First flown on 17 December 1933 at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California, the Douglas DC-3 is arguably one of the most successful aircraft ever built. Designated “Dakota” or C-47 by RAF/RCAF, the aircraft was known by a wide variety of different names (Skytrain, Skytrooper, DAK, Goonie Bird) and different designations (DC3, C-47, C-53, R4D) in various services. Highly adaptable, this transport aircraft could be fitted with skis or Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) bottles. In the RCAF, it served in a wide variety of roles including various training purposes such as navigation, radio and radar training, along with target towing, transport, search and rescue duties. This aircraft type served at Comox both during wartime with No 32 and 6 OTUs and in the post-war with 442 Squadron.