Does anyone knows what type of plane is this and its model?

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(Source: YouTube channel AssombradO.com.br)

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    $\begingroup$ What is the source of this picture? $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented Feb 9, 2018 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ Ron Beyer I took it from a YouTube channel intro, but they never metioned nothing about it... $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 0:02
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    $\begingroup$ Looks like a Douglas DC-3 to me, but you might find it under C-47, or Dakota depending on its use and operator. $\endgroup$
    – user27769
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 0:07
  • $\begingroup$ Looks too long forward of the wings for a DC-3. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 0:18
  • $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer From the posted answer it's a Super DC-3, stretched 39" ahead of the wing, and 40" aft. $\endgroup$
    – user27769
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 0:30

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Source: dailymail.co.uk

It's a crashed Super DC-3 (C-117D) in Iceland.

  • On Nov 24 1973, the US Navy airplane - a Douglas Super DC-3 - was forced to crash land on Sólheimasandur beach
  • The crew all survived the impact, but the plane was abandoned rather than recovered - and lies there still
  • All that's left is the plane's fuselage amid rumours a local farmer stole the tail to mysteriously sell it on

It started its life as a C-47A with construction number (CN) 12554, the 2,554th in sequence. It was for the USAF (tail-number 42-92722). It was then converted to become an R4D-5 (Super DC-3 / C-117D) for the US Navy, and was given the new CN 43309 (tail-number 17171).*

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First flight was 1944. It crash landed after encountering icing conditions en route on a supply mission to a radar station (aviation-safety.net).

* rzjets.net and abcdlist.nl

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    $\begingroup$ Good grief, it looks like the prop doesn't even clear the fuselage! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 8:26
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    $\begingroup$ @chrylis: Or the ground, it seems... $\endgroup$
    – Vikki
    Commented May 25, 2018 at 1:09
  • $\begingroup$ 92722 (MSN 12554) to USAAF Feb 17, 1944, to US Marine Corps as R4D-5 BuNo 17171 Feb 17, 1944 17171 (MSN 12554) ex USAAF 42-92722, to US Navy 17Feb44. VMR 253 Aug44. HDN MAW-4 Nov44. HDN MAG 15 10Nov45. Mar Fair WC Nov45. San Diego Dec45. Stored Jun46. Quonset Pt Feb48. VR-l Jun48. Converted to R4D-8 MSN 43309 Nov51. MAG-11 Apr62. Redesignated C-117D 18Sep62. joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries2.html $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2021 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ @chrylis-cautiouslyoptimistic- - the DC-3/C-47 had about 5" of clearance between prop tip and fuselage. See enginehistory.org/Operations/DC-3CrewChiefNotes.pdf and search for "clearance". I imagine that the C-117's were similar. Why would you need more? :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 14, 2021 at 19:59

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