-BHUB Former Registrations: SE-BBH
Nickname: "Helge Viking"
Airworthy: no ex. USAAF serial: 43-15509
Owner: American Air Museum,
Location of the Plane: Location Duxford, United Kingdom
Airport: Location EGSU, QFO, Duxford Aerodrome in Duxford, United Kingdom


  • April 4, 1944: delivered to USAAF
  • Mail 28, 1945: assigned to the U.S. 9th Air Force in the European Theater on 5/28/44.
  • September 24, 1945: returned to the USA and the following month went to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation for disposal, later sold to Canadair Limited in Montreal
  • December 10, 1945: was bought by Swedish Air Lines
  • August 5, 1946: registered as SE-BBH and named “Vraken.”
  • August 1, 1948: the plane was found with Scandinavian Airlines System, being named “Helge Viking,” and later “Hjalmar Viking.”
  • August 17, 1953: acquired by Air Carrier Service Co and registered as N9985F. Before the year was out the plane was with Piedmont Aviation Corporation, registered as N51V, and named “Piedmont Yadkin Valley.”
  • April 30, 1962: bought by Charlotte Aircraft Corporation and the following week was sold to the Spanish Air Force as T3-29, serving with Escudrone 911, bearing fuselage codes “911-9,” 911-09,” and “901-9” - the last one with Escudrone 901.
  • April 30, 1980: registered G-BHUB with Aces High Ltd at Duxford, Cambridgeshire. In 1981 it carried the livery of Ruskin Air Services and registration G-AGIV while in the film “Airline.”
  • 1981: photo on Flickr
  • acquired by the Imperial War Museum and displayed in USAAF wartime livery with tail serial 315509



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